Open Data is a top priority now:
G8 leaders signed the Open Data Charter on 18 June 2013.
‘The Open Data Charter sets out 5 strategic principles that all G8 members will act on. These include 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.’
‘Action 2: Release of high value data
- We recognise the following as areas of high value, both for improving our democracies and encouraging innovative re-use of data.
|Data Category* (alphabetical order)||Example datasets|
|Crime and Justice||Crime statistics, safety|
|Earth observation||Meteorological/weather, agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting|
|Education||List of schools; performance of schools, digital skills|
|Energy and Environment||Pollution levels, energy consumption|
|Finance and contracts||Transaction spend, contracts let, call for tender, future tenders, local budget, national budget (planned and spent)|
|Geospatial||Topography, postcodes, national maps, local maps|
|Global Development||Aid, food security, extractives, land|
|Government Accountability and Democracy||Government contact points, election results, legislation and statutes, salaries (pay scales), hospitality/gifts|
|Health||Prescription data, performance data|
|Science and Research||Genome data, research and educational activity, experiment results|
|Statistics||National Statistics, Census, infrastructure, wealth, skills|
|Social mobility and welfare||Housing, health insurance and unemployment benefits|
|Transport and Infrastructure||Public transport timetables, access points broadband penetration|
- In accordance with the principles of “open by default” and “quality and quantity” we will work towards the progressive publication of these data.
- As a first step, we will collectively make key datasets on National Statistics, National Maps, National Elections and National Budgets available and discoverable (from June 2013), and we will work towards improving their granularity and accessibility (by December 2013)