opendata.warwickshire.gov.uk How and why we opened up Warwickshire’s data
Drivers & Benefits <ul><li>Transparency for the public </li></ul><ul><li>Enhancing public communications </li></ul><ul><li...
The Technical Stuff <ul><li>Written using Ruby on Rails </li></ul><ul><li>Hosted on external platform-as-a-service provide...
The Project <ul><li>2 Developers; 1 Project Manager; Jim Morton </li></ul><ul><li>2 days per week </li></ul><ul><li>Starte...
Hack Warwickshire Competition <ul><li>Do you look at government web sites and think “I could do better than that”? </li></...
Tips & Tricks <ul><li>Start with quick and easy datasets </li></ul><ul><li>Get sample apps developed quickly – show people...
Why has it worked? <ul><li>Got in there early – lots of eagerness & support </li></ul><ul><li>Freebies for the competition...
Some issues to consider <ul><li>Revenue streams from some data sets </li></ul><ul><li>Different interpretations (from the ...
Sample Applications <ul><li>School viewer -  http://www.sandboxi.co.uk/   </li></ul><ul><li>Warwickshire Information -  ht...
Questions Contact Warwickshire Open Data Site   [email_address]   Twitter: @wccopendata
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Presentation from Huw Davies, Warwickshire County Council on the Warwickshire OpenData Project and Hack Warwickshire Competition.

Presented at Ordnance Survey hosted Science and Innovation 2010 Seminar: Underpinning innovation with geography launching this year's GeoVation Challenge - "How can Britain feed itself?"

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Warwickshire open data project

  1. 1. opendata.warwickshire.gov.uk How and why we opened up Warwickshire’s data
  2. 2. Drivers & Benefits <ul><li>Transparency for the public </li></ul><ul><li>Enhancing public communications </li></ul><ul><li>Improving service delivery and enabling citizens to self-serve </li></ul><ul><li>Contributing towards new ways of running public services </li></ul><ul><li>Improving external contribution to WCC </li></ul><ul><li>Enabling mash-ups of disparate sources of information to create new ways of looking at information </li></ul><ul><li>Enabling 3rd sector organisations or individuals to develop applications aggregating data across organisational boundaries </li></ul><ul><li>Reducing workload in areas like Freedom of Information (FOI), the Observatory and Public Relations </li></ul><ul><li>Reinforcing our efforts to resolve data and information issues </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Technical Stuff <ul><li>Written using Ruby on Rails </li></ul><ul><li>Hosted on external platform-as-a-service provider Heroku </li></ul><ul><li>Used Amazon EC2 for storing the raw data </li></ul><ul><li>Standard standard XML schema for the metadata associated with each dataset </li></ul><ul><li>Schema was aligned to that used by http://data.gov.uk </li></ul><ul><li>Metadata automatically extracted to enable easy inclusion in the http:// data.gov.uk data catalogue </li></ul><ul><li>Will be open-sourced to enable other authorities to easily build their own open data site </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Project <ul><li>2 Developers; 1 Project Manager; Jim Morton </li></ul><ul><li>2 days per week </li></ul><ul><li>Started end Jan 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Unofficial launch mid-April 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Official launch end-April 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Hack Warwickshire Competition mid-May – July 2010 </li></ul>
  5. 5. Hack Warwickshire Competition <ul><li>Do you look at government web sites and think “I could do better than that”? </li></ul><ul><li>Have you got a great idea for how technology can deliver better public services? </li></ul><ul><li>Could you use our data to show us how to work smarter? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you want to get your hands on an Apple iPad? </li></ul><ul><li>http://warwickshireopendata.wordpress.com/hack-warwickshire / </li></ul>
  6. 6. Tips & Tricks <ul><li>Start with quick and easy datasets </li></ul><ul><li>Get sample apps developed quickly – show people what is possible </li></ul><ul><li>Key question to ask: “If someone requested this information under FOI, would we have to give it to them?” </li></ul><ul><li>Create a good process for feeding back any issues with the data </li></ul><ul><li>Create a strong community </li></ul>
  7. 7. Why has it worked? <ul><li>Got in there early – lots of eagerness & support </li></ul><ul><li>Freebies for the competition – not many have done this yet </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of 2-way promotion (Yahoo!, Ordnance Survey, OpenlyLocal) </li></ul><ul><li>People are really interested in seeing the results </li></ul><ul><li>The community is forming and want to help each other </li></ul>
  8. 8. Some issues to consider <ul><li>Revenue streams from some data sets </li></ul><ul><li>Different interpretations (from the ‘official’ Council view) may be aired without the extra context/ knowledge that staff may have </li></ul><ul><li>Is our information accurate? </li></ul><ul><li>Information timeliness </li></ul><ul><li>Ordnance Survey derived data </li></ul><ul><li>Technology rather than business led (?) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Sample Applications <ul><li>School viewer - http://www.sandboxi.co.uk/ </li></ul><ul><li>Warwickshire Information - http://isithackday.com/demos/warwickshire/ </li></ul><ul><li>Tip finder: http:// www.pezholio.co.uk/warwickshire / </li></ul><ul><li>Augmented reality: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/layar-reality-browser/id334404207 </li></ul>
  10. 10. Questions Contact Warwickshire Open Data Site [email_address] Twitter: @wccopendata

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