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SDG network publishes open letter to ScotGov on Sustainable Development Goals

25th January 2018

Scotland’s Sustainable Development Goals Network has co-ordinated an open letter to government bodies asking them to evidence their commitment to delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Scotland. The SDG Network – along with organisations and individuals across the country – issued the open letter to Scottish political parties, parliamentary committees, the Scottish Cabinet, Scotland’s Secretary of State…


Community Foundation announces funding for NI’s first Citizens’ Assembly

24th January 2018

(via the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland) The Community Foundation has added its support to plans for a Northern Ireland Citizens’ Assembly with funding of £30,000. Since 1979 the Foundation has been supporting innovative initiatives, focused on the role that ordinary citizens can play in dealing with the issues that matter most to them. The…


‘Get it Minuted Campaign’ launched

19th January 2018

The Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland (CFoIS) is launching a ‘Get it Minuted’ Campaign and is calling on people and organisations to ask and insist that there are agendas, notes and minutes for any meetings with the Scottish Government. The two actions which can be taken up by the public across Scotland as…


Have Your Say on the next UK Open Government Action Plan

16th January 2018

Have Your Say Manchester! Tue 23 Jan 2018 (15:00 – 18:00) REGISTER NOW Have Your Say Sheffield! Wed 24 Jan 2018 (15:00 – 18:00) REGISTER NOW Have Your Say Leeds! Thu 25 Jan 2018 (15:00 – 18:00) REGISTER NOW Have Your Say Birmingham! Wed 31 Jan 2018 (15:00 – 17:30) REGISTER NOW Have Your Say…


Scotland OGN End of Year Newsletter 2017

22nd December 2017

Quick question! Are you ready to shape Scotland’s new Open Government Action Plan? We’re always told to end the year with a plan, and our early Christmas present to you is confirmation that the Scottish Government has committed to developing a new Action Plan in 2018. As we wind down for the holidays, I wanted…


UK OGN End of Year Newsletter 2017

22nd December 2017

Welcome to the End of Year Newsletter! As the end of December approaches, let’s take a look at some of the open government highlights of 2017!   Current National Action Plan The UK Open Government Network (OGN) collaborates with and challenges governments in the UK to develop and implement ambitious open government reforms through the…


Media release: The Ferret is set to expand in 2018

22nd December 2017

Some good news for Christmas! The Ferret, Scotland’s investigative journalism platform, is set to grow fast in 2018 after winning funding for business growth and community engagement. Social enterprise funder Firstport has awarded The Ferret a Build It grant. This will be targeted at growing and engaging The Ferret’s membership to ensure the business is…


2016-18 Open Government Action Plan implementation meeting | 30 November 2017 | Meeting note

4th December 2017

On 30 November 2017, members of the OGN’s steering committee and government commitment leads met to review the implementation of the 2016-18 Open Government Action Plan and the UK OGP process. This note of the meeting was produced by the Cabinet Office. You can read the commitment updates here: https://www.opengovernment.org.uk/resource/og-nap-2016-18-november-2017-commitment-progress-updates/ Attendees William Gerry, Government Digital…


Scotland Preliminary Review 2017 – For Public Comments

24th November 2017

We invite you to comment on the Independent Reporting Mechanism’s 2017 Preliminary Review for Scotland’s OGP action plan. The two-week public comment period will close on 30 November 2017. In 2016, OGP started a pilot program for subnational participants. The program consists of 15 subnational governments who submitted action plans and signed onto the Subnational Declaration at the…