08 August 2011

UK - Making Open Data Real: A Public Consultation

(Cabinet Office)
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 proposed approach is fundamentally about creating a 'pull' (an enhanced right to data) and a 'push' (a presumption of publication). The consultation seeks the public's 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. Deadline for responses: 27 October 2011