Show Us A Better Way - A Look Back/Forward

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Very rough summary of www.showusabetterway.co.uk, followed by thoughts and questions about where government data mashing is heading in the future. Hoping to re-vamp this drastically some time in 2009.

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Show Us A Better Way - A Look Back/Forward

  1. 1. Show Us A Better Way: A Look Back/Forward http://www.showusabetterway.co.uk
  2. 2. Coming up... <ul><li>The basics </li></ul><ul><li>Opening up </li></ul><ul><li>What happened? </li></ul><ul><li>Winners </li></ul><ul><li>Comments </li></ul><ul><li>What happens next? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Start thinking about what “data” means to people... </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>But also what “people” means... </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. SUABW: What is it? <ul><li>Competition run by Power of Information Taskforce </li></ul><ul><li>Wanted ideas about what to do with open govt data </li></ul><ul><li>Made data available </li></ul><ul><li>Winners to be funded, supported </li></ul>
  4. 4. The basics <ul><li>A “mashup” is... </li></ul><ul><li>Something which &quot;combines data from more than one source into a single integrated tool. The term implies easy, fast integration, frequently done by access to open API's and data sources to produce results data owners had no idea could be produced .“ </li></ul>
  5. 5. The basics <ul><li>Making data available </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Transparency = trust? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Essential to get people taking competition seriously? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Making data useful </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Efficiency – a thousand geeks with a thousand keyboards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Moving from consultation to implementation: let people build what they need/want </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Opening up <ul><li>Data made available </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NeSS API </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transport Direct: Bus stops, journey planning, carbon calculator... </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NHS: Health care providers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>London Gazette </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Post Office: Sample postcode data on CD </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DCSF: List of schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ordnance Survey: OpenSurvey </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HM Treasury: public spending information </li></ul></ul><ul><li>http://www.showusabetterway.co.uk/call/data.html </li></ul>
  7. 7. What happened? <ul><li>Hundreds of ideas (428) submitted </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.showusabetterway.co.uk/call/ideas/index.html </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ranging in theme, complexity, “mash up”-ness </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Working Prototypes? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.showusabetterway.co.uk/call/prototype/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Planning Finder </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Alerts for planning applications </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.planningfinder.co.uk/page/home </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local To Me </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>News, weather, traffic, events etc for your postcode </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.jardevelopments.com/suabwprototype/ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Missing List </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Search for missing items, persons, stolen things, police appeals, etc </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.themissinglist.co.uk/ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online Watch Link </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Find your neighbourhood watch, school watch, business watch, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.owl.co.uk/ </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Winners <ul><li>3 categories of winners: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Full sites to be built </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Idea to be supported and developed further </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Existing prototypes to be funded </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.showusabetterway.co.uk/call/2008/11/and-the-winners-are.html </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Winners – to be built <ul><li>Can I recycle it? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Find out what your council recycles </li></ul></ul><ul><li>UK cycling </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Plan your cycling route </li></ul></ul><ul><li>School catchment areas </li></ul><ul><li>Postbox locations </li></ul><ul><li>Loofinder </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Info of nearest public loo via text </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Winners – to be supported <ul><li>Road Works API </li></ul><ul><li>Oldienet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Services & information for older people </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Free Legal Web </li></ul><ul><li>Allotment Manager </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Connect up people with skills to those wanting to learn </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Where does my money go? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Visualising local vs national data </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Winners – prototypes <ul><li>UK School Maps </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Location of UK schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.schoolmap.org.uk/ (down?) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Schoolguru </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Admission Calculator” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.schoolguru.co.uk/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Working instance: http://www.schoolguruhertfordshire.co.uk/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Where’s the Path? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>O/S alongside Google satellite </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://wheresthepath.googlepages.com/wheresthepath.htm </li></ul></ul><ul><li>UK Wrecks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Underwater shipwrecks around the coast </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.southwestmafia.com/forumswm/vbgooglemaphse.php </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Schoolguru
  13. 13. Where’s the path?
  14. 14. UK Wrecks
  15. 15. Winners by theme <ul><li>Locational data: 3 </li></ul><ul><li>Transport: 3 </li></ul><ul><li>Schools: 3 </li></ul><ul><li>Environment: 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Data, e.g. visualisation: 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Older people: 1 </li></ul>
  16. 16. Entries by theme <ul><li>Maps: Lots </li></ul><ul><li>Transport: Lots </li></ul><ul><li>Environment: 56 </li></ul><ul><li>Crime: 41 </li></ul><ul><li>Education: 36 </li></ul><ul><li>Business: 18 </li></ul><ul><li>Housing: 15 </li></ul><ul><li>Planning: 15 </li></ul><ul><li>Charities: 7 </li></ul><ul><li>Young people: 6 </li></ul><ul><li>Disabled people: 4 </li></ul><ul><li>Energy: 3 </li></ul><ul><li>(Totally not to scale) </li></ul>
  17. 17. Comments <ul><li>Many more ideas than actual prototypes </li></ul><ul><li>Many ideas along the lines of... </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Plot locations on map </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Search by own location </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Some ideas already exist on other sites </li></ul>
  18. 18. Questions - Technical <ul><li>What technical support would be useful going forwards? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Why not more prototypes? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What other data would be useful? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What other protocols would be useful? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Central software library for dealing with data? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Central software library for visualising/interacting with data? </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Questions - Users <ul><li>What should we learn about users? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What kind of users? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Statisticians? Developers? Citizens? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What do users ultimately want from data? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Type, scope, and format of data </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What views on data do users find helpful? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What networking support between users would be useful? (e.g. forums) </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Questions - Other <ul><li>Ownership & Legalities? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. O/S maps not free for public body use </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Marketing? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How do people know it exists? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Is it worth building if people do not use - or use alternatives? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Economics? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Who funds the data? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Is most efficient solution always the most appropriate? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  21. 21. So What? <ul><li>What do we think of as “audience”? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Data analysts? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Protocol mashers? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ End” users? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Transfer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How can we make things more useful to ourselves? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How can we transfer that to others? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>(Data selection, data visualisation) </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://powerofinformation.wordpress.com/2008/06/19/more-architecture/ </li></ul></ul></ul>

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