The Public Sector Transparency Board was set up by the Prime Minister to drive forward the Government’s transparency agenda. It is chaired by the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, and its members are a mix of public sector data specialists and data experts.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee is a British engineer and computer scientist who invented the World Wide Web, making the first proposal for it in 1989. He is the Director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), a Web standards organization, and also a Director of the World Wide Web Foundation, which furthers the potential of the Web to benefit humanity. Sir Tim is a Professor of Engineering at MIT as well as a Professor in the Electronics and Computer Science Department at the University of Southampton.
In 2009 he began to work with the UK Government to help make data more open and accessible. He and Professor Nigel Shadbolt are the two leading figures behind data.gov.uk, the online portal designed to open up almost all public sector data for free re-use. Sir Tim is a Fellow of the Royal Society and the recipient of several international awards.
Tom Steinberg is the founder and director of mySociety, a non-profit, open source organisation that runs many of the best-known democracy websites in the UK including the Parliamentary transparency website TheyWorkForYou and FixMyStreet. mySociety’s mission is to build websites which give people tangible benefits at the level of democracy and community and which teach the voluntary sector how they can better use technology to help citizens.
Tom worked in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit as a policy analyst from 2001 to 2003. His most recent publication is The Power of Information Review, co-authored with Ed Mayo and the Strategy Unit in 2007. Tom is convinced of the urgent need for substantial reform in the provision of public sector information from organisations like the Ordnance Survey.
Nigel Shadbolt is Professor of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Deputy Head (Research) of the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton. He is a Director of the Web Science Trust and also of the Web Foundation, both of which are committed to advance understanding of the Web and promote its positive impact on society.
In 2009 he was appointed, together with Sir Tim Berners-Lee, to help transform public access to government information. A major output of this work has been the data.gov.uk site - a single point of access for all government non-personal public data. He has been involved in a wide range of entrepreneurial activities, helping to shape the development of many companies recognised as technology pioneers. Nigel is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the British Computer Society and the European AI Association (ECCAI).
Rufus Pollock is a Director of the Open Knowledge Foundation which he co-founded in 2004 and the Mead Fellow in Economics at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge. He has worked extensively as a scholar, coder and activist on the technological, social and legal issues surrounding the opening up of knowledge. As an economist his work has focused on researching innovation and its implications for intellectual property policy.
Rufus co-founded the Open Rights Group in 2005 and was on its board until 2008. He served as director of the UK branch of the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure from 2004 to 2006 and as policy adviser to Creative Commons UK from 2003-2007.