The University of Leon has made a strategic commitment to making its non-confidential data freely accessible and to a system of open governance. In consequence, it has brought into play an Open Data initiative. This incorporates a model of governance based on the principles of transparency, participation and collaboration. It also involves opening up public data, facilitating access to them and allowing them to be productively re-used, and the implementation of mechanisms to allow participation by the general public.
This freeing up of data brings with it potential economic benefits, as they can form an essential foundation for many products based on digital information. It is crucial to ensure the efficient re-use of non-confidential information so as to take full advantage of it in developing new products and services.