The government has called on developers to demand the release of more datasets to help create web sites and applications that can benefit the public at large, as part of its Big Society initiative.
Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said that making data available is fundamental to innovation and could benefit the country financially.
"We know that by doing this, creative people will be able to build innovative new applications and web sites which will make a real difference to people in their everyday lives," he said.
"Our ambition is to make the UK government the most transparent in the world and through this to help stimulate economic growth and build the Big Society."
Maude's comments came ahead of a 'hack camp' organised by LinkedGov in which developers were given access to certain datasets and competed to create tools based on this data. He used the event as a rallying call to developers to demand more from government.
"Events like this help us to explore innovative approaches with data and build on the momentum that has already been created behind the government's transparency agenda," he said.
"We therefore encourage [developers] to engage with us and give us your feedback and input on what datasets you would like to see released."
Maude also revealed that the crime map web site launched in February is proving immensely popular, and has had 410 million hits so far.
"We know from the success of the crime data map that there is a real appetite for making more useful data available," he said.
The use of datasets represents one strand of the coalition government's IT strategy which also includes making the tendering process for ICT contracts fairer for smaller outsourcing providers.
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