A local authority approach to  Stuart Harrison information sharing Lichfield District Council suzannelong
What is open data? Web pages make sense to people They don't make sense to machines Information should be accessible to ma...
A standard webpage Information is unstructured Difficult to export into different systems without human interaction
XML Structured information Easy to take from one system and put into another
 
Screen scraping Auntie P Used by sites like OpenlyLocal, Planning Alerts etc Duplication of effort Risk of things breaking...
Twitterplan Uses data provided by PlanningAlerts Sends direct message to user With standard data – took 2  days to build A...
Lichfield District Council's approach 'Steady as she goes' Listen to the community and find out what they want Find quick ...
 
www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/data RSS Feeds *Some* planning data Food Safety inspections Local facilities and attractions If it'...
Easy ways to open data Allow me to demonstrate...
Why open data? Allows us to engage with different audience Makes engagement a 'many to many' arrangement 'Failure for free...
 
What are the barriers? Licensing (Ordnance Survey in particular) Lack of awareness Lack of technical knowledge in web team...
The future Two words: Linked Data Links different types of data across the wider web Championed by Tim Berners-Lee Allows ...
Thank you Stuart Harrison [email_address] 01543 308779 www.twitter.com/pezholio www.lichfielddc.gov.uk www.pezholio.co.uk
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Stuart Harrison - A local approach to information sharing

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With the publication of the Digital Britain report, the government has committed to making its data more available in a reusable format. Some local authorities are also following suit, with a few councils already making moves to open up their data. Stuart talks about his approach to open data Lichfield District Council, as well as demonstrating some quick and easy ways local authorities can publish their data with little or no technical knowledge.

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Stuart Harrison - A local approach to information sharing

  1. 1. A local authority approach to Stuart Harrison information sharing Lichfield District Council suzannelong
  2. 2. What is open data? Web pages make sense to people They don't make sense to machines Information should be accessible to machines as well as people
  3. 3. A standard webpage Information is unstructured Difficult to export into different systems without human interaction
  4. 4. XML Structured information Easy to take from one system and put into another
  5. 6. Screen scraping Auntie P Used by sites like OpenlyLocal, Planning Alerts etc Duplication of effort Risk of things breaking Time consuming
  6. 7. Twitterplan Uses data provided by PlanningAlerts Sends direct message to user With standard data – took 2 days to build As of Monday – currently suspended :(
  7. 8. Lichfield District Council's approach 'Steady as she goes' Listen to the community and find out what they want Find quick wins
  8. 10. www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/data RSS Feeds *Some* planning data Food Safety inspections Local facilities and attractions If it's in an online database – we'll add it!
  9. 11. Easy ways to open data Allow me to demonstrate...
  10. 12. Why open data? Allows us to engage with different audience Makes engagement a 'many to many' arrangement 'Failure for free' It's going to happen anyway
  11. 14. What are the barriers? Licensing (Ordnance Survey in particular) Lack of awareness Lack of technical knowledge in web teams Lack of interest from suppliers Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt
  12. 15. The future Two words: Linked Data Links different types of data across the wider web Championed by Tim Berners-Lee Allows web pages to be read by machines and people Already being used by central government
  13. 16. Thank you Stuart Harrison [email_address] 01543 308779 www.twitter.com/pezholio www.lichfielddc.gov.uk www.pezholio.co.uk

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