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UK recognises Open Data Champions

The UK government has named sixteen local and regional governments as Open Data Champions, for their efforts in setting the standard for open data and transparency.

The Open Data Champions were recognised by the Cabinet Office for their efforts in “putting data back into the hands of citizens and communities to create opportunities for innovation, economic and social growth and better public services”, according to a statement by the UK government.

Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude said “Open data helps sharpen accountability, support economic growth, and inform choice over public services”

“The potential rewards are enormous – smarter, more responsive and more cost-effective public services – and Britain is now consistently ranked first for openness. These Open Data Champions are another way we are placing transparency at the heart of our long-term economic plan”.

Open Data Champions:

Leeds aims to be the best city for open data. The Leeds City Council is the leading partner in the creation of the Leeds Data Mill, which currently has 160 datasets, from public, private and third sector organisations.

The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead uses a cloud based, central, unified platform for all open data and transparency for its open data platform, DataTap.

London’s Datastore includes a city dashboard of key indicators, including recorded crime, waste usage and lost customer hours on the tube.

Open Data Bristol is a key part of Bristol’s vision to become a truly Smart City, by using smart technologies and digital connectivity to enable easy access, analyse and share information to enable new solutions to the city’s problems to be developed.

Glasgow released its Data Launchpad in December 2014, bringing together numerous data streams from over 60 different organisations to create a one-stop shop for data about the city.

Birmingham City Council publishes data on procurement, government expenditure exceeding £500 and parking revenues.

Read the UK’s Local Government Transparency Code 2015.