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This time next year….

25 May 2012

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has given public authorities the heads up as to a change in their publications schemes from next year. This follows a consultation carried out by the ICO which highlighted the fact that there have been significant advances made in central and local government regarding transparency, especially regarding the reusability of data. Much of the basis of this new proposal comes from the recent and ongoing open-data initiatives being promoted by central government.

The ICO has prepared an action plan setting out what public authorities should do in the short and medium term to prepare for 1 April 2013. This could mean considerable work for public authorities to change the format and quality of the information. There is also a question around the practicalities of allowing Joe Bloggs to re-use data in a way that maybe wasn’t intended when first produced.

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