Right to Data Code of Practice Consultation

[Summary: notes on another open data consultation response]

As if to provide plenty of opportunities for procrastination from working on my PhD, government is providing a constant stream of open data related consultations right now. Next up, a consultation on the Code of Practice to be issued concerning the ‘Right to Data’ introduced by the 2012 Protection of Freedoms Act.

This one is hosted over on Data.gov.uk, and takes the form of a copy of the current draft with space for paragraph-by-paragraph commenting.

I’ve added in a few responses, in particular to note that:

There are also some wider issues the guidance should perhaps address explicitly, on the additional requirements of attention to detail in privacy terms when releasing data, and there is probably space for the guidance (and consultation) to be in clearer English without sacrificing the legal detail that may be required of it.
It will certainly be interesting to see how the Right to Data plays out in coming years…

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Open Data in Developing Countries


The focus of my work is currently on the Exploring the Emerging Impacts of Open Data in Developing Countries (ODDC) project with the Web Foundation.

MSc – Open Data & Democracy

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