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Presentation given at Mobile Apps World 2010 by Tiffany St James on Mobil

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  • 1. Mobile Apps World 2010 Open Data & App Development Tiffany St James Wednesday 20 October, 2010
  • 2. What do we mean by open data • Open data is a philosophy and practice requiring that certain data be freely available to everyone, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control.
  • 3. And our govt means open data by... • Non-personal data • Information not code • Figures, statistics • Excel, tables, csv files • Every report published
  • 4. Why is this important? • Transparency • Public sector reform • Social benefits • Economic benefits • Global leadership positioning
  • 5. What did the UK Govt do? • Opened up a repository for data • Made departments publish data • Created an online community of developers • Made ‘linked data’ a reality
  • 6. Why is this world class? • A way of marking up data for the web • Enables concepts to be linked together • Letting people walk through the data by concept - e.g. data that is about: • Schools • With a budget over £3m • In South East of England
  • 7. From this…
  • 8. …To this
  • 9. It looks like this:
  • 10. How did they do it? • Work with people who were best in class • Establish processes for release • Build a back end • Soft launch • Blogger briefings • Created visualisations to show people
  • 11. Example apps with public data • Road traffic accidents • Locrating – schools by Ofsted rating • Where did my tax go? • Compare the Care Home • Day Nurseries • UK Climate projections
  • 12. Crowdspeak – Parly candidates
  • 13. ASBOrometer
  • 14. Scores on the Doors – food hygiene
  • 15. Facebook crime stats quiz
  • 16. UK Post Box
  • 17. Find GPs
  • 18. Or dentists
  • 19. Or pharmacies
  • 20. Other data stores - Guardian
  • 21. Other data stores – US data.gov
  • 22. From visualisations
  • 23. To interactive apps
  • 24. Grounding information for you..
  • 25. What can we all learn from this? • Information is beautiful… • Making difficult things easy to understand is worthwhile, useful and profitable • Consider how you can bring alive information for your clients?
  • 26. What needs to happen next • Getting data out of the geek ghettos to enable people to • interrogate it • play with it • interact with it
  • 27. So what can I do? • Businesses: Free your data • Developers: Create apps • Customers: Buy and demand apps • All: Lobby to free data
  • 28. Presentation at: www.stimulationltd.co.uk www.slideshare.net/stimulation Tiffany St James tiffany@stimulationltd.co.uk www.twitter.com/tiffanystjames

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