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Open Data Strategy
June 2012
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Contents
Summary ................................................................................................... 3 Introduction ................................................................................................ 5 Information Principles for the UK Public Sector ......................................... 6 Big Data ..................................................................................................... 7 My Data ................................................................................................... 11 Satisfaction and Experience Data ............................................................ 13 Dynamic Information Markets .................................................................. 16 Continuous improvement of data quality .................................................. 18 Tax Transparency Sector Board .............................................................. 21 Conclusion ............................................................................................... 21 Appendix A - Our Commitment to Transparency and Data Protection ..... 22 Appendix B – Alignment to the Information Principles ............................. 24 Appendix C – Summary of HMRC’s Publication Plans ............................ 29 UNCLASSIFIED

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Summary
1. HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) are fully committed to the transparency agenda, and transparency is a key principle for the Department. 2. We have made a number of additional commitments in this Open Data strategy as a first step towards continued and greater openness in the department. Most notable of these, and to ensure there is continued oversight of the transparency agenda, we are setting up a Tax Transparency sector board which will drive the Transparency agenda in the department. This will incorporate key views from across government, academia and the private and social sector. 3. Working closely with the Valuation Office Agency, our Executive Agency, we have a history of producing useful and relevant data for broader use. We have been collecting and producing data for many years and made our performance and activities transparent through the publication of annual reports and official statistics. 4. Key elements of our strong commitment to transparency have been demonstrated by: Our alignment to the Public Data Principles and Information Principles for the UK Public Sector; The position we have adopted to publish data proactively; Our intention to make information available whilst taking into consideration our legal duties to protect the confidentiality of our customers. 5. We see information as a fundamental tool to deliver public services, as witnessed by a number of initiatives we have undertaken since the transparency agenda was announced: Between November 2010 and January 2011, we engaged the public in an informal consultation to seek views on our approach to transparency1; In May 2011, we were one of the first departments across Whitehall to publish an initial inventory of their datasets, as part of our transparency implementation plan2; and In 2011, we also launched a dedicated transparency site3, which has allowed us to make several datasets available to the general public. 6. The Government is now moving towards the next phase of transparency and we want to continue in our efforts to make more data public. The Open Data Strategy (ODS) outlines our plans to engage with citizens and make more information available under an Open Government Licence. 7. We are currently publishing several datasets on our website and on www.data.gov.uk under an Open Government Licence. In our publication plans for 2012-2014, we will continue assessing our information and look for ways to move our data up the ‘5 star’ rating system determined by the transparency standards. 1 http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/transparency/consultation.htm

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