APPSI NII presentation by David Rhind and Hugh Neffendorf

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National Information
Infrastructure and Open


20 April 2012

What is the NII?

A broad approach to maximising the value of
information to the nation and to society

A representation of a Government Information

An information parallel to the National (physical)

A structured approach to releasing the greatest
benefit from


A manageable initiative to create, make readily
available and publicise an entity and framework to
promote availability and best practice in fostering
openness and the information ecosystem

What topics are covered in the NII?

Data, policies about its availability,
standards, applications of the data,
producers and users, tools, organisations
involved, etc.

Potentially, all relevant data matters are in

Realistically, focussed on information and
processes that government can most
readily influence

and are high priorities

What information is in the NII?

Potentially a wide range of data but focussed
first on PSI

Not just central government data

governments, LAs, health, etc,

private sector
involved in public (and infrastructure,

services plus independent
and voluntary sectors where they too provide
publicly funded or (tax
) subsidised


PSI is a wide definition and is sometimes
blended with data from non
public sources

Private data in the NII

Can be personal or commercial confidential

Public confidence must be assured

Anonymity must be assured

There are proven good ways to release
anonymised sensitive data

There are good precedents and current action
e.g. Census SARs, OIC initiative, Scottish government
consultation on data linkage

An important element of PSI

needs special attention

Who are the data providers for NII?

Central government departments

Devolved administrations

Key public facing sectors such as local
government, health and social services

government (e.g. transport, privatised
utilities, those who government pays)

government sources where there is a
public sector interest

What are the NII applications?

A vast array

known and unknown

There is a need to better understand
usage and applications for input to
prioritisation and investment

The pace of change in electronic methods
will greatly increase the scope and value
of data

The NII is a living entity

Is the NII the same as Open Data?

The NII is a broader concept that
embraces Open Data

Government plans for OD are a relevant
and important component of the NII

Which public bodies have an NII role?

Cabinet Office, BIS, other Departments,
devolved administrations, ICO, UKSA,
many others

There is a need to rationalise roles and
responsibilities for the NII

Lead responsibility might be vested in an
existing entity, at least initially

The NII should be UK
wide with logical
devolved variants

Why is the NII so important?

The information economy is already worth
£billions and growing rapidly

The UK should be best placed to make the
most of this

There is considerable waste from duplication
and data misuse

Better data availability in the widest sense
will lead to better applications

relevance, openness, value

Key NII issues

Establishing a centre of excellence

Seeking/demonstrating benefits from information

Stimulation of growth and openness

Regulation and inducements


Research and skills development

Guidance to producers and users



promotion and review

Standards, protocols, terminology and metadata

Data intermediaries

Charging & licensing

APPSI recommendations (1)

Government should provide a clear and
explicit strategic vision on its role in
information collection, dissemination and

Policy should facilitate better public/private
sector cooperation and innovation

White Paper should build in the NII concept

Open Data should be recognised as a
component and key stepping stone to NII

The wider NII framework should be
recognised as key to success

APPSI recommendations (2)

The DSB should be considered as the
initial leader of a NII

Personal data needs special attention

Enhancing human capital is central to
delivering Open Data/NII success

NII is a living thing so must anticipate new
data needs, enforce standards, evaluate
old data series for continuing value

Further discussion and investigation of the
NII is now required

and APPSI is happy
to be involved

Next steps?