London launches open data website for developers

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...

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 data.gov 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 data.gov 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."

Read more on E-commerce technology

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

Please create a username to comment.

-ADS BY GOOGLE

SearchCIO

SearchSecurity

SearchNetworking

SearchDataCenter

  • How do I size a UPS unit?

    Your data center UPS sizing needs are dependent on a variety of factors. Develop configurations and determine the estimated UPS ...

  • How to enhance FTP server security

    If you still use FTP servers in your organization, use IP address whitelists, login restrictions and data encryption -- and just ...

  • 3 ways to approach cloud bursting

    With different cloud bursting techniques and tools from Amazon, Zerto, VMware and Oracle, admins can bolster cloud connections ...

SearchDataManagement

Close