Session: Public Sector Information Online: Towards a Global Policy Framework

Time: 
Fri, 2011-09-30 09:00 - 10:30

Concise Description:
Workshop objective:

The aim of the workshop is to develop and address the conclusions reached at the IGF5 Workshop 120: Public Sector Information Online: democratic, social and economic potentials. The IGF5 workshop built upon the debate first started at the IGF3 Best Practice Forum 69: Enhanced Internet-Enabled Access and Use of Public Sector Information, that was organised by the OECD. The workshop incorporates the IGF6 Workshop 110 proposal titled: Open Data: Challenges and Solutions and as such will take into account Open Government Data.

Relevance:

Many of the components that underpin the Internet are common with those of a public sector information policy framework, for example, access, transparency, privacy to name but a few. Indeed UN Member States policies and regulation related to the Internet form part of the overall public sector information content. By opening up the information produced and held by public sector organisations via the Internet provides a rich content that is valuable to Civil Society from the local, through to the national and global levels in the local languages. The European Union Digital Agenda provides an example as to how public sector information complements the key issues related to the Internet. http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/digital-agenda/index_en.htm

Workshop Description:

There is a growing awareness around the world that making better use of public sector information brings advantages both to the public sector itself and Civil Society. Over 60 UN Member States around the world have now adopted and are actively engaged in implementing public sector information policy frameworks that were first developed by economic regions such as the European Union and the OECD. Over the past 12 months there has been an acceleration of developments and interests led by Civil Society encouraging Governments to open up public sector information for democratic, non-commercial and commercial purposes. As this momentum has grown there are growing calls for a global public sector information framework as was raised by the participants at the IGF5 Workshop 120.

The workshop would address via open interactive debate the approaches that could lead to the formulation of a global public sector information policy framework for consideration and adoption by the United Nations Member States.

Policies: access, accessibility, openness, transparency and improved accountability. Promotion of digital content: innovation through private sector and civil society initiatives.

Policy implications: The development of Open Government Licences that are both human and machine readable and executable and as the numbers grow the harmonisation of these licences to stimulate cross border information services. Data discovery services platforms such as data.gov. Data sharing both within the public sector and with Civil Society. Privacy. Intellectual Property Rights. Linguistic diversity, Sustainability. E-Government. Linked data.

Outline Workshop Agenda: Short interventions by panel members on specific preset questions to act as a catalyst to debate with the attending and remote participants. The three preset questions to be addressed will be:

Question 1: Is there a need for a global policy on public sector information - open government data similar to that adopted by the OECD and the European Union that have been adopted by approximately 50+ United Nations Member States?

Question 2: If the conclusion to Question 1 is YES then: How do you visualise such a global policy could be prepared and adopted by the United Nations and or other world regional bodies?

If the conclusion to Question 1 is NO then: What do you believe needs to occur that will act as a catalyst that would lead to a belief that there should be a global policy on Open Government Data?

Question 3: How would you rank the key points that should be within such a global policy that would assist countries that currently do not have an open government data policy in order to commence adoption?

Background paper: A background paper that provides an overview of public sector information – open government data policies is available that supports the objective of the workshop. A further report has been produced on a world region titled: A Review of Freedom of Information, Data Protection and Open Data in the Caribbean. Author: Ms Keisha Taylor

Publicity plan: A publicity plan has been developed to promote remote participation in the workshop should it be selected and this will be managed by Ms Mary GIANOLI based in the UK. The publicity plan includes linkages to other complementary workshops and events that will be presented in IGF6.

Remote Participation: The UK National Archives – Office of Public Sector Information has confirmed that the personnel involved in the public sector information policy, implementation and regulation will participate in the workshop remotely.
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/information-management/default.htm

The Spanish Directorate for Information Society Services (Mr. Jorge CANCIO MELIÁ) and The APORTA project http://www.aporta.es (Mr. Antonio SARAVIA) have confirmed that they will participate remotely via the remote Moderator.

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