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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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    New standard licence developed

    26 November 2012

    The National Archives has published the beta version of a new standard licence for comment. The new licence, which has the working title 'Charged Licence', has been developed for use by public sector bodies which have reason to charge for the re-use of the information they produce or hold. The licence will form part of the UK Government Licensing Framework.

    This new licence, along with the Open Government Licence and the Non-Commercial Government Licence, will be a 'specified licence' provided for in amendments to the Freedom of Information Act made by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012. The publication of the new licence links in with the Cabinet Office's consultation on a new Code of Practice under section 45 of the Freedom of Information Act, which has also just been launched. The Code of Practice provides guidance to public bodies in meeting their new obligations to make certain datasets available under a specified licence.

    The National Archives is seeking views on the new licence, and in particular we would welcome your views on the following:

    • Do these simplified terms and conditions meet your needs, either as a licensor or a re-user?
    • The working title for the licence is the 'Charged Licence'. Is there an alternative title you would like us to consider that better describes its purpose? 

    Our aim is to provide a straightforward set of terms which deliver an effective standard approach that works. Let us know if we achieve this aim, by providing your feedback. We welcome comments on the beta Charged Licence by 10 January 2013, to coincide with the end of the Cabinet Office consultation period. However, any feedback received after that date will help to inform our ongoing review of the licences which form part of the UK Government Licensing Framework.

    NOMS Just Solutions international to join IFTS

    08 November 2012

    The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) has been running a pilot exercise, as a member of the Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS), to test the commercial provision of NOMS Intellectual Property, Products and Services (including Training) material. The pilot exercise closed on 31 October 2012.

    NOMS has decided to continue the provision of these services through a new trading arm, a social enterprise limited company to be known as Just Solutions international. JSi will commence operations in April 2013, but exists in shadow form now, and in this form has passed The National Archives' exceptions to marginal cost pricing criteria. This allows JSi to trade in Crown copyright information it holds, and NOMS-JSi will continue as a member of IFTS. An IFTS re-verification of NOMS-JSi will take place in 2013.

    Land Registry re-accredited to IFTS

    08 October 2012

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

    Marking the centenary of statutory Crown copyright

    06 July 2012

    The National Archives is marking the centenary of the Copyright Act 1911 coming into force, publishing resources including a timeline of key events, and a blog post.

    Ordnance Survey publishes statement of public task

    05 July 2012

    Ordnance Survey has published a statement of its public task under the Re-use Regulations. Ordnance Survey notes that it will review the published statement in detail following the European Commission's present work to amend the Directive on the Re-use of Public Sector Information and following the establishment of the Data Strategy Board.

    Companies House publishes statement of public task

    25 June 2012

    Companies House has published a statement of its public task under the Re-use Regulations. Companies House is due for re-verification under the Information Fair Trader Scheme in Autumn 2012, and IFTS members are now required to publish statements of their public task. This statement will be formally assessed as part of the re-verification.

    PinPoint Information Limited-Coal Authority progress report published

    19 June 2012

    Last October, the Office of Public Sector Information, part of The National Archives, published a complaint report under the PSI Regulations and the Information Fair Trader Scheme concerning PinPoint Information Limited and The Coal Authority. OPSI has now published a progress report demonstrating progress made by the Authority against the recommendations and suggestions for improvement in that report. Some aspects of the report will remain under review.

    Metropolitan Police Service to join IFTS

    19 June 2012

    The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) is to join the Information Fair Trader Scheme, having completed the process to justify exception to marginal cost pricing for Crown copyright materials produced by Metropolitan Police officers. MPS already licenses non-Crown copyright material produced by MPS staff, and has now received a delegation of authority to license Crown copyright training course materials, still and moving images, databases and works created in the course of professional, specialist, technical, administrative and consultancy services. MPS will be applying to join as an online IFTS member.

    National Offender Management Service (NOMS) accredited to IFTS

    08 June 2012

    NOMS has been accredited to the Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS). The report on the verification of NOMS against the IFTS principles has been published and is on our IFTS Members page.

    ELGIN national roadworks portal to apply for IFTS assessment

    01 May 2012

    ELGIN, the custodians of the national roadworks portal, has announced its intention to apply for assessment under the Information Fair Trader Scheme. The National Archives' news item on this announcement can be found on its website.

    Re-verification of The National Archives

    01 May 2012

    The Standards team and colleagues from the Office of Fair Trading will be conducting an Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS) verification of The National Archives from 15-17 May.

    Read the principles that IFTS is based on. If current or potential re-users of The National Archives' 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 The National Archives' licensing team as part of the verification to help raise standards and improve practice.

    e-Government Strategy for Ireland published

    16 April 2012

    The Irish Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has published an e-Government Strategy for Ireland 2012-2015. It includes a chapter on ensuring that public service data is made available for re-use, which lists specific actions that Irish public sector bodies will be expected to take.

    Scrutiny Committee clears Explanatory Memorandum on PSI Directive amendments

    22 March 2012

    The House of Commons European Scrutiny Committee has cleared the Explanatory Memorandum on the European Commission's proposal to amend the Directive on the Re-use of Public Sector Information. The cleared memorandum text along with the Committee's comments on it are now available online as part of the Committee's 57th Report.

