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Open government data to generate "vast markets"

Information Age -  Open government data to provide economic, performance and consumer advantages

Open data will generate "vast markets" that will drive the next generation of life sciences, Tim Kelsey, the government's adviser on transparency and open data, told an audience in a speech today.

"There is an enormous economic opportunity with this data," Kelsey told the attendees of think tank Demos's Where Next for Open Data? keynote, adding that he believed open government was the best way to drive the performance of public services.

"Open government as a whole is the most important lever we've got, and open data is an essential precondition of that," he said.