Open data, open access: UK Data Archive and ESDS respond to government consultation

Article dated: 31 October 2011

As the consultation period by the Government on Making Open Data Real comes to a close, the UK Data Archive is openly sharing its response to the Cabinet Office.

The response coincides with the conclusion of the 5th annual worldwide conversation on open access issues, known as Open Access Week.

In the response document, Archive leaders address specific questions raised in the consultation that cover a wide variety of issues that are relevant to data produced by government departments and public bodies:

  • glossary of key terms
  • an enhanced right to data
  • setting open data standards
  • corporate and personal responsibility
  • meaningful open data
  • government setting the example
  • innovation with open data

The response is informed by the Archive's experience as curator of the UK's largest collection of digital research data in the social sciences and humanities and as a primary partner in delivering the Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS), an ESRC-funded Investment that currently serves more than 23,000 registered users. The views and statements expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the ESRC or the Universities of Essex or Manchester.