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ADVISORY PANEL ON PUBLIC SECTOR INFORMATION RELEASES FIRST ANNUAL REPORT

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The Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information today released its ...
The Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information today released its

2003/04 Annual Report.

The Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information is the new name for

the Advisory Panel on Crown Copyright, which wascestablished in

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

Information (2003/98/EC).

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.

Notes

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 richard.susskind@cabinet-office.x.gsi.gov.uk

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.

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