NCVO, The National Council for Voluntary Sector Organisations, has started publishing data to its Voluntary Sector Datastore. It wants the sector to match government in opening up data. Should this blog widen its focus to include the voluntary sector?
Are the arguments for releasing data the same as for government bodies? For example, is the data held by voluntary sector organisations ‘public’ in the same way as that held by public bodies?
Should this blog seek to challenge and support the voluntary as well as the public sector? Is the work of local charities an important part of local politics and civic engagement, or should it be treated separately?
What do you think?