As noted in the forum description, the service is being built in response to recommendation 8 in the Power of Information Review by Ed Mayo and Tom Steinberg, published in June:
Recommendation 8. To improve governmentâ€™s responsiveness to demand for public sector
information, by July 2008 OPSI should create a web-based channel to gather and assess
requests for publication of public sector information.
In the inaugral post from 5th September, John Sheridan (Head of e-Services at OPSI) says:
The government has accepted this recommendation and OPSI would like to engage with the
re-user community with setting this new web-channel up. This is why we have set up this
discussion forum, to hear your views and discuss our plans.
We hope those with an interest in re-using PSI let their thoughts be known!