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February 5th, 2008
Michael Nicholson Appointed to Government Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information

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PR – Michael Wills MP, Secretary of State for the Ministry of
Justice has appointed Michael Nicholson, Managing Director of Intelligent
Addressing and Chairman of the LOCUS Association as an Expert Member of the
Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information (APPSI).



track record of achievement in the area of geospatial information and his
experience as a re-user of Public Sector Information (PSI) mean
t that
he provided sound evidence of the skills and experience required for members of


of APPSI are appointed for a three year term and are expected to ensure that the
Advisory Panel is fully aware of development
s within
the information market in their area of expertise.  With geospatial
information comprising
largest proportion of

Nicholson will use his knowledge to help shape policy to enable PSI to be used
to its full potential. 


on his appointment, Nicholson said “This appointment comes at an exciting time
as Government reviews its policies on the creation, consumption and re-use of
public sector information.  A number of government
relating to maximising PSI have recently been published with a significant
report from the Treasury expected in the next month.  I will use my time on
APPSI to work
unlock the value of
so that it can be re–used and reinvigorated outside of government to generate
public and economic value.


by the Cabinet Office in 2003, the Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information
(APPSI) is a Non-Departmental Public Body of the Ministry of Justice.  Its
role is:

  • To
    advise Ministers on how to encourage and create opportunities in the
    information industry for greater re-use of public sector

  • To
    advise the Director of the Office of Public Sector Information and Controller
    of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office about changes and opportunities in the
    information industry, so that OPSI can keep the licensing of Crown copyright
    information in step with modern developments and help promote the re-use of
    public sector information

  • To
    review and consider complaints under the Re-use of Public Sector Information
    Regulations 2005 and advise on the impact of the complaints procedures under
    those regulations.


a specialist private sector consultancy (an SME) employing recognised experts in
addressing. It was originally set up to help develop the
 NationalLand and
Property Gazetteer (NLPG) on behalf of local government and now manages the NLPG
and NSG central data hubs under the terms of the Mapping Services Agreement
(MSA) with local government.



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