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Presentation to the iNetwork "App Your Service: mobile applications for better public Services" event on the API used by LG Inform, LG Inform Plus and other applications for UK local information.

Presentation to the iNetwork "App Your Service: mobile applications for better public Services" event on the API used by LG Inform, LG Inform Plus and other applications for UK local information.

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LG Inform and other public sector APIs to build apps Presentation Transcript

  • 1. esd.org.uk sharing nationally to improve services locally App Your Service: mobile applications for better public Services LG Inform and other public sector APIs to build apps Mike Thacker
  • 2. esd.org.uksharing nationally to improve services locally Who am I? • Mike Thacker, Porism Limited • Technical partner to LGA for esd-toolkit programme • Relevant work: – esd-standards – IT infrastructure serving LG Inform and LG Inform Plus apps • Interest: Re-use efficiency across local government
  • 3. esd.org.uksharing nationally to improve services locally Application Programmer Interfaces • Why APIs are important • Apps for service delivery – Examples – APIs • Apps for information – Examples – Useful open data – APIs • LG Inform API – Examples – The API Apps and the APIs they use
  • 4. esd.org.uksharing nationally to improve services locally Apps provide ways of interacting with council/community services. They are not self- contained. APIs can: •Open public systems to third party developer •Open data for creative re-use Councils can benefit: •From providing APIs so other people help deliver council services •From using APIs to take advantage of data and services provided by others Why APIs are important
  • 5. esd.org.uksharing nationally to improve services locally • Integrate with backend system (eg council CRM) • Single or multiple councils • Normally public non-personal information Apps for service delivery
  • 6. esd.org.uksharing nationally to improve services locally APIs • Open311 – API for issue submission and tracking – Mainly USA – There’s an add-on to Lagan CRM – Lots of open source software • LG Service List and Functions List provide standard definitions across England and Wales • GDS provides council web page addresses via LG Service List reference • GDS has open API – at least for web site content • Mydex identity management provides a way of managing personal data
  • 7. esd.org.uksharing nationally to improve services locally Present information, usually specific to the locality Apps for information Crime map Numberhood OpenlyLocal scraped planning data
  • 8. esd.org.uksharing nationally to improve services locally Linked Data sources: • Open Data Communities • Ordnance Survey • esd-standards • CIPFA APIs • Open Street Map • Police / Crime • Openly Local • Transport for London • Nomis / NESS / ONS • LG Inform Plus Useful open data
  • 9. esd.org.uksharing nationally to improve services locally LG Inform API in use LG Inform LGA Suppli er LG Inform Plus esd-toolkit programme Clouds Over London Team Bieber
  • 10. esd.org.uksharing nationally to improve services locally LG Inform Plus – Metric types Data for 18,000+ metric types defined publicly at http://id.esd.org.uk/list/metricTypes
  • 11. esd.org.uksharing nationally to improve services locally LG Inform Plus – Web methods • Metric values by: – large area (country, region, authority) and/or – small area (ward, OAs, neighbourhood) – time period • Area properties and groups • Summaries and breakdowns (percentiles, mean, median, regression, ...) • User sign-in for extra permissions See web methods
  • 12. esd.org.uksharing nationally to improve services locally Why use LG Inform API? • Do more than LG Inform and LG Inform Plus • Tap into the LGA Research and Information Team’s expertise • Avoid the cost of gathering and maintaining own data • Avoid having to hunt out data from numerous sources • Security managed for you • Quality of analysis and IT infrastructure
  • 13. esd.org.uksharing nationally to improve services locally Further information api.esd.org.uk support@esd.org.uk @esdtoolkit Mike.Thacker@Porism.com @MikeThacker