18 June 2013 - 40th meeting of APPSI

Following the 40th meeting of APPSI, the following documents are available:

Agenda (PDF, 0.07Mb)

Minutes (PDF, 0.22Mb)

11 March 2013 - 39th meeting of APPSI

Following the 39th meeting of APPSI, the following documents are now available:

Agenda (PDF, 0.14Mb)

Minutes (PDF, 0.16Mb)

11 December 2012 - 38th Meeting of APPSI

Following the 38th meeting of APPSI, the following papers are now available:

Agenda (PDF, 0.03Mb)

Minutes (PDF, 0.37Mb)

21 September 2012 - 37th Meeting of APPSI

Following the 37th Meeting of APPSI the following papers are now available:

Agenda (PDF, 0.07Mb)

Minutes (PDF, 0.07Mb)

09 July 2012 - 36th Meeting of APPSI

 Following the 36th meeting of APPSI  on 09 July 2012 the papers and minutes are now available:

Agenda (PDF, 0.07Mb)

Open Data White Paper  (PDF, 0.52Mb)

BIS/ APPSI meeting note 2 May 2012 (PDF, 0.06Mb)

Minutes (PDF, 0.25Mb)

20 April 2012 - 35th Meeting of APPSI

Following the meeting on 20 April 2012, the following papers are now available:  

Agenda (PDF, 0.07Mb)

APPSI NII presentation by David Rhind and Hugh Neffendorf  (PPT, 0.12Mb)

Minutes 35th APPSI Meeting 20 April 2012 (PDF, 0.19Mb)

01 February 2012 - 34th Meeting of APPSI

Following the meeting on 01 February 2012, the following papers are now available:

Agenda  (, Mb)

Item 3: Richard Swetenham EU - presentation on the 'PSI Directive' (PPT, 0.51Mb)

Item 4: Rick Holyomes (DCMS) presentation on the 'Single Digital Market' (PPT, 0.16Mb)

Item 5: Michael Jennings PSI and the World outside Central Government (PPT, 0.00Mb)

Minutes (PDF, 0.84Mb)

08 December 2011 - 33rd Meeting of APPSI

Agenda (PDF, 0.00Mb)

Global Trends in PSI by Carol Tullo (PPT, 0.00Mb)

PSI: Simplifying the legal framework - by Peter Wienand (PDF, 0.00Mb)

Minutes 33rd APPSI meeting 08 December 2011 (PDF, 0.12Mb)

13 September - 32nd Meeting of APPSI

Following the meeting on 13 September, the following papers are now available:

Agenda (PDF, 0.12Mb)

Item 6: Cabinet Office - Open Data consultation paper  (PDF, 0.84Mb)

Item 6: Cabinet Office - consultation paper on Data Policy for a Public Data Corporation (PDF, 0.37Mb)

Minutes 32nd meeting 13 September 2011 (PDF, 0.26Mb)

27 July 2011 - 31st Meeting of APPSI

Following the meeting on 27 July 2011, the following papers are now available:

Agenda  (PDF, 0.12Mb)

Item 5: OFT presentation - stakeholder activity  (PPT, 0.33Mb)

Minutes 31st APPSI meeting 27 July 2011  (PDF, 0.25Mb)

3 May 2011 - 30th Meeting of APPSI

Following the meeting on 3 May 2011, the following papers are now available:

Agenda (, Mb)

Meeting item 4: UK Government Licensing Framework - next phase  (, Mb)

Meeting item 5: PSI Complaints Review (Webb Report)  (, Mb)

Meeting item 6: The Right to Data agenda and the Protection of Freedoms Bill (, Mb)

Meeting item 7: Local Government: Knowledge Hub data and apps  (, Mb)

Minutes - 30th APPSI meeting (, Mb)

1 March 2011 - 29th Meeting of APPSI

Following the meeting held on 1 March, the following papers are now available:

Agenda (PDF, 0.05Mb)

Meeting item 5: Location Economic case studies (PDF, 0.63Mb)

Minutes (PDF, 0.07Mb)

6 December 2010 - APPSI's 7th Annual Seminar

Today, the Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information held its annual seminar at the Ministry of Justice. APPSI invited speakers who are key to the re-use of public sector information agenda.

