Tories To Make Data Open According To Election Manifesto

UK's Conservative political party has released its manifesto ahead of the General Election, which will take place on May 6 2010, in which the party has vowed to make almost all government data available to the public.

They also said that they would be scraping several existing government IT projects, including the controversial ID cards. According to the manifesto, which was posted by the party on Tuesday, the party is planning to publish several kinds of government data online for the public to access.

The data will include information about job vacancies in the government, foreign aid spending, information about the performance of healthcare institutions and same about the performance of Department of Children, Schools and families.

The Conservative Party said in the manifesto that “We will create a powerful new right to government data, enabling the public to request - and receive - government datasets in an open and standardised format.”

Under its plans to provide the public with government data, the party also promised that it will post the job titles of every staff member along with their salaries and expense details.

The party also plans to provide central government contracts worth more than £25,000 and local government contracts above £500.

Our Comments

It remains to be seen whether the Britons are happy about the kind of reforms the Tories have pledged. Now we won't find it until the election takes place; still we can only applaud the eagerness, on both side to deliver public data freely.

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