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They've got a plan. The UK’s version of data.gov, ably put together by the Cabinet Office, has just launched in private beta.

They've got a plan

We got to have a sneak peak, and it’s great! The site is a blend of the US’s equivalent, data.gov, and Directgov | Innovate. John Sheridan talks. John Sheridan’s role as Head of e-Services at the UK Government‘s Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) places him at the heart of this country’s enthusiastic drive toward increasing visibility of Government data online.

John Sheridan talks

As we discuss in this podcast, the programme is ambitious but eminently achievable, and builds upon a tradition that has actually been a lot more open than it may sometimes appear. Production of this podcast was supported by Talis, and show notes are available on their Nodalities blog. John describes work at OPSI and elsewhere in the UK Government, and also draws upon his role as co-Chair of the World Wide Web Consortium’s e-Government Interest Group to consider some of the broader issues. He concludes by issuing an invitation to anyone interested in working with Government to ensure that data is made available to a timetable and in forms that really meet the needs of potential beneficiaries here and overseas. Tom Steinberg talks.

Continuing my ongoing series of Talis-sponsored podcasts, I recently spoke with Tom Steinberg.

Tom Steinberg talks

Tom is Director of mySociety, the not-for-profit organisation behind many of the UK’s most established efforts to increase the transparency and utility of Government information. Have a listen to hear about some of mySociety’s projects, and to learn Tom’s views on the current rush toward greater access to data. As usual, links to the resources we discuss are available in show notes on the Talis site. Related.

MySociety. Semantic Web Gang. Continuing the Government data theme of my recent podcasts, this month’s Semantic Web Gang conversation also explores the potential for semantic technologies to unlock far more value in the data being put online by Governments around the world.

Semantic Web Gang

Have a listen, and see what you think. Related Paul Miller is bound for pastures new In September 2005, I took the daunting step of leaving the safety, familiarity and final salary pension of the UK public sector to join the Senior Management Team of a… In "Administrivia" Radically opening up. Launch. A new website dedicated to making non-personal data held by the U.K. government available for software developers has launched today with the help of Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web.

Launch

Data.gov.uk is being slammed with traffic but six months after the U.S. government opened its Data.gov site the U.K. site already has more than three times as much data than the U.S. site offers today. At launch, Data.gov.uk has nearly 3,000 data sets available for developers to build mashups with. The U.S. site, Data.gov, has less than 1,000 data sets today. The UK government has been a big supporter of innovation built on top of public data. Project update. Over the election period we have been continuing our work behind the scenes based on your feedback, and we are launching a number of new features to data.gov.uk which we hope improves the site for you.

Project update

With over 3,000 datasets now available on the site, a number of you have suggested that we needed to provide different ways into the information. We have upgraded the site to provide faceted search. July 2010. UK pays mashups developers. Here’s a novel concept to encourage open government applications: pay your best developers.

UK pays mashups developers

Apparently that’s exactly what the UK’s Office of Public Sector Information would like to do now that it has launched Data.gov.uk. According to a ZDNet report, the agency would like to pay to license mashups when they are used by the government. Gov cloud computing system ? The government has unveiled a sweeping strategy to create its own internal "cloud computing" system – such as that used by Google, Microsoft and Amazon – as part of a radical plan that it claims could save up to £3.2bn a year from an annual bill of at least £16bn.

Gov cloud computing system ?

The key part of the new strategy, outlined by the Cabinet Office minister Angela Smith, will be the concentration of government computing power into a series of about a dozen highly secure data centres, each costing up to £250m to build, which will replace more than 500 presently used by central government, police forces and local authorities. The government will also push for "open source" software to be used more widely among central and local government's 4m desktop computers.