Welcome to The National Archives' public sector information updates page. It is designed to support the needs of re-users of public sector information. Bookmark this page, or subscribe to the feed, for news on developments in public sector information within the UK, Europe and beyond, including:

  • announcements of forthcoming IFTS verifications and re-verifications
  • summaries of completed IFTS reports and complaints investigations
  • notice of surveys and consultations
  • news on reports and articles of interest

We hope this will be of use and would welcome feedback on the features and news presented here. Email us as standards@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk.

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    APPSI Glossary of terms - blog post

    14 April 2014

    Following last week's release of the APPSI glossary of terms (see feed message for 9 April), APPSI member Bob Barr has posted a blog setting out the aims and objectives of this initiative and calling for feedback. You may also wish to check the early comments on the glossary and add your own contribution.

    APPSI launches pilot PSI/Open Data glossary of terms

    09 April 2014

    The Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information (APPSI) has launched a pilot glossary of terms commonly used in discussion of public sector information and open data. APPSI's post on the launch notes: 'In order to ensure consistency of definitions in its own deliberations, and encourage consistency across government, APPSI (in cooperation with the Cabinet Office) has initiated an exercise to aggregate and rationalise glossaries into a single preferred set of definitions. It will be open for practitioners to contribute to the glossary through a wiki. The glossary is available to view on APPSI's website.

    Ordnance Survey and 77M complaint report published

    04 April 2014

    The Office of Public Sector Information, part of The National Archives, has published a report on its investigation of a complaint under the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005 and the Information Fair Trader Scheme against the Ordnance Survey by 77M Limited.

    Guidance on reproduction of passports

    03 April 2014

    TNA has published new guidance on the circumstances in which the British passport can be reproduced. The Information Policy Team worked with colleagues from Her Majesty's Passport Office and the Lord Chamberlain's Office to produce the guidance, which covers a wide range of advice including: copying the front cover and inside pages for  personal record-keeping; compliance with Money Laundering regulations; and re-use in advertising, film theatre and television.

    Re-verification of NOMS-JSi

    07 March 2014

    The Standards team will be conducting an Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS) re-verification of National Offenders Management Service-Joint Solutions international (NOMS-JSi) in the week of 24 March. Read the principles IFTS is based on. If re-users, current or potential, of NOMS-JSi information have any points they wish to flag in confidence prior to the assessment they are encouraged to contact the team at standards@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk. Anonymous feedback will be passed to NOMS-JSi as part of the verification to help raise standards and improve practice.

    British Film Institute to join IFTS

    05 March 2014

    The British Film Institute (BFI) is to join the Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS).

    BFI previously worked with the Central Office of Information (CoI) to license the re-use of film, still images, posters and documentary material from the CoI's archive of public information films under IFTS, which BFI held. When CoI was disbanded in 2012, BFI retained the archive material, and is now to be given a delegation of authority to license the Crown copyright material held in its archive. This includes CoI and other public information films and related material.

    IPO issues first 'Copyright Notice' on photographs

    04 March 2014

    The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has published its first 'Copyright Notice'. These notices aim to explain areas of copyright in the UK. The first notice, Copyright Notice: digital images, photographs and the internet, is aimed at small businesses and individuals who may wish to use digital or photographic
    images on the web. It also provides advice for people who may find their own images being used online.

    Open National Address Gazetteer report

    04 March 2014

    The Department for Busines, Innovation and Skills has commissioned a review to make recommendations on national address data. The review by Katalysis Limited, An Open Address Gazeteer, is open for views on the options it sets out until 14 March.

    Annual report of Office of the Queen's Printer for Scotland published

    24 February 2014

    The annual report of the Office of the Queen's Printer for Scotland (QPS) covering the year April 2012 to March 2013 has been published. The report covers official publications and the re-use of public sector information in Scotland and other activities of QPS in this period.

    CoE-EU-ECHR handbook on European data protection law published

    19 February 2014

    The Council of Europe (CoE), the European Union (EU) Agency for Fundamental Rights and the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) have published a joint legal handbook to provide an overview of the law applicable to data protection in relation to the EU and the CoE.

    Environmental information charges referred to the European Court of Justice

    17 February 2014

    The First-tier Tribunal has referred for a preliminary ruling questions about what charges public authorities can lawfully make for supplying environmental information under Directive 2003/4/EC (the Directive on Public Access to Environmental Information). This Directive provides that such charges 'shall not exceed a reasonable amount'. The questions are asked in the context of the English property conveyancing system under which local authorities routinely supply information relating to properties which are the subject of a proposed transaction.

    The questions have arisen from the Tribunal's consideration of an appeal against the Information Commissioner's decision notice FER0464481, regarding East Sussex County Council and others. The Tribunal's referral dated 4 February 2014 is available.

    Health and Safety Laboratory accredited to IFTS

    30 January 2014

    The Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL), an IFTS on-line member since 2008, has now been accredited as a full verified member of the Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS). The report on the verification of HSL against the IFTS principles has been published and can be found on our IFTS Members page.

