Open Standards Panel

The Open Standards Panel oversees the process to select open standards for software interoperability, data and document formats.

Terms of Reference

The Open Standards Panel replaces the Technical Panel and Data Panel and combines their expertise. The panel advises challenge owners leading the work to adopt open standards and on the state of the current standard landscape. It also evaluates proposals to make evidence-based recommendations to the Open Standards Board.

The group’s aim is to use a fair, open and transparent process to:

  • consider and evaluate open standards recommendations relating to government IT - such as software interoperability, data and document formats
  • advise challenge owners on how to investigate proposals - for example identifying stakeholders and setting up workshops or working groups
  • report on how the standards are currently implemented and on related work being carried out in government departments

Meeting dates

The panel meets 2-3 times a year to review and evaluate proposals put forward by challenge owners. Working groups may also be set up to support challenge owners.

Meetings between panel members will either be face-to-face or via tele/video-conference and will normally last no more than two hours. The timing of the meetings will be agreed with members.


There will be a maximum of 14 members at each Panel meeting, with approximately 4-6 voluntary positions available on each. Meetings with over 60% attendance will be considered quorate.

The panel has a core membership of:

  • expert users from government or not-for-profit organisations
  • experts who volunteer by contacting the Open Standards team
  • experts asked to participate by the Open Standards team

Other members include a rolling group of volunteers from other organisations who join for a minimum six-month period.

The volunteer members come from:

  • business
  • not-for-profit organisations
  • charities
  • academic organisations

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