Prime Minister commits to new open data on health, schools, courts and transport
As part of our continuing commitment to open up public services, the Prime Minister today committed the Government to publishing key data on the National Health Service, schools, criminal courts and transport. This represents the most ambitious open data agenda of any government anywhere in the world.
The new data will reveal clinical achievements and prescribing data by individual GP practices, the performance of hospital teams in treating lung cancer and other key healthcare conditions, the effectiveness of schools at teaching pupils across a range of subjects, criminal sentencing by each court, and data on rail timetables, rail service performance, roadworks, current road conditions, car parks and cycle routes in an open format for use by all.
The new commitments, set out in detail in a letter from the Prime Minister to Cabinet colleagues, will provide the public with more information about the performance of services they use every day, and to help to drive modern, personalised and sustainable public services. We expect the new data to be useful to the developer and entrepreneur community in serving as the basis for new services and applications, and so help drive economic growth.
All of the new datasets will be published in open, standardised formats, and for free commercial re-use under the Open Government Licence by third parties.
The new commitments follow the publication over the previous year of crime maps and data on government structures and spending, as committed to by the Prime Minister in his first letter to the Cabinet on Transparency in May 2010.
Below, you can see the Prime Minister's remarks at the launch event of the new commitments: