ODI welcomes manifestos on open data – with reservations
"The Open Data Institute has said political parties are taking open data seriously, but need to make further commitments The Open Data Institute (ODI) has given a qualified thumbs up to the main political parties' plans for open data in their manifestos for the general election. A blog by its policy lead, Ellen Broad, says the ODI is confident that open data will play a key role in any future UK government, and that the major parties share an awareness of its importance. But their commitments could go much further. It refers to an earlier warning by Sir Nigel Shadbolt, the ODI's chair, that government has to make constant progress, making the opening up of data part of "business as usual". The blog says that none of the parties go into detail on how the publication and use of open data would be taken forward if they were to be in government after the election. There are, however, reasons to be optimistic. It rounds up the key points of the manifestos - taking in the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Scottish Nationalists, Greens and Plaid Cymru - and says that most highlight the importance of publishing more information to help government make decision and improve transparency and accountability. This compares favourably to the 2010 election, when only the Conservatives raised the issue in their manifesto. It also points out that the new documents contain commitments to publishing more information about public procurement, overseas tax and company details, healthcare, crime and education among other issues ..."
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