In October 2012 APPSI published a discussion paper on its proposals for the development of a National Information Framework.

In 2010 the Government published a national physical infrastructure plan to ensure that a sound physical infrastructure - roads, railways, utilities and so on - would be maintained in the future. The Government also took major steps in easing access to the wealth of public sector information (PSI) through the Open Data Initiative but its approach was not as strategic as that followed for the national physical infrastructure.

Various studies project large economic and social benefits from easier access to such information and the exploitation of new technology in mining it to provide new or better services. APPSI had been considering the strategic dimension to PSI re-use since 2010 and concluded that developing an information infrastructure alongside a physical infrastructure offered a relatively inexpensive additional way of growing the economy and helping society.

It summarised its views on what should be done in a paper entitled A National Information Framework for Public Sector Information and Open Data.

A National Information Framework for PSI and Open Data (PDF, 0.37MB)

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