As Chair of the UK Location Evaluation Subgroup I’m looking forward to reviewing the results from 2012 user survey of data.gov.uk. If you’ve not seen it yet the survey can be accessed here.
User participation is key in developing the data.gov.uk service, and we hope that a formal user survey will provide another way in which users can get their voices heard and the service fully tailored to user needs.
The integration of the UK Location Infrastructure into data.gov.uk by the UK Location Programme has been an ongoing task. Location (spatial) data sets are a key part of the data.gov.uk service, which already provides access to over 1000 location datasets and provides services to enable users to access them.
Recognising this the UK Location User Group set up a data.gov.uk location data evaluation subgroup (which I chair). We carried out our first survey last year, involving the location data user community with some interesting and illuminating results.
We’ve kept the survey largely the same to enable trends to be identified, with some additional questions designed to test new elements of the current service. The 2012 Survey is open to anyone, as we’re keen to get feedback from across the board, irrespective of whether or not this is your first visit or if you’re a regular user of data.gov.uk.
Finally, while I can’t promise that any suggestions that are made will change the way the data.gov.uk service works immediately, rest assured that I will ensure that the results are fully considered by the Cabinet Office Data.gov.uk Team and the UK Location Programme in deciding on the future investment needs of data.gov.uk.