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The Checks and Balances of a Transparent Public Sector World of Information

Carol Tullo’s presentation focused on the public right to data, and for the National Archives (TNA) she set out three policy objectives:

  • Public data publishing in an open and standardized format, so that it can be used easily and with minimal cost by third parties
  • Commitment to implementing a “right to data” in their information strategies, giving the public access to datasets they request
  • Release of core reference data for free re-use from the Public Data Corporation

An important enabling mechanism is the Open Government Licence, which has already been taken up by the Ordnance Survey, all key departments of state, and an increasing number of local authorities. Carol spoke too about standards for data and metadata, and TNA’s wider efforts to provide leadership in knowledge and information management.

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