A modern capability (draft)


Resourcing OPSI, a part of the National Archives

The government should ensure that the public sector makes the best use of scarce talent and expertise while it is upskilling to take advantage of the power of information.  This work is at the leading edge for any public sector and skills are in short supply.


At a time of national economy, the public sector will need to resource and use world class centres of excellence such as OPSI carefully to avoid both wasteful duplication and missed opportuities to tap their expertise.  Things that can be done once for the whole of government should only be done once, in line with the Transformational Government strategy.  The more resources for instance OPSI has, the more efficient it can be in providing a shared service for government as a whole.  OPSI’s running costs of £1.04m per annum, reported in the United Kingdom Report on the Re-Use of Public Sector Information 2008 (Cm 7446) are modest compared to the £205m annual running costs of central government web operations estimated by the NAO. However as is often the case in the public sector, the costs and benefits fall to different organisations.

The Taskforce repeats Steinberg and Mayo’s recommendation 12 on resourcing OPSI.

To ensure that OPSI can regulate the public sector information market effectively, government should review the fit between OPSI’s functions and funding, and recommend options that will ensure it is fit for purpose.’

RSS feed of comments 4 Responses to “Resourcing OPSI, a part of the National Archives”

  1. Lee Bryant says:

    Very good point indeed. I think they could be a useful enabler if funded and supported.

  2. Phil McAllister says:

    Please expand OPSI

  3. Sebastian Crump says:

    I’m not sure you’re comparing like with like on those figures and what you’re (possibly unintentionally) inferring by making that comparison.

    Is OPSI in the best place to undertake the expansion/role change? There are also TG costs at COI and Cabinet Office – should these be consolidated?

  4. Richard Quarrell says:

    “To ensure that OPSI can regulate the public sector information market effectively…”

    OPSI needs to do two things: regulate (as it says in recommendation 12) and (I would add) encourage compliance…

    If it is resourced to do these two tasks properly, then progress can be made.