2003/04 Annual Report.
The Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information is the new name for
April 2003 following recommendations in the Cross-Cutting Review of
the Knowledge Economy.
APPSI is a non-departmental public body charged with advising
ministers strategically on how to open up opportunities for greater
reuse of government information by the private and voluntary sectors
of the economy. It also advises the controller of the Stationery
Office about changes and opportunities in the iformation industry.
The panel's new name reflects the wider nature of its remit,
particularly its role advising government on how to harmonise public
sector information policy across the wider public sector and
implement the European Directive on the Reuse of Public Sector
The report highlights the two main strands of government information
policy: that government should be more open (Freedom of Information)
and that public sector information can and should be reused where
beneficial. The panel believes that UK PSI is an enormously valuable
resource that can improve the quality of life of UK citizens
and enhance British information industries, educational institutions,
public affairs, and the economy generally. The report records the
panel's efforts over the first year to fulfil its mandate.
1. The 1st Annual Report 2004 of the Advisory Panel on Public Sector
Information was published today and is available here.
2. The first chair of the panel is Professor Richard Susskind. He is
an independent adviser to global professional firms and national
governments. He is IT adviser to the lord chief justice and
holds law professorships at Gresham College, London and the Centre
for Law, Computers and Technology at Strathclyde University. He is a
law columnist at The Times and the author of five books on legal
technology. A fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and of the
British Computer Society, he received his law degree from the
University of Glasgow and his doctorate from Balliol College, Oxford.
He was awarded an OBE in the Millennium New Year's Honours List for
services to IT in the Law and to the Administration of Justice. He
can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
3. More information on the Advisory Panel on Public Sector
Information is available from its website, www.hmso.gov.uk/appsi
4. The Cross-Cutting Review of the Knowledge Economy was co-chaired
by the secretary of state for trade and industry and the chief
secretary to the Treasury and reported in December 2000. Its report
is available here.
5. The Stationery Office delivers a wide range of services to the
public, information industry and government relating to access and
reuse of government information through innovative e-services. HMSO's
remit is UK-wide; the responsibilities for copyright ownership and
management derive directly from the Crown. This means that the
controller of HMSO reports to UK ministers, holding the public
offices of Queen's printer and government printer for Northern
Ireland, and directly to Scottish ministers in her capacity as the
Queen's printer for Scotland.