Rachael Singh, Accountancy Age, Wednesday 20 October 2010 at 14:25:00

Financial software suppliers UNIT4 has signed a deal with the Royal Boroughof Windsor and Maidenhead to be the first local authority to use linked data

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead has signed up to UNIT4 financialsoftware to ensure its books are more open and transparent.

The borough is the first UK authority to publish open linked data. Thismethod allows a business to connect related information such as timesheets,expenses and planning requests, via the internet.

An example of this is mobile phone contracts. Linked information allows usersand buyers to compare and understand spending decisions. Rather than only seeingthe contracts by each council, linked data makes it possible to view theprevious contract details as well as other council contract details. If onecouncil had a more favourable mobile contract than another the linkedinformation would highlight this.

From April 2010 all local councils will have to reveal details of supplierspending which is more than 500. This information will need to be published tothe internet by January 2011.

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