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Borders in Cyberspace: Conflicting Public Sector Information Policies and their Economic Impact

Report by Peter Weiss, NWS Strategic Planning and Policy Office:

This report examines fundamental differences in the policy and funding models for public sector information (PSI) in the US as compared to Europe. It seeks to demonstrate the economic and societal benefits of open access and dissemination policies for public sector information, particularly as compared to the limitations of the “cost recovery” or “government commercialization” approach. The report focuses primarily on the conclusions of recent economic and public policy research in this area, as well as examples of failed or limited cost recovery experiments in the US and Europe.

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