The cost of unlocking economic potential from core reference data

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Dismantling trading funds and redistributing datasets is costly but will government see the long-term economic benefits?

It may be some time before we have the government’s response to Stephan Shakespeare’s review of public sector information. But let us suppose the Cabinet Office seizes upon Shakespeare’s advice with “puppy-like enthusiasm”. What is the main barrier to implementation?

Most of the recommendations are consistent with principles already accepted in earlier iterations of the government’s programme, such as the open data white paper. The stand-out is a proposal that government should work to identify a collection of national core reference data for priority release.

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