Open Government Data in the UK

Thursday 12 January 2012, 6.00pm

The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HA. The nearest underground stations are Covent Garden and Charing Cross.

Andrew Stott

Two years on from the launch of Andrew Stott will review the achievements of the transparency and open data programme so far, the lessons learned and the challenges and opportunities for the future. In addition to stimulating innovative uses of government data by business and society the programme has highlighted issues about the use of information within the public sector and about the relevant skills to do so effectively, and implications for the design of public sector IT services and systems.

About the Speaker:
Andrew Stott was Director for Transparency and Digital Engagement for the United Kingdom Government. He led the work to open up government data and create ''; and after the 2010 Election he led the implementation of the new Government's commitments to introduce greater transparency of central and local government within its first six months in office. Following his retirement in December 2010 he continues to advise UK Ministers on the release of government data and other parts of their e-government programme as a member of the UK Public Sector Transparency Board, as well as advising other governments and contributing to the international development of the Open Data agenda.

Between 2004 and 2009 Andrew Stott was UK Government Deputy Chief Information Officer and Chair of the UK Government Chief Technology Officers Council. He joined the civil service in 1976 and subsequently worked in policy, finance, programme management roles as well as in both strategy and implementation roles in information technology. He is a graduate of the University of Cambridge where he studied both Mathematics and Law. He was appointed CBE in 2011.

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