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Open Data Consultation August 2011

Open Data Consultation August 2011

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The Open Data consultation paper sets out Government’s proposed approach for Transparency and Open Data Strategy, which is aimed at establishing a culture of openness and transparency in public services. We want to hear from everyone – citizens, businesses, public services themselves, and other interest groups – on how we can best embed a culture of openness and transparency in our public services. The consultation closes on 27 October 2011.
The Open Data consultation paper sets out Government’s proposed approach for Transparency and Open Data Strategy, which is aimed at establishing a culture of openness and transparency in public services. We want to hear from everyone – citizens, businesses, public services themselves, and other interest groups – on how we can best embed a culture of openness and transparency in our public services. The consultation closes on 27 October 2011.

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8.18 The key policy question is to what extent government will need to support and
stimulate the development of an effective information marketplace in order to deliver the
benefits of Open Data. There is emerging evidence
which suggests innovative use of Open Data will, in the
long term, create the demand needed to embed the
broader culture change that we have described in the
public sector, in addition to stimulating the economy,
offering new services and products that will transform
the public and private sector, and creating jobs and
opportunity for individuals.

8.19 A cost effective way forward may well be to
stimulate and challenge innovation based on data re-
use, through setting up competitive challenges. There
are already good examples of this, including
Challenge.gov and New York City Challenge in the US
and Open Data Challenge in Europe.28

8.20 Key to this approach is that public service
providers develop new collaborative ways of working
with data users, including commercial users – and where necessary actively engage in the
market to stimulate demand for data. The premise for growth is that public service
providers do not charge users for their data, but that they enable users to gain access to it,
so that they can use it as a platform for innovation or enterprise.

8.21 In the international context, the UK is keen to ensure that international and EU
institutions reflect similar values and will work with colleagues to ensure that happens. The
UK is already working to ensure that international aid from UK taxpayers reflects the
transparency agenda. Separately, as a sign of our ambition to be the most transparent
government in the world, we will build on the UK‟s international role in Open Data and
maximise the part it will play in the Open Government Partnership.29

8.22 The following approach might help government discharge its role as a catalyst for
innovation in the use of Open Data:

Public service providers to report each year on how they are building collaborative
relationships with the user community, including the commercial sector, which
promote use of data;

Government to maximise UK role in the Open Government Partnership and
commission an International Open Data benchmarking initiative.

28 Challenge.gov; http://techcrunch.com/2011/06/21/nyc-bigapps-ideas/; http://opendatachallenge.org/
29 http://www.opengovpartnership.org/

“If people put data on the
web – government data,
scientific data, community
data, whatever it is – it will
be used by other people to
do wonderful things in ways
they would never have

imagined. The cry of ‘raw
data now’ has spread around
the world.”

Sir Tim Berners-Lee OM,
KBE, FRS, FREng, FRSA

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Question for consultation

The Government would welcome views on the following:

1. Is there a role for government to stimulate innovation in the use of Open Data? If
so, what is the best way to achieve this?

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