Public Data Group

The Public Data Group (PDG) brings together 4 organisations that excel in the collection, management and distribution of vital data sets, under one banner.

As well as fulfilling their own core public service roles, members of the PDG drive growth in the economy and enable the improvement of services across the public sector by:

  • making high quality and reliable data available for national and international businesses and the public sector
  • supporting the development of UK SMEs and other developers through effectively communicating the availability and accessibility of data and providing support and advice in how to use it
  • driving efficiencies and digitisation and supporting the public sector to deliver more efficient public services
  • providing high profile and nationally important data sets as Open Data

Membership

The members are:

Terms of reference

Documents

The Public Data Group: Open Data statement 2014 has been published – providing information on the work of PDG and commitments for 2014 to 2015 and beyond.

Examples of activity

Making high quality and reliable data available for national and international businesses and the public sector

Using Met Office data (amongst numerous other inputs), and products from the Met Office’s World Area Aviation Forecast Centre, which include upper level wind data. This data saves the aviation industry £2.7 billion per year by allowing airlines to calculate flight times and required fuel loads.

Supporting growth and innovation - such as OS’s provision of the data that supports Aviva’s extensive use of geographic information systems and spatial information to accurately and efficiently assess each customer’s individual circumstances to offer the right price for the right risk.

Supporting the development of UK SMEs and other developers through effectively communicating the availability and accessibility of data and providing support and advice in how to use it

DataPoint, is a way of accessing freely available Met Office data feeds in a format that is suitable for application developers. Over the last six months there have been around 40 million data requests with an average daily data download of around 34GB.

Since April 2011 Ordnance Survey has run 25 OS open data master classes across Great Britain which have attracted over 900 attendees. Its GeoVation series of themed challenges using geographic data has run 6 separate challenges since 2010, attracting over 550 ideas, in which 24 winners received over £500,000 in total.

Driving efficiencies and digitisation and supporting the public sector to deliver more efficient public services

Delivering public services digitally - such as through Companies House’s PROOF scheme which offers protection from fraud and online filing to over 1.1 million companies. Companies House also demonstrate excellence at customer service with a customer satisfaction rate of over 86%.

Harrow Council is predicted to achieve £290,000 in annualised savings for its Special Needs Transport Service through using Ordnance Survey’s OS MasterMap as part of its redefining of optimal routes for its customers.

Providing high profile and nationally important data sets as Open Data

Companies House have launched a free Accounts Data Product that allows free access to all statutory accounts filed digitally - that’s over 1.5 million registered companies. This has made Companies House a world leader in providing iXBRL accounts data free of charge.

The Land Registry has made available more than 18 million definitive records of monthly residential property price data – dating back to 1995.

Background

The PDG and DSB replaced the previous proposal for a Public Data Corporation, in order to split the provider of data and customer functions. In June 2012, Claudia Arney was appointed as the chair of the PDG.

As a result of the government response to the Shakespeare Review, it was agreed that a single body for driving increased access to public sector information should be established, so the Data Strategy Board has now merged with the Public Sector Transparency Board to take this work forward.

Detailed information