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Data Driven Public Services - Stuart Harrison

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  • 1. Maximising theBenefits of OpenDataStuart Harrison @pezholioWeb Developer, ODIstuart.harrison@theodi.org
  • 2. Maximising Benefits =Maximising Reuse• Legal ● What can I (legally) do with this data?• Practical ● How reliable is the data? Frequency of updates?• Technical ● What format is the data in?• Social ● Where can I go to with problems?
  • 3. Legal• what can I do with the data?• clear, simple, unrestricted licences ● Open Government Licence• no contaminating closed data ● extract out derived & copied data• no data protection concerns ● consent for re-use
  • 4. Practical• timeliness ● frequency of changes / releases ● lag in releases• quality control ● accuracy of the data• guarantees ● availability (particularly of APIs) ● on-going publication
  • 5. Technical• machine-readable ● not images of tables• suitable to data type ● appropriate format & vocabulary• open standard ● with open source implementations• using URIs as identifiers ● helps with linking up disparate datasets
  • 6. Social• documentation• gather feedback to improve ● every dataset contains mistakes ● email, form or API for corrections• build community ● forum / group to share experience• provide tools ● libraries for operating with the data
  • 7. Conclusions• 5 star scheme only covers format• also need to help re-users ● work out what they can do ● work out what they can rely on ● work with the data easily ● engage with you & others
  • 8. What do you think?comment on alpha ODI Open DataCertificatehttp://theodi.github.com/open-data-certificate/questions?@pezholiostuart.harrison@theodi.org