Last week Open Knowledge published the third edition of their annual Global Open Data Index. This year Taiwan topped the table of 122 countries, with the UK finishing second – pipped to the top spot after two years as the …

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On 5th November 2015, the steering group of the Open Government Civil Society Network met with the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Matthew Hancock MP, to discuss progress on open government in the UK. Please see a note from the meeting …

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The Institute for Government (IfG) recently produced the third of its Whitehall Monitor reports. If you haven’t had a look you should – it’s an interesting and well-written report by Gavin Freeguard and team that summarises the current state of …

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Minister indicates that the Open Data Institute has gained more traction with government The Open Data Institute (ODI) has solidified its support in government with the announcement that it has been given the lead role in developing the economic potential …

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The Cabinet Office has hosted an event in an attempt to solve the problem of youth unemployment in the UK through the use of open government datasets. The so-called Job Hack event saw technology professionals from across the industry come together with young people …

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Post: 10 October 2015 The current data request process on Data.gov.uk was launched in late September 2012 with a blog post from Heather Savory, then chair of the Open Data User Group. To see where we are today take a look …

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After a few years looking after the UK’s efforts on open data and policy innovation I am taking on a new role as Director of Data from within the Government Digital Service in the Cabinet Office. I’m excited about this …

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The Independent Commission on Freedom of Information was announced exactly one month ago yesterday, but no more information has been given out about its work. Fortunately, now that 20 working days have passed, some information about the review might start …

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SUMMARY: The government has set up a commission to review the relevance of freedom of information requests – but open data doesn’t make them redundant. A government funded organisation that was founded by the inventor of the World Wide Web, …

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