The UK government will manage and capture digital records and there will be a comprehensive, accessible and timely paper and digital record of UK government available to the citizen.
This is a commitment made by the UK government in its National Action Plan for the Open Government Partnership (OGP) released last October. It’s owned by The National Archives and sponsored by the International Records Management Trust (IRMT). The National Archives was involved with four out of 21 of the commitments but this one specifically focuses on our records and maintaining the story of UK government.
The OGP, if you’re unaware is an international organisation of now 60 governments and Civil Society organisations, of which the UK was a founding member, committed to improving open government globally. That means improving the transparency and accountability of government and raising the level of citizen participation in government through opportunity, policy and the provision of tools and technology.
Every two years the OGP member states prepare a national action plan to outline their key commitments to improving open government. Each commitment is developed collaboratively by a sponsoring government department and Civil Society Organisation (CSO).Â CSOs are non-government organisations whose work represents the concerns of the citizen and the impact of government actions on the citizen.