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Government launches Open Data Camp to free up public sector data

V3 - 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 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.