Data.gov.uk, a site where all sorts of official data from crime statistics to public spending figures is available, has been officially unveiled. Father of the web Tim Berners-Lee has unveiled a new government portal that aims to bring reams of public sector data together.
Data.gov.uk is part of a government strategy to make non-personal official data on crime, house prices and NHS performance as well as many other areas freely available. The government first officially announced the Data.gov.uk last autumn and has been conducting closed beta tests until now. However, the site is now open to the public although officially it is still in a beta testing phase.
As well as offering access to the data, information on Data.gov.uk is open to other organisations who wish to use it to create other services. For example, a service called Fillthathole uses location data from the Office of National Statistics and enables members of the public to report potholes to the correct local authority. Berners-Lee has been overseeing the project, with the help of Professor Nigel Shadbolt from the University of Southampton.