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Met Office serves 550,000 open data transactions per month

V3 - The Met Office has confirmed that its Data Point service has topped 550,000 transactions per month, making it one of the government's most successful open data initiatives.

The government has suggested that its open data strategy, launched in 2009, will create growth in the UK economy by allowing application developers, individuals and businesses to exploit public sector data in order to improve national services and create new products.

The open data strategy has also been central to the government's vision of opening up the public sector.

The Met Office has spearheaded this plan, and was one of the first government departments to embrace the release of data to the public.