Open Data - Oi Sir Tim Hands Off My Spreadsheet


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Who would have thought that the Prime Minister and inventor of the internet would be interested in that spreadsheet on your computer? More than just a hot topic, recent legislative and government initiatives such as and INSPIRE have made it a reality for organisations to exchange data in an open manner. But do you know what it really means, how it affects you and what you can do to easily unlock and exploit the benefits?

There’s so much data out there, stored in various ways: enterprise databases, spreadsheets, word documents, pdfs, access databases or even floating around in a text file on some obscure corporate network – it’s all data. With all this inconsistency, data can’t even be found let alone be used to the benefit of the taxpayer. Sharing data between organisations is a major challenge. And the challenge doesn’t stop at the inter-organisational level.

The benefits of true Open Data are great; Eliminating the barriers and pain of data sharing and publication means a more informed general public; Access without restriction and a standard methodology that removes the technological challenges of sharing and re-using the data. Geospatial data has to be part of Open Data because everything happens at a place, whether that be a house, post code, county or country. We often see Geospatial data as special, but the reality is it’s just data and should be Open Data where it can be linked with other information such as Finance or Logistics to provide the complete picture.

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Open Data - Oi Sir Tim Hands Off My Spreadsheet

  1. 1. “Oi – Sir Tim hands off my spreadsheet”<br />Ian Painter – Managing Director<br />
  2. 2. Can I talk to you about Resource Description Framework. I invented the web you know!<br />No bugger off, you’ll never take my CSV away<br />and if you go near my Shapefiles you’re gonna get some!!<br />
  3. 3. What’s the problem?<br />Data is locked up<br />Inconsistent delivery<br />Inconsistent formats<br />Lack of sharing (inside and out)<br />Difficult to make decisions<br />Silo mentality of services<br />
  4. 4. What do we mean by Open Data?<br />1. Legally open<br /> The legislation that enforces data to be accessible without restriction.<br />2.Socially open<br /> A community and environment augmenting the legislation that supports sharing, re-use and collaboration of data.<br />3.Technologically open<br /> Data in a format that doesn’t hinder humans or machines.<br />
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  6. 6. Benefits of Open Data<br />Comply to legislation<br />Government best practice<br />Transparency<br />Data sharing<br />Communities<br />Feedback<br />Efficiencies<br />
  7. 7. Implementing Open Data<br />
  8. 8. Think Big<br />Spatial Data Infrastructures<br />SOAP, OGC Standards, GML/XML<br />INSPIRE<br />Designed for:<br />Business2Business<br />Government2Government<br />
  9. 9. {INSPIRE GeoPortal example}<br />
  10. 10. Think Small<br />Lightweight Web Services, <br />Web Standards<br />W3C, KML, GeoRSS, GML, XML<br />Designed for:<br />Business2Consumer<br />Government2Citizen<br />
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  12. 12. Think behind the Portal<br />
  13. 13. Open Data Architecture<br />
  14. 14. Met Office Case Study in Here<br />Re-usable web infrastructure<br />Used for internal and external apps<br />Services without development<br />Dramatic cost reductions<br />High reuse<br />Increased flexibility<br />Considerable productivity gains<br />Lower development costs<br />Faster response<br />
  15. 15. Build Communities around your open data<br />
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  18. 18. How to open your data<br />Publish your data in an open manner<br />XML not spreadsheets or PDF<br />Build a community around your data<br />Encourage your community to do the work for you!<br />Use tools to help you<br />Free data publishing tool – GO Publisher CE<br />Publishes to all open standards including INSPIRE<br />
  19. 19. To Sum Up<br />Publish your data as Open Data<br />Think the language of the web<br />XML not Excel, PDF, Word<br />Think Big: SDI for B2B, G2G<br />Think Small: W3C for B2C, G2C<br />Build a community around your data<br />Use tools<br />
  20. 20. We’d like to get you started...<br />Visit aFREE copy<br />
  21. 21. Some useful resources...<br /><br /><br /><br /> (!!)<br /><br />LinkedIn – Open Data forums<br />
  22. 22. Ian Painter | ian.painter@snowflakesoftware | @iapainter<br /> | 02380 238232<br />GO Publisher Community Edition<br /><br />
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