OpenlyLocal & Open Local Data in the UK

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Presentation given to Topix Open Data conference in Turin, Italy, December 3, 2010

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  • OpenlyLocal & Open Local Data in the UK

    1. 1. OpenlyLocal & openlocal data in the UKTurin, Italy, December 3
    2. 2. OpenlyLocal & openlocal data in the UKChris TaggartTurin, Italy, December 3
    3. 3. OpenlyLocal & openlocal data in the UKChris Taggart•Developer of OpenlyLocal & OpenCharitiesTurin, Italy, December 3
    4. 4. OpenlyLocal & openlocal data in the UKChris Taggart•Developer of OpenlyLocal & OpenCharities•Member of UK government’s Local Public Data PanelTurin, Italy, December 3
    5. 5. OpenlyLocal & openlocal data in the UKChris Taggart•Developer of OpenlyLocal & OpenCharities•Member of UK government’s Local Public Data Panel•Member of London’s Digital Advisory BoardTurin, Italy, December 3
    6. 6. OpenlyLocal & openlocal data in the UKChris Taggart•Developer of OpenlyLocal & OpenCharities•Member of UK government’s Local Public Data Panel•Member of London’s Digital Advisory Board twitter @countculture, blog countculture.wordpress.comTurin, Italy, December 3
    7. 7. Where we were 18 months ago
    8. 8. Where we were 18 months ago• No data published by local government or other local bodies
    9. 9. Where we were 18 months ago• No data published by local government or other local bodies• Small amount of local data published by central government
    10. 10. Where we were 18 months ago• No data published by local government or other local bodies• Small amount of local data published by central government• Basic info (list of councils, who councillors are, dates of meetings) not available as data
    11. 11. Where we were 18 months ago• No data published by local government or other local bodies• Small amount of local data published by central government• Basic info (list of councils, who councillors are, dates of meetings) not available as data• Difficult to use council websites
    12. 12. Enter OpenlyLocal
    13. 13. Enter OpenlyLocal• Screen-scrapes the basic information from council websites – who the councillors are, committee membership, areas they represent
    14. 14. Enter OpenlyLocal• Screen-scrapes the basic information from council websites – who the councillors are, committee membership, areas they represent• Combines with data from central government – statistical info, demographics, boundaries
    15. 15. Enter OpenlyLocal• Screen-scrapes the basic information from council websites – who the councillors are, committee membership, areas they represent• Combines with data from central government – statistical info, demographics, boundaries• Over 150 councils covered, 10,000 councillors, 50,000 meetings
    16. 16. Enter OpenlyLocal• Screen-scrapes the basic information from council websites – who the councillors are, committee membership, areas they represent• Combines with data from central government – statistical info, demographics, boundaries• Over 150 councils covered, 10,000 councillors, 50,000 meetings• Directory of hyperlocal community and news sites
    17. 17. Enter OpenlyLocal• Screen-scrapes the basic information from council websites – who the councillors are, committee membership, areas they represent• Combines with data from central government – statistical info, demographics, boundaries• Over 150 councils covered, 10,000 councillors, 50,000 meetings• Directory of hyperlocal community and news sites• All available as open data (XML, JSON, RDF) under Open Database Licence
    18. 18. RDF JSON XML
    19. 19. A battle between citiesto be the most open• London• Birmingham• Windsor & Maidenhead• London Borough of Redbridge• Lichfield, Manchester, Warwickshire, Bristol, etc
    20. 20. Where we are now
    21. 21. Where we are now• UK government committed to giving public a ‘Right to Data’ at all levels of government
    22. 22. Where we are now• UK government committed to giving public a ‘Right to Data’ at all levels of government• The new Open Government Licence is lightweight, fully open, and compatible with CCBY3.0 and is now recommended for all public bodies (national and local)
    23. 23. Where we are now• UK government committed to giving public a ‘Right to Data’ at all levels of government• The new Open Government Licence is lightweight, fully open, and compatible with CCBY3.0 and is now recommended for all public bodies (national and local)• Local councils have been told to start publishing all spending over £500, contracts, senior salaries in open, standard form by January 2011
    24. 24. Where we are now• UK government committed to giving public a ‘Right to Data’ at all levels of government• The new Open Government Licence is lightweight, fully open, and compatible with CCBY3.0 and is now recommended for all public bodies (national and local)• Local councils have been told to start publishing all spending over £500, contracts, senior salaries in open, standard form by January 2011• Street-level crime data also being published
    25. 25. All being importedinto OpenlyLocal• Currently imported about €4bn in spending• Over 340,000 individual payments• Many matched to real-word companies and charities – we often know more about council suppliers than they do themselves
    26. 26. Final thoughts
    27. 27. Final thoughts• Our lives are just governed by data, but increasingly are data
    28. 28. Final thoughts• Our lives are just governed by data, but increasingly are data• Without the ability to access, use, reuse data we are second-class citizens, poor relations to insiders and corporate interests
    29. 29. Final thoughts• Our lives are just governed by data, but increasingly are data• Without the ability to access, use, reuse data we are second-class citizens, poor relations to insiders and corporate interests• Formats, linked data, standards – all are insignificant compared with an open licence
    30. 30. Final thoughts• Our lives are just governed by data, but increasingly are data• Without the ability to access, use, reuse data we are second-class citizens, poor relations to insiders and corporate interests• Formats, linked data, standards – all are insignificant compared with an open licence• Open means ability to reuse without restrictions, including commercially
    31. 31. Final thoughts• Our lives are just governed by data, but increasingly are data• Without the ability to access, use, reuse data we are second-class citizens, poor relations to insiders and corporate interests• Formats, linked data, standards – all are insignificant compared with an open licence• Open means ability to reuse without restrictions, including commercially• Scoreboards can be a simple but effective tool

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