Agenda (PDF, 0.08Mb)

Carol Tullo presentation (PDF, 1.56Mb)

Michael Jennings presentation (PDF, 0.15Mb)

Tim Allen presentation (PDF, 0.31Mb)

Noel Hatch presentation (PDF, 1.47Mb)

Minutes (PDF, 0.30Mb)

25 October 2010 - Chair of APPSI attends the UK Infrastructure Seminar

Professor David Rhind, Chair of APPSI, attended a by-invitation meeting in HM Treasury on 21 October 2010 on the UK Infrastructure and Interdependency.  Most attendees were engineers but the audience also included those with various other backgrounds. At the meeting Professor Rhind argued that information - especially public sector information - was at least analogous to physical infrastructure. On 25 October the PM spoke to the CBI about infrastructure and other matters and the National Infrastructure Plan. The Plan contains reference to the need to carry information through  communication channels and has a specific commitment to make available more widely flood information. But, perhaps unsurprisingly, it does not consider APPSI's concept of a national information infrastructure  and the need to give strategic attention to the content of such PSI.  It can be argued that APPSI's remit is focused on the re-use of existing PSI rather than on what should be collected. But, equally, the importance of effecting economies and efficiencies under present financial circumstances and the opportunities which could flow from a strategic re-assessment of what is collected might suggest APPSI continue to develop this vision.

16 September 2010 - 28th Meeting of APPSI

Highlights of this meeting include:

  • a presentation by Graham Smith, Deputy Information Commissioner, on The Government's Transparency Agenda and the ICO
  • a presentation by John Gray, APPSI member, on the 2010 survey of the Local Government sector within England and Wales on the trading of land and property information
  • discussion on the importance of defining public task as part of the Transparency Agenda

Meeting papers

Agenda (PDF, 0.07Mb)

Minutes - 22.07.10 (PDF, 0.26Mb)

Local government land and property report (PDF, 0.18Mb)

Local government property presentation (PDF, 0.61Mb)

Local government update (PDF, 0.06Mb)

Graham Smith presentation (PDF, 0.11Mb)

European PSI update (PDF, 0.20Mb)

Minutes (PDF, 0.25Mb)

22 July 2010 - 27th meeting of APPSI

Highlights of this meeting include:

  • a presentation by Clemence Cleave-Doyard, Government Data Manager, The National Archives on the Transparency and Open Data Agenda
  • a presentation by Chris Hill, Director, Geodata Institute, University of Southampton and Neil Pittam, Marine Data Manager, The Crown Estate on MEDIN Marine Data Policy

Meeting papers:

Agenda (PDF, 0.06Mb)

Minutes - 17.05.10 (PDF, 0.25Mb)

Transparency and open data (PDF, 0.09Mb)

Transparency and open government (PDF, 0.47Mb)

MEDIN (PDF, 0.59Mb)

European PSI platform report (PDF, 0.14Mb)

Review of Directive (PDF, 0.33Mb)

PSI in Local Government (PDF, 0.04Mb)

Minutes (PDF, 0.26Mb)

17 May 2010 - 26th Meeting of APPSI

Highlights of this meeting include:

  • presentation by Professor Nigel Shadbolt, Chair of the Local Public Data Panel
  • presentation by the Met Office on Making Money from PSI: How the Met Office do it

Meeting papers:

Agenda (PDF, 0.07Mb)

Minutes - 17.02.10 (PDF, 0.27Mb)

European PSI Platform Report (PDF, 0.13Mb)

Minutes (PDF, 0.25Mb)

