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Open Data at Edinburgh City Council

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The NESTA project at Edinburgh City Council

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Open Data at Edinburgh City Council

  1. 1. Open Data development in the City of Edinburgh Council Sally Kerr 19 June 2012
  2. 2. Open Data use with the City of Edinburgh Council • Scottish picture • Innovation in Edinburgh • Edinburgh Council – work to date • Our website and API • Plans for the future2
  3. 3. Local Government picture3
  4. 4. Local Authorities in Scotland4
  5. 5. Aberdeen case study • First Scottish authority to launch open data, • First Scottish Authority to launch Linked Data triple-store, • Worked with Scottish Government on making data from www.tellmescotland.gov.uk open • Just been awarded £25,000 by NESTA to create an open data-based safe winter travel with our neighbours Aberdeenshire Council.5
  6. 6. Scottish Digital Participation Group - Workstreams • Smart Working: Anywhere Working is a group initiative to show you how you can save time, money and the environment through remote working. • Health/Older People: Creation of a regional co-production model for those working with older people and driving digital participation. • Technology in Education: Aim to enhance digital skills across the country. • Youth Employment: Glasgow based youth unemployment programme.6
  7. 7. Innovation in Edinburgh • Universities – Edinburgh University • Open Innovation and Turing Festival • NESTA - supporting innovation7
  8. 8. School of Informatics: Key FactsLead the UK in research According to the UK RAE we have 69% moretop rated research than nearest competitor (10% of all UK “world leading”research).The largest research centre of our sort in Europe 100 Academic staff 150 Postdoc researchers 250 PhD students 200 Masters level students 250 1st year undergraduates Run a UK-leading entrepreneurialism programme Edinburgh holds UK record for number of university spinoff companies in last 10 years; Informatics alone comes 4th in UK.8
  9. 9. Their research landscape Quantum Multimodal Semantics &Databases computation interaction discourse Algorithms & complexity Verification & Automated security Algebra, games reasoning & Cognitive knowledge & concurrency Software Speech synthesis modelling engineering engineering and recognition Systems Graphics and modelling information animation extraction Multi-agent systems Data- and planning Bioinformatics intensive Large scale research natural Computer language Robotics vision Machine processing learning Wireless Computer Neuro- sensor systems informatics networks architecture9
  10. 10. University of Edinburgh resources • University of Edinburgh Open Data ( http://data.inf.ed.ac.uk/) • http://edina.ac.uk/ • https://datalib.edina.ac.uk/ • http://unlock.edina.ac.uk10
  11. 11. Open Innovation http://openinnovationproject.co.uk/dev/in dex.php/home11
  12. 12. Open Data Innovation • Create opportunities for open data across business, academia and communities • Build networks and champions for open data across NW Europe • Launch new businesses, products and services utilising open data 1212
  13. 13. Open Challenges • Create challenge networks and platforms to drive innovation • Challenges for social benefit • Business Challenges • Government data innovation for social change 1313
  14. 14. Turing festival –23to25 Aug2012 • brings together the digital technology and the web into the worlds largest arts and creative gathering in a celebration of digital culture and creativity • Encourages hack events and challenges • Builds partnerships for technical innovation14
  15. 15. Support through Nesta… • 5 Local Authorities supported through Nesta’s ‘Make it Local’ programme to create open data sites - Edinburgh + Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire, Glasgow and Orkney- useful local services for parks/travel in snow conditions and heritage • Sites to be ready by Autumn, all data uploaded to data.gov and the code open source for replicability • ‘Destination Local’- a hyper-local media pilot across the UK to test the business model of postcode based content on mobile devices. 10 projects to be15 announced June 28th
  16. 16. Problems with selling Open Data What data have you got? Let me see it! I’ll make it do great stuff! Prove it! Release it and I’ll prove it! Prove it and we will release it!16
  17. 17. Issues to be addressed • Obtaining the understanding and buy-in from our management and from national government • Selling the benefits • Justifying use of resources - employee’s time ( = ££ ) • Overcoming business silos as well as DB silos • Breaking down technical barriers – some data sets easier than others to liberate • Challenging natural defensiveness17
  18. 18. What are the benefits? • Improved internal sharing as well as external • Simplify data management – single version of the information • Many eyes to spot errors and anomalies • Reputational impact: improved perception of transparency & improved engagement • Social & economic value • People will do better, cleverer and more valuable stuff than we can given our slender resources • Cut FOI requests – point to the data18
  19. 19. What the Council is doing? • Networking with businesses, universities and developers • Internally raising awareness and working towards a strategy • Building open data application knowledge • Scoping potential projects • Developing case studies19
  20. 20. NESTA Making it Local Scotland • Edinburgh Council was successful in obtaining funding for this • Currently developing a parks and green spaces service • Waiting to hear on further NESTA bid • Using our API key for the current project and looking to open this up20
  21. 21. API demo21
  22. 22. What we want to do next • Deliver the NESTA Project • Deliver prototype with School of Informatics • Use these projects to achieve buy-in • Host challenge events to encourage data sharing • Work with partners to develop innovative approaches to service delivery • Work towards an open data strategy for the Council and the City22
  23. 23. Aspiration….23
  24. 24. Questions? Sally Kerr The City of Edinburgh Council Web Manager 0131 529 4899 @WeeBletherer sally.kerr@edinburgh.gov.uk PS. On leave until 5 July if you want to chat!24

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