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Launch of LinkedGov to the developer community. Given at Opentech, 11 Sept 2010

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LINKEDGOV
       The tidying-government-data project




                                Hadley Beeman
@LinkedGov                   Hadley@LinkedGov.org
                                @hadleybeeman



                                                    1
HOW DOES THIS SOUND?
                     Data from government

      Government departments      Local authorities
                             Quangos                         ata
                                                          t d ata a
                                                       or g d at a
                                                    nsp in l d at
                                                  ra end ica e d ata
                                                 T p        r
                                                    S me anc nt d
                                                       u
                                                      N form eme
        Tidie                                           er nag
                                                       P a
    Decr d                                               M
 Hum      ypte
Mach  an-re d
     ine-r adable    XML CSV    RDF    web search
          eada
               ble




                                                                       2
WHAT IS IN OUR WAY?


Codes and acronyms

Holes in the data

Multiple formats

Lack of modelling & connections
                                  http://www.flickr.com/photos/sybrenstuvel/2468506922




                                                                                        3
LINKEDGOV:
THE PROJECT




              4
CROWDSOURCING

 Decrypting budget codes and acronyms

 Adding labels and annotations

 A game!

Hi! You work at the Department for Transport?
            Can you tell us what
                         072529-1092
              means in the dataset
             Budget forecasts Q3 2010-11 DfT

     Programme to improve transport in the South East


                                                        5
FORMATTING &
       LINKING DATA


Connecting datasets

Standardising headings

Assigning URIs

Reformatting the data




                         6

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Linkedgov- intro at Opentech

  • 1. LINKEDGOV The tidying-government-data project Hadley Beeman @LinkedGov Hadley@LinkedGov.org @hadleybeeman 1
  • 2. HOW DOES THIS SOUND? Data from government Government departments Local authorities Quangos ata t d ata a or g d at a nsp in l d at ra end ica e d ata T p r S me anc nt d u N form eme Tidie er nag P a Decr d M Hum ypte Mach an-re d ine-r adable XML CSV RDF web search eada ble 2
  • 3. WHAT IS IN OUR WAY? Codes and acronyms Holes in the data Multiple formats Lack of modelling & connections http://www.flickr.com/photos/sybrenstuvel/2468506922 3
  • 5. CROWDSOURCING Decrypting budget codes and acronyms Adding labels and annotations A game! Hi! You work at the Department for Transport? Can you tell us what 072529-1092 means in the dataset Budget forecasts Q3 2010-11 DfT Programme to improve transport in the South East 5
  • 6. FORMATTING & LINKING DATA Connecting datasets Standardising headings Assigning URIs Reformatting the data 6
  • 7. ENGAGING GOVERNMENT What would you like to know? How many government employees work in Victoria St, SW1? Result: 201,570 Data sources: Westminster City Council Venues Reliability score: BIS employee distribution 8 DTI site census 7
  • 8. HOW CAN YOU HELP? Building LinkedGov: Keeping LinkedGov running: Systems architects Help us tidy & connect data Front end developers Share the wealth: tidy your data here Data standards enthusiasts Spread the word UX designers Gamers Data structure experts http://xkcd.com/552/ 8
  • 9. JOIN US! We need your ideas! Send an email with your thoughts to: JoinUs@LinkedGov.org Please let us know you’re interested by Mon 20 Sept. 9