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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 …

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 data.gov.uk 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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  • 1. “Oi – Sir Tim hands off my spreadsheet”
    Ian Painter – Managing Director
  • 2. Can I talk to you about Resource Description Framework. I invented the web you know!
    No bugger off, you’ll never take my CSV away
    and if you go near my Shapefiles you’re gonna get some!!
  • 3. What’s the problem?
    Data is locked up
    Inconsistent delivery
    Inconsistent formats
    Lack of sharing (inside and out)
    Difficult to make decisions
    Silo mentality of services
  • 4. What do we mean by Open Data?
    1. Legally open
    The legislation that enforces data to be accessible without restriction.
    2.Socially open
    A community and environment augmenting the legislation that supports sharing, re-use and collaboration of data.
    3.Technologically open
    Data in a format that doesn’t hinder humans or machines.
  • 5.
  • 6. Benefits of Open Data
    Comply to legislation
    Government best practice
    Transparency
    Data sharing
    Communities
    Feedback
    Efficiencies
  • 7. Implementing Open Data
  • 8. Think Big
    Spatial Data Infrastructures
    SOAP, OGC Standards, GML/XML
    INSPIRE
    Designed for:
    Business2Business
    Government2Government
  • 9. {INSPIRE GeoPortal example}
  • 10. Think Small
    Lightweight Web Services,
    Web Standards
    W3C, KML, GeoRSS, GML, XML
    Designed for:
    Business2Consumer
    Government2Citizen
  • 11.
  • 12. Think behind the Portal
  • 13. Open Data Architecture
  • 14. Met Office Case Study in Here
    Re-usable web infrastructure
    Used for internal and external apps
    Services without development
    Dramatic cost reductions
    High reuse
    Increased flexibility
    Considerable productivity gains
    Lower development costs
    Faster response
  • 15. Build Communities around your open data
  • 16.
  • 17.
  • 18. How to open your data
    Publish your data in an open manner
    XML not spreadsheets or PDF
    Build a community around your data
    Encourage your community to do the work for you!
    Use tools to help you
    Free data publishing tool – GO Publisher CE
    Publishes to all open standards including INSPIRE
  • 19. To Sum Up
    Publish your data as Open Data
    Think the language of the web
    XML not Excel, PDF, Word
    Think Big: SDI for B2B, G2G
    Think Small: W3C for B2C, G2C
    Build a community around your data
    Use tools
  • 20. We’d like to get you started...
    Visit http://www.snowflakesoftware.com/gpce/for aFREE copy
  • 21. Some useful resources...
    data.gov.uk
    jrc.inspire.eu
    openlocally.com
    snowflakesoftware.com (!!)
    Twitter.com/sflaksoftware
    LinkedIn – Open Data forums
  • 22. Ian Painter | ian.painter@snowflakesoftware | @iapainter
    www.snowflakesoftware.com | 02380 238232
    GO Publisher Community Edition
    http://www.snowflakesoftware.com/gpce/

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