    Met Office re-accredited to IFTS

    28 January 2014

    The Met Office has been re-accredited to the Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS). The report on the re-verification of the Met Office against the IFTS principles has been published and can be found on our IFTS Members page.

    GOV.UK and Official Documents

    27 January 2014

    From 3 February government Command and House of Commons Papers available on the Official Documents website will be published on GOV.UK. The Government Digital Service has published a blog advising government organisations of the additional GOV.UK content and the processes involved.

    European Commission interview video on PSI released

    17 December 2013

    A 10-minute video recording of an interview with Dr Malte Beyer, Policy Officer at the European Commission, has been released. Recorded during the recent Open Data conference in Athens, Dr Beyer explains the amended PSI Directive in the context of open data, and describes what member states are required to do to transpose the amended Directive. Content relating to the amended PSI Directive starts at 2 minutes 30 seconds.

    EC PSI guidance - consultation results published

    16 December 2013

    The Final Report summarising the results of the European Commission consultation on PSI re-use guidelines has been published and is available through the ePSI Platform website.

    Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency re-accredited to IFTS

    13 December 2013

    The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has been re-accredited to the Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS). The report on the re-verification of the MHRA against the IFTS principles has been published and can be found on our IFTS Members page.

    Environment Agency re-accredited to IFTS

    05 December 2013

    The Environment Agency has been re-accredited to the Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS). The report on the re-verification of the Environment Agency against the IFTS principles has been published and can be found on our IFTS Members page.

    Creative Commons 4.0 licence upgrade issued

    26 November 2013

    Creative Commons has introduced its 4.0 licences. Read Diane Peters' weblog discussing the new licences. It describes how the 4.0 licences are intended to work in the European context. The licences can be viewed through the Creative Commons Choose a licence web page.

    Introductory guide to the amended PSI Directive published

    11 November 2013

    The National Archives has published an Introductory guide to the Amended Re-use of Public Sector Information Directive. The work to transpose the Directive into UK law is being led by The National Archives, and this will be the first of a number of publications to set out what changes the amended Directive will be bringing and how the work will be carried out.

    Re-use of PSI 2013 report published

    01 November 2013

    The National Archives has published the United Kingdom Report on the Re-use of Public Sector Information 2013. Building on earlier reports, this report provides an overview of the policy initiatives designed to promote the re-use of public sector information. It also details key UK developments and initiatives in the ten years since the PSI Directive was adopted, focusing particularly on developments over the past 18 months.

    European Commission consultation on PSI Directive guidelines

    05 September 2013

    The recently adopted amended PSI Directive requires the European Commission to assist the Member States in implementing the Directive in a consistent way by issuing guidelines on:

    • recommended standard licenses
    • datasets to be released/improved as a matter of priority
    • charging for the re-use of documents

    The Commission has launched a 12-week online consultation to seek the views of stakeholders (including re-users of public sector information and public sector bodies) on issues to be addressed in the guidelines. The press release announcing the consultation is available through the Europa press releases database.

    The consultation exercise runs until 22 November. The Commission also intends to hold a public hearing on the guidelines in Luxembourg in mid-November.

    PSI Directive consolidated text published

    05 September 2013

    The consolidated version of the amended PSI Directive has been published and is now available in all 22 European Union languages. It can be found in Eur-Lex, the EU's directory of European legislation in force.

    IFTS verification of the Health and Safety Laboratory

    21 August 2013

    The Standards team will be conducting the first Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS) verification of the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) on 3-4 October. Read the principles IFTS is based on. If re-users, current or potential, of HSL information have any points they wish to flag in confidence prior to the assessment they are encouraged to contact the team at standards@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk. Anonymous feedback will be passed to HSL as part of the verification to help raise standards and improve practice.

    Re-verification of the Met Office

    21 August 2013

    The Standards team will be conducting an Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS) verification of the Met Office from 24-26 September. Read the principles IFTS is based on. If re-users, current or potential, of Met Office information have any points they wish to flag in confidence prior to the assessment they are encouraged to contact the team at standards@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk. Anonymous feedback will be passed to the Met Office as part of the verification to help raise standards and improve practice.

    Met Police accredited to IFTS

    04 July 2013

    The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has been accredited as an online member of the Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS). The Met Police's newly published information licensing pages, including the statement of commitment to the IFTS principles, and standard licences, fees and charges can be found on the MPS website's IFTS page.

    EU adopts revised Directive on the Re-use of Public Sector Information

    03 July 2013

    The Directive (2013/37/EU) amending the 2003 Re-use of Public Sector Information Directive was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 27 June. The Directive allows until 18 July 2015 for Member States to implement the amendments, and UK officials are now planning the transposition into UK law.

    UK Open Government Licence 2.0 goes live

    03 July 2013

    The UK Open Government Licence v2.0 has gone live. The refinements provide improved clarity for users.  The basic terms and conditions of the Open Government Licence version 2.0 remain the same as the previous version in that it continues to:

    • permit use and re-use of information in any format for both commercial and non-commercial purposes without charge
    • require re-users to publish an acknowledgment of the source of the information
    • exclude personal information from the licence
    • be compatible with other licensing models, such as Creative Commons, and is Open Definition conformant  

    The Licence has a new section headed 'Non-endorsement'. This is designed to make it clear that the licence does not permit users and re-users to suggest that their versions of the information enjoy any official status or have government/public sector endorsement. 

