How to respond


Please post your responses in the question sections, responses will be moderated within 2 working days and then published on this website. When the consultation closes we will export all comments for analysis.


– send your response, preferably on the template provided in Annex A, via email to: . These responses will not be published on the website.

Post – send a written response, preferably on the template provided in Annex A, to:
Open Standards Consultation
Cabinet Office
4th Floor
1 Horse Guards Road

These responses will not be published on the website.

Additional ways to become involved
Open standards in government IT is a technically complex issue with a potentially large number of stakeholders from legal, business and IT backgrounds, therefore a series of events may be scheduled to promote discussion on specific topics. All responses to the consultation must be submitted either on the online consultation site or via email or post, preferably using the template provided. To hear about any planned discussions, contact the service desk on 0845 000 4999 or via or follow @ICT_Futures on Twitter .

After the consultation closes

The information you send may need to be passed to colleagues within, or working on behalf of, the Cabinet Office or other government departments and may be published in full or in a summary of responses. Comments made online will be visible to anyone visiting the open standards consultation site but will be subject to moderation before they are published.

All information in responses, including personal information, may also be subject to publication or disclosure in accordance with the access to information regimes (these are primarily the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004). If you want your response to remain private, you should explain why confidentiality is necessary and your request will be acceded to only if it is appropriate in the circumstances. An automatic confidentiality disclaimer generated by your IT system will not, of itself, be regarded as binding on the department. Contributions to the consultation will be anonymised if they are quoted. Individual contributions will not be acknowledged unless specifically requested.

A Government response will be published on the consultations page of the Cabinet Office website  – it is anticipated that this will be in summer 2012. A new policy on open standards for  software interoperability, data and document formats in government IT procurement will be published following publication of the response.

This consultation complies with the Government code of practice on consultation.