points us to the news that the UK government is setting up a "Public Data Corporation"
with the charge of working with various government agencies and pulling together data and freeing it up for the public:
The Corporation will, for the first time, bring together Government bodies and data into one organisation and provide an unprecedented level of easily accessible public information and drive further efficiency in the delivery of public services.
Supporting the Government's growth agenda, it will open up opportunities for innovative developers, businesses and members of the public to generate social and economic growth through the use of data.
Of course, it looks like it's not freeing up all
data. While it says that it will make data available freely in many cases, it may also look to sell some of the data. Still, this definitely seems like a good step forward.