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How to get public data out of large bureacracies in the uk, based on personal experience. At Future Everything Manchester 13 May 2010

How to get public data out of large bureacracies in the uk, based on personal experience. At Future Everything Manchester 13 May 2010

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Getting data out of bureaucracies Getting data out of bureaucracies Presentation Transcript

  • Open Data: moving the immovable – getting data out of bureaucracies
    Future Everything: Open Data conference 13 May 2010
    #futr
    William Perrin
    william@talkaboutlocal.org
    @willperrin
    Former Secretary to Power of Information Taskforce
    http://powerofinformation.wordpress.com/
    Local Public Data Panel Member
    http://www.communities.gov.uk/corporate/researchandstatistics/publicdatasources/localdatapanel/
    Founder talk about local
    http://talkaboutlocal.org
  • The Dozer
    Apply huge force or do something so outrageous they can’t miss it
  • BCC DIY
    Functional rebuild by volunteers of £2.8m Birmingham City Council site
    Arguably most radical grass roots web project in this space right now
  • Make sure you do in fact have a bulldozer and don’t suffer a scale problem
    Can your bulldozer deliver?
    You look stupid if not
  • ‘A crack team of data ferrets working for the Task Force have returned from their first forays into the bowels of Government. ‘
    People inside the organisation who can seek out specific data targets and release them
    Say in chief executives office
  • Avalanche
    Bury them in FOI requests and build an external archive
  • Birmingham
    Epic parking ticket investigation using data from FOI
    Isolated weird behaviour by wardens
  • Snow machine
    Reference the data released in CKAN
  • For a big leap you need leadership
    External influencers make best impact
  • There are two philosophies to putting data on the web. The top-down one is to make a corporate or national plan, by getting committees together of all the interested parties, and make a consistent set of terms (ontology) into which everything fits. This in fact takes so long it is often never finished, and anyway does not in fact get corporate or national consensus in the end.
    The other method experience recommends is to do it bottom up. A top-level mandate is extremely valuable, but grass-roots action is essential. Put the data up where it is: join it together later.
    Tim Berners-Lee
    http://www.w3.org/DesignIssues/GovData.html
  • You need a blend of all of these
    No magic bullet
    New government expected to continue drive to open data
  • Never ever bide your time and wait
    Bureaucracies are world class at waiting and they will win