Open Data Engagement recommended by UK Public Administration Committee

Following advocacy by Involve, the UK Government Public Administration Committee have recommended that the UK Government move towards applying the 5 Stars of Engagement to their open data publications. Their report states:

56. The Government should adopt a star-rating system for engagement, as recommended by Involve, for measuring, and reporting to Parliament on, Departments’ progress on increasing accountability through open data. The Government should expect Departments to set out plans to move towards Five Star Engagement for all their data releases.

Right now, the five stars of open data engagement offer a relatively subjective framework, designed to encourage those responsible for open data publication to critically consider how to improve the participatory nature of their open data work. If the government moves forward with this recommendation, there will be an interesting opportunity to consider how the engagement five-star system can also function as an assessment tool.

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