Open Standards Board sets the direction

The first meeting of the newly formed Open Standards Board took place on Thursday last week (9 May). Liam Maxwell, the Government’s Chief Technology Officer, chaired the meeting writes Linda Humphries.

I am enormously grateful to all of the members for volunteering their time and their expertise for the public good. Over time, their efforts will have a massive impact on people’s lives, making our services better and potentially saving millions of pounds in public money.

It was great to finally get down to work on putting the structures in place to help us make the right choice of which open standards to use.

The Open Standards Board agreed the process for how we should select open standards and appointed Nicholas Oughtibridge from the Health and Social Care Information Centre to chair a Data Standards Panel to advise the Board.

They also agreed to use the assessment criteria proposed in the European Common Assessment Methodology for Standards and Specifications as a starting point for the criteria to be used by advisory panels and challenge owners when assessing challenge proposals.

The terms of reference for the Board are published on the Standards Hub along with more information about what was discussed at the meeting.

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The first challenges have been open for responses since March and we’ll be starting to close these soon. Challenge owners can then begin to put forward proposals, drawing from these responses. You’ll be invited to discuss these proposals with us as they develop.

If you’ve not already signed up to the Standards Hub and had your say, now would be a perfect time to get started.