The government has announced yet more public data sets it will make available as part of its ongoing strategy of releasing information generated by the public for wider use.
The release of public data sets has been a key staple of the government's since coming to power in 2010 and the new sets being released announced on Thursday cover:
- information on doctors' performance on cancer treatments
- figures on grant funding received by organisations from Civil Society Programmes
- data on the management and use of EU funds in the UK
- and information and maps showing international aid projects
Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said the release of more data sets underlined the government's commitment to its pledge of making data generated by the public and stored by the government more readily available.
"Data is the new raw material of the 21st century. It allows citizens to hold governments to account, drives improvements in public services by informing choice, and provides a feedstock for innovation and growth," he said.
"We promised to be the most transparent government in British history - and we are doing just that. With nearly 9,000 datasets on our flagship portal data.gov.uk the open data story is only just beginning."
He also said the government has appointed a dedicated privacy expert to the Public Sector Transparency Board to ensure information released did not reveal any personal data.
In May the government announced details on its plans to create an Open Data Institute (ODI), which will cost £10m over the next five years, to promote the use of public data to help drive economic growth.
The ODI is set to be open for use by 2012 and will provide an ‘incubator' environment for organisations and individuals to explore and experiment with projects based on the use of public data sets, the government said.
The government's open data initiative has been praised by former White House chief information officer Vivek Kundra, now of Salesforce, when speaking to V3 in May.
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