Consultation outcome

Making open data real

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government
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Summary of responses to the Making Open Data Real consultation

Original consultation


The Open Data consultation paper sets out government’s proposed approach for a Transparency and Open Data Strategy.

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Consultation description

The Open Data consultation paper sets out government’s proposed approach for a Transparency and Open Data Strategy, which is aimed at establishing a culture of openness and transparency in public services. We want to hear from everyone – citizens, businesses, public services themselves and other interest groups – on how we can best embed a culture of openness and transparency in our public services.

The proposed approach is fundamentally about creating a ‘pull’ (an enhanced right to data) and a ‘push’ (a presumption of publication). The consultation seeks the public’s views on:

  • how we might enhance a ‘right to data’, establishing stronger rights for individuals, businesses and other actors to obtain data from public service providers
  • how to set transparency standards that enforce this right to data
  • how public service providers might be held to account for delivering open data
  • how we might ensure collection and publication of the most useful data
  • how we might make the internal workings of government and the public sector more open
  • how far there is a role for government to stimulate enterprise and market making in the use of open data.

Consultation responses

There were nearly 500 responses submitted before its closure in October.

The consultation set out a series of questions aimed at informing government’s strategy to embed transparency and open data as core operating principles of the public services. Many of you expressed your support for the principles of open data, your confidence in its ability to bring about a positive change and the benefits it can deliver, including enhancing the performance and delivery of public services and fostering economic growth.

Four responses to the consultation have been redacted in part and one in full. This information has been withheld in accordance with the principles set out in exemptions to the Freedom of Information Act 2000.


Published 4 August 2011