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Open data must do more for businesses, report finds

ZDNet - The UK government has released large amounts of raw public data without ensuring the information can be used by businesses or the public, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said in a report on Wednesday.

"It is simply not good enough to dump large quantities of raw data into the public domain," said committee chair Margaret Hodge MP. "It must be accessible, relevant and easy for us all to understand."

One of the objectives for the government's transparency agenda is to help businesses develop products and services based on public information, such as those firms developing online products and smartphone apps.