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New Public Sector Transparency Board and Public Data Transparency Principles

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The Public Sector Transparency Board, which was established by the Prime Minister, met yesterday for the first time. The Board will drive forward the Government’s transparency agenda, making it a core part of all government business and ensuring that all …

Publishing Local Open Data - Important Lessons from the Open Election Data project

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Overview During the May 2010 local elections, Socitm joined with the Local Government Association to support the Open Election Data Project ( set up by Chris Taggart, developer of and a member of the Department of Communities’ Local Public …

Interview with Tim Davies

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Tim Davies has been exploring the intersection of youth engagement, social justice and social technologies for the last 10 years. Between 2003 and 2006 Tim was a part time trainer and consultant with The NYA, and in 2005 established Practical Participation as an independent limited company supporting youth participation through the effective use of technology.

Publishing itemised local authority expenditure - advice for comment

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The Prime Minister and CLG Ministers wish to see local authorities publish granular local spending data. The Public Sector Transparency Board has been set up to drive an open data agenda. The Prime Minister has made a specific commitment that new items of local government spending over £500 be published on a council-by-council basis from January 2011. Many local authorities also wish to publish such data.