UK Gov't Throws Open Data For Mashups; Offers Prize Money For Best Results

from the about-time dept

We were just complaining about the fact that governments should be exposing APIs on certain government data so that people can create more useful services out of them -- and it appears that someone in the UK was having similar thoughts. The government is now opening up a bunch of data to whoever wants to play with it. Not only is the gov't encouraging people to make mash-ups with the data, it's actually offering cash prizes to those who come up with the best results. Nice to see a government doing something smart.

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    Ben, Jul 3rd, 2008 @ 2:13am

    Not their idea

    It might be a smart thing to do but it is not the goverments bright idea to do this. The guradian has been running a free our data campaign for years proposing that they do something like this.

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    mike allen, Jul 3rd, 2008 @ 4:18am

    I guess

    sugestions like put in laptop then leave on train would not win.

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    Martin, Jul 3rd, 2008 @ 5:08am

    Not actually smart

    This isn't a smart idea. It just shows that the government collects more data than they really need, even more than they can handle themselves. This is sad.

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    Peter Corbett, Oct 24th, 2008 @ 4:47pm

    Apps for Democracy is doing this in the US

    We're doing this in the US and believe it's very important to the health of our democracy, innovation and saving tax payer dollars! CHeck out We've got $20,000 in prize to give out by 11/12. Peter

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