The Cabinet Office of the United Kingdom has published an Open Data command paper. According to the office, the paper “sets out how we’re putting data and transparency at the heart of government and public services. We’re making it easier to access public data; easier for data publishers to release data in standardised, open formats; and engraining a ‘presumption to publish’ unless specific reasons (such as privacy or national security) can be clearly articulated. From the Prime Minister down, central Government is committed to making Open Data an effective engine of economic growth, social wellbeing, political accountability and public service improvement.” Download the full paper here.

Simon Rogers of Guardian.co.uk provided some insight into the paper: “Does anyone disagree with more open data? It’s a huge part of the coalition government’s transparency strategy, championed by Francis Maude in the Cabinet Office and key to the government’s self-image. And – following on from a less-than enthusiastic NAO report on its achievements in April – today’s Open Data White Paper is the government’s chance to seize the initiative. Launching the paper, Maude said, ‘Today we’re at a pivotal moment – where we consider the rules and ways of working in a data‑rich world and how we can use this resource effectively, creatively and responsibly. This White Paper sets out clearly how the UK will continue to unlock and seize the benefits of data sharing in the future in a responsible way.’ And this one comes with a spreadsheet too – a list of each department’s commitments.”

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