The government is asking the public to come up with ideas on how the government can become more open.
The consultation, ‘Making Open Data Real’, was launched today following Prime Minister David Cameron’s letter to the Cabinet last month, which announced plans to publish key data on the NHS, criminal courts, schools and transport, as part of the government’s open data and transparency agenda.
“The UK government is determined to have the most ambitious open data agenda of any government in the world. We want to embed this approach throughout the public service and we want to hear from people about how they think we should do this,” said Francis Maude, cabinet minister.
“We want to [take this step] to create public accountability and efficiency in our services and to drive economic and social growth.”
The consultation asks for the public’s views on a number of topics, including how the government might strengthen the rights of individuals and businesses to obtain data from public service providers, and how to set transparency standards that enforce this right to data.
People will also be able to voice their opinions on what they think the role of government is in stimulating business by using open data.
In addition, Maude and business minister Edward Davey, have launched a public consultation on data policy for the creation of a Public Data Corporation.
The corporation aims to bring together government bodies and data and provide more freely available data at the point of use. The intention is to provide opportunities for developers, businesses and members of the public to generate social and economic growth through the use of data.
Organisations that could form part of a PDC, due to be established by the end of 2011, are HM Land Registry, Ordnance Survey and the Met Office.
The deadline for responses to both consultations is 27 October 2011.