Local authorities hailed as ‘open data champions’

The Cabinet Office recognises local and regional authorities as pioneers of open data as it names sixteen authorities as Open Data Champions.

Representatives from the Open Data Champions attended a roundtable event to discuss the role of open data in creating ‘local authorities of the future’.

All sixteen authorities are making data publicly available to improve transparency and create opportunities for innovation, economic and social growth and better public services.

The UK government has been named the best at embracing transparency and utilising digital technology by the World Wide Web Foundation for Open Data.

Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, announced “transparency is an idea whose time has come. Open data helps sharpen accountability, support economic growth, and inform choice over public services.

The potential rewards are enormous – smarter, more responsive and more cost-effective public services – and Britain is now consistently ranked first for openness.

These Open Data Champions are another way we are placing transparency at the heart of our long-term economic plan.”

The sixteen Open Data Champions are:

  • Barnet
  • Birmingham
  • Bristol
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Devon
  • Glasgow
  • Hampshire
  • Lambeth
  • Leeds
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Windsor & Maidenhead
  • Redbridge
  • Sunderland
  • Surrey
  • Trafford

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