World Data: Keeping governments accountable

Data, data, data. There’s loads of it out there and more coming your way as governments open their statistics vaults around the world. First the US with data.gov, then Australia and New Zealand followed suit. Now it’s the UK’s turn with data.gov.uk.  (via Datablog)

Berners-Lee said about government data:

the public has in effect already paid for it through taxes; people can find patterns in the data that might not otherwise be obvious; and there is huge potential for new businesses, which would bring in tax revenues.

There are  now many sites around the world providing  access, but how can you find them?

Simple!  Just go to the  World Government Data Store!

At World Government Data you can:

• Search government data sites from the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand and London (this comes under United Kingdom, if you want to browse) in one place and download the data (more sites to come)
• Help us find the best dataset by ranking them
• Collect similar datasets together from around the world
• Browse all datasets by each country

Each country has their own entry portal to the World Government Store as well.

Australia: data.australia.gov.au

New Zealand: data.govt.nz

UK: data.gov.uk;

London, UK: data.london.gov.uk

Many States in the USA.  Will any European countries join this endeavour?

Keeping governments accountable!




more from Tim Berners-Lee about UK’s free data website, posted with vodpod