Open data is data that is published in an open accessible format, is machine readable and is published under a license that allows for free reuse. It is publicly released raw data that is often from the government or public services.
Click here for the datasets relevant to Cambridgeshire that are currently available.
The ODI (Open Data Institute) have a useful FAQ on open data that may be of interest.
In June 2012, the government published a white paper on open data. This outlined how they intend to put make it easier to access public data, with a “presumption to publish”, and with data released in standard open formats. The paper also highlights the benefits that open data can bring such as greater transparency, improved public services, and the unlocking of economic potential.