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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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22 July 2014 - Principles pertaining to Government's Public Sector Information Holders

On 23 July APPSI's Chairman wrote to Ministers proposing some principles which should underpin how Government's Public Sector Information Holders operate in relation to the data and information for which they are custodians.

Principles pertaining to Government's Public Sector Information Holders (PDF, 0.23Mb)

15 July 2014 - IPR, liability and other issues in regard to Derived Data

The following paper was produced by the APPSI Chairman for members to consider at their meeting on 15 July. Its purpose clarify what is derived data in the case of geographical/spacial data and to examine some consequences arising from the construction and use of such data.

Discussion note: IPR, liability and other issues in regard to Derived Data (PDF, 0.45Mb)

29 April 2014 - Publication of the proceedings of the APPSI seminar on assessing the value of Open Data

On 28 January 2014, APPSI held a seminar attended by representatives of both public and private sector organisations to examine the ways in which the impact of Open Data can be most effectively assessed. The proceedings of this seminar are now available.

What is the Value of Open Data? Proceedings of the APPSI seminar held on 28 January 2014 (PDF, 10.30Mb)

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25 April 2014 - Drowning in Data: who and what can we trust?

The following paper seeks to summarise many inter-related strands of the Big Data world, including developments in Public Sector Information and Open Data. It is authored by the Chairman of APPSI. While it has not been put forward for formal approval to an APPSI meeting, much of the content has been discussed by APPSI members at different times.

Drowning in data: who and what can we trust? (PDF, 0.31Mb)

42nd Meeting of APPSI

Following the APPSI meeting on 28 January 2014, the agenda and minutes are now available.

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)

41st Meeting of APPSI

Following the APPSI meeting held on 20 September 2013, the agenda and minutes are available.

40th Meeting of APPSI

Following the APPSI meeting held on 18 June 2013, the agenda and minutes are now available.

17 May 2013 - APPSI responds to the Shakespeare 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.

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.

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.

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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