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8 recommendations for open contracting in the UK

2nd December 2015

Open Contracting is a bold idea, reshaping the way we think about billions of pounds of public funding. However, in order to fulfil its potential, open contracting requires an open and continuous dialogue that captures learning, innovation and action right across government, business and civil society. That’s why, on November 5, we brought together open…


A handful of the 30,000 submissions to the FOI Commission

30th November 2015

The call for evidence for the Commission on Freedom of Information closed on 20th November.  You can read the UK Open Government Network’s submission to the Commission here. The Commission received over 30,000 submissions in total, so we’re collecting together and publishing links to the submissions made by UK OGN members here. Please see the list below…


OGN Meeting, with Paul Maassen | 13 November 2015 | Meeting note

25th November 2015

On 13th November 2015 the UK Open Government Network met to discuss progress on the OGP. Below is the meeting note.   Date: Friday 13th November 2015 Time: 12.00 – 14.00 Location: Free Word Centre, London Attendees Open Government Network Alice Gartland , Open Contracting Partnership Claire Schouten, International Budget Partnership Colm Burns, Northern Ireland…


Update from the FOI Commission | GOV.UK

23rd November 2015

Following the closure of its call for evidence on Friday, the FOI Commission has published an update on gov.uk: Update from Lord Burns, Chairman of the Commission “I wanted to provide a short update on the work of the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information now that the call for evidence has closed.” “The Commission…


Over 100 CSOs sign OGN evidence to the FOI Commission

20th November 2015

Over 100 civil society organisations, ranging from national NGOs, to local community groups, and open government campaigners, to health, environment and transport charities, have signed the UK Open Government Network’s evidence to the FOI Commission, stating their support for a strong right to information : ‘We regard the Freedom of Information Act as a fundamental pillar of…



A post-Summit reading list

10th November 2015

Over 26 – 28 October 2015, a number of members of the Open Government Network and the UK government attended the Open Government Partnership Summit in Mexico City. The summit provided a lot of food for thought and provoked some useful reflections from the open government community. Apart from some great sessions, the community used…


UK Government press release from #OGP15

2nd November 2015

The UK Government published the following press release from last week’s OGP Summit in Mexico City. The Summit was attended by Lord Francis Maude (Minister of State for Trade and Investment, previously Minister for the Cabinet Office) and Sir Eric Pickles (Anti-corruption Champion), along with a number of senior officials. UK government leads the way in…


How open company data was used to uncover the powerful elite benefiting from Myanmar’s multi-billion dollar jade industry | OpenCorporates

27th October 2015

Open Government Network member, OpenCorporates, has released a new paper outlining how open company data was used to uncover the powerful elite benefiting from Myanmar’s multi-billion dollar jade industry. Today, we’re pleased to release a white paper on how OpenCorporates data was used to uncover the powerful elite benefiting from Myanmar’s multi-billion dollar jade industry, in a…


Open Government in Scotland workshop | Meeting notes

22nd October 2015

The Scottish Government, along with Northern Ireland and Wales, have agreed to make commitments in the UK’s new OGP Action plan. The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is therefore working with support from the UK Open Government Civil Society Coordinator to coordinate Scottish civil society input to the OGP plan and build the momentum around OGP action in…