Open Data and Apps

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Open Data and Apps

  1. 1. Mobile Apps World 2010 Open Data & App Development Tiffany St James Wednesday 20 October, 2010
  2. 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. 3. And our govt means open data by... • Non-personal data • Information not code • Figures, statistics • Excel, tables, csv files • Every report published
  4. 4. Why is this important? • Transparency • Public sector reform • Social benefits • Economic benefits • Global leadership positioning
  5. 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. 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. 7. From this…
  8. 8. …To this
  9. 9. It looks like this:
  10. 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. 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. 12. Crowdspeak – Parly candidates
  13. 13. ASBOrometer
  14. 14. Scores on the Doors – food hygiene
  15. 15. Facebook crime stats quiz
  16. 16. UK Post Box
  17. 17. Find GPs
  18. 18. Or dentists
  19. 19. Or pharmacies
  20. 20. Other data stores - Guardian
  21. 21. Other data stores – US data.gov
  22. 22. From visualisations
  23. 23. To interactive apps
  24. 24. Grounding information for you..
  25. 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. 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. 27. So what can I do? • Businesses: Free your data • Developers: Create apps • Customers: Buy and demand apps • All: Lobby to free data
  28. 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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