Minister hails power of transparency and open data - Business News - LDP Business - Liverpool Daily Post
"OPENING up data can create opportunities for businesses and help Government work better – that was the message from Government minister Nick Hurd after he visited pioneering Liverpool business Scraperwiki. Scraperwiki, based in Liverpool Science Park, has won a global reputation for its work 'scraping' data from all corners of the web and making it easier to access. Mr Hurd, Minister for Civil Society, met Scraperwiki staff last week to discuss their work with organisations from the Cabinet Office to business-to-business publications. The company won funding from Channel 4 and the American Knight Foundation before last year securing a $1m funding package led by EV and the North West Fund for Venture Capital. Directors Aidan and Aine McGuire, Julian Todd and Francis Irving are evangelists for the power of open data. They say that the more Government opens up its spreadsheets, the better it will be for democracy and for businesses that can find new ways of using that information ..."