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UKAuthority - From today, anyone with an interest in accessing public sector information that they believe will have commercial and social benefits and contribute to economic growth, can submit a request to the Open Data User Group (ODUG) using a new online form at data.gov.uk.

Cabinet Office minister, Francis Maude, made the commitment as the UK takes over as lead co-Chair of the international Open Government Partnership (OGP).

"As the lead co-Chair of the Open Government Partnership, we will use our expertise as a global leader in transparency to help other countries turn their words into actions. Open data is the raw material of the 21st century, a resource for a new generation of entrepreneurs. Transparency drives prosperity and growth. It shines a light on underperformance and inefficiencies in public services and allows citizens and the media to hold governments to account," said Maude in New York on the eve of the first anniversary of the OGP.