    The National Archives is also introducing the OGL symbol, a simple way of identifying when information can be used and re-used under the terms of the Open Government Licence.

    Review of the Exception to Marginal Cost Pricing procedure published

    01 July 2013

    The Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI), part of The National Archives, commissioned an independent review of the first three years of operation of the Exception to Marginal Cost Pricing procedure in January 2013. The report of that review, which was carried out by independent expert Chris Corbin, has now been published. You can find it, along with an executive summary, on The National Archives' Reports and Publications page.

    OPSI will be drawing up an action plan to address the recommendations contained in the report.

    G8 Issues Open Data Charter

    19 June 2013

    The leaders of the G8 signed the Open Data Charter on 18 June 2013. The Charter and a technical annex have been published.

    The Open Data Charter sets out five strategic principles that all G8 members will act on. These include an expectation that all government data will be published openly by default, alongside principles to increase the quality, quantity and re-use of the data that is released. G8 members have also identified 14 high-value areas - from education to transport, and from health to crime and justice - from which they will release data. These will help unlock the economic potential of open data, support innovation and provide greater accountability.

     

    Government's Information Economy Strategy and responses to the Shakespeare review and Administrative Data Taskforce report published

    14 June 2013

    The Government has published its Information Economy Strategy. This sets out how the Government will work with industry to support the growth of the information economy and data businesses. Alongside this, the response to the Shakespeare review of Public Sector Information and the response to the Administrative Data Taskforce report have also both been published.

    Shakespeare Review on PSI published

    21 May 2013

    The Shakespeare Review, the independent review of public sector information in the UK, has been published and is available on the GOV.UK website.

    OPSI statement on The Coal Authority

    15 May 2013

    The Office of Public Sector Information, part of The National Archives, has issued a statement regarding its recent work with The Coal Authority. The statement can be found on the Reports and Publications page of The National Archives' website.

    Registers of Scotland re-accredited to IFTS

    10 May 2013

    Registers of Scotland has been re-accredited to the Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS). The report on the re-verification of RoS against the IFTS principles has been published and can be found on our IFTS Members page.

     

    EU publishes consolidated text of the draft Directive revising the PSI Directive

    26 April 2013

    The proposal to amend the Directive on the Re-use of Public Sector Information has been published on the Europa website. This publication is of the consolidated text of the draft Directive considered by the Committee of Permanent Representatives in April. The Directive is scheduled for a European Parliamentary Plenary vote in June, after which it will pass to the Council of the European Union before it is adopted.

    UK Hydrographic Office publishes statement of public task

    25 April 2013

    The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has published a statement of its public task. The statement sits under the 'Role & Purpose' tab of the About Us page of UKHO's website. The statement will be examined during the next re-verification of UKHO under the Information Fair Trader Scheme.

    TNA Information Management web pages survey

    17 April 2013

    The Web Team at The National Archives has been working to improve the experience of using the Information management pages of The National Archives' website. The team has devised an online survey to test the website structure, and would welcome input from current users of the website, including information re-users, licensees, and anybody who has had cause to use the complaints processes under the Re-use Regulations or the Information Fair Trader Scheme.

    This is a short interactive survey about proposed changes to the Information management section of The National Archives' website. These changes are to the structure and section labels to make the website content easier to find. We would appreciate you taking ten minutes or so to complete this survey and tell us what you think. The survey is anonymous, and your feedback will improve how our website is organised. If you would like to take part, please email the Standards team, and we will send you a link to the survey.

    The survey closes on Wednesday 1 May 2013.

    Land and Property Services, Northern Ireland re-accredited to IFTS

    11 April 2013

    Land and Property Services (LPS), Northern Ireland has been re-accredited to the Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS). The report on the re-verification of LPS against the IFTS principles has been published and can be found on our IFTS Members page.

    The Coal Authority re-accredited to IFTS

    26 March 2013

    The Coal Authority has been re-accredited to the Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS). The report on the re-verification of The Coal Authority against the IFTS principles has been published and can be found on our IFTS Members page.

    The National Archives re-accredited to IFTS

    15 March 2013

    The National Archives has been re-accredited to the Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS). The report on the re-verification of The National Archives against the IFTS principles has been published and can be found on our IFTS Members page.

    Falkirk Council and Mr Dan Henderson Complaint Report Published

    04 March 2013

    The Office of Public Sector Information, part of The National Archives, has published a report on its investigation of a complaint under the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005 against Falkirk Council by Mr Dan Henderson.

    Administrative Data Taskforce publishes report

    02 January 2013

    The Administrative Data Taskforce (ADT), formed in December 2011 by the Economic and Social Research Council, the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust, has been working with government departments, academics, funding agencies and representatives from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to examine the best procedures and mechanisms to make administrative data available for research safely. The report from the ADT, Improving Access for Research and Policy, has now been published.

    The report proposes a UK Administrative Data Research Network to be responsible for linking data between government departments.