As a non-departmental public body, we are committed to making the data we produce available to the public for reuse.

When we publish data for reuse, we will make sure it is provided in an open format. The Scottish Government has defined open data as:

  • available at no cost to the user
  • freely available to be used, redistributed and reused by anyone for any purpose, including commercial, without restriction (aka an open licence)
  • available online in machine-readable formats
  • easily discoverable through use of relevant metadata.

We keep an open data publication schedule which we update regularly as we make more of our data available in this format.

Any open data we make available will have an associated open licence. This licence will tell you what you can do with the data. We use the Open Government licensing scheme (OGL), although at present some of our data is also licensed under Creative Commons and the Non-commercial Government licence.

We will never release personally or commercially sensitive data.

How does this process work with legislation, such as Freedom of Information?

You can request information not already published as open data through processes such as Freedom of Information, but any information disclosed in this way may be protected by copyright. This means you may not have the automatic right to reuse it for purposes other than those for which it was originally intended. If you are looking for information held by us with a view to re-using it in some way you must first apply for our permission to do so.

The Public Sector Information Reuse Regulations

The framework for the process of reuse is set out in regulations. These regulations came into force on 18 July 2015. The purpose of the process is to make information easier to reuse, resulting in economic, social and civil benefits.

Public sector information is any information created by a public sector organisation in undertaking their public task. We have a Statement of Public Task that describes the information we produce, hold and send out.

In addition, section 23 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 requires that all Scottish public authorities maintain a publication scheme setting out the types of information that are routinely made available. For more information on our publication scheme, see our Guide to Information.

How do I request information for reuse?

You can make a request to reuse information by emailing the Information Governance Team at Please describe clearly the information you want to request and that you want to make the request under the Reuse of Public Sector Information Regulations.

You must tell us:

  • your name and address
  • which document you would like to reuse
  • the purpose the document will be used for.

We will normally deal with your request within 20 working days, unless your request is for large amounts of information or if it is more complex. Our response will tell you about any conditions for reuse and if you will be charged a fee to reuse the information.