We are committed to transparency within government. We have gone beyond the commitments set out by the Prime Minister in 2010, in particular by publishing spend over £250 and spend on the Government Procurement Card.
The DCLG Public Data and Transparency Programme Board will exist until the end of 2012.
Local Public Data Panel
We support the Local Public Data Panel, chaired by Professor Nigel Shadbolt.
It was established to help:
- the release of local public data
- information sharing
- set common standards for releasing data
- make local public services better understood and more accessible
The panel aims to:
- ensure understanding of the case for making local public data freely available for re-use
- promote innovative uses of local public data
- sponsor the further development of a single place on line at data.gov.uk for all public sector data, while meeting the specific needs of the local government sector
- encourage agreed standards for greater data and information sharing by local strategic partnerships.
The panel operates a blog where you can see activity and read the minutes of their meetings.
Making a Difference with Data
The Making a Difference with Data initiative aims to raise awareness about how you can access data from local public services such as local authorities, the police and the NHS.
You can use it to raise issues, campaign, and influence decision-making in your local community.
The initiative brings together stories and examples showing how local information and data is being used to make a difference in important areas. The initiative is funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) in partnership with Improvement and Efficiency West Midlands (IEWM) and is supported by the Local Public Data Panel.
A recent project under this initiative, DCLG, in partnership with the London Borough of Lambeth, has developed an on-line tool to demonstrate how better access to information can help improve policy and decision-making at the local level.
This tool will be used to stimulate further debate in Lambeth and other local authorities about open data. We want this to help councils and their residents and communities understand what data is available and how they can use it to influence local public services.