Public Data Corporation

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 4th May 2011.

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Photo of Mark Pawsey Mark Pawsey Conservative, Rugby

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the (a) remit and (b) activities will be of the proposed Public Data Corporation.

Photo of Francis Maude Francis Maude The Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office

This initiative is about bringing together some of our most valuable public sector information and the organisations that collect, hold and manage that information, in order to deliver multiple benefits to the public, business, the public purse, and government.

The individual organisations that are taken within the Public Data Corporation will continue to carry out their current functions, eg collecting and maintaining data, producing information, providing value-added services. What the Public Data Corporation offers is the opportunity to create a centre of excellence for the collecting, holding and managing of different organisations' data. Other benefits include:

Adopting a more consistent approach towards access to and accessibility of public sector information; creating more opportunities for citizens, social enterprises and businesses to use public sector data in new and innovative ways; identifying how data Government already hold can be used more effectively to provide better and cheaper public services; and creating more certainty and predictability—encouraging businesses to invest in and develop new and innovative products and applications based on data. It will also provide opportunities for private investment in the corporation, reinforcing and accelerating the development of these world class assets and their contribution to the knowledge economy.

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