Northern Ireland has always needed to keep registers of GPs and other health providers. Now, at least some people in its government and health and social care service are looking to release the GP register as open data: a single list of GPs in Northern Ireland that is available in machine readable format.
Why? Session leader Steven Barry explained:
“Lots of government departments have lots of service information, but it is often collected manually, so when somebody leaves it stops, or people do it differently.