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Scotland Pioneer Action Plan signed in Paris

19th December 2016 – News, Scotland

Scotland was selected earlier this as a pioneer within the Open Government Partnership’s Subnational Programme. This means Scottish Government signed and submitted (to the Paris #OGP16 conference) an action plan for open government delivering commitments in Scotland. This is a pioneering plan, headlined by five top level strategic commitments. It is available from the OGP…

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Beyond Buzzword Bingo: opening up the language of Open Government

16th December 2016 – Points of View, United Kingdom

Open Government has its own buzzwords – open data, transparency, accountability, participation, scrutiny, anti-corruption, freedom of information, open contracting, digital commons etc. Just like any other policy community this shared language unites those involved, but from the outside it can appear to set a somewhat technocratic and procedural agenda. As someone relatively new to the…

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What happened at the 2016 Paris OGP Summit

16th December 2016 – News, United Kingdom

Last week the Open Government Partnership Global Summit was held in Paris, bringing together 3,000 representatives from more than 70 countries, including Heads of State, government ministers, mayors, civil society representatives, public servants, members of parliament, developers, researchers, and journalists. Two significant themes of the Summit – particularly showing up in the speeches of the OGP Support…

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Join the OGN steering committee | Nominations open!

13th December 2016 – News, United Kingdom

The UK Open Government Network is seeking nominations for three spaces on our steering committee, currently held by Anthony Zacharzewski (Demsoc), Simon Burall (Involve) and Tim Davies (Practical Participation).  The OGN needs active, dynamic and knowledgeable steering committee members to help drive forward its development and engagement with the government. I hope that you will…

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SCVO joins forces with partners across the UK to give people the tools to make government more open & responsive to their needs

5th December 2016 – News, Northern Ireland

(via SCVO) The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) in partnership with the Wales Council for Voluntary Organisations (WCVA), Involve, and Northern Ireland Environment Link has been awarded a £500k Big Lottery Fund grant to support more people to take part in the decisions that will shape their future. The UK partners will work together…

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The OGN steering committee writes to Ben Gummer on the future of open government

28th November 2016 – News, United Kingdom

Ahead of the global OGP Summit in Paris next week, the Open Government Network’s steering committee has written to Ben Gummer, the Minister for the Cabinet Office, outlining thoughts on the next phase for open government in the UK and internationally. Read and download the text of the letter below. Dear Rt Hon Ben Gummer MP, Minister for…

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Where we’ve got to; the OGP Summit; & what’s next | 10 Nov 2016 | Meeting note

28th November 2016 – Meeting notes, News, United Kingdom

On 10 November, the Open Government Network and Cabinet Office met to review progress on the UK Open Government Partnership process so far, consider how we can make best use of the OGP Summit, and plan next steps. Below is a note of the meeting. Participants Tim Hughes, Involve Kaela Scott, Involve Simon Burall, Involve…

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Ó Muilleoir: Open government key commitment

25th November 2016 – News, Northern Ireland

(via the Department of Finance) Speaking today at an event to mark the first year of the OpenDataNI portal the Finance Minister announced that the Executive has agreed to a range of open government commitments to strengthen transparency and accountability across Executive departments. Máirtín Ó Muilleoir said: “I recognise the achievements to date in progressing…

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CSOs call on the Government to open up the Land Registry

8th November 2016 – News, United Kingdom

A group of eleven civil society organisations have written to Greg Clarke, Secretary of State for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, calling on the Government to open up the Land Registry. The letter is signed by Tim Hughes, coordinator of the Open Government Network, on its behalf. To: The Rt Hon Greg…

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2016-18 Open Government Action Plan implementation meeting | 25 Oct 2016 | Meeting note

7th November 2016 – Meeting notes, News, United Kingdom

On 25 October 2016, 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. Commitment updates Commitment 1: Beneficial ownership – Matthew Brown (BEIS) said the plan is…

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