UK Government Releases Open Data White Paper and new Data.Gov.UK
Today, the UK govenrment made a major announcement regarding Open Data and released a revamped Data.Gov.UK — its flagship open data site.
Open Data White Paper
The Cabinet Office is ushering in a new wave of open data releases with the publication of a new Open Data White Paper.
The White Paper gestures at a world in which there is “presumption to publish” within government, and in which common standards and formats for publishing data online are adhered to. It also includes a commitment on the part of government fo provide public sector data for free “wherever appropriate and possible”.
The document, written by Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude, highlights the benfits of open data for society at large such as greater transparency and improved public services. The White Paper also explores the way in which open data can unlock economic potential by stimulating the creation of new tools and services.
The plans set out in the White Paper also include details of the way in which government will safeguard private information and data. Privacy experts will be consulted during every planned open data release to make sure that the value of open data is realised without compromising on indviduals’ rights to privacy.
The Open Data White Paper can be downloaded here
New Data.Gov.UK – new CKAN
In tandem with the release of the White Paper the UK Government’s flagship site Data.Gov.UK has seen a major overhaul. As part of this its data section is now being powered directly by the latest version of the Open Knowledge Foundation’s open-source CKAN data portal software.
This brings new features and and UI upgrade to the site. Here’s an overview.
Data Home Page
View Dataset Information – Contract Spending
View Dataset Data
Find out more
All the code for the CKAN part of Data.Gov.UK is open-source and available on github:
Some of the other extensions used:
- CKAN Harvest extension
- CKAN archiver extension
- CKAN CSW extension
- CKAN INSPIRE extension
- CKAN QA extension
- CKAN Spatial extension
- CKAN Social extension