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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Summary NZ’s Action Plan is amongst the least ambitious of all 65 member countries in the OGP, and the process by which it was developed and is being implemented is a long way from the ‘co-creation’ between government and civil …

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This summer, the Bulgarian Council of Ministers organised ‘A Date with Data’. The theme for this one-day event was ‘Open Data for Transparent Governance’. The programme featured presentations, panel discussions, demonstrations of visualisations, and other applications of open data. Among …

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The National Action Plan of 2014-2015 is a joint product of an intense cooperation of government and civil society as well as public consultations conducted throughout the country. The Plan was elaborated in the framework of the national coordination mechanism …

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Data is playing an increasingly-prominent role in business as more records are made more easily available through open data portals and public APIs. Writing for DigitalGov back in April, Bill Brantley discussed the importance of government data to the US …

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This article is cross-posted from the World Bank Information and Communications for Development (IC4D) Blog. Around the world, governments, entrepreneurs and established businesses are seeing the economic growth potential of using Open Data – data from government and other sources …

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The first fruits of Google’s inaugural Government Innovation Lab are nearly ripe. In California’s Central Valley, Kern County has announced two prototypes envisioned as remedies for a number of civic challenges. The first prototype is what officials call a Virtual …

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Assuming you can find the right stone, how will you get the blood (or open data) out? Source: flickr/dj2lip (CC-BY-2.0) Why I want more open government data (we paid for it already!) As you might already know I’m a bit …

Amazing uses of open data and the seven ways people try to kill them Read more »

Matt Hancock wants real-time data to underpin future spending decisions across governments. He’s quite right, says Adrian Brown, but taking a strategic approach will be vital “Digital technology means it’s much easier to hold a genuine iterative dialogue with the …

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Few are brave or foolish enough to publicly disagree with the idea that public bodies should publish as much of the data they hold as possible. After all, we need information – whether it be on projects, salaries, decisions or spending …

Data in Whitehall: which UK departments are the least and most open? Read more »