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Introduction

There are several Government efforts, both national and regional, to aggregate procurement in electronic platforms in order to promote electronic procurement.

Official Journals

National level Platforms

Supply2.gov.uk

  • Description:
  • Contact: UK Department for Business and Skills (BIS)
  • Website: Supply2.gov.uk
  • Data coverage:
  • Machine Readable Format:
  • Raw Data Publicly Available: No.
  • Open Data Status: Euroalert has tried to unlock data making an official request for datasets in raw data format. Quick negative answer denying access to datasets. Requested mediation to Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) but no advance for several months despite their good work. Final refusal received for "both policy and commercial reasons". BIS says "they does not hold the information" so it is not public information to be reused. They suggest to contact the company that is running the service to seek other options. Considering Formal Complaint advised by OPSI.
  • Formal Response:
As you are aware, both BIS and BiP have refused Mr. Marin's request. There are both policy and commercial reasons why this decision has been made.

It is BIS' view that the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005 are not applicable in the circumstances. The information which Mr. Marin is seeking is not "held by a public sector body" as required by Regulation 4; BIS is a public sector body, but does not hold the information, BiP holds the information, but is not a public sector body. Furthermore, Regulation 7 makes it clear that decisions on re-use are a discretionary matter for the public sector body concerned. In the event that we considered that the Regulations did apply, we would nonetheless have still decided not to permit the re-use Mr. Marin requests for policy and commercial reasons.

In the alternative, if Mr. Marin considers that the information on Supply2Gov is held by the public sector bodies which placed the contract opportunities on the site, then the request for re-use in relation to each contract opportunity should be made to the public sector body concerned, not to BIS, which does not hold the information.

We note that the information which Mr. Marin requests is available online for free to subscribers of BiP; it seems Mr. Marin is simply trying to shortcut this option.

We would like to thank you for the offer of mediation. As explained above, we do not think that this is a matter for Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005. BiP (in its own right as a commercial entity and apart from its contractual duties to BIS), is happy to be contacted directly by Euroalert to discuss other options.

BIS

Regional Level Platforms

Public Contracts Scotland

  • Description:
  • Contact: Scottish Procurement Directorate
  • Website: PUBLIC CONTRACTS SCOTLAND
  • Data coverage:
  • Machine Readable Format:
  • Raw Data Publicly Available: No.
  • Open Data Status: Euroalert has tried to unlock data making an official request for datasets in raw data format. Now waiting for response.

eSourcing NI

  • Description:
  • Contact: Central Procurement Directorate
  • Website: eSourcing NI
  • Data coverage:
  • Machine Readable Format:
  • Raw Data Publicly Available: No.
  • Open Data Status: Euroalert has tried to unlock data making an official request for datasets in raw data format. Positive conversations held and no technical problems arose. Now waiting for response.

Sell2wales

  • Description:
  • Contact: Department Economy and Transport - Welsh Assembly Government
  • Website: Sell2wales
  • Data coverage:
  • Machine Readable Format:
  • Raw Data Publicly Available: No.
  • Open Data Status: Euroalert has tried to unlock data making an official for datasets in raw data format. Several positive conversations held and no technical problems arose. Now waiting for response.
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