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. 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.
John Sheridan says that putting free data online is a matter of public services. Publishing government data will also help companies to develop their business. John Sheridan is also a W3C member, he creates ontologies as an hobby, we can expect the better for UK government data. by Jul 25
Here’s a novel concept to encourage open government applications: pay your best 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.
UK pays mashups developers
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. 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.