Transparency - useful links [external website] - aims to promote innovation through encouraging the use and re-use of government data-sets. Includes a directory of data available and applications making use of the data, as well as discussion forums, and a place to submit ideas for new data-sets and mash-ups.

Public Sector Transparency Board

Public data transparency principles [external website]

Local Data Panel [external website] - Champions the release of local public data and information sharing, accelerate progress in agreeing common standards for data released into the public sphere, and for making local public services better understood and more accessible


Transparency in procurement and contracting [external website] allow the public to browse tender documents used by government departments in the process deployed to buy goods and services. [external website] - national portal for lower value contract opportunities

Tenders Electronic Daily (TED) [external website]  higher value opportunities can be accessed through this online version of the Supplement to the Official Journal of the European Union, dedicated to European public procurement.

Your rights to information

Freedom of Information [external website] The Freedom of Information Act and Environmental Information Regulations give you the right to access official information held by public authorities.

How to make a Freedom of Information request - Directgov

The Information Commissioner [external website]
The Information Commissioner’s Office is the UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.

Scottish Information Commissioner [external website]

Data Protection Act 1998 [external website]

Data advocates and activists

Guardian Datablog [external website]

Openly Local [external website] is a new project to develop an open and unified way of accessing Local Government information.

Open Charities [external website] a project to openup the UK Charities Register

Open Knowledge Foundation [external website]

Rewired State [external website]

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