Open Data Institute’s road map 2015


The Open Data Institute (ODI) has published its update report on the UK’s open data policies, planning out its recommendations for future open data initiatives.

The UK is one of the global leaders in open data policy according to the Open Data Barometer 2013, with government and business data freely available for redistribution; however the ODI still feels that progress needs to be made to make even more data, which does not infringe upon individual privacy, accessible to the public.

Nigel Shadbolt, chairman and co-founder of ODI, said: “Our roadmap requires continued commitment at the highest levels of government. It needs business to make more of both the government and its own open data.

It needs an information infrastructure that contains the best open data to give the UK a digital nervous system fit for the 21st century.”

The report says that the UK is poised to seize the initiative and continue to establish itself as a world leader in open data, and makes recommendations to the next parliament to ensure this. The recommendations fall into three target categories, each with three specific actions to be taken.

1. To continue to build a coherent open data strategy:

  • Clearly embedding data within a wider data strategy
  • Appoint a chief data officer to oversee this
  • Build data publication into all digital government services

2. To open up more data with social, environmental and economic benefits:

  • Support UK trading funds to release more closed data as open data sets
  • Use the National Information Infrastructure as a tool for future releases
  • Include the release of open data in government procurement contracts

3. To support even more release of data:

  • Commit to data training for government, business and citizens
  • Incentivise government to consume open data not just publish it
  • Connect research and development frameworks to open data


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