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48. Reiterating the importance of these factors, a research paper commissioned by the Department for Transport has identified a 'silo mentality' in government that can impede better exploitation of public sector information (i.e. the inability to see the benefits of distributing information to others). Genuine concerns include data confidentiality, loss of formal and informal controls over data access, and data integrity. Despite these concerns, this review did also discover instances of good practice, one of which is described in Box 9.

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