News and blog

We are moving! A New Online Platform for the Open Government Networks

25th May 2018 – News, United Kingdom

The Open Government Networks are moving to a new online platform. Over the last week, we have been inviting members of the Open Government Networks to move to the new online platform run by All you need to do is sign up and ‘join’ at least one of the network ‘groups’ to receive updates…

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How government and civil society is collaborating to drive openness – Gila Sacks

11th May 2018 – News, Points of View, United Kingdom

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…

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New UK OGN Steering Committee Members Elected

8th May 2018 – News, United Kingdom

Over the last two weeks, members of the UK OGN have been voting for their new Steering Committee members. The vote closed at 5pm on Monday 7 May 2018. The votes have now been counted and converted using Borda count method (i.e. 1st preference = 7 points; 2nd = 6 points; 3rd = 5 points;…

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Ireland launches Sustainable Development Goals National Implementation Plan

4th May 2018 – News, Northern Ireland, Scotland

On Thursday 26 April at the Institute for International and European Affairs, Denis Naughten, T.D., Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten TD, launched Ireland’s Sustainable Development Goals National Implementation Plan 2018 – 2020. Minister Naughten has lead responsibility for promoting and overseeing the coherent implementation of the SDGs on a whole-of-Government basis.…

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Election underway for five spots on the UK OGN Steering Committee

25th April 2018 – News, United Kingdom

Seven people are in the running for five spaces available on the Steering Committee of the UK Open Government Civil Society Network. The election period will take place from today (Wednesday 25th April) until Monday 7th May. The Candidates The seven candidates for election onto the OGN Steering Committee are: Rachel Davies Teka (up for…

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Review the draft assessment of Sustainable Development Goal 16 in the UK

25th April 2018 – News, United Kingdom

Involve, as coordinator of the Open Government Network, is working with partners and members of the UKSSD network to review the UK’s performance against United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG16) on Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. Follow and intial phase of research, the draft text of the chapter on SDG16 is now open for…

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Know your network: Garth Stewart

24th April 2018 – Points of View, Scotland

Job title: Web Archivist Organisation: National Records of Scotland Location: Edinburgh Member since: January 2018 Contact me at:, @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…

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439 days managing the Open Government Pioneers Project

20th April 2018 – Points of View, Scotland

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, Scotland

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, United Kingdom

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: Attendees Thom Townsend, DCMS Katie…

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