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Consultation on the PSI Directive
The European Commission has launched a consultation into the operation of the Directive on the Re-use of Public Sector Information, which runs until 12 December.
While the consultation is open to anybody to submit a response, a single return for the UK government is now being co-ordinated by The National Archives working in partnership with DCMS and officials in other government officials.
Land & Property Services IFTS report published
Land & Property Services, Northern Ireland (LPS) has been re-accredited to the Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS). The report on the verification of LPS against the IFTS principles has been published and can be found on our IFTS members page.
Queen’s Printer for Scotland report published
The annual report of the Queen’s Printer for Scotland for 2015-2016 has been published, detailing activities to support the publication of legislation for Scotland and implementation of the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations in Scotland.
New vision for archives consultation launched
UK PSI Report published
Copyright guidance for civil servants submitting articles to journals
New guidance for civil servants, ministers and other officers and servants of the Crown who submit articles to academic journals has been published on the Crown copyright page of The National Archives website.
IFTS re-verification of LPS
The National Archives standards team is conducting an Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS) verification of Land & Property Services, NI (LPS) in the week of 17 October 2016. Read the principles IFTS is based on.
If re-users, current or potential, of LPS information have any points they wish to flag in confidence for the assessment they are encouraged to email the team.
Anonymous feedback will be passed to LPS as part of the verification to help raise standards and improve practice.
Copyright guidance for civil servants published
Companies House IFTS report published
Companies House has been re-accredited to the Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS). The report on the verification of Companies House against the IFTS principles has been published and can be found on our IFTS members page.
Drinking Water Inspectorate joins IFTS online
The Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) has been accredited as an online member of the Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS). Most DWI information is made available for re-use under Open Government Licence terms, but DWI has a delegation of authority to allow it to manage the use of its private water supply risk assessment tools by contractors working for local authorities.
PHE accredited to the IFTS
Open Data Barometer 3rd edition results
The World Wide Web Foundation has issued the results of the third edition of its Open Data Barometer report. The report surveys open data preparedness across the world. The UK has retained its number 1 ranking.
Survey of businesses using open data
The Open Data Portal is conducting a European survey on the re-use of open data by businesses of all types and sizes. Any businesses re-using open public sector information can take part and contribute to the findings. The survey can be found on the European Data Portal web pages.
Budget announcement on open address register
The Chancellor’s budget included provision of funds to develop options for ‘an authoritative address register that is open and freely available’. See the budget report, paragraph 1.251.
ePSI Platform to close
The Big Data Dilemma report published
The Commons Science and Technology Committee has published its report on The Big Data Dilemma. The report draws conclusions and makes recommendations on matters relating to the balance between privacy, anonymisation, security and public benefit.
NMDC ‘Striking the Balance’ report on re-use of museum digital content
The National Museum Directors Council (NMDC) has published a report commissioned from the Collections Trust, entitled ‘Striking the Balance‘. The report draws on an 18 month study of NMDC members and examines how museums are balancing the twin aims of maximising public access to their digital content and commercial re-use of digital content.
IPO seeking views on EC intellectual property reform proposals
The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is holding an open ’round table’ meeting to gather stakeholder views on the European Commission (EC) proposals to modernise the framework for the enforcement of intellectual property rights. The meeting is being held in London on 4 February 2016, and further details are available from the IPO.
UKGLF v.5 published
The UK Government Licensing Framework (UKGLF) has been updated to reflect changes to the licensing framework for the reuse of public sector information in light of the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015. The extended scope of the regulations, information on charging and the new complaints procedure have all been addressed in this update.
Consultation on ONS Products
The Office of National Statistics (ONS) is currently running a consultation exercise on proposed changes to its statistical products. The changes proposed by ONS include stopping some surveys or reducing sample sizes, changing the frequency of some publications, stopping the production of some statistics altogether, and changing how statistics are published. Re-users who wish to comment on the proposals can do so by 8 February 2016 on the ONS consultation web pages.