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The big debate: open data

The Guardian - From education to policing, from health to councils – public leaders tell us how they are tackling the challenge of making information available to citizens.

The Commons public accounts committee recently slammed the government's open data policy for releasing too much unintelligible raw data. But releasing more government data is a cornerstone of government policy.

The open data white paper, published in June, states: "From the prime minister down, central government is committed to making open data an effective engine of economic growth, social wellbeing, political accountability and public service improvement."

How is this being translated across different public services? We asked public leaders how they are tackling the challenges, and reaping the potential benefits, of making more information available.