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Our meetings

Here we describe the groups that take part in the assessment process and publish their minutes.

Open Standards Panel meeting - 20 September 2016

This meeting was held to evaluate the following proposals:

a.Open Contracting Data Standard  OCDS

b.Open standard for international development data   International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI)


a.How to deal with standard versions changes in the open standards process.

b.The open standards community group.

Summary of outcomes

1. OCDS to be recommended to the Open Standards Board

2. IATI to be recommended to the Open Standards Board

Declaration of interests

Open Standards Board - 25 April 2016

The Board met to consider:

1. Proposals for two challenges :

a. public emergency alert messaging

b. publishing vacancies online

2. A redrafted challenge for understanding government information.

3. A fast track in the open standards process for certain standards.

Summary of outcomes:

The board agreed that:

Open Standards Board –13 November 2015

The board met to consider:

1. recommendations on four proposals: of property/place information of location point information

c.multi agency incident transfer

d.publishing vacancies online

2. the adoption of a fast track process for selecting open standards in some circumstances

Summary of outcomes

The board agreed that the:

Data Panel meeting – 23 October 2015

This meeting was scheduled to evaluate the following proposals:

  • Multi agency incident transfer (MAIT): Multi Agency Incident Transfer Version 0.2.2
  • Exchange of location point information: World Geodetic System 1984 (WGS 84)
  • Exchange of property / place address information: Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN).

Declarations of interest

Data Panel meeting – 22 September 2015

This meeting was held to evaluate the following proposals:

  • Publishing vacancies online: JobPosting v2.1
  • Multi agency incident transfer (MAIT): Multi Agency Incident Transfer Version 0.2.2

Declaration of interests

Peter Parslow declared a commercial interest in standards relating to geographic data such as UPRN as he is an employee of Ordnance Survey. UPRN is a product of GeoPlace a public sector limited liability partnership between the Local Government Association and Ordnance Survey.

Data Panel meeting – 13 April 2015

New panel members have joined the Data Standards Panel (Gareth Rushgrove, Andrew Pickford and Matt Wilson). The panel evaluated proposals on language tags and country codes at this meeting. Paul Downey of GDS acted as challenge owner for these proposals and presented them to the panel.

Declarations of interest

Nicholas began the meeting by asking the panel whether they had any interests to declare, the panel had none.

Language tags

Open Standards Board – 27 April 2015

This was the fifth Open Standards Board, two proposals were tabled for discussion:

Language tags

Country codes

A revised challenge on understanding government documents was also tabled. The Open Standards Board had previously asked for clarity on the scope and user need when they had been asked to review a proposal on this topic.

Summary of outcomes

The Board agreed:

Open Standards Board – 6 October 2014

This was the fourth Open Standards Board, three challenges were tabled for discussion:

  • Exchange of contact information - RFC6350 (vcard)

  • Exchange of calendar events - RFC5545 (iCalendar)

  • Public emergency alert messaging - Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) 1.2

Summary of outcomes

The Board agreed:

  1. For exchange of contact information, to adopt RFC6350 (vcard) subject to there being no conflicting standards already adopted in Europe

Technical Panel meeting actions - 22 September 2014

  1. The Panel requested that James Penman and the team need to produce a UK profile for CAP which needs to include the following:

  • Guidance on signing the message

  • Consider only permitting XML encoding (excluding ASN.1 due to issues raised by CESG)

  • ensure that police are involved in the process (James confirmed that Charlotte Lawrence was already working on this point)

  • ensure that issues around the devolved governments are appropriately considered (James agreed CCS would check on issues)

Data Panel meeting actions - 22 September 2014

1) Paul Downey to work with Anisha to provide further context on standard assessment answers, to also provide evidence to support answers and re-submit to the Panel

2) Knock out questions to be reviewed - should there should be any knock out questions highlighted - Paul Downey to provide details and the Panel to agree in advance of the Open Standards Board

3) Panel members will receive updates and an opportunity to comment before sent to the Open Standards Board - to be sent 24/09 to panel members