Recommendations (draft)


Recommendation 18

At a time of national economy, the public sector will need to resource and use world class centres of excellence such as OPSI, part of The National Archives carefully to avoid both wasteful duplication and missed opportunities to tap their expertise.  Focusing resources and authority on OPSI will not only be more economical but will lead to greater consistency across the public sector – which is essential for those seeking to use public information.  The Taskforce repeats Steinberg and Mayo’s recommendation on resourcing OPSI.

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  1. OPSI do an extraordinary job with paltry financial resources. Your report and many other commentators have made the same remark. I would add two observations. First, we have had experience suggesting that OPSI’s powers need to be reinforced by the force of law if they are going to be truly effective. Secondly OPSI is not a commercial publisher and its understanding of the needs of entrepreneurs is consequently constrained. An appeal body might be useful.

  2. Mark Cartwright says:

    Getting information to be used effectively requires a bit of investment, and often this will be duplicated. In the marketplace, companies do private development which often overlaps.

    This is not bad – it trains local competence and interest. Focussing delivery on OPSI, rather than embedding in all public bodies, may be counterproductive if overdone.

  3. Is this a case for strengthening authority or for better articulating best practice and savings by such ‘centres of excellence’?

  4. Richard Quarrell says:

    Yes, OPSI should be well funded especially to regulate and promote the issues covered in this report. But do not forget the role the private sector might take, once that locked-up data is released.

  5. APPSI welcomes the opportunity to respond to this consultation report. Our response reflects a majority view (but is not unanimous).

    APPSI wishes to point out that OPSI has achieved a great deal from existing resources. However, OPSI’s potential to achieve far more is constrained by those resources. If public sector information is to be recognised for the asset that it is, and is going to become ever more important as a means of engaging with citizens, and as a platform for innovation, then it is essential that clear leadership and authority, backed by resources, is vested in OPSI to ensure that the recommendations made in the draft report are driven forward.