17 February 2010 - 25th meeting of APPSI

The highlights of this meeting include:

  • presentation from The National Archives on plans for the Statute Law Database as part of the legislation service
  • presentation from The National Archives on the government's progress on a new licensing pilot
  • presentation from APPSI's economist on the pricing of PSI

Meeting papers:

Agenda (PDF, 0.08Mb)

Minutes - 17.09.09 (PDF, 0.15Mb)

Seminar minutes - 10.12.09 (PDF, 0.24Mb)

Statute Law database presentation (PDF, 1.25Mb)

Presentation on creative commons (PDF, 0.48Mb)

Economics of PSI (PDF, 0.10Mb)

European PSI platform (PDF, 0.13Mb)

Minutes (PDF, 0.27Mb)

27 January 2010 - Chair of APPSI speaks on geospatial data developments

Today, Professor David Rhind, Chair of APPSI, gave a presentation at the The Cities Revealed Event which is intended for all users of geographic information. This two day event offered an opportunity for delegates to explore geospatial innovation with some of the UK's leading exponents of GI. Professor Rhind presented his thoughts on how past geospatial data developments impact on future applications.

David Rhind's Cities Revealed presentation (PDF, 1.18Mb)

Cities Revealed event flyer (PDF, 1.02Mb)

10 December 2009 - APPSI's 6th Annual Seminar

Today, the Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information held its annual seminar at the Ministry of Justice. APPSI invited speakers who are key to the re-use of public sector information agenda.

Agenda (PDF, 0.06Mb)

Jon Kingsbury: New IPR Framework for public organisations (PDF, 0.21Mb)

Mark Houghton: Making money from PSI - a practitioner view (PDF, 0.13Mb)

Glen Watson and Alistair Calder: 2011 Census for England and Wales (PDF, 2.57Mb)

Carol Tullo and Michael Jennings: Local authorities and NHS PSI re-use (PDF, 0.89Mb)

David Lammey and Hector MacQueen: PSI in Scotland and Northern Ireland (PDF, 0.08Mb)

Bill Oates: PSI in Wales (PDF, 0.06Mb)

Carol Tullo: Summary of EU and UK PSI policy (PDF, 2.48Mb)

Minutes (PDF, 0.24Mb)

28 October 2009 - Intellect Identity & Information Conference 2009

Today, Professor David Rhind spoke on the re-use of public sector information for the benefit of services to the public at the Intellect Identity & Information conference. The conference was well attended by approximately 100 delegates from the private organisations such as Cable&Wireless, Consult Hyperion, Siemans IT Solutions and Getronics, as well as government departments and agencies.  The opening keynote presentation was given by Christopher Graham, Information Commissioner who talked about the challenge of the Information Commissioner's Office in delivering a balance between information security and information rights.

Christopher Graham was followed by Professor David Rhind's talk about the importance of re-using information to stimulate innovation and drive the knowledge economy. He said that the benefits of PSI re-use:

  • underpins democratic accountability (e.g. Government meeting PSA targets, local authority and CLA outcomes, NHS Trusts meeting 4 hour/18 week, MRSA targets, etc)
  • raises awareness of citizens' rights and responsibilities
  • facilitates community activity
  • can be used to enhance efficiency e.g. tune services, allocate resources to meet real needs
  • can underpin innovation and hence create jobs and provide choice in services

Professor Rhind also asserted that an interest in making PSI more readily available has grown hugely in recent months, particularly as a result of the Making Public Data Public initiative led by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Professor Nigel Shadbolt.  Despite the optimism and drive in this area, he said there are still factors that block the effective exploitation of PSI. Drawing on APPSI's recent advice to the Shareholder Executive, Tim Berners-Lee and the Cabinet Office, he set out the recommendations for information 'prospecting and harvesting' in the short term and the long-term strategy to create/refine a national information infrastructure, as well as the policy changes and actions needed to facilitate successful re-use of PSI.