    The Committee has requested a further update from the Government when the negotiations near completion.

    Open Data User Group terms of reference

    19 March 2012

    Cabinet Office has set up an Open Data User Group to give data users and re-users an opportunity to influence the release of Government data. Its terms of reference are now available from the Cabinet Office website.

    Data Strategy Board and Public Data Group terms of reference

    19 March 2012

    The Government has today published the terms of reference for the Data Strategy Board and the Public Data Group, which were announced in the Autumn Statement 2011. The Government has also published its response to 'A Consultation on Data Policy for a Public Data Corporation'.

    The response to the consultation and terms of reference can be found on the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills website

     

    DVLA re-accredited to IFTS

    14 March 2012

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

    Think tank Policy Exchange's report on A Right to Data

    06 March 2012

    The Think Tank Policy Exchange has published a report note by Chris Yiu entitled 'A Right to Data: fulfilling the promise of open public data in the UK'. The report includes three recommendations: to enshrine the right to public data in legislation; that responsibility for open data should rest at Board level in public sector bodies; and that every public sector body should define its public task and associated data requirements.

    Re-verification of Land and Property Services

    05 March 2012

    The Standards team will be conducting an Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS) verification of Land and Property Services, Northern Ireland, from 12-13 March. Read the principles IFTS is based on. If re-users, current or potential, of Land and Property Services 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 Land and Property Services as part of the verification to help raise standards and improve practice.

    Land Registry - Release of Data and IFTS Verification

    01 February 2012

    Land Registry has published details on its website of Transaction Data that has been made available to be re-used under the Open Government Licence (OGL) from 30 January. The website also gives information about Land Registry Price Paid Data planned to be made available under the OGL in March 2012.

    The Standards team will be conducting an Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS) verification of Land Registry on 27-29 February 2012. Read the principles IFTS is based on. If re-users, current or potential, of Land Registry 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 Land Registry as part of the verification to help raise standards and improve practice. 

    Farrer and Co briefing on Open Data initiatives

    27 January 2012

    Peter Wienand of Farrer and Co, deputy chair of the Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information, has posted a useful  briefing on current UK and European Commission Open Data initiatives.

    Information principles published

    22 December 2011

    The government has published a set of information principles for the UK public sector, including principles for re-use of information. These principles are intended to 'express timeless truths to which all public sector organisations can subscribe - but also to provide, as a consequence, concrete implications for implementation'.

    The principles can be found on the ICT Strategy resources page of the Cabinet Office website.

    Re-users web pages added, survey announced

    The National Archives' web pages for re-users of public sector information have been updated. We have taken account of comments received from re-users as to what content would be useful on their pages, and have today launched an new page of useful links for re-users. Please contact us if you have further suggestions on the type of content you would like to see included here.

    We are also announcing that we will be conducting a survey of information re-users and licensees, and inviting re-users who would like to be involved to get in touch. We are still building the survey, and welcome ideas re-users and licensees may have for areas the survey should cover.

    Second VHP-OGC complaint progress report published

    19 December 2011

    OPSI, part of The National Archives, has published the second VHP-OGC complaint progress report which can be viewed here.  It notes tangible progress in that an electronic version of the PRINCE2 Manual has been made available and an embargo period for the publication of derivatives has been established.  The report also comments on the extension of the existing publishing contract while options for the Best Management Practice portfolio are under review.  OGC is required to report back to OPSI by December 2012 with licensing activity being monitored through the Information Fair Trader Scheme in the interim.

    Open Data Strategy for Europe announced

    13 December 2011

    European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes this week announced an Open Data strategy for Europe. All data generated by public bodies will be made available for re-use. Open data will be the norm, rather than the exception, and the EC aims to puts itself at the 'top of the class', Commissioner Kroes said.

    The EC itself will open up its own data for re-use in the first half of 2012, with a test version of the data portal already available to provide that access. Other agencies will be pushed to join that initiative, which will serve as an example for individual Member States. The Commission proposes to update the 2003 Directive on the re-use of public sector information (PSI Directive 2003/98) by:

    • making it a general rule that all documents made accessible by public sector bodies can be re-used for any purpose, commercial or non-commercial, unless protected by third party copyright
    • establishing the principle that public bodies should not be allowed to charge more than costs triggered by the individual request for data (marginal costs); in practice this means most data will be offered for free or virtually for free, unless duly justified
    • making it compulsory to provide data in commonly-used, machine-readable formats, to ensure data can be effectively re-used
    • introducing regulatory oversight to enforce these principles
    • expanding the reach of the Directive to include libraries, museums and archives (the existing 2003 rules will apply to data from such institutions)

    The Commission's press release provides further details and links to useful resources.

    The Coal Authority publishes statement of public task

    09 December 2011

    The Coal Authority has published a statement of its public task under the Re-use Regulations. Publishing such a statement was recommended in the investigation report published earlier this year. The Coal Authority is the second public sector body to publish a statement of its public task since the new guidance on drawing up such statements was issued by The National Archives.

    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.