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Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information
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 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
APPSI Triennial Review
On 3 February 2015 the Minister of State for Justice and Civil Liberties, Simon Hughes, issued a written ministerial statement announcing the outcome of the triennial review of the Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information (APPSI).
The review was undertaken in accordance with the Cabinet Office's guidance on public bodies and as part of the Government's commitment to improve and make sure of the best accountability and effectiveness of public bodies.
The review concluded that there is no longer a continuing need for the current non-statutory functions of APPSI. Its statutory function did not form part of the review as it is currently under consideration as part of the Government's transposition of Directive 2013/37/EU on the re-use of public sector information. The Directive requires an impartial review body with the ability to make binding decisions and APPSI would be unlikley to meet these requirements. APPSI's statutory function will be replaced by new redress provisions and will therefore no longer be required.
Therefore the triennial review recommended that APPSI ceases to carry out its non-statutory functions and is abolished once its statutory function ceases to exist with transposition of Directive 2013/37/EU during 2015.
When making the announcement Mr Hughes thanked the Chairman and members for their valuable work in advising Government, and for their key role in contributing to the Government's approach to public sector information re-use and Crown copyright. In particular he noted its development of the concept of a national information framework, reflected in the Government's National Information Infrastructure, and APPSI's role in developing an open data glossary on data.gov.uk (see also the impact of APPSI and principles pertaining to Government's public sector information holders.
In the coming months APPSI will work with officials from The National Archives on the practical implications of the review's outcome.
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30 September 2014 - APPSI Review Board Report on a formal complaint against OPSI by 77M
77M made a formal complaint against the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) in June 2014. The Review Board Report below provides further details about the complaint and sets out the recommendations made by APPSI.
Review Board Report (PDF, 0.54MB)
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.
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.
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.
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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 InformationPlease 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.
The APPSI Chair and members of the Panel can be contacted via the Secretariat:
Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information
The National Archives
Surrey TW9 4DU
Tel: +44 (0)20 8392 5337
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