The Future of Open Data in the Public Sector

Opening up central and local government is a key priority in pushing for greater transparency and accountability in the public sector. Francis Maude, Minister for Cabinet Office, has described data as ‘the 21st century’s new raw material’ which can drive choice, efficiency and value for money in public service delivery by empowering citizens to hold government to account through open data. In June 2012, the government published their Open Data White Paper: Unleashing the Potential, which outlined how the government is putting data and transparency at the heart of public services. Building on this, in December 2012, the government announced £8 million of new investment running to 2015 to accelerate the benefits of open data and develop commercial opportunities.

More recently, in May 2013, the government commissioned Market Assessment of Public Sector Information (PSI), which aimed to improve access to data and promote economic growth, concluded that the wider economic benefits derived from PSI could amount to £5 billion. Additionally, in May 2013, The Government Response to Shakespeare Review of Public Sector Information was published, which sets out how the government are continuing to drive the open data agenda.

At a time when the G8 have signed the Open Data Charter, June 2013, exploring opportunities for growth, improving accountability and getting value from the wealth of information held by the public sector looks set to underpin government policy going forward.

One year on from the government’s Open Data White Paper: Unleashing the Potential, the Open Data Forum, taking place in London on the 24 October at the London College of Surgeons, will present delegates with the opportunity to discuss the government’s latest open data strategy. Delegates will explore, through hearing from leading experts and best practice case studies, how to unlock the benefits of open data while considering the security challenges associated with open data.

Arcus Global will be attending the event to demonstrate our Information Asset Register tool as well as discuss how our advisory services can help you with your data strategy or Information Management and Security.

We are able to offer a special discount code saving you 15% on the listed price.  Simply enter <OP13>  at the checkout to receive your discount.

For more information and tickets for the event please visit http://www.insidegovernment.co.uk/event-details/open-public-sector-data/203/#overview

Please do stop by for a quick demonstration of our software and don’t forget to pick up one of our free goodie bags.