G8 leaders sign charter to publish all govt data ‘openly by default’

The leaders of the G8 group of countries – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the UK and the US signed the Open Data Charter on 18 June 2013.

According to gov.uk, “the Charter sets out 5 strategic principles that all G8 members will act on, including an expectation that all government data will be published openly by default, alongside principles to increase the quality, quantity and re-use of the data that is released. G8 members have also identified 14 high-value areas – from education to transport, and from health to crime and justice – from which they will release data. These will help unlock the economic potential of open data, support innovation and provide greater accountability.”

An article in The Telegraph says that this is an important move and in the UK it lets “citizens hold government to account for what it spends and the contracts it places, lets us to see the rates of infection in our hospitals and reduce them in the UK by 85 per cent, and drives transport apps that people use to make their way efficiently around cities.”

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