Cameron begins to make government data public

Britain`s PM David Cameron has thrown open government data to the public.

London: Britain`s Prime Minister David
Cameron has thrown open government data to the public as part
of a radical plan to usher in more transparency in public
affairs.

In a letter sent to all government departments,
Cameron set out ambitious plans to open up data and set
challenging deadlines to public bodies for the publication of
information on topics including crime, hospital infections and
government spending.

Whitehall departments will begin to release new data
to the public this week, starting with senior civil service
salaries.

"Greater transparency across Government is at the
heart of our shared commitment to enable the public to hold
politicians and public bodies to account; to reduce the
deficit and deliver better value for money in public spending;
and to realise significant economic benefits by enabling
businesses and non-profit organisations to build innovative
applications and websites using public data," Cameron said in
his letter.

Key commitments set out in the Prime Minister`s
letter include the publication of all new central government
ICT contracts from July 2010 and the publication of details of
all Departments for International development projects over
500 from January 2011.

PTI

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