Public Data Corporation
Introduction on PDC
In January 2011 Francis Maude and Edward Davey announced the Government’s intention to establish a Public Data Corporation. The aims of a Public Data Corporation are to bring together Government bodies and data to provide an unprecedented level of easily accessible public data and drive further efficiency in the delivery of public services.
The Public Data Corporation’s key objectives are to:
- Provide a more consistent approach towards access to and accessibility of public sector information, making more data free at the point of use where this is appropriate and consistent with ensuring value for taxpayer’s money;
- Create a centre of excellence driving further efficiencies in the public sector; and
- Facilitate or create a vehicle that can attract private investment as needed to support its operations and to create value for the taxpayer.
By bringing organisations together the Public Data Corporation will be able to:
- consider making more data free at the point of use where appropriate,
- create more opportunities for citizens, social enterprises and businesses to use public sector data in new and innovative ways;
- identify how data Government already holds can be used more effectively to provide better and cheaper public services; and
- create more certainty and predictability - encouraging businesses to invest in and develop new and innovative products and applications based on data. It will also provide opportunities for private investment in the corporation, reinforcing and accelerating the development of these world class assets and their contribution to the knowledge economy.
At Budget the Government announced:
"The Government is considering the merits of Machinery of Government changes to facilitate the development of a Public Data Corporation through a sponsoring department. If the Government decides to proceed, a first step would be to establish a PDC Shadow Board. It will also create an inventory of datasets from key data-holding organisations. The Government, through the Cabinet Office, will also put in place a policy statement on data by autumn 2011 covering access and licensing terms for public data."
Link to the full budget text on the Treasury website
For PDC reference go to Government Assets section, page 55, paragraph 2.19
This statement reinforces the Government's commitment to make a reality of a Public Data Corporation in 2011. As the statement indicates, Ministers are currently considering the merits of machinery of government change to help facilitate the creation of a PDC, in particular whether they will assist with Government's aim to create a centre of excellence for collecting, holding and managing public data, driving further efficiencies and improving productivity across the public sector.
A data inventory will enable more open access to public sector data and this will build on the work already in progress to help citizens and businesses to know what public sector data is available; and to access that data more easily. The inventory will pilot datasets from a small number of organisations in the first instance, working with data developers, business users, social entrepreneurs and others, before expanding the inventory more widely.
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