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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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    Open Data Measures in the Autumn Statement

    29 November 2011

    The Cabinet Office has published further details on the Open Data Measures contained in the Chancellor's Autumn Statement 2011.

    Speech on Supporting Innovation and Investment in ICT given by Neelie Kroes

    24 November 2011

    The text of a speech given by Neelie Kroes, European Commission vice-president responsible for the digital agenda, to the European Parliament Committee on Industry, Research and Energy on 22 November has been published on the Europa website.

    The speech includes sections on Open Data and the re-use of information. Kroes says: 'In the near future, I will be proposing amendments to the Directive on re-use of public sector information, as well as updating the rules for re-use of the Commission's own data.'

    Update - European Commission press conference re-scheduled

    24 November 2011

    The press conference to present the European Commission's revised public data strategy has been rescheduled and is now to be held on 1 December, not 29 November as previously announced. Further details can be found on the European Commission website.

    European Commission press conference on public data strategy - 29 November

    22 November 2011

    The European Commission will be holding a press conference on 29 November to present its revised strategy towards public data. This is set to include proposals for the modification of the PSI Directive. Further details can be found on the European Commission website.

    Ireland's Public Service Reform Plan sets out objectives for Open Data

    22 November 2011

    Ireland's Department of Public Expenditure and Reform published a Public Service Reform plan earlier this month. The plan envisages the creation of an Irish national data portal, and includes action points to identify how data can be published so as to provide value to the public and to facilitate the development of both free and commercial products. The plan is analysed by Dominic Byrne on the Fingal Open Data blog.

    Verification of National Offender Management Service (NOMS)

    17 November 2011

    The Standards team will be conducting an IFTS verification of The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) on 28-29 November 2011. Read the principles IFTS is based on. If re-users, current or potential, of NOMS 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 NOMS as part of the verification to help raise standards and improve practice.

    European Commission proposes an open data strategy and reform of the Directive on re-use of PSI

    17 November 2011

    The European Commission has posted notice in its Calendar of a press conference to be held in Brussels on 29 November concerning a revised and strengthened public data strategy. Measures to be announced will include the creation of open data portals at a European level and regulatory measures, including reforms to modify the present Directive on the re-use of public sector information.

    Fire Service College publishes statement of public task

    15 November 2011

    The Fire Service College has published a statement of its public task under the Re-use Regulations. It is the first public sector body to do so since new guidance on drawing up such statements of public task was issued by The National Archives.

    Monmouthshire adopts the Open Government Licence

    07 November 2011

    Monmouthshire County Council has adopted the Open Government Licence for all its published data, arguing that, 'By making the information open it can be repurposed to become more useful.' We are pleased to be able to support open data in local government though the Open Government Licence.

    International PSI Policy Workshop

    04 November 2011

    The National Archives hosted an international PSI conference which took place on 26 October, with representatives from the UK, Australia and New Zealand. There was agreement to the need for interoperability of licences and a recognition that there could be more than one licence solution sitting beneath a set of agreed licensing principles common to us all.   We agreed to follow through developments in each of our jurisdictions and in Europe to deliver this understanding given changes in our policy areas. We also agreed to keep the dialogue going.

    One of the conference sessions involved a presentation on AUSGoal. For details of the UK's approach to licensing, see the UK Government Licensing Framework.

    Proposal to improve the Re-use Directive, speech by Neelie Kroes

    26 October 2011

    Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice President responsible for the digital agenda, gave a speech in Brussels last month on the subject of 'Opening up Europe: from Common Standards to Open Data'. The speech stated that 'at the end of November, I will be proposing to my fellow Commissioners that we adopt our next steps on the re-use of public sector information, and a proposal for an improved Directive... In particular, we'll be looking at the way data is disclosed - the formats and the way data licenses operate to make re-use straightforward in practice. We'll also be looking at charging regimes because expensive data isn't "open data". In short, getting out the data under reasonable conditions should be a routine part of the business of public administrations.' The full text of the speech can be found in the press release at the Europa website.

    OPSI publishes report on PinPoint Information Limited - The Coal Authority complaint

    11 October 2011

    The Office of Public Sector Information, part of The National Archives, has today published a complaint report under the PSI Regulations and the Information Fair Trader Scheme concerning PinPoint Information Limited and The Coal Authority. The report can be read on the reports and publications page of The National Archives' website.

    Imperial War Museum accredited to IFTS

    04 October 2011

    The Imperial War Museum (IWM) has been accredited as an online member of the Information Fair Trader Scheme. More information about licensing Crown copyright material held by IWM can be found from the IWM Collections web pages.

    Public task guidance published

    4 August 2011

    Public task is an important concept in determining how public sector information should be treated. The National Archives has published a set of principles to assist public sector organisations in drawing up a statement of their public task. Please send comments and feedback to standards@nationalarchives.gov.uk.

    Ordnance Survey re-accredited to IFTS

    22 July

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

    EU consultation on access to scientific information

    20 July 2011

    The European Commission has opened an online public consultation on access to scientific information, which at present is exempted from the PSI Directive and the obligation to allow re-use. The consultation exercise is open until 9 September 2011, and can be accessed via the Europa website.

