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The Data.gov Idea Seems to Have Legs (and, Perhaps, Fins)

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, June 8 2009

Richard Stirling of the British Government's Cabinet Office is musing about what a "UK version of data.gov" might look like. (via The Guardian) What makes the prospect of government-run data hub across the pond somewhat differently intriguing than it is in the U.S. is that Britain has a less robust presumption of information freedom (and legal framework). Free and structured data, then, is potentially a bit more contentious; have a look at how the Guardian introduces its own section on freedom of information: "Britain can sometimes seem like a secret state..." Could be fascinating to watch how they wrestle with both the technological and political implications of open data.

Data.gov may soon be raising the bar on what open government means around the world. NextGov is reporting that CIO Vivek Kundra is planning to use the site to power a system to keep tabs on the progress of federal IT projects.