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Paul Downey

Registers

Government Digital Service

@psd
Registers:
boring, but
necessary
“Keep your vision big
and your practical
ideas small”
— @dasbarrett
Government
https://
www.gov.uk/
after-a-death
User research is
such sweet sorrow!
gov.uk/government/organisations
www.legislation.gov.uk
/uksi/2015/1655/made
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/public-sector-organisations-
eligible-to-use-cloudstore
Theodore
Burton
Fox Ruoff
The mirror
principle
— the register of title should reflect, accurately and
completely, and beyond all argument, the facts...
The curtain
principle
— the public register should be the sole and definitive
source of information for proposing purchase...
The insurance
principle
— if, as a result of human error, the title is proved to
be defective in any way, then the person ...
Towards a
digital
ecosystem
So how can we help make
better services, across
government, for less?
Knock down the Towers of SIAM
Good services are verbs,
registers are nouns
companies, charities, trade unions, courts,
schools, universities, hospitals, zoos, circuses,
inspections, licences, certi...
https://
data.blog.gov.uk/
2016/09/12/registers-
in-a-digital-ecosystem/
“SCOLAND UK”
“SCOTALND UK”
“SCOTKLAND UK”
“SCOTLAD UK”
“SCOTLAND”
“SCOTLAND UK”
“SCOTLAND UK”
“SCOTLAND UNITED KINGDO”
“SC...
Registers:
authoritative lists
you can trust
country.register.gov.uk
country.register.gov.uk/entries
country.register.gov.uk/record/CZ
country.register.gov.uk/record/CZ/entries
https://country.register.gov.uk/item/sha-256:c45bd0b47…
Let’s make things
better, one list at a
time
https://gds.blog.gov.uk/2016/03/11/getting-
from-data-to-registers/
https://data.blog.gov.uk/2016/10/24/how-registers-emerge/
Building a service to
establish registers
www.gov.uk/guidance/creating-a-register
https://theodi.org/lunchtime-lectures/friday-lunchtime-lecture-
creating-a-web-of-cats
Characteristics of a
register
Registers are canonical
and have a clear reason
for their existence
github.com/
openregister/
local-authority-
data
Registers represent a
‘minimum viable dataset’
history
pages
Registers are live lists, not
simply published data
Registers use standard
names consistently with
other registers
company:07228130
charity:122331
school-eng:1020334
“business” identifier
www.gov.uk/
guidance/
current-crown-
commercial-
service-
suppliers-what-
you-need-to-
know
Registers are able to
prove integrity of record
Legislation
demands a certain
level of
commitment
from goats, calves
and sheep
My precious!
Data
matures like
wine
Technology
Matures like fish
Merkle-tree magic
Psychic
paper
Registers are clearly
categorised as open,
shared or private
Registers contain raw not
derived data
Registers must have a
custodian
Feedback
Do the hard work
to make it simple
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/
registers-guidance
www.openregister.org
Paul Downey

Technical Architect

Government Digital
ODI Lunchtime Talk, Creating an open register – what it takes and why
ODI Lunchtime Talk, Creating an open register – what it takes and why
ODI Lunchtime Talk, Creating an open register – what it takes and why
ODI Lunchtime Talk, Creating an open register – what it takes and why
ODI Lunchtime Talk, Creating an open register – what it takes and why
ODI Lunchtime Talk, Creating an open register – what it takes and why
ODI Lunchtime Talk, Creating an open register – what it takes and why
ODI Lunchtime Talk, Creating an open register – what it takes and why
ODI Lunchtime Talk, Creating an open register – what it takes and why
ODI Lunchtime Talk, Creating an open register – what it takes and why
ODI Lunchtime Talk, Creating an open register – what it takes and why
ODI Lunchtime Talk, Creating an open register – what it takes and why
ODI Lunchtime Talk, Creating an open register – what it takes and why
ODI Lunchtime Talk, Creating an open register – what it takes and why
ODI Lunchtime Talk, Creating an open register – what it takes and why
ODI Lunchtime Talk, Creating an open register – what it takes and why
ODI Lunchtime Talk, Creating an open register – what it takes and why
ODI Lunchtime Talk, Creating an open register – what it takes and why
ODI Lunchtime Talk, Creating an open register – what it takes and why
ODI Lunchtime Talk, Creating an open register – what it takes and why
ODI Lunchtime Talk, Creating an open register – what it takes and why
ODI Lunchtime Talk, Creating an open register – what it takes and why
ODI Lunchtime Talk, Creating an open register – what it takes and why
ODI Lunchtime Talk, Creating an open register – what it takes and why
ODI Lunchtime Talk, Creating an open register – what it takes and why
ODI Lunchtime Talk, Creating an open register – what it takes and why
ODI Lunchtime Talk, Creating an open register – what it takes and why
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A ‘register’ is an authoritative list of data you can trust. Government keeping and maintaining open registers can help us move beyond relying upon data which is published periodically to operating on data that is trustworthy, standardised and open. Used widely, registers will help the UK to build better services, more cheaply and quickly.

