Government coalition document prioritises open data and open source software


Government coalition document prioritises open data and open source software

Rebecca Thomson

The Conservative and LibDem coalition document has some pointers on the new government's approach to IT, with a section dedicated to IT-related policies.

The focus is on open source software and the publication of government data and the coalition also says steps will be taken to "open up government procurement and reduce costs".

IT contracts will be published online and full online disclosure of central government spending over £25,000 will be required.

As announced earlier in the week as part of the "Big Society" initiative, it is creating a "right to data" so that government-held datasets can be requested and used by the public. The datasets will then be published on a regular basis.

Councils will have to publishing meeting minutes and local service performance data online, plus the contracts and tender documents of all items of spending over £500.

The government also said, "We will ensure that all data published by public bodies is published in an open and standardised format, so that it can be used easily and with minimal cost by third parties."

Technology was also mentioned in the health and policing sections.

The government said, "We will reduce time-wasting bureaucracy that hampers police operations, and introduce better technology to make policing more effective while saving taxpayers' money."

It added it wants to use technology to help patients communicate with their doctors, to make care more accessible.

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