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The strategists say that open data from high quality APIs has the potential to transform public services. One example where this is proving to be the case is legislation.gov.uk, the official UK ...

The strategists say that open data from high quality APIs has the potential to transform public services. One example where this is proving to be the case is legislation.gov.uk, the official UK legislation website, operated by The National Archives.

With legislation.gov.uk we aimed to open-up access to the government’s legislation database, by creating an API first. The legislation.gov.uk API allows anyone to access the data we hold in the database, or to use the services we have built. We wanted to show that government could create a high-quality, technically sophisticated API, following the principles of both REST and Linked Data. We also wanted our API to be fully open, with no restrictions on use, and no need to register before using it.

The API is enabling us to develop an entirely new approach to updating legislation, inspired by the open source software movement – our Expert Participation Programme. We are inviting people from outside The National Archives to work with us, to apply changes to the legislation in the database. Quality is maintained through our editorial practice and a stringent process of review. This is an exciting new operating model for maintaining open government data.

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    Open Data: A New tool for Government Open Data: A New tool for Government Presentation Transcript

    • Open Data: A New Tool for Government John Sheridan Head of Legislation Services, The National Archives Jeni Tennison Technical Architect legislation.gov.ukTuesday, 2 October 12
    • If we can do it with legislation ...Tuesday, 2 October 12
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    • Work of manyTuesday, 2 October 12
    • Open Legislation Data • available under Open Government License • data underlies user interface • /data.xml • /data.rdf • /data.feedTuesday, 2 October 12
    • Reusers Publisher data service Intermediary payment ConsumerTuesday, 2 October 12
    • Reusers Publisher data - links service - snippets Intermediary - dumps - searches - updates payment ConsumerTuesday, 2 October 12
    • Reusers Publisher data - provision - integration - links service - analysis - snippets Intermediary - visualisation - dumps - interpretation - searches - updates payment ConsumerTuesday, 2 October 12
    • Reusers Publisher data service Intermediary payment ConsumerTuesday, 2 October 12
    • Benefits of reuse • innovation by intermediaries • new products and services for customers • economic growthTuesday, 2 October 12
    • Reusers Publisher data service Intermediary payment ConsumerTuesday, 2 October 12
    • Reusers Publisher data service Intermediary payment ConsumerTuesday, 2 October 12
    • Reusers Publisher data service Intermediary payment Consumer provenanceTuesday, 2 October 12
    • Reusers Publisher audience data service Intermediary payment Consumer provenanceTuesday, 2 October 12
    • Benefits • improved reach • intermediaries deliver to other channels • for legislation.gov.uk • iPhone / iPad applications • eBooks • tailored value added products for specific audiencesTuesday, 2 October 12
    • Dependents Publisher data Intermediary service payment ConsumerTuesday, 2 October 12
    • Dependents Publisher data Intermediary service customisation information payment ConsumerTuesday, 2 October 12
    • Dependents Publisher data Intermediary service customisation information payment ConsumerTuesday, 2 October 12
    • Dependents Publisher Intermediary service data customisation information payment ConsumerTuesday, 2 October 12
    • Dependents guarantees Publisher Intermediary service data customisation information payment ConsumerTuesday, 2 October 12
    • Dependents - accurate guarantees - reliable Publisher - timely Intermediary service data customisation information payment ConsumerTuesday, 2 October 12
    • Where is the benefit to the publisher?Tuesday, 2 October 12
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    • Maintaining legislation data • for primary legislation we identify and apply • textual & non-textual amendments • extents & commencements • savings & provisos • we create point in time versions with annotations • we extract structured data from legislation • editors use the data to create new versions showing the changesTuesday, 2 October 12
    • The challenge • primary legislation • in-house team applies ~10,000 effects per annum • parliaments and assemblies now make ~15,000 new effects • there is a 100,000 “debt” of unapplied effects • secondary legislation • required to produce tables of effects for annual bound volumes • no updated versionsTuesday, 2 October 12
    • Partners guarantees Publisher data service Intermediary payment ConsumerTuesday, 2 October 12
    • Partners guarantees Publisher data service Intermediary maintenance payment ConsumerTuesday, 2 October 12
    • Partners guarantees Publisher data service Intermediary maintenance - collection - correction payment Consumer - expertiseTuesday, 2 October 12
    • Partners guarantees Publisher data service Intermediary maintenance - collection - correction payment Consumer - expertiseTuesday, 2 October 12
    • Expert Participation Programme • primary and secondary legislation • publicly available - official - free - open - up-to-date • we invite others to work with us under MoU • new processes and tools to support collaboration • The National Archives provides tools and training • guardians and arbiters of editorial practice and qualityTuesday, 2 October 12
    • Technical architectureTuesday, 2 October 12
    • New requirements • new types of information • effects & research • tasks & workflows • participants & permissions & messages • priority lists to update • new levels of interactivity • read/write platform • dynamic, native web interfaceTuesday, 2 October 12
    • lingua franca application-native data HTML JSON concise hard to get wrong single source format web-native data XML RDF flexible graph model other formats are better for other thingsTuesday, 2 October 12
    • caching & delivery CDN caching cache static files web server transformation pipeline engine documents XML database triplestore data new architecture XML and RDF dataTuesday, 2 October 12
    • displays driven by RDF transformed by XSLTTuesday, 2 October 12
    • displays driven by RDF transformed by XSLTTuesday, 2 October 12
    • displays driven by RDF transformed by XSLTTuesday, 2 October 12
    • HTML JSON URIs XML RDF URIs are the keys weak, flexible linksTuesday, 2 October 12
    • User and re-user focus • integrated API and UIs • guarantees relevance • help re-users understand information • help developers debug • URIs are key • addressability • sharability • understanding of underlying resource modelTuesday, 2 October 12
    • Agility • native XML eases development • provides flexible access into documents • avoids data model mismatches • native RDF eases development too! • ease of combining information from different sources • querying with SPARQL • schema-free & extensible aids agilityTuesday, 2 October 12
    • Open data as operating model • private sector values high quality public data • value official status, processes and controls • willing to collaborate and invest resources in open government data • Expert Participation shows how open data • helps to deliver services • helps to reach new audiences or existing audiences through new channels • underpins feedback loops, improving quality of both data and serviceTuesday, 2 October 12
    • Summary • complex documents and data • added value for publishers and consumers from having them on the web • layered architecture with web standards • make the most of single-source publishing providing long-term flexibility • open data as a tool • enabling us to bring legislation up to date for the first time • if we can do it with legislation ...Tuesday, 2 October 12
    • QuestionsTuesday, 2 October 12