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Tim Berners-Lee: Coalition mustn't be 'lazy' on open data

The Register -  The inventor of the World Wide Web told The Register today that it would be a great disappointment to see open data projects such as the example, and the seemingly doomed version over in the US, closed in an effort to cut costs.

"What would be a shame would be if people use 'depend on money' as an excuse to be lazy and not be transparent," Tim Berners-Lee told us at a W3C media event in Oxford.

However, he thinks that – which was recently flagged to be quietly wound down by the US government with the so-called Electronic Government Fund budget being cut from a proposed $35m to a small-fry $8m – will come under lots of pressure to keep it running.