Other than the initial announcement about government plans for a Public Data Corporation, there hasn't been much clarity about what the proposal might actually amount to.
Even those who have attended discussions with officials seem to be pretty much none the wiser afterwards.
But the latest minutes of the Cabinet Office's transparency board hold a few more clues.
First thing to note is the involvement of the Shareholder Executive, the role of which is to make government a better shareholder and deliver improved returns on public investments (sometimes as a stepping stone to privatisation).
Second, the minutes reveal that work over recent weeks "has led to draft initial recommendations to be presented to the Public Expenditure Committee PEX(A) shortly".
But they add:
"A number of significant questions remain open, for example around the regulatory framework and the overall approach towards data policy."
Planning a data corporation but without finalising how it fits into the government's data policy does rather seem like putting the cart before the horse.
Third, the corporation is going to have a "strong regulator". Although the need for such safeguards might be pointing to flaws in the creation of the PDC in the first place.
Fourth, there was some information about how the PDC might actually make money:
"In the general discussion, the implication of change to existing cost structures was discussed. The revenue implications of change to enable the wider development of innovative products and services needed to be balanced against the ongoing costs of collection and maintenance of the underlying data.
"The Board set out their view that the default position was that information should be available free at the point of use, where possible. This might mean that charging structures are altered, either to 'front-load' costs on those who lodge or amend data (for example for cases where information is being registered) or to spread the cost across different types of customers."
I'm struggling to understand how charging to actually register data (whatever that means) might result in better data collection. And the alternative suggestion of "spreading the cost" would seem to suggest that data which could be given away free without the PDC would need to have a price attached in order to pay for other kinds of data.
In unrelated news, the minutes also show that post-legislative scrutiny of the Freedom of Information Act is being planned.
"Post Legislative Scrutiny will provide an opportunity to take stock of what the Act has achieved and assess not only whether the FOI Act does what it was intended to do, but also whether the overall objectives are still the same, and if not, what future direction the government may need to take to achieve them."
A green paper on the 'right to data' is also planned in the coming months, which suggests that more might be done beyond the inclusion in the Protection of Freedoms Bill of a right to request datasets and have information provided "in an electronic form which is capable of re-use".