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Government seeking opinions on latest open data action plan

The Guardian - The government is seeking input from businesses and the public on its latest action plan for open data.

The draft of the second Open Government Partnership (OGP) National Action Plan, which will be open for consultation until 19 September, focuses on developing open policymaking, encouraging openness in local government and promoting corporate transparency.

The UK is this year's lead co-chair for the OGP, an organisation which brings together the leaders of 59 governments with the aim of securing commitments to open data and transparency. Publishing a country action plan is a requirement for membership.

Nick Hurd, the minister for civil society, said the government wanted "businesses, entrepreneurs, civil society organisations and members of the public" to contribute to the process. He said that, by releasing more data, the government is providing the raw material with which small businesses and civil society organisations can have a "real impact on growth and the well-being of society".