Points of View


Openness in Northern Ireland: The Open Government Partnership

26th June 2018

Written by Ben Worthy This month my mid-term IRM report on the UK’s Third National Action Plan was published, covering the UK’s progress up until the end of last year. So where is Northern Ireland in terms of its commitments? Northern Ireland began from a different point than the UK as a whole, and, though…


How government and civil society is collaborating to drive openness – Gila Sacks

11th May 2018

Gila Sacks is Director for Digital and Tech Policy at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). Her responsibilities include support for the tech sector and wider digital economy, emerging technologies, digital skills and inclusion, and the societal and ethical implications of technology. Opening up government is a powerful way of building trust…


Know your network: Garth Stewart

24th April 2018

Job title: Web Archivist Organisation: National Records of Scotland Location: Edinburgh Member since: January 2018 Contact me at: garth.stewart@nrscotland.gov.uk, @garthstewart1 on Twitter How would you describe your job to a child? I help select and collect the archival public record of Scotland. The archival public record are those documents which have been produced by successive…


439 days managing the Open Government Pioneers Project

20th April 2018

439 days. That’s how long I’ve been Project Coordinator for the Open Government Pioneers Project. It’s the longest I’ve spent in any role. I’ve enjoyed managing a project touching on so many of the things I love – policy, public affairs, campaigns, events and project management. Taking on a complex project with only a high-level plan…


Know your Network: Mike McLean

6th April 2018

Job title: Knowledge and Collaboration Manager Organisation: Improvement Service Location: Livingston Network Member since: June 2017 Contact me at: @mclean_mj on Twitter How would you describe your job to a child? I help local government employees collect and create information that will help them make better informed decisions. I promote and run digital services to allow…


Know your network: Hannah Dickson

21st March 2018

Job title: National Development Officer Organisation: Scottish Community Safety Network (SCSN) Location: Everywhere (but based mainly in Edinburgh) Network Member since: November 2017 Contact me at: hannah.dickson@scsn.org.uk or @hannahdix on Twitter How would you describe your job to a child? Feeling safe and being safe in your home, school, street and work is important. I…


Paul Bradley: Why Scotland’s next Open Government Action Plan matters to you!

13th March 2018

Paul Bradley is Network Coordinator for Scotland’s Open Government Network and Scotland’s Sustainable Development Goals Network.        Let’s assume that you think open government is a good idea. You’d be hard placed to find someone in Scotland who would say otherwise – open sounds better than closed, right? That may be so, but do…


NI Open Government Network Blog – Dark Money

9th March 2018

Written by Colm Burns & David McBurney Conservative and DUP MPs trooped through the voting lobby of the House of Commons on Wednesday to prevent retrospective transparency on donations to political parties in Northern Ireland. With the Conservatives applying a three-line whip, the measure they were voting on – The Transparency of Donations & Loans…


Is Scotland moving towards a national plan for the SDGs?

6th March 2018

Original blog posted here. The pace of progress must accelerate to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). That’s according to the latest report from the UN on progress across the world. Now in our third year of action, these words ring true for Scotland as well. Our country’s commitment to the SDGs will be shown by the…