Linkedgov- intro at Opentech

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

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Linkedgov- intro at Opentech

  1. 1. LINKEDGOV The tidying-government-data project Hadley Beeman @LinkedGov Hadley@LinkedGov.org @hadleybeeman 1
  2. 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. 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
  4. 4. LINKEDGOV: THE PROJECT 4
  5. 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. 6. FORMATTING & LINKING DATA Connecting datasets Standardising headings Assigning URIs Reformatting the data 6
  7. 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. 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. 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

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