18. Open Data

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Make all non-personal, non-commercially sensitive data from the service available for re-use by others under an appropriate licence.

How point 18 improves their service

Making data open will support:

  • delivery of improved public services through public bodies making use of the data;
  • an opportunity to enable communities and individuals to understand more about public services, gain insight into their community and contribute to future design and delivery;
  • accountability and transparency in the delivery of our public services;
  • wider social and economic benefits through innovative use of the data;
  • open data presents an opportunity for citizens to better engage with the public sector regarding both the development of policies and the delivery of public services;
  • empowers others to use the data for new and exciting purposes;
  • receiving feedback on the data we make open is valuable. Feedback and engagement can:
    • improve the quality of the data;
    • private insight into the data;
    • bring wider groups into the design of public services.

How they’ll be assessed

Their assessment and the questions the assessors ask them will vary depending on their service and what it does.

In the discovery assessment

To pass, they usually need to:

  • show consideration of how data is to be made open and available for re-use
  • explain how data can support delivery of better public services and improved governance
  • explain plans to encourage and empower others to make use of data for various purpose (including commercial, non-commercial and education)

In the alpha assessment

To pass, they usually need to:

  • show a plan of how data is made open and available for re-use.
  • show justification of why data, if any, will not be published
  • demonstrate how the opening up of data for re-use has been built into business processes.
  • explain how data users will be made aware of data limitations and what metadata will be provided.
  • confirm data will be made available for free unless within defined exceptions.
  • explain how data can support delivery of better public services and improved governance.
  • explain plans to encourage and empower others to make use of data for various purpose (including commercial, non-commercial and education).

In the beta assessment

To pass, they usually need to:

  • show how data is being made open and available for re-use.
  • show justification of why data, if any, has not been published
  • demonstrate how the opening up of data for re-use has been built into business processes.
  • explain how data users will be made aware of data limitations and what metadata will be provided.
  • confirm data will be made available for free unless within defined exceptions.
  • explain how data can support delivery of better public services and improved governance.
  • explain plans to encourage and empower others to make use of data for various purpose (including commercial, non-commercial and education).

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