Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/06/28/maude_public_data/

Maude calls for public choice on open data

Pick what you want to see

By Kable

Posted in Government, 28th June 2010 08:00 GMT

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has invited the public to comment on what government data sets should be released.

He said the move is part of the effort to define clear principles for the implementation of the transparency agenda across the public sector.

The announcement came after the first meeting of the Public Sector Transparency Board, which decided to publish a first draft of the principles for transparency immediately on data.gov.uk for comment and improvement.

This reflects the board's remit to engage with developers, open data experts and business on how transparency should be implemented. One of its responsibilities is to set open data standards for the whole public sector.

The principles the board has put forward for wider comment are:

Maude said: "In just a few weeks this government has published a whole range of data sets that have never been available to the public before. But we don't want this to be about a few releases, we want transparency to become an absolutely core part of every bit of government business.

"That is why we have asked some of the country's and the world's greatest experts in this field to help us take this work forward quickly here in central government and across the whole of the public sector.

"And in the spirit of transparency we are asking everyone to comment on our ideas and help us to define these important principles. Anyone who wants to will be able to put forward their suggestions for what the principles should be by logging on to data.gov.uk."

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