Cabinet Office calls for input into open data strategy

The Cabinet Office is calling for ideas on how its new Open Data User Group should engage with users of open data.

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The Cabinet Office is calling for ideas on how its new Open Data User Group should engage with users of open data.

It recently announced that £7 million would be available from April next year for the purchase of more data to be released for free, in addition to the 40,000 public data sets that have been released so far on data.gov.uk.

To advise ministers on what data should be released, an independently-chaired Data Strategy Board (DSB) will be created. An Open Data User Group (ODUG), made up of representatives from the open data community, will be directly involved in decisions on the release of open data, and will advise the DSB on what data should be prioritised for release as open data.

The Cabinet Office is currently recruiting for a chair for the ODUG (with a salary of £20,000 attached), as well as consulting on how the ODUG should gather evidence for the release of open data, how it should develop its advice to the DSB and how it should keep the wider community up-to-date on developments.

"We are keen to hear your views on how users and re-users of open data should be engaged by ODUG. This is your opportunity to co-create this process and make sure that it is as tailored as possible to the needs of the community," the Cabinet Office said.

So far, ideas that have been submitted to the ODUG include a recommendation that the group should aim for "maximum transparency", and publish minutes of meetings as soon as possible after a meeting takes place, so that the wider community has an opportunity to react and comment in a timely way.

Existing ideas can be voted and commented on, and new suggestions can be made here.

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