Web Inventor Helps UK Government Open Access

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U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown has appointed Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee to improve access to government data, including MP expenses.

Berners-Lee will lead a review on how the Government can best use the internet to open up access to official information. He will oversee work to create a single point of access for government held public data.

In a speech, Brown said: "So that government information is accessible and useful for the widest possible group of people, I have asked Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who led the creation of the World-Wide Web, to help us drive the opening up of access to Government data in teh web over the coming months."

He added: "All MPs' past and future expenses should and will be published on the Internet in the next few days. Second home claims submitted by MPs from all sides of the House over the last four years must be scrutinized by the independently led panel. This will ensure repayment where it is necessary, and lead to discipline, where there have been inappropriate claims."

The appointment was part of sweeping plans unveiled by the Prime Minister to reform and modernize British politics.

Newly appointed director of digital engagement, Andrew Stott, welcomed the appointment. "I am delighted to work with Sir Tim-Berners Lee and his panel on this key part of the Power of Information agenda; they will provide the expert challenge and insight we need to drive action across the public sector."

This story, "Web Inventor Helps UK Government Open Access" was originally published by Computerworld UK.

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