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FORCE gov.uk suppliers to stick to 'open data principles' – MPs

The Register - UK government suppliers should be required to adhere to the same "open data principles" as government departments, a committee of MPs has proposed. The House of Commons' Public Administration Select Committee backed calls from UK Information Commissioner Christopher Graham, among others, for greater transparency in the government outsourcing environment (54-page/8.40MB PDF).

"Open data principles should be applied not only to government departments but also to the private companies with which they make contracts," the Committee said in a new report. "We recommend that companies contracting with the government to provide contracted or outsourced goods and services should be required to make all data open on the same terms as the sponsoring department."

 

"This stipulation should be included in a universal standard contract clause which should be introduced and enforced across government from the beginning of the financial year 2015-16," it said.

'Open data' is the term used to describe the UK government's initiative to ensure that data it holds is made available publically in a format which facilitates its re-use.