Data.gov.uk is expected to be released, in beta, next month.

17 11 2009

Great news for the UK. This update on the ongoing data.gov.uk project, suggests that the first beta will be launched next month to a select group.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Professor Nigel Shadbolt have been tasked with delivering the goods. The BBC has reported that Data.gov.uk is built with semantic web technology (one of Berners-Lee’s own pet projects), which will enable the data it offers to be drawn together into links and threads as the user searches.

The tide is shifting – very quickly – on this kind of data issue. On 21st Oct Berners-Lee “cited the census, the land registry and Ordnance Survey data as among the publicly collected information that should be freely available”. Today, the Prime Minister announced that the first stage of Ordinance Survey data release.

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