Algorithmic Transparency Recording Standard Hub

The CDDO and CDEI are helping public sector organisations provide clear information about algorithmic tools they use to support decisions.

The Algorithmic Transparency Recording Standard helps public sector organisations provide clear information about the algorithmic tools they use, and why they’re using them.

Algorithmic transparency means being open about how algorithmic tools support decisions. This includes providing information on algorithmic tools and algorithm-assisted decisions in a complete, open, understandable, easily-accessible, and free format.

The Hub is made up of:

The Algorithmic Transparency Recording Standard is part of the government’s National Data Strategy. The strategy has a commitment to explore an appropriate and effective way to deliver greater transparency on algorithm-assisted decision making in the public sector. The National AI Strategy reiterated this commitment, with an action to conduct research that will help develop a cross-government standard for algorithmic transparency.

The Central Digital and Data Office (CDDO) and Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI) developed the Standard collaboratively by working with civil society groups and external experts. It’s also informed by a public engagement study run by the CDEI and Britain Thinks.

The Standard has been piloted with a variety of public sector organisations across the UK and the published pilot reports are available on our report collection page. Following the pilots, the Standard was updated to reflect feedback, and we plan to review it every 6 months.

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Published 5 January 2023