The government has made more public sector data available to developers and businesses with the first Open Data Camp.
The facility in Hampshire allows participants to share data with the aim of creating better services for the public and driving growth in data-hungry businesses.
The camp was set up by a group of volunteers and launched to coincide with International Open Data Day, when people around the world gathered to support and encourage the adoption of open data policies by governments.
New data from the Buy Social Directory, which acts as an index of over 10,000 UK social enterprises, was made available to the camp's attendees.
Opening this data aims to create an opportunity for local authorities and central government to track spending with social enterprises, and identify new opportunities for investment in those enterprises.
Francis Maude, minister for the Cabinet Office, claimed the UK is the global leader when it comes to open data, and encouraged others to follow suit.
"My well-known mantra that gets trotted out by other enthusiasts for open data around the world is that nothing is so powerful as an idea whose time has come. Transparency is an idea whose time has come," he said.
"All of us who get it and are enthusiastic about it need to make sure it becomes irreversible."
The government's Ordinance Survey (OS) mapping service also revealed plans to open up some mapping data to the public.
OpenMap will go live at the end of March and provide a digital service on mobile and web platforms designed to give public and private sector developers access to mapping data for use within products and to create apps that use geospatial data.
"Making this data more accessible means more small and medium companies will be able to use Ordnance Survey's world-leading maps, combining geographical data from multiple sources and visualising them at a high level of detail," said Vince Cable, secretary of state for business, innovation and skills.
Ordnance Survey also announced plans to open its Geospatial Innovation Hub in London in April to meet developers and support the creation of new products and services.
Open data and politics are becoming increasingly entwined, and the European Union's planed overhaul of data protection law poses tough questions for MPs.
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