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Show us a better way

The Power of Information Taskforce recently announced the Show Us A Better Way Competition to find the public’s thoughts on how to better use public information. There is £20,000 prize fund to develop the best ideas and the Government is making available data from new (non-personal!) public information sources especially for use in the competition. They provide lots of examples of the kind of thing they are looking for to get the creative juices flowing. Suggestions include ratemyprison, which allows prison visitors to rate their experiences and WhatWentWhere, an interactive map showing what public money was spent on what services where.

Natalie Ceeney, Chief Executive of The National Archives, suggests in IWR Horizons that this signifies a big shift in the way the government does business by harnessing the power of the web and valuing information as the asset it is. It will be interesting to see what response the competition gets and how the PoI Taskforce then works with the ideas.

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