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  • Good afternoon, my presentation will be on data.gov.uk and data.gov
  • Data.gov was launched in the US to the general public in May 2009, with the UK government launching data.gov.uk in January 2010. Both Governments are releasing public data to help people understand how government works and how policies are made. Making this data easily available means it will be easier for people to make decisions and suggestions about government policies based on detailed information. Data.gov and Data.gov.uk brings together Government data sets in one searchable website. The websites strive to make government more transparent and are committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. The openness derived from these websites aims to strengthen the Nation's democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.
  • their approach? Using open standards, open source and open data Building communities, and working with and through them (both inside government and outside). There are currently over 5,400 datasets available, from all central government departments and a number of other public sector bodies and local authorities. Is data just public information? Not really. From data.gov.uk, you can access the raw data driving government forward. This can then be used by people to build useful applications that help society, or investigate how effective policy changes have been over time. How can I use the data? You can use the data in all sorts of ways.  This may be simply to analyse trends over time from one policy area, or to compare how different parts of government go about their work. Technical users will be able to create useful applications out of the raw data files, which can then be used by everyone. 
  • A primary goal of Data.gov is to improve access to government data and expand creative use of those data beyond the walls of government by encouraging innovative ideas and the creation of web applications. Data.gov and data.gov.uk enables the public to participate in government by providing downloadable datasets to build applications, conduct analyses, and perform research. The websites aim to continue to improve based on feedback , comments, and recommendations from the public and therefore they encourage individuals to suggest datasets they'd like to see, rate and comment on current datasets, and suggest ways to improve the site. When data.gov.uk was officially launched in January 2010 it contained 2,500 data sets and more than 2,400 developers had registered to test the site, provide feedback and start experimenting with the data.
  • For example mashup’s still need a manual decision which information to integrate and where it came from
  • My Train Stop iPhone App allows you to set an alarm for your destination station that will be triggered as you approach it using the GPS features of the phone. Features: Full list of British (England, Scotland, Wales) stations – includes over 2500 locations Stores your favourite stations for regular journeys Remembers recently selected stations Confirmation on a map of your location and your destination station Selection of alert sounds No need to know expected arrival time

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  • 1. Data.gov.uk & Data.gov
  • 2. What is Data.gov.uk and Data.gov ? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0stXV_fWWtU&feature=player_embedded
    • US launched to the public in May 2009 and the UK launched January 2010
    • The government is opening up its data for other people to re-use. This is only about non-personal, non-sensitive data – e.g. list of schools, crime rates or the performance of your council.
    • Data.gov and Data.gov.uk brings this information together into one searchable website
    • RSS feed will keep you up to date on new datasets
  • 3.
    • What is their approach?
    • Using open standards, open source and open data
    • Building communities, and working with and through them (both inside government and outside).
    • What's available on data.gov.uk?
    • There are currently over 5,400 datasets available,
    • Is data just public information?
    • Not really
    • How can I use the data?
    • You can use the data in all sorts of ways. To analyse trends over time from one policy area, or to compare how different parts of government go about their work.
  • 4. Participative Democracy
    • Downloadable datasets
      • build applications,
      • conduct analyses,
      • and perform research.
    • Data.gov and Data.gov.uk will continue to improve based on
      • feedback,
      • comments,
      • and recommendations from the public
  • 5. Semantic Web?
    • The Semantic Web is a group of methods and technologies to allow machines to understand the meaning – or "semantics" – of information on the World Wide Web
    • Tim Berners-Lee defines the Semantic Web as “a web of data that can be processed directly and indirectly by machines.”
    • Data.gov and Data.gov.uk Still have not completely achieved this – Semantic web is still human centred
    • Describes a method of publishing structured data, so that it can be interlinked and become more useful.
    Linked Data
  • 6. Example of Applications
    • My Train Stop iPhone App
      • Full list of British stations – Ordnance Survey
      • Stores your favourite stations for regular journeys
      • Remembers recently selected stations
      • Confirmation on a map of your location and your destination station
      • Selection of alert sounds
      • No need to know expected arrival time
  • 7. Unemployment Among Graduates Examples of the use of Government datasets
  • 8. Car Theft Index
  • 9. Street Level Crime
  • 10. Personal View
    • Step in the right direction
    • Will take time to develop
    • Information Overload
    • Semantic Web
    • Raise Awareness
  • 11.