Matthew Pearce The National Archives Standards in Public Sector Information
Areas for standards in Public Sector Information? Culture o Norms and attitudes towards making information available. Formats o Information may be available, but is it useable? Licensing o Information may be available, but are we allowed to use it? 3
What would success look like? PSIH - Supply side Similar public bodies making similar information available. In similar formats. Under compatible licensing terms. Re-user - Demand side Comprehensive data coverage. Dont have to do the same work multiple times. Legal uncertainty reduced, greater assurance. 4
Economy of scale: UK Government Licensing Framework Open Government Licence: default for central government. Useful standards o Policy Open Knowledge DefinitionOpen Knowledge Definition o Technical interoperability: Creative Commons Rights Expression LanguageRights Expression Language Standards for… Licensing?
How far should government tie itself to particular technologies? What can we agree on? 5-star scheme:5-star scheme o Publish via the web; o In a structured, machine readable format; o That is not proprietary. o Use URIs to identify things, so they can be pointed at. o Link your data to others to provide context. Standards for… Formats?
Organisations copy each others behaviour: best practice. o Example: Local government & OGL in the UK. UK Public Data Principles – establishing norms. Technical & legal elements, but also:Public Data Principles o PSIHs should actively encourage re-use. o PSIHs should release data in a timely fashion. o Policy should be driven by re-users and the public. Standards for… Culture?
Are our standards legally compliant? UK approach the PSI Directive as a baseline for performance. UKGLF – default Open Government Licence. Information Fair Trader Scheme – Maximisation and Innovation principles. Public Task – establishing a pre-emptive system for thinking about an organisations information duties. 8