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Socitm slams plan for Public Data Corporation

The Guardian - Socitm has come out against the government's plan to create a Public Data Corporation, claiming that it will do more for existing institutions than the public's right to data.

The organisation for public service IT professionals has made the criticism in its response to the government's consultation on open data, which closes today.

It said the plan for a Public Data Corporation appears to be driven by the interests of institutions such as HM Land Registry, Ordnance Survey and the Meteorological Office and potential private investors, all of which have an interest in controlling and charging for public data. When announcing the plan, Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said the corporation would make public data freely available and charge when appropriate, and that it could attract investment.