My most important digital pledge would be ...

I will support all measures to bring non-personal government data into the public domain

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      • Baskers commented  · 

        I wholly support this. I think it's fantastic what data.gov.uk & Rewired State are doing - but it's still seen as something that 'geeks' do, and that no-one is really bothered about it.

        I disagree, I think that opening this data up will drive creativity, ideas, perhaps spark interest in areas of policy that are long neglected. There are hundreds, thousands of datasets in Government that perhaps aren't being used in the best way - not that this is a slur on civil servants, they are often too busy, or don't have the necessary skills to exploit the data, or it isn't within their remit to do so.

        Lets see what can be done once the data is out there. There are whole communities of people out there with the skills, talent and time to turn these publically owned datasets into something that perhaps we can all benefit from?

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