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Welcome to The National Archives' public sector information updates page. It is designed to support the needs of re-users of public sector information. Bookmark this page, or subscribe to the feed, for news on developments in public sector information within the UK, Europe and beyond, including:

  • announcements of forthcoming IFTS verifications and re-verifications
  • summaries of completed IFTS reports and complaints investigations
  • notice of surveys and consultations
  • news on reports and articles of interest

We hope this will be of use and would welcome feedback on the features and news presented here. Email us as standards@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk.

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    OGC accredited to IFTS

    27 January 2011

    The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) has been accredited to the Information Fair Trader Scheme. The report on the re-verification of OGC against the IFTS principles has been published and can be found on our IFTS Members page.

    Re-verification of Ordnance Survey

    27 January 2011

    The Standards team will be conducting an IFTS verification of Ordnance Survey between 22 February and 4 March 2011. You can find the principles IFTS is based on at nationalarchives.gov.uk/information-management/ifts/principles. If re-users, current or potential, of Ordnance Survey information have any points they wish to flag in confidence prior to the assessment they are encouraged to contact the team at standards@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk. Anonymous feedback will be passed to Ordnance Survey as part of the verification to help raise standards and improve practice.

    Met Office re-accredited to IFTS

    24 January 2011

    The Met Office has been re-accredited to the Information Fair Trader Scheme. The report on the re-verification of the Met Office against the IFTS principles has been published and can be found on our IFTS Members page.

    BGS announces release of new mapping data

    19 January 2011

    IFTS member the British Geological Survey has announced the release of new versions of its existing portfolio of 1:50,000 and 1:10,000 datasets, including new geological mapping and enhancements to existing data. Further details can be found on the British Geological Survey website.

    New home for OPSI website, information policy guidance and advice

    13 January 2011

    As part of the rationalisation of government websites the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) website has been closed. All information from the OPSI site has been transferred to the appropriate sections of The National Archives' and Legislation.gov.uk websites. Information relating to Crown copyright, the re-use of public sector information, the Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS) and official publishing can now be found at: www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/information-management/. You will also find the UK Government Licensing Framework and the Open Government Licence there. Primary and secondary legislation can be accessed at www.legislation.gov.uk.

    Project to define 'public task' principles

    24 November 2010

    The National Archives is leading a project, with support from the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury, which aims to establish a set of 'public task' principles and criteria, with supporting guidance, for public sector organisations. This will take the form of a toolkit. The concept of a  public sector organisation's 'public task' is included in the public sector re-use regulations. It is used to decide the extent of information covered by the regulations. The new principles and toolkit will assist public sector bodies in defining their public task. Draft products from the project will be reviewed by representatives of various public sector information holding bodies, including Cabinet Office and HM Treasury. Re-users who would like the opportunity to comment on the project outputs as they develop are invited to email the Standards team at standards@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk

    Verification of the Office of Government Commerce (OGC)

    27 September 2010

    The Standards team will be conducting an IFTS verification of OGC from 18-22 October. You can find the principles IFTS is based on on our website. If re-users, current or potential, of OGC information have any points they wish to flag prior to the assessment they are encouraged to contact the team by email: standards@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk.

    Launch of the Open Government Licence

    30 September 2010

    The Open Government Licence and UK Government Licensing Framework have been launched today.  These provide key elements of the UK Government's commitment to transparency by enabling the swift and simple re-use of public sector information. The Open Government Licence and Framework documents, along with implementation advice for public organisations, are all available online.

    British Geological Survey re-accredited to IFTS

    13 September 2010

    BGS has been re-accredited to the Information Fair Trader Scheme. The report on the re-verification of BGS against the IFTS principles has been published and can be found on our IFTS Members page.

    EU Consultation on the PSI Directive

    10 September 2010

    The Commission launched a public consultation on the PSI Directive on 9 September. Public sector content holders, commercial and non-commercial re-users and other interested parties are all invited to submit their views on the Directive. You can find and complete the survey online. The closing date is 30 November 2010.

    Re-verification of the Meteorological Office

    26 August 2010

    The Standards team will be conducting an IFTS re-verification of the Met Office from 20-23 September. You can find out the principles IFTS is based on on our website. If re-users, current or potential, of Met Office information have any points they wish to flag prior to the assessment they are encouraged to contact the team by email: standards@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk.