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Using Social Media to drive public engagement with Open Data

  1. 1. Using social media to drive public engagement with Open DataAndrew Garbett, Dr. ConorLinehan, Dr. Ben Kirman, Dr. Jamie Wardman, Prof. Shaun Lawson
  2. 2. Open Data“ Open Data is a philosophy and practice requiring that certain data are freely available to everyone, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of ” control. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/open_data
  3. 3. “ Open Data may be the most powerful lever of 21st century public policy: it can make accountability real for citizens; it can improve outcomes and productivity in key services through informed comparison; it can transform social relationships – empowering individuals and communities; and it can drive dynamic economic growth. ” HM Government. 2011. Open Public Services White Paper.
  4. 4. Better governance Better economyopenness improves governance through increased Openness permits easier and more rapid reuse of material transparency and engagement. and open data and content are the key raw ingredients for the development of new innovative tools and services. Why is Open Data important? Better culture Better research Openness means greater access, sharing and For research to function effectively, and for society participation in relation to cultural material and to reap the full benefits from research activities. activities, research outputs should be open. HM Government. 2011.Making Open Government Data real: a public consultation.
  5. 5. data.gov.uk Health (NHS spending and performance) Crime (Police and Crime) Travel and transport • Fine granularity • Consistent in format • Data for almost all UK
  6. 6. Wah?!?!?!
  7. 7. "contact_details": { "telephone": "0116 222 2222", "email":"beaumont.lpu@leicestershire.pnn.police.uk" }, "name": "New Parks", "links": [ Public services { "url": "http://www.newparks.org.uk", "description": null, "title": "New Parks website" • Members of the public lack the technical } ], "centre": { skills or knowledge to make use of "latitude": "52.6409", "longitude": "-1.1828" statistics }, "description": "<p>This neighbourhoodincludes New College, Aikman Avenueflats, Mossgate and part of the New ParksEstate (east of the A563 New Parks We need services created by thirdBoulevard) to Fosse Road.</p>n<p>Thearea is primarily residential with a parade ofshops on Aikman Avenue and other small party developersretail outlets within the estate along with twolocal neighbourhood pubs.</p>n<p>To findout more about whats happening in yourlocal area read your local station <ahref="http://www.leics.police.uk/policing/8_city_bcu/15_beaumont_leys/blog/"target="_blank">Inspectors monthlyupdate.</a></p>", "locations": [ { "name": "Beaumont Leys", "longitude": "-1.16936", "postcode": "LE4 1DS", "address": "2 BeaumontWaynLeicester", "latitude": "52.6677", "type": "station", "description": null } ], "url_force":"http://www.leics.police.uk/policing/8_city_bcu/15_beaumont_leys/35_new_parks/", "id": "C01", "population": "16029"
  8. 8. Shows bike usage data for 30+ cities
  9. 9. MashMyGov.Org The next best thing is in here, somewhere …
  10. 10. Location based service where you earn awards and badges for ‘checking Into’ places such as your favourite bar, restaurant or hang out place You ‘Check In’ using a mobile app and this data is displayed on foursquare.com which is then available to your friends
  11. 11. Personalised UK Crime statistics based on yourlocation habits, using a Social Media platform(Foursquare) + UK Government Open Data on Crime
  12. 12. How does it work? Police API (data.gov.uk) http://policeapi.rkh.co.ukhttp://developer.foursquare.comRESTfulAPI calls for data from;• Foursquare•Police.ukGeo-services from;• Yahoo Placefinder• Google Maps
  13. 13. "contact_details": { "telephone": "0116 222 2222", "email":"beaumont.lpu@leicestershire.pnn.police.uk" }, What does it offer? "name": "New Parks", "links": [ { "url": "http://www.newparks.org.uk", • Police.uk already available – Provided crime statistics based on user search "description": null, "title": "New Parks website" } ], "centre": { "latitude": "52.6409", }, "longitude": "-1.1828" • We provide crime data, without you having to "description": "<p>This neighbourhoodincludes New College, Aikman Avenue search, for your everyday lifeflats, Mossgate and part of the New ParksEstate (east of the A563 New ParksBoulevard) to Fosse Road.</p>n<p>Thearea is primarily residential with a parade ofshops on Aikman Avenue and other small • We‟ve „Added Value‟ to the data by personalisingretail outlets within the estate along with twolocal neighbourhood pubs.</p>n<p>To find an otherwise meaningless Open Dataout more about whats happening in yourlocal area read your local station <ahref="http://www.leics.police.uk/policing/8_city_bcu/15_beaumont_leys/blog/"target="_blank">Inspectors monthlyupdate.</a></p>", "locations": [ { "name": "Beaumont Leys", "longitude": "-1.16936", "postcode": "LE4 1DS", "address": "2 BeaumontWaynLeicester", "latitude": "52.6677", "type": "station", "description": null } ], "url_force":"http://www.leics.police.uk/policing/8_city_bcu/15_beaumont_leys/35_new_parks/", "id": "C01", "population": "16029"
  14. 14. How was FearSquare accepted? 2,000+ Foursquare users 23,000 Unique visitors 45,000 page views Visitors from 128 countries 1st France (6403) 2nd United States (4055) 3rd UK (3980) 4th Brazil (1957) 5th Canada (1079) Articles in; Time Magazine, Discovery Channel, New Scientist ReadWriteWeb, TechCrunch
  15. 15. Impacts of data misrepresentation “@anon – Apparently a branch of Costa Coffee in Cambridge is the most bad-ass place on Foursquare in the UK!” Developers and data controllers need to be vigilant of how data is presented so as not to cause a detrimental effect on third parties
  16. 16. What makes useful Open Data? Developers need data; • in machine readable formats • is described with meta-data • available from a well documented, live online source (API‟s) • in the cleanest format (free from prior formatting) • in the finest granularity available • able to be filtered based on parameters
  17. 17. Great applications are being made, but whats the point if they are not being recognised?
  18. 18. Questions? @garbit agarbett@lincoln.ac.uk

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