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Making Open Data Real: A Public Consultation

The Open Data consultation paper sets out Government’s proposed approach for Transparency and Open Data Strategy, which is aimed at establishing a culture of openness and transparency in public services. We want to hear from everyone – citizens, businesses, public services themselves, and other interest groups – on how we can best embed a culture of openness and transparency in our public services.

The proposed approach is fundamentally about creating a ‘pull’ (an enhanced right to data) and a ‘push’ (a presumption of publication). The consultation seeks the public’s views on:

  • how we might enhance a ‘right to data’, establishing stronger rights for individuals, businesses and other actors to obtain data from public service providers
  • how to set transparency standards that enforce this right to data
  • how public service providers might be held to account for delivering open data
  • how we might ensure collection and publication of the most useful data
  • how we might make the internal workings of government and the public sector more open
  • how far there is a role for government to stimulate enterprise and market making in the use of open data.

How to respond

Deadline for responses:
27 October 2011




Open Data Consultation
Transparency Team
Efficiency and Reform Group
Cabinet Office
1 Horse Guards Road
London SW1A 2HQ

Visit the Cabinet Office website for further information - www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/resource-library/making-open-data-real-public-consultation