Open Standards Principles
Published by the (UK) Cabinet Office, the Open Standards principles are the government’s policy on open standards to make government IT more open, cheaper and better connected.
They were developed following the public consultation Open Standards: Open Opportunities - flexibility and efficiency in government IT (https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/open-standards-open-opportunities-flexibility-and-efficiency-in-government-it) which took place between February and June 2012.
In 2015 the policy remained the same. The document was updated to ensure that external links and references were correct.
Challenges are regularly published on the Standards hub and users are invited to respond with ideas about how these could be solved with open standards. When specific challenges have been resolved, guidance is published (known as standards profiles) on how open standards should be implemented (http://standards.data.gov.uk/challenges/completed) in those cases.