Open Data User Group

The Open Data User Group (ODUG) will gather views of open data users/re-users to influence data releases for free through government’s Public Sector Transparency Board.

Role of the group

The aim of the group is to:

  • continue to encourage open data delivery across government and the wider public sector, driven by the demand-led data request mechanism on
  • continue to provide advice on the further development of the National Information Infrastructure (NII), working closely with the Cabinet Office Transparency Team
  • follow-up and report on the progress of projects funded through the Release of Data Fund (RoDF); also make recommendations for any remaining or new funding which is available
  • Build on ODUG’s previous work around local government open data

As areas of new or improved focus, it is proposed that the group:

  • deliver on a more focussed strategic communications and community outreach plan
  • look in more detail and develop case studies and papers on thematic and topical open data issues in areas the group has not yet considered in detail; the group will decide on themes as the year progresses


Name Company
Robert Barr Manchester Geomatics
Charlie Boundy BAE Systems Applied Intelligence
Simon Briscoe PASC/FullFact
Dr Stuart Chalmers Building Research Establishment
Hendrik Grothuis Cambridgeshire County Council
Nick Halliday National Audit Office
Paul Hodgson Greater London Authority
David Kane NCVO
Ian Makgill
Paul Malyon Experian
Giuseppe Sollazzo St George’s University of London
Jacqui Taylor FlyingBinary
Jeni Tennison Open Data Institute
Johanna Walker Web Science Institute

Minutes and papers are published on


  1. Government transparency and accountability