The Government has launched a consultation on Open Data. The Open Data consultation paper sets out the government's proposed approach for transparency and open data strategy which is aimed at establishing a culture of openness and transparency in public services.
The consultation gives colleges and universities the opportunity to contribute their views on the following issues:
- How to enhance a "right to data" by establishing stronger rights for individuals, businesses and other actors to obtain, use and re-use data from public service providers
- How to enforce this right and set transparency standards
- How public service providers might be held to account for delivering open data
- How to ensure collection and publication of the most useful data
- How to make the internal workings of government and the public sector as open as possible
- How far government can help to stimulate enterprise and market-making through the use of open data
Issues highlighted of particular relevance to colleges and universities as public service providers include:
- how making more data proactively available can reduce the administrative burden associated with responding to Freedom of Information requests
- what might the resource implications be for colleges and universities of an enhanced right to data and
- how to ensure that any additional burden is proportionate to the aim.
The government has also launched A Consultation on Data Policy for a Public Data Corporation an organisation which will bring together data rich bodies, providing easier access to public information.
The consultation paper invites views from the public and public service providers including colleges and universities on aspects of data policy, such as charging, licensing and regulation of public sector information produced by the PDC for re-use, which need to be determined in order to successfully establish a PDC later this year.
The deadline for responses to both consultations is 27 October 2011.
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