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[News] Principle of Open Data Spreads in the UK

  • Subject: [News] Principle of Open Data Spreads in the UK
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 02 Jun 2010 04:54:35 +0100
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Analysis: this government is open to scrutiny

,----[ Quote ]
| Yet as new technologies have made it 
| possible for governments to make 
| information more accessible to the public, 
| governments have become increasingly 
| creative in inventing excuses to keep it 
| hidden. 


Open Data: Fantastic, But Not Enough

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| In an unusual move for such a significant 
| news item, the UK government announced over 
| the weekend that they were ordering all 
| government departments to embark on a 
| voyage of transparency.
| There were some very good ideas in the 
| announcement, including a mandate to 
| publish details of all ITC procurements. 
| And there is no doubt that a mandate for 
| open data is a fantastic move. 


Tim Berners-Lee and Nigel Shadbolt speak out on web institute axing

,----[ Quote ]
| In a statement issued today, the pair -- 
| who were key in driving through changes in 
| government that led to the creation of the 
| data.gov.uk website and the freeing of 
| Ordnance Survey maps and Royal Mail 
| postcode information -- say that "the 
| future remains bright" for the web science 
| project, and that they are convinced that 
| open data will become increasingly 
| important to government.



Open Government and open data

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| In a classic example of the Broken Window
| Fallacy successive governments have regarded
| the data they, or government-supported
| monopolies such as the Post Office,
| collected as the governmentâs property to be
| monetised to the hilt. They have also kept
| many details of their own working practices
| secret. In this article I will deal with the
| case for as much openness as is possible in
| both these areas: government produced data
| and data about government.
| So, first on government produced data. The
| previous government had some good track
| record on the principles here, passing the
| Freedom of Information Act and setting up
| data.gov.uk. The principles were right here,
| but they failed to go the distance and truly
| change the attitudes embedded in government
| that data by default should be kept secret
| and only opened up when necessary. the
| incoming government need to work hard to
| change this attitude and free the data.
| Unless it is PII (see Lilianâs article on
| the challenges for the new government on
| privacy) government data should be free (as
| in speech). Very narrow lines requiring
| significant work to justify closure should
| be put in place otherwise.

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