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The Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information (APPSI) was established as a Non-Departmental Public Body by Douglas Alexander MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office in April 2003.

In October 2006, APPSI became a Non-Departmental Public Body of the Ministry of Justice (then the Department of Constitutional Affairs).

APPSI's role

APPSI is independent of both The National Archives and the Ministry of Justice. This independence applies to our main roles:

  • Advice  to Ministers and to the Director of OPSI and Controller of HMSO
  • as part of the review process regarding the re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations (Statutory Instrument 2005 No. 1515)

Terms of reference

APPSI's terms of reference apply to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. APPSI's role is:

  • to advise Ministers on how to encourage and create opportunities in the information industry for greater re-use of public sector information
  • to advise the Director of the Office of Public Sector Information and Controller of Her Majesty's Stationery Office about changes and opportunities in the information industry, so that the licensing of Crown copyright and public sector information is aligned with current and emerging developments
  • to review and consider complaints under the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005 and advise on the impact of the complaints procedures under those regulations

Recent updates

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17 October 2013 - The Impact of APPSI

APPSI has recently undertaken a review of its work and achievements since it was established in 2003.

The Impact of APPSI (PDF, 0.28Mb)

17 May 2013 - APPSI responds to The Shakespeare Review: An Independent Review of Public Sector Information

Please see APPSI's response to The Shakespeare Review.

Letter to Stephan Shakespeare (PDF, 0.32Mb)

31 October 2012 - APPSI responds to the PAF Advisory Board's Consultation

Please see APPSI's response to the PAF Advisory Board consultation.

APPSI Publishes Discussion Paper: A National Information Framework for PSI and Open Data:

The Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information has been considering the strategic dimension to PSI re-use since 2010. It has now summarised its views on what should be done in a paper entitled A National Information Framework for Public Sector Information and Open Data. The purpose of this paper is to seek views on the proposal so as to help APPSI carry out its advisory role.

37th Meeting of APPSI

Following the meeting held on 21 September 2012, the papers for the meeting are now available.

36th Meeting of APPSI

Following the meeting held on 09 July 2012, the agenda and the papers discussed at the meeting are now available.  

35th Meeting of APPSI

Following the meeting held on 20 April 2012, the agenda, minutes, and meeting papers are now available.  

34th Meeting of APPSI

Following the meeting held on 01 February 2012, the agenda, associated documents and minutes are now available.

 

33rd Meeting of APPSI

Following the meeting held on 08 December 2011, the agenda, associated documents and minutes are now available.

APPSI responses to 'Making Open Data Real' and Public Data Coporation consultations

APPSI's responses to the 'Making Open Data Real: A Public Consultation' and 'A Consultation on Data Policy for a Public Data Corporation' are now available.

32nd Meeting of APPSI

Following the meeting held on 13 September 2011, the agenda, associated documents and minutes are now available.

31st Meeting of APPSI

Following the meeting held on 27 July 2011, the agenda, associated documents and minutes are now available.

30th Meeting of APPSI

28 June 2011

Following the meeting held on 3 May 2011, the agenda, associated documents and minutes are now available.

Complaints Process Review Report

28 March 2011

Phillip Webb, Expert Member of the Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information, has carried out a review of the Office of Public Sector Information's complaint-handling processes under the Public Sector Information Regulations. OPSI, part of The National Archives, welcomes this timely review and the recommendations which will improve and develop its service in the coming months.

29th Meeting of APPSI

01 March 2011

Following the meeting held on 1 March 2011, the agenda and minutes are now available.

Contact details

The APPSI Chair and members of the Panel can be contacted via the Secretariat:

Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information
The National Archives
Kew
Richmond
Surrey TW9 4DU

Tel: +44  (0)20 8392 5337

Email: secretariat@appsi.gsi.gov.uk

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