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439 days managing the Open Government Pioneers Project

20th April 2018 – Points of View

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…

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Announcement: Scotland Network’s OGP Representatives

18th April 2018 – News

We received eight nominations to represent the Network on Scotland’s new OGP Multi-stakeholder Forum. Having received the same number of nominations as allocated places, the nominees are automatically selected for the eight places on the Steering Group with an election. The successful nominees will join eight delegates from the Scottish Government to form Scotland’s new…

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2016-18 Open Government Action Plan implementation meeting | 9 April 2018 | Meeting note

16th April 2018 – Meeting notes

On 9 April 2018, 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/2016-18-open-government-action-plan-april-2018-commitment-progress-updates/ Attendees Thom Townsend, DCMS Katie…

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Commitments Ideas for the 2018-20 NI Open Government Action Plan

12th April 2018 – News

We crowdsourced ideas for OG commitments for the 2018-20 Open Government National Action Plan and presented them to government officials before Easter. Commitment ideas included: Introduce a register of lobbyists Open Ministerial diaries Ensure the open and timely publication of government research and introduce a standardised public register of all commissioned studies. Create a Citizens’…

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Catching up with developing the UK’s 2018-20 Open Government Action Plan

11th April 2018 – News

As a member of the international Open Government Partnership since 2011, the UK Government and civil society work together to develop and implement commitments as part of a 2-year national action plan. This year, the UK is developing a new plan – our fourth one – which will be ready to launch in the summer!…

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Nominations are now open for the NI Open Government Network Steering Committee

9th April 2018 – News

It’s time for us to call on you – our network of open government enthusiasts – to help steer the development and delivery of the NI Open Government Network. There are five places to be filled; and all you need to do is nominate yourself by Monday 30th April 2018. Whether you consider yourself an…

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OGN Letter: Matt Hancock MP Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

9th April 2018 – News

Following last week’s announcement that data policy and governance was transferred to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the UK Open Government Network has written to The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. You can read the text of the letter below, or download a…

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Know your Network: Mike McLean

6th April 2018 – Points of View

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…

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Parliament consults on Scotland’s revised National Outcomes

4th April 2018 – News

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been with us for well over two years, and now in our third year of action, my most recent blog looked at whether Scotland is moving towards a National Implementation Plan for the Goals. It’s been some time since the First Minister pledged that Scotland would be one of…

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Nominations now open – Scotland’s OGP Steering Group

3rd April 2018 – News

It’s time for us to call on you – our network of open government enthusiasts – to help steer the development and delivery of Scotland’s second Open Government Action Plan.  Nominations have now opened for eight spaces on Scotland’s refreshed Open Government Partnership (OGP) Multistakeholder Forum, known as the OGP Steering Group in Scotland. The…

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