UK to Release Data on Government Performance

7 July 2011

United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron July 7 ordered the release of more information about medical care, hospitals, schools and transportation services.

His action will require a wide range of public bodies to publish data on their performance.

“This represents the most ambitious open data agenda of any government anywhere in the world,” according to the announcement, which continues:

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 full list is contained in the announcement and Cameron’s letter to ministers.

The development is and analyzed by subject area in a report by The Guardian.

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