Making more government data and information available
How much support does Government need to provide when it releases government data?
This is one of the important areas for the Taskforce to consider and we would like to hear your views and ideas on this.
Metadata plays an important role in understanding the meaning of data, its use and management. But are there other expectations from those who would like to see more data made available, such as:
- retention specifications that the agency will need to provide at the time of release of data, for example, formats;
- details of where and when the data will be archived;
- how long the data is likely to be captured;
- how complete the datasets are;
- would it be helpful to have a general policy, covering all government data releases that sets out what support would be provided – for example, contact points for clarification on the data and its sources;
- role of disclaimers when releasing data and what should they cover;
- and so on.
In looking beyond just text data, are support regimes considered to be pre requisites, for example, when images are released? And are they the same regimes or is something new needed?
Are there issues that you have encountered, either with data or images that the Taskforce should take into account as we form our recommendations to Government?