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Taking open data up a level

The Guardian - Nigel Shadbolt says it's time to accelerate the use of government data in generating innovation.

Data is variously described as the oxygen of the digital economy or the new raw material of the 21st century. So it is good to see that the UK is setting a cracking pace as it opens up government data for anyone to reuse.

Detailed data is made available every month on central and local government spending. Each month reported crime data is made available from every police force at an unprecedented level of detail. There have been releases of geographic data, health service performance data and transport data.

Whenever the data has been released the applications have followed. There are mobile apps that find you a parking space and companies using spending data to advise local authorities on how to get best value for money when procuring goods and services.