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Presentation from Huw Davies, Warwickshire County Council on the Warwickshire OpenData Project and Hack Warwickshire Competition. ...

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 Warwickshire open data project Presentation Transcript

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