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Greater London Authority publishes green data

Guardian Government Published 07 July 2011

Greater London Authority publishes green data

Authority hopes that publishing information online will provide first 'cyber snapshot' of London's environment

The Greater London Authority (GLA) has published a range of data on London's environment in an effort to help people find out more about the capital's natural surroundings.

The data is taken from the GLA, the Environment Agency, Natural England and the Forestry Commission and is contained in a new report titled, London's Environment Revealed State of the Environment .

The GLA hopes that the information, which also appears on its London Datastore, will improve transparency and increase accountability, as well as encouraging people to turn the raw data into new digital applications using social media.

Kulveer Ranger, director for the environment and digital London at the GLA, said: "Opening up data held by public organisations is one important way we can empower people to see what is being done and what more can happen. Information should not just be the preserve of institutions and a limited elite. This latest set of green data can now be analysed by anyone and used to develop new, creative solutions."








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