Tag Archive for "open-data"

Government data and public benefit

January 25, 2017 – Simon Burall

We are delighted to announce a major new partnership between the Carnegie UK Trust and Involve. We will be working together in three local authority areas to build a better understanding of how different groups (government, civil society and advocacy groups) make sense of, and balance, the trade-offs inherent in data sharing, specifically between public…

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Open Contracting: promoting transparency in public procurement

April 19, 2016 – Kaela Scott

From stationary supplies to major infrastructure projects like roads, schools and hospitals governments across the world are increasingly looking to the private sector to supply goods and services to their citizens. With the global value of this sort of outsourced procurement by the public sector now exceeding US$9.5 trillion each year (15% of global GDP)[i]…

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How about an open local government partnership? | UK Open Government Network

October 2, 2015 – Josephine Suherman-Bailey

The UK government was a founding member of the Open Government Partnership back in 2011, and since then has worked with a growing Open Government Network of civil society activists towards becoming more transparent, accountable and participatory. When the government first joined the international initiative, only a few actors from civil society were involved in…

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Power, politics and open government

July 23, 2014 – Tim Hughes

Last week I was lucky enough to be in Berlin for the Open Knowledge Festival 2014. As much as I know I should, I often struggle to blog after events. Fortunately this time I was cornered by our friends at The Engine Room, who forced me to reflect on my takeaways from the two days. So…

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Open Government Partnership

Published: January 8, 2014

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a global effort to make governments better by promoting transparency, empowering citizens, fighting corruption, and harnessing new technologies to strengthen governance. The initiative was launched in 2011 in New York by eight governments, including the UK. To become a member countries must endorse a high level Open Government Declaration and develop…

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“Harnessing Data to Drive Citizen Engagement”

October 31, 2013 – Tim Hughes

This morning I spoke at the Open Government Partnership Summit in a panel session on "Harnessing Data to Drive Citizen Engagement". Here's a rough account of what I said (and intended to say) in my five minutes: My interest in open data is specifically in its link to responsive and accountable institutions, and what's needed to…

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How can open data make government more accountable and democratic? Our evidence to PASC

October 10, 2013 – Tim Hughes

The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) have published our written evidence to its inquiry into 'Statistics and open data'. Our evidence scrutinises the link between open data, and transparency, accountability and democracy, based on our research and understanding of participation and governance. Specifically, we argue that if open data is to support enhanced accountability and democracy,…

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Open data, participation and democracy – a call for case studies

May 22, 2013 – Sarah Borwick

Involve has recently started a new project, looking at the relationship between open data, participation and democracy. We are looking to understand the extent to which public organisations are currently engaging with citizens and community groups using open data and to develop some recommendations for how this relationship could be improved. Government ministers have stated…

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