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Open data must not be neglected by local government: Nigel Shadbolt

The Guardian - The public sector's open data revolution will not fully succeed unless more is done with local data, according to professor Nigel Shadbolt, founder of

The open data agenda is not as far as advanced within local government as it is within central government, perhaps due to the fact the open data push originated from within Whitehall, Shadbolt said.

The disparity is "a shame", he told Guardian Government Computing at the Digital London Summit, as data from local authorities - such as information relating to people's environments, schools and workplaces - is often the most important and useful type of information to citizens.