A page of council data has been released this week with information ranging from motorcycle parking and cemetries' locations to ward boundaries and public toilets in the city.
It's the first such downloadable information to be released from the council and follows hot on heels of neighbouring authorities Trafford Council (data downloads here ) and Salford Council (data downloads here).
A spokeswoman said the council was now reviewing the data it can provide with a view to releasing a second phase by the end of the year.
The move comes as the government promises more transparency around central and local government data with more releases due in 2011 and the launch this week of a searchable database of business plans, structures and salaries.
The map below was created from one of these Manchester Council data sets using the free tool GoogleFusionTables to show disabled parking space information. The five minutes spent creating it shows how valuable such open data will be for website owners and bloggers to provide useful and easy to navigate maps, tools and graphs.
All three authorities have been working with open data campaigners to provide greater access.
One of those at the forefront of the campaign, Julian Tait welcomed the move:
"It is fantastic that Manchester has released this data and we see this as a start of a journey that will lead to further data releases. This data coupled with that already released by Trafford and Salford paves the way for the Greater Manchester to become a centre of Open Data practice that will benefit all."
The Open Data Manchester group is holding its next meeting on Tuesday 30 November full information is available from the GoogleGroup [email protected]
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