United Kingdom

ORGCon2013

5th June 2013

This Saturday is ORGCon2013, the ‘UK’s biggest digital rights conference’: ORGCon2013 brings you an exciting range of panels, talks and workshops. Come and get an update on the biggest digital rights campaigns, take action, learn about new issues like the digital arms trade, hear about the latest developments in protecting free speech online and listen…


Meeting of the civil society network | 16 May

10th May 2013

What: Meeting of civil society network When: 16 May, 1200 t0 1500 Where: The Open Data Institute On the afternoon of 16 May, members of the OGP civil society network will be meeting to discuss progress so far with the development of the draft action plan (still to be published by the Government) and the…


Critical components for engaging civil society in the National Action Plan | Simon Burall, Involve

10th May 2013

This was originally posted on the international Open Government Partnership blog: http://blog.opengovpartnership.org/2013/05/critical-components-for-engaging-civil-society-in-the-national-action-plan/ In two recent, companion posts on this site, Graham Gordon from the UK OGP Civil Society Network and Ilaria Miller from the Cabinet Office reflect on whether the process of drafting the UK’s second National Action Plan (NAP) has been worth it. Both, despite the challenges, agree that…


Government and civil society joint working on the UK Action Plan: Definitely worth it! | Ilaria Miller, Cabinet Office

9th May 2013

This was originally posted on the international Open Government Partnership blog: http://blog.opengovpartnership.org/2013/05/government-and-civil-society-joint-working-on-the-uk-action-plan-definitely-worth-it-2/ I have been involved in the OGP since its early beginnings and it has been a real privilege to witness the growth of a movement so exciting and ambitious. The idea of making governments more open and transparent, because this benefits not just the…


Civil society participation in drafting the UK National Action Plan – Has it been worth it? | Graham Gordon, Tearfund

25th April 2013

This was originally posted on the international Open Government Partnership blog: http://blog.opengovpartnership.org/2013/04/civil-society-participation-in-drafting-the-uk-national-action-plan-has-it-been-worth-it/  Today the UK government planned to publish its first draft of the new National Action Plan for the Open Government Partnership. The aim was to coincide with the Steering Group Meeting in London and to show the progress made so far in developing commitments…


UK 2011 Action Plan self assessment: Submission from the civil society network

15th April 2013

The UK OGP civil society network today submitted the following to the Government’s consultation on its self assessment against the UK’s 2011 open government action plan: To whom it concerns, Over the past few months civil society organisations that form part of the UK OGP Civil Society Network have been working with Cabinet Office colleagues…


Consulting on the Self Assessment

2nd April 2013

As part of the Open Government Partnership process each country must carry out a self-assessment against it’s National Action Plan, ahead of the independent review mechanism providing a view on that plan. The UK Government has now produced it’s self-assessment, and it is available linked below for comments. As the team from Cabinet Office explain:…


Quick update on progress

18th March 2013

Over the past couple of weeks, through meetings at the Open Data Institute and collaboration online, we’ve been developing a narrative that links the open government commitments we’ve been discussing over the past five months, and presents a vision of open government driving both prosperity and democratic renewal. This draft interim plan includes commitments on…


“Transparency can ‘break cycle of poor governance’ in developing world” | Anne Thurston, International Records Management Trust

18th March 2013

The Guardian has published a piece on the need for data integrity if open data is to improve government transparency, particularly in the developing world. The piece, written by Dr Anne Thurston, founder and director of the International Records Management Trust, calls on the UK government to encourage data integrity as part of its international transparency…


Open Government at Future Everything, Manchester

7th March 2013

Following on from an Open Data Manchester special session on ‘open data futures’, and an open civil society workshop on the OGP, Open Data and Open Government are on the agenda at the upcoming Future Everything conference and festival in Manchester, 21st – 22nd March. The festival includes a panel discussion on the Open Government Partnership (Thursday…