    New AusGOAL site now online

    12 July 2011

    The new website for AusGOAL (the Australian Government's Open Access and Licensing Framework), Australia's nationally endorsed open access and licensing framework, has been launched. The website is focussed on open access and licensing of publicly funded information, and includes an updated suite of recommended licences.There is also a dedicated practitioners and communities of practice area to give access to information, resources and training materials.

    Re-verification of DVLA

    04 July 2011

    The Standards team will be conducting an IFTS verification of The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) on 20-21 July 2011. Read the principles IFTS is based on. If re-users, current or potential, of DVLA 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 DVLA as part of the verification to help raise standards and improve practice.

    UKHO re-accredited to IFTS

    09 June 2011

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

    One-stop IP advice from the IPO Intangible Assets Network

    26 May 2011

    The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has added a new page to the Intellectual Assets Network section of its website. The page, One Stop IP Advice, is a summary of the tools and resources offered by the IPO to assist with the management of the more formal intangible assets. Although the tools have a business focus, similar principles should apply to the public sector, especially in light of the drive towards greater efficiency.

    National Offender Management Service to join IFTS

    11 May 2011

    The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) is to join the Information Fair Trader Scheme, having completed the process to justify exception to marginal cost pricing for its Intellectual Property (Consultancy), NOMS Products (Interventions), and Services (including Training) material. Work will now take place to grant NOMS a delegation of authority to manage the Crown copyright in this information and NOMS will undertake the application process to join IFTS as a full accredited member.

     

    Report on the EU consultation on the PSI Directive published

    01 April 2011

    The final report on the online consultation on the PSI Directive has been published. The report can be found on the EPSI Platform website.

    National School of Government to join IFTS

    30 March 2011

    The National School of Government (NSG) is to join the Information Fair Trader Scheme, having completed the process to justify exception to marginal cost pricing for its training course handouts, e-learning packages and specialist publications. Work will now take place to grant NSG a delegation of authority to manage the Crown copyright in this information and NSG will complete the application process to join IFTS online.

    APPSI publishes OPSI complaints process review

    29 March 2011

    Phillip Webb, Expert Member of the Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information, has carried out a review of the Office of Public Sector Information's complaint-handling processes under the Public Sector Information Regulations. OPSI, part of The National Archives, welcomes this timely review and the recommendations which will improve and develop its service in the coming months. Read the published report on APPSI's website.

    OPSI publishes report on Van Haren-OGC Complaint

    14 March 2011

    Last July, the Office of Public Sector Information, part of The National Archives, published a complaint report under the PSI Regulations concerning Van Haren Publishing and the Office of Government Commerce (OGC).  OPSI has now published a progress report demonstrating positive progress by OGC in many areas. Some aspects of the report will remain under review.

    New data.gov.au website released

    10 March 2011

    Australia's Special Minister of State, Gary Gray, has announced the release of the new version of the data.gov.au website on 10 March. His blog entry announcing the new site, which replaces the previous beta version, can be found at http://agimo.govspace.gov.au/2011/03/10/release-of-data-gov-au/.

    New free file profiling tool now available from The National Archives

    07 March 2011

    DROID (Digital Record Object Identification) is a new, free profiling tool from The National Archives to help manage information risk. DROID can identify over 770 different formats, using a combination of file format extensions and over 300 digital signatures that look inside the file itself to determine its format. This includes most document, audio, video and image files in common use. It can tell you what formats you've got, when they were last modified, what versions you have, their age and size - and provide you with data to help you to find (and delete) duplicate files. You can use the information DROID gives you to assess whether you hold information in formats that are no longer supported by your existing technology, and to identify formats that may require active intervention to make sure they remain usable. It can also highlight information that hasn't been modified for a number of years, and which may no longer have business value. DROID can scan individual files and directories or entire repositories holding millions of files. It can be installed with minimal impact on your systems. It is open source, and can be downloaded and run without any restriction, completely free of charge. It is available from: www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/droid

    Unlocking service moves to data.gov.uk

    24 February 2011

    The Unlocking Service exists to help individuals, community groups and businesses re-use official information more effectively. Previously hosted on the Office of Public Sector Information website, the Unlocking Service has now been integrated with the central government data store data.gov.uk. The new service can be accessed at - data.gov.uk/data/requests. Bringing the Unlocking Service together with data.gov.uk will make it easier for users to request datasets and for government departments to respond to them.

    Public Data Corporation - online forum launched to consult on plans

    15 February 2011

    The government has launched a public forum consultation on plans for a proposed Public Data Corporation (PDC). Re-users and potential re-users of government information are invited to respond to ten questions posed by the PDC project team, and to submit their views on the proposal and any other data they would like to be considered to be part of the PDC. You can find the public forum consultation pages online here. The closing date of the forum is 11 March 2011.

    Re-verification of the UK Hydrographic Office

    10 February 2011

    The Standards team will be conducting an IFTS verification of The UK Hydrographic Office on 7-8 April 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 UKHO 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 UKHO as part of the verification to help raise standards and improve practice.

    OGC accredited to IFTS

    24 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

    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.