David Rhind's presentation (PDF, 1.05Mb)

Conference agenda (PDF, 0.08Mb)

21 October 2009 - PSI in Action: Transforming the Information Landscape Conference

On 20 October 2009 Professor David Rhind chaired the PSI in Action Conference hosted by Civil Service World in conjunction with the Office of Public Sector Information, part of The National Archives. The conference was well attended (approximately 70 participants from public and private sector bodies as well as the PSI policy leads in New Zealand and the Victoria State).  Professor Rhind's introduction positively captured the wider interest and activity in PSI in the last 18 months driven by important reports and initiatives, most notably the Power of Information Report, the Shareholder Executive's review of Trading Funds, the launch of Ordnance Survey's new business strategy, the INSPIRE Directive, and the more recently the Making Public Data Public Policy. Below you will find the conference delegate pack and the presentations given by the speakers:

PSI in Action delegate pack (PDF, 3.10Mb)

Nicholas Gruen - Towards a more felicitous economy (PDF, 0.73Mb)

William Perrin - PSI - Lifeblood of communities (PDF, 3.66Mb)

Ian Trenholm - Public Service Delivery - How we can raise the bar (PDF, 0.43Mb)

Andrew Stott - Beyond PSI - Extending Digital Engagement (PDF, 1.98Mb)

Chris Jenkins - Knowledge sharing session - competition and discrimination (PDF, 0.14Mb)

Jim Wretham - Knowledge sharing session - Opening up access to information (PDF, 0.06Mb)

Martin Ferguson - - Public Service Delivery - How we can raise the bar (PDF, 1.00Mb)

Patricia Seex - Knowledge sharing session - the price of information (PDF, 0.08Mb)

Nigel Shadbolt - Public information delivery (PDF, 4.40Mb)

17 September 2009 - 24th APPSI meeting

The highlights of this meeting include:

  • a presentation from the Office of Public Sector Information, part of The National Archives on its enhanced regulatory role
  •  presentation from the Shareholder Executive on developments relating to Ordnance Survey's new business model
  • a presentation from Chris Taggart, developer of www.openlylocal.com, a website that opens up local government information.

See meeting papers:

Agenda (, Mb)

Minutes - 23.07.09 (, Mb)

OPSI Enhanced Regulation (PDF, 0.18Mb)

Shareholder Executive on Ordnance Survey (PDF, 0.12Mb)

European Platform PSI Report (, Mb)

EC Communication (, Mb)

INSPIRE Transopsition Progress Report (, Mb)

Minutes (, Mb)

29 April 2009 - The Chair of APPSI speaks at Capita's Information Sharing Across the Public Sector Conference

Capita's 6th National Information Sharing Across the Public Sector Conference has been organised to provide high level strategic guidance and practical insight into challenges and solutions of effective data sharing.

The Chair of APPSI, Professor David Rhind CBE, gave the keynote address on Creating Opportunities for Public Sector Information Sharing:

  • Putting data at the core of public sector organisations
  • The benefits of re-use of public sector information
  • Creating a culture of good data management

Programme (PDF, 0.41Mb)

Data sharing presentation (PPT, 8.81Mb)

12 February 2009 - Free Our Data Conference

The Free Our Data Conference on 10 February 2009 was proof that the Free Our Data campaign is now gaining cross-party support, with the cabinet minister Tom Watson and other ministers pushing for closer investigation of the benefits of making government-collected data available for wider use. Speaking at the conference, organised by the thinktank Policy Exchange, were Charles Arthur, the Guardian's Technology editor, who is a co-founder of the Free Our Data campaign; Ed Parsons, formerly the chief technology officer at OS and now a geospatial technologist at Google; Steven Feldman, a freelance geospecialist and Shane O'Neill, APPSI's Digital Content Expert.

Earlier meetings, conferences and seminars

Details of previous meetings, conferences and seminars can be found on the UK Government Web Archive.

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