Information Asset Register
What is an Information Asset Register?
An Information Asset Register (IAR) is a register of unpublished information holdings i.e. information or collections of information, held electronically or in hard copy, which have (usually) not been published or made publicly available.
The IAR does not provide direct access to the information holdings themselves. It is a means of alerting the public to the existence of the unpublished information and whom to contact. Requests for the information will be dealt with in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
All current Departmental publications are available via the Publications pages where they can be viewed online or ordered (free of charge) in hard copy if available.
Suggestions about this initiative will be welcomed. Please email the BIS Information Rights Unit.
Why create an Information Asset Register?
The creation of an Information Asset Register is one of a series of initiatives designed to facilitate greater openness in public life. The need for an IAR was identified as a result of responses to the Green Paper Crown Copyright in the Information Age (Cm 3819). The resulting White Paper, The Future Management of Crown Copyright (Cm 4300), proposed a number of initiatives aimed at "improving and encouraging access to the broad range of public sector information". These include the IAR: see Chapter 8 of the White Paper.
The Government's Information Asset Register
The Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) (part of The Stationery Office) has lead responsibility for the development and co-ordination of the Government's IAR. Crown bodies make their IAR records available on OPSI's Inforoute website. Inforoute is designed to serve as a single point of access for the public to identify unpublished government information, to identify which Crown bodies hold that information, and whom to contact.
Further information about the Information Asset Register is provided by OPSI and may be found by going to the link on the right-hand side.