Government response to review of public sector information

Published on Wednesday, 15 May 2013 11:34
Posted by Vicki Mitchem

Stephan Shakespeare today launches the 'Shakespeare Review' outlining recommendations for how public sector information can be better used

Data Strategy Board Chairman and YouGov CEO Stephan Shakespeare today launches the 'Shakespeare Review', an independent report that outlines recommendations for how public sector information (PSI) can be better used to unlock economic growth.

Matthew Hancock, Business Minister and sponsor of the Data Strategy Board, said:

Open data drives growth and pushes public services to do better. Britain is in a strong position to be a world leader in open data.

Stephan's excellent review shows how government and business can work together and create new business opportunities. Encouraging business innovation through open data could transform public services and policy making to be more efficient, timely and effective.

We warmly welcome the review and will look at the recommendations carefully to see how they could be implemented to enable wider access to public sector information so that we can strike the right balance between affordability, data security and value for money.

Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude said:

This government is at the forefront of the open data revolution, releasing unprecedented amounts of open information.

The release of open data is vital to help the UK get ahead in the global race. Research supporting this review finds that the social and economic benefits of public sector information to the UK are already worth over £7 billion. We want to see that grow.

The Shakespeare Review is an important contribution to how we unleash the potential in open data, and we will now consider its recommendations."

Source: BIS

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