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Published 5 February 2013

The PDG consists of 4 data-rich organisations working together to support growth in the UK economy through:

  • improving access to public data
  • driving best practice both within and beyond its member organisations
  • developing new activities
  • creating efficiencies in its member organisations and the wider public sector


The members are:


The response to the consultation on a data policy for a Public Data Corporation established a series of government commitments.

Completed commitments

The government:

  • will establish a Data Strategy Board (DSB) to maximize the value of data from the PDG members in order to attain long-term economic and social benefit
  • will publish detailed terms of reference for both the DSB and PDG, as well as setting up a new Open Data User Group (ODUG)
  • will continue to consider the options for charging and will report back by the end of 2012

The PDG:

  • will identify where the Open Government Licence (OGL) could be more widely used for data and information that is already made available for free

Ongoing commitments

  • the government will begin a review to refresh the public task of each of the current members of the PDG
  • the PDG, working with the DSB, will continue to explore ways to make access to data easier and simpler
  • the DSB will monitor and evaluate the benefits generated by data which is already released for free from the PDG members
  • the PDG, working with the DSB and The National Archives, will aim to publish refreshed public tasks

Terms of reference


The PDG and DSB replaced the previous proposal for a Public Data Corporation, in order to split the provider of data and customer functions. In June 2012, Claudia Arney was appointed as the chair of the PDG.

Detailed information