Free Our Data: the blog

A Guardian Technology campaign for free public access to data about the UK and its citizens

Is the new Statistics Board the right model for free data?

In this week’s Guardian Technology, Michael Cross examines what the proposed changes to the structure and oversight for the Office for National Statistics means for data access.

In Statistics are free – now let’s work on the rest of the data, he notes

national statistics are an important example of public sector information being posted free on the web. We would like to see all impersonal data collected by government to be made available this way, for the benefit both of democracy and the knowledge economy. Second, the governance regime now before Parliament could be applied to other types of data, from maps to weather forecasts.

What do you think?

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