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Data plans revealed in France

France's government has published an action plan to detail how it will meet the commitments of the G8 open-data charter.

The document, published on 6 November, outlines efforts that France has already made in promoting open data, including the creation in 2011 of the prime minister’s task force for open government data, Etalab.

It cites three main challenges to overcome in creating a sustainable environment for open data: developing a culture of data sharing; ensuring that an appropriate economic model is in place to support the production, collection and availability of data; and encouraging the ready availability of data. The government’s website must be made easier to use and privacy rules need to be clearer, the document says.

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