Each resource below is listed by type, and details the resource name, owner (in brackets), brief description and link.

This resource base is intended to be a 'living document'. If you wish to contribute a resource or comment on the accuracy of any of these resources please email: information.management@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk


Data Protection Act 1998 (Ministry of Justice / ICO) - Provision for the regulation of the processing of information relating to individuals, including  obtaining, holding, use or disclosure of such information. 

The Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005 - 'PSI Regulations' (Cabinet Office) - These regulations aim to encourage the re-use of public sector information by removing obstacles that stand in the way of re-use. The main themes are improving transparency, fairness and consistency. See more on public sector information directive and regulations on The National Archives' website.


Public Sector Information FAQs (The National Archives) - Find useful information on publishing, re-use, licensing, charging and copyright infringement.

Licensing Public Sector Information (The National Archives) - Guidance and examples on ensuring appropriate copyright and licensing.

Reports and Publications (The National Archives) - A collection of reports and publications examining the re-use of public sector information. 

The Information Fair Trader Scheme (The National Archives) - The Information Fair Trader Scheme sets and assesses standards for public sector bodies. It requires them to encourage the re-use of information and reach a standard of fairness and transparency. 

Public Sector Data Sharing: Guidance on the Law (Ministry of Justice) - Guidance setting out the legal framework for data sharing, and in in particular the use of personal data by the public sector, across traditional organisational boundaries. 

Data Sharing Review (Independent) - An independent review of the use and sharing of data in the public and private sector, with recommendations, from 2008.

Crown Copyright (The National Archives) - Advice and guidance from OPSI which manages and licences copyrights owned by the Crown.