Recommendation 1

Public servants should take part in online peer support forums as a matter of course. Public bodies should investigate and publish lists of the major forums in their areas of responsibility and engage with these following a published plan.  A cross-governmental list and set of Departmental plans should be published by the Cabinet Office by [...]

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Recommendation 2

Public servants will require adequate internet access to take part in social media as part of their job.  The Cabinet Office should work with staff involved in setting access rules and defining standard browser capabilities and issue guidance.

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Recommendation 3

Unlock innovation in leading public sector sites using a ‘backstage model‘, a standing open online innovation space allowing the general public and staff to co-create information-based public services.  This capability should be a standard element of public information service design. The government should build on the new backstage service for Directgov.

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Recommendation 4

Invest in innovation that directly benefits the public by ensuring that public sector websites spend about as much on innovation as leading knowledge businesses.  DirectGov, BusinessLink and NHS Choices should create a combined innovation pot of 10% of their budgets, focussed on improving the public experience of government websites, through outside-in innovation not internal requirements.  [...]

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Recommendation 5

To take advantage of the potential of new online techniques to open up the policy dialogue online the government needs to do the following:

Clear and mandatory standards on accurate tagging and metadata which would allow consultations to be found by the subjects, interests and places they affect as well as by the policy issue

Breaking down [...]

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Recommendation 6

A plan for supporting the change needed in policy development skills to make the most of online participation should be developed by Government Skills by end 2009, with a concomitant training plan from the National School for Government

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Recommendation 7

It is the Taskforce’s view that ‘freeing up’ geospatial data should be a priority. The Ordnance Survey requires urgent reform.  Recent announcements of cost reductions at the Ordnance Survey point the way to wider reforms. This reform should include at a minimum:

Basic geographic data such as electoral and administrative boundaries, the location of public buildings, [...]

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Recommendation 8

Government should ensure that there is a uniform system of release and licensing applied across all public bodies; individual public bodies should not develop or vary the standard terms for their sector.

The system should create a ‘Crown Commons’ style approach, using a highly permissive licensing scheme that is transparent, easy to understand and easy to use, [...]

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Recommendation 9

OPSI, part of the National Archives, and COI should work on updated guidance on publishing information, including requirements for publication in legislation.  Guidance should help information producers publish in a form that is cost-effective, reaches the largest audience and can easily be re-used.

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Recommendation 10

Public information should be available at marginal cost, which in practice means for free online.  Exceptions to this rule should pass stringent tests to ensure that the national benefit is actually served by charging for information and thus limiting its reuse by exploiting the monopoly rights conferred by intellectual property regimes.  OPSI (part of The [...]

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