Points of View

A View from Tbilisi: Youth Participation and Engagement in Open Government

23rd August 2018

This blogpost was written by Maria Stephens, Participation Manager at Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE) and UK OGN Steering Committee member. In July I joined the UK delegation to the OGP summit in Tbilisi, Georgia. My work is focused on youth participation and children’s rights and I was encouraged by the OGP Civil Society…


NI Open Government Network Blog – Open government and transparency are positives to be embraced not inconvenient requirements

22nd August 2018

Written by Peter Osborne Open government and transparency is not just a nifty phrase and something to be said because government is required to do it. Transparency is important; and it is valuable and empowering. Unfortunately recent events have meant there has been little debate about the reasons why government should welcome transparency. Instead the…




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…