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1May, 2010First Prime Minister letter on transparency which included commitments for departments to publish senior staff salary details and data on central and local government spending.
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2June, 2010Public Sector Transparency Board, chaired by Minister for the Cabinet Office and consisting of public sector data specialists, meets for the first time to drive forward transparency agenda.
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3February, 2011Launch of police.uk by the Home Office which gives the public unprecedented access to crime data across the whole of England and Wales. Over 47 million visits since inception.
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4July, 2011Second Prime Minister letter on transparency which set out commitments to publish data across public services including health, transport and criminal justice. The letter also included measures to improve the quality of government data.
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5July, 2011Data on apprenticeships paid for by the Government released by Department for Education.
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6August, 2011Launch of ‘Making Open Data Real’ consultation which set out proposals for the Government’s Transparency and Open Data Strategy.
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7August–October 2011Nearly five hundred responses to the Making Open Data Real consultation received from a variety of sectors such as health, industry, local and central government.
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8October, 2011Reoffending rates data published by Ministry of Justice.
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9October, 2011Free government data sets from Transport Direct published alongside road works data on strategic road network published by Department for Transport.
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10October, 2011Hospital complaints data published by NHS Information Centre.
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11November, 2011Launch of Open Data Measures in the Autumn Statement. These included establishing a Data Strategy Board and a Public Data Group that will maximise the value of the data from the Met Office, Ordnance Survey, the Land Registry and Companies House.
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12November, 2011Sentencing by court data made available by Ministry of Justice.
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13December, 20117,865 data sets on www.data.gov.uk.
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14December, 2011Twenty-three out of twenty-five commitments for central government in the Prime Minister’s letters due by December 2011 are met.
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15December, 2011Inaugural meeting of the Transparency Senior Officials group which coordinates progress of transparency agenda across individual government departments.
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16December, 2011Publication of prescribing data by GP practices by NHS Information Centre.
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17December, 2011Publication of clinical outcomes data by NHS Information Centre.
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18December, 2011Real-time data on strategic road network (speed congestion) and weekly rail timetable data released by Department for Transport.
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19January, 2012Publication of summary of responses to ‘Making Open Data Real’ consultation alongside substantive consultation responses.
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20January, 2012Department for Education brings together school spending data, school performance data, pupil cohort data and Ofsted judgements, in a parent-friendly portal, searchable by postcode.
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21March, 2012Cabinet Office and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills publishes the terms of reference for Data Strategy Board.
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22March, 2012Department for Transport releases a range of highways and traffic data via the ‘Roadworks’ website, which includes data to help reduce congestion and enable business to make more predictable travel and logistics decisions.
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23March, 2012Publication of Open for Business which set out how open data is already fuelling UK businesses, creating jobs and supporting economic growth. This was accompanied by an interactive site to enable other organisations to tell government how they are using public data to create innovative new business models, products and services.
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24March, 2012Planned
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25April, 2012Network Rail and the Traveline will work with the transport industry to make available timetable and real-time train and bus information to support the development of innovative applications to improve passenger journeys.
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26April, 2012Publication of the business plan for the Open Data Institute (ODI). The ODI will innovate, exploit and research the opportunities for the United Kingdom created by the Government’s Open Data policy. In addition the ODI will develop the economic benefits case and business model for Open Data.
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27April, 2012United Kingdom to take over co-chairmanship of the Open Government Partnership from the United States. The Open Government Partnership is a multilateral initiative with more than 50 member countries that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to promote prosperity and reduce inequalities.
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28April, 2012Department of Health to release data about the quality of postgraduate medical education.
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29April, 2012Clinical audits and NHS staff satisfaction data released by Department of Health.
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30Mid-2012Cabinet Office to publish Transparency and Open Data products setting out the Government’s vision for embedding Transparency and Open Data as core operating principles of the public services. These products will include a formal response to the Kieron O’Hara report on privacy and transparency.
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31Mid-2012Cabinet Office will continue to build an evidence base to demonstrate how increased transparency can promote economic growth and greater efficiency within the public sector.
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32Mid-2012Individual departmental Open Data Strategies due for publication.
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33Mid-2012www.data.gov.uk will be refreshed alongside ongoing work with government departments to help them improve quality of their metadata (information about the data) and to increase the portfolio of their published datasets.
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34Mid-2012Home Office to release Crime Mapper to Justice Mapper data.
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35Mid-2012Implementing transparency Appendix Two 37
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36Mid-2012Planned continued
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37June, 2012Department for Education to open up access to anonymised data from the National Pupil Database.
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38September, 2012Health and Social Care Information Centre will provide a service link to primary and secondary healthcare datasets to reinforce the UK’s position as a global centre for research and analytics and boost UK life sciences.
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39September, 2012NHS Information Centre will publish further prescribing data.
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40September, 2012Open Data Institute due to open.
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41September, 2012During and
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42beyond 2012Department for Work and Pensions and Cabinet Office via the new Welfare Sector Transparency Board will consider opportunities for securely linking welfare datasets to other government and commercial datasets to increase their value to the industry.
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43beyond 2012Department for Work and Pensions will consult on the content of anonymised fit note data from 2012 to drive innovation in the occupational health sector and improve management of sickness absence.
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44beyond 2012Department for Work and Pensions will design the Universal Credit system so that aggregate benefits data can be published during the first year of the live running of the system.
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45beyond 2012Department for Health will ensure all NHS patients can access their personal GP records online by the end of this Parliament.
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46beyond 2012Department for Transport plans to legislate to give the Civil Aviation Authority the power to publish data on the performance of aviation service providers.
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47beyond 2012The Cabinet Office will set up an Open Data User Group (ODUG) to support the work of the new Data Strategy Board (DSB). The ODUG will advise the DSB on public sector data that should be prioritised for release as open data.
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