Recommendations (draft)

 

Recommendation 13

The Government should ensure that public information data sets are easy to find and use.  The government should create a place or places online where public information can be stored and maintained (a ‘repository‘) or its location and characteristics listed (an online catalogue).  Prototypes should be running in 2009.



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  2. [...] Recommendation 13 The Government should ensure that public information data sets are easy to find and use. The government should create a place or places online where public information can be stored and maintained (a ‘repository‘) or its location and characteristics listed (an online catalogue). Prototypes should be running in 2009. [...]

  3. From the geospatial viewpoint, which has much focus in this report – data and service portal services, metadata catalogues and discovery services are part and parcel of the INSPIRE directive implementation and the work of the Defra based UK Spatial Data Infrastructure Team. So I hope for and anticipate progress in these areas.

  4. Richard Quarrell says:

    This is a good idea with a valuable outcome, but it is dependent upon the wholesale creation of IARs to put into this repository/catalogue. So that should their first priority.

  5. Richard Quarrell says:

    “… ensure that public information data sets are easy to find and use…”

    At this early stage (POI is in its infancy) it will be more effective to focus on identification, description and discovery of the information assets held by public bodies. Legislation in this area has been around for ten years; specifically saying it should be done… It still won’t be done if we do not know what we have; and if those holding the data don’t know then no-one will know; and the resource will remain locked-up and under utilised. And it’s OUR data…

    It’s time we have proper access to our own data and that starts with having a comprehensive index of what’s there; what it is – all of it. PSIKEY can help; but only government can promote a culture of willingness to cooperate and share, among those in the public sector responsible for this data. Ironically – but not without significance – one of the first benefits for PSI holders who get involved will be data security, assurance and provenance.