Open Government


"Open Government" is the concept that the electorate have the right to access data regarding the internal workings of the government. It has been heavily influenced by the open source movement, and also includes related provisions such as allowing the electorate to participate freely in government business, and sharing information internally (as well as with the outside world) to improve efficiency.[1]

UK Government projects

Freedom of Information Act

Associated projects

The data produced by the UK government has been reworked by a large number of projects, some of which are formally associated with the government and some of which are not.


Work by the Open Rights Group


  1. Lathrop & Ruma (2010) p.xix


  • Lathrop, Daniel & Ruma, Laurel (2010). Open Government: Collaboration, Transparency, and Participation in Practise. O'Reilly Media. ISBN 9780596804350