United Kingdom

Open Government brown bag lunches (aka. ODI Thursdays)

29th October 2012

From this Thursday (1 November) onwards, the Open Data Institute have kindly offered us the use of their space on Thursdays of every week. This will include the free use of desks and WI-FI, and meeting rooms for (brown bag) lunch meetings. The idea is simple: to bring those working on open government across civil society…


Cabinet Office and Civil Society Network meeting – 25 Oct 2012

25th October 2012

Present Simon Burall (Chair; Involve), Andrew Parsons (Public Concern at Work), Anthea Seles (International Records Management Trust), Ilaria Miller (Cabinet Office), Maurice Frankel (Campaign for Freedom of Information), Melissa Lawson (Tearfund), Sophia Oliver (Cabinet Office), Tim Hughes (Involve) Catch up Members of the civil society network reported on the process and outcomes of the 11…


UK civil society meet to explore shared vision for open government

11th October 2012

This network met today (11th October) at the Free Word Centre, London to explore a broad agenda of open government issues, and work towards a shared vision for open government priorities. The meeting split into two parts. The morning consisted of an introduction to, and updates on, the OGP process, with input from Charlotte Alldritt,…


UK release strategy/vision for role as OGP Lead Co-Chair

26th September 2012

Today, the UK Government took on the role as lead co-chair of the Open Government Partnership, alongside the other co-chairs – the government of Indonesia, and the International Budget Partnership. To co-incide, the Government has published a list of four priorities for it’s time as lead co-chair. These can be found in full on the…


Event: UK Open Government Partnership (OGP) Civil Society Network meeting

25th September 2012

Please register to join us for a full network meeting on the 11th October in London. The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a global effort to make governments better by promoting transparency, empowering citizens, fighting corruption, and harnessing new technologies to strengthen governance. The UK government was a founder member of the OGP and is currently co-chair…


UK OGP Civil Society Survey

30th August 2012

To inform the work of the UK Open Government Partnership Civil Society Network we have put together a short online survey. This survey is targeted to organisations involved, or interested in becoming involved in the network. Survey responses are invited by Wednesday 5th September 2012, although the survey will remain open until mid-September for additional…


What is on the UK OGP calendar?

30th August 2012

With the 2013 Open Government Partnership plenary now pencilled in for October 2013 in London, it might seem like the OGP calendar is a little sparse, but there are quite a few events and activities coming up. Drawing on recent conversations with Cabinet Office, and wider OGP calendars, here’s a quick overview of some upcoming…


How open is the UK Open Government strategy? | Andrew Clarke, Publish What You Fund

24th July 2012

You’d be forgiven for not noticing the release of an Open Data Strategy by the Department for International Development (DFID) at the end of June. This remarkable yet unflashy document spells out the department’s intentions for ramping up their already considerable transparency programme to increase accountability, efficiency and traceability of its work. All UK Government…


Visions for a UK OGP Forum

14th June 2012

As part of the OGP process, countries have to consult on their national action plans, and to “identify  a forum to enable regular multi-stakeholder consultation on OGP implementation—this can be an existing entity or a new one”.  The UK has not yet identified or established such a forum, but will need to do so over…


UK Government publishes social media guidance for officials

28th May 2012

Right at the bottom of the UK Open Government Partnership Action Plan is a commitment that: To embed social media as a mainstream channel used routinely to engage with citizens, business and internally, the Government will develop practical guidelines on departmental access to the internet and social media channels and last week the Cabinet Office…