The Government’s overall approach to Transparency is being set out in Making Open Data Real: a public consultation. Transparency across government and public services is a powerful lever for a whole range of positive outcomes:
- Increasing accountability
- Building public confidence in government bodies
- Stimulating efficiency gains within the public sector
- Promoting greater citizen engagement
- Stimulating economic growth.
It is recognised that there are vast opportunities to support these outcomes in making the data that public sector organisations collect more freely available. Government is exploring what more it can do to maximise the growth opportunities from this data as part of the second phase of its Growth Review. More broadly the Open Data consultation makes a series of proposals aimed at establishing a culture of openness and transparency in public services, including enhancing a ‘Right to Data’ and how public service providers might be held to account for delivering Open Data.