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Launch of public consultation on open data

Posted on: Thursday 4th of August 2011

Francis Maude has today launched a public consultation on open data. The online consultation asks the public, businesses and other interested parties for their views on:

  • how we might enhance a ‘right to data’, establishing stronger rights for individuals, businesses and other actors to obtain data from public service providers
  • how to set transparency standards that enforce this right to data
  • how public service providers might be held to account for delivering open data
  • how we might ensure collection and publication of the most useful data
  • how we might make the internal workings of government and the public sector more open
  • how far there is a role for government to stimulate enterprise and market making in the use of open data.

Also announced today by Francis Maude and Edward Davey, Business Minister, is a public consultation on data policy for a Public Data Corporation. The ultimate aim will be to create a clear data policy for the new Public Data Corporation, supporting the Government’s growth agenda, opening up opportunities for innovative developers, businesses and members of the public to generate social and economic growth through the use of data.

These consultations show the extent of the Government’s commitment to understanding and creating a new environment regarding the management, use and sharing of open data as well as public data and information. The Government’s mydata programme, which Ctrl-Shift is helping to drive forward, also has the potential to create real innovation through rethinking the role of personal data in commerce. It encourages companies to review their customer data strategy from the new perspective of how it adds value to the customer.