In this talk, Paul Downey from the Government Digital Service will share the vision for what open registers can help achieve, and the characteristics an open register needs in order to appear on the new register.gov.uk domain. To demonstrate this, Paul will take a list of government data through the Register Design Authority process.

https://theodi.org/lunchtime-lectures/friday-lunchtime-lecture-creating-an-open-register-what-it-takes-and-why

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ODI Lunchtime Talk, Creating an open register – what it takes and why

  1. 1. Paul Downey
 Registers
 Government Digital Service
 @psd
  2. 2. Registers: boring, but necessary
  3. 3. “Keep your vision big and your practical ideas small” — @dasbarrett
  4. 4. Government
  5. 5. https:// www.gov.uk/ after-a-death
  6. 6. User research is such sweet sorrow!
  7. 7. gov.uk/government/organisations
  8. 8. www.legislation.gov.uk /uksi/2015/1655/made
  9. 9. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/public-sector-organisations- eligible-to-use-cloudstore
  10. 10. Theodore Burton Fox Ruoff
  11. 11. The mirror principle — the register of title should reflect, accurately and completely, and beyond all argument, the facts that are material to the title
  12. 12. The curtain principle — the public register should be the sole and definitive source of information for proposing purchasers, but not reveal sensitive information
  13. 13. The insurance principle — if, as a result of human error, the title is proved to be defective in any way, then the person or persons suffering loss as a result must be able to claim compensation
  14. 14. Towards a digital ecosystem
  15. 15. So how can we help make better services, across government, for less?
  16. 16. Knock down the Towers of SIAM
  17. 17. Good services are verbs, registers are nouns
  18. 18. companies, charities, trade unions, courts, schools, universities, hospitals, zoos, circuses, inspections, licences, certificates, births, marriages, deaths, electoral roll, insolvencies, bankruptcies, passports, addresses, streets, animal passports, drivers, vehicles, land parcels, land ownership, land use, legal boundaries, awards, tax rates, benefits, livestock movements, flood risk, river levels, trusts, fish caught, patents, trademarks, designs, non-native invasive plants, bank holidays, clock changes …
  19. 19. https:// data.blog.gov.uk/ 2016/09/12/registers- in-a-digital-ecosystem/
  20. 20. “SCOLAND UK” “SCOTALND UK” “SCOTKLAND UK” “SCOTLAD UK” “SCOTLAND” “SCOTLAND UK” “SCOTLAND UK” “SCOTLAND UNITED KINGDO” “SCOTLAND UNITED KINGDOM” “SCOTLAND UNITED KINGODM” “SCOTLAND, UK”
  21. 21. Registers: authoritative lists you can trust
  22. 22. country.register.gov.uk
  23. 23. country.register.gov.uk/entries
  24. 24. country.register.gov.uk/record/CZ
  25. 25. country.register.gov.uk/record/CZ/entries
  26. 26. https://country.register.gov.uk/item/sha-256:c45bd0b47…
  27. 27. Let’s make things better, one list at a time
  28. 28. https://gds.blog.gov.uk/2016/03/11/getting- from-data-to-registers/
  29. 29. https://data.blog.gov.uk/2016/10/24/how-registers-emerge/ Building a service to establish registers
  30. 30. www.gov.uk/guidance/creating-a-register
  31. 31. https://theodi.org/lunchtime-lectures/friday-lunchtime-lecture- creating-a-web-of-cats
  32. 32. Characteristics of a register
  33. 33. Registers are canonical and have a clear reason for their existence
  34. 34. github.com/ openregister/ local-authority- data
  35. 35. Registers represent a ‘minimum viable dataset’
  36. 36. history pages
  37. 37. Registers are live lists, not simply published data
  38. 38. Registers use standard names consistently with other registers
  39. 39. company:07228130 charity:122331 school-eng:1020334 “business” identifier
  40. 40. www.gov.uk/ guidance/ current-crown- commercial- service- suppliers-what- you-need-to- know
  41. 41. Registers are able to prove integrity of record
  42. 42. Legislation demands a certain level of commitment from goats, calves and sheep
  43. 43. My precious!
  44. 44. Data matures like wine
  45. 45. Technology Matures like fish
  46. 46. Merkle-tree magic
  47. 47. Psychic paper
  48. 48. Registers are clearly categorised as open, shared or private
  49. 49. Registers contain raw not derived data
  50. 50. Registers must have a custodian
  51. 51. Feedback
  52. 52. Do the hard work to make it simple
  53. 53. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/ registers-guidance
  54. 54. www.openregister.org
  55. 55. Paul Downey
 Technical Architect
 Government Digital

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