London launches open data website for developers


London launches open data website for developers

Rebecca Thomson

London Mayor Boris Johnson is launching London's open data project. He will appear alongside Barack Obama's CTO Aneesh Chopra and NASA's CIO Linda Cureton via a live link to the Consumer Electronics Show.

The project aims to make large amounts of London's public data freely available through the London datastore website. It comes after the government announced it would make national data sets available via the internet, following the project in the US.

The datastore will contain over 200 different sets of information and will be fully operational on 29 January.

The data is expected to benefit software developers, who will be able to use it to create applications that cater for life in the capital.

Boris Johnson will launch the website by linking up with Chopra and Cureton during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the world's biggest electronics show which starts today.

Chopra, the US Federal chief technology officer, said the site is likely to foster innovation. "Based on our experience with and other open government initiatives, I am certain that the London Datastore will foster greater trust in government among citizens, stimulate excellence in public sector performance, and motivate British software innovators to develop programs that will add immensely to the value of government data sets."

Johnson called the project a "potential money-spinner" for the city's "hugely important software development sector". He said, "The superb new London datastore will unleash valuable facts and figures that have been languishing for far too long in the deepest recesses of City Hall."

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