QlikPower taps into Data.gov.uk for Business Intelligence
Lat month saw the official launch of the new Data.gov.uk portal. Advised by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Professor Nigel Shadbolt and others, the UK government has opened up all this data for reuse. This site give access to a wealth of government data and is under constant development. The aim of the site is to provide easy access to reams of public sector data, such as traffic, crime and housing figures. All this information has been made available free of charge, and can be consumed by third party applications. The hope is that the site will encourage individuals and businesses to find ways to make better use of this information.
As they say on their website
''We're very aware that there are more people like you outside of government who have the skills and abilities to make wonderful things out of public data. These are our first steps in building a collaborative relationship with you.''
The launch of the portal mirrors a similar project kick-started by the Obama administration last year to make US Government data available to the public in an open and accessible manner. Boris Johnson has also announced that data relating specifically to life in London will also be made available publicly and for free.
It seems 2010 may be the era of open data access. It's an exciting propsect to watch what people do with it! Here at QlikPower we have a number of ideas which we will be announcing shortly which will show you the power of QlikView to take real advantage of this valuable data source.
For more details on the new government portal, check out this BBC News article, or visit it for yourself here.
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