Open Data

Interview with Tim Davies

Tim Davies has been exploring the intersection of youth engagement, social justice and social technologies for the last 10 years. Between 2003 and 2006 Tim was a part time trainer and consultant with The NYA, and in 2005 established Practical Participation as an independent limited company supporting youth participation through the effective use of technology.

Publishing itemised local authority expenditure - advice for comment

The Prime Minister and CLG Ministers wish to see local authorities publish granular local spending data. The Public Sector Transparency Board has been set up to drive an open data agenda. The Prime Minister has made a specific commitment that new items of local government spending over £500 be published on a council-by-council basis from January 2011. http://www.number10.gov.uk/news/statements-and-articles/2010/05/letter-to-government-departments-on-opening-up-data-51204 Many local authorities also wish to publish such data.

May local election results available as open data

One of the Panel's members, Chris Taggart of OpenlyLocal.com, has been working hard on a new project to make May local election results available as open data. The Open Election project offers an opportunity to substantially enhance public access to local election results data, allowing it to be easily identified and reused within a variety of contexts.

Local Public Data Panel

As well as the significant drive to open up public data nationally and reference datasets on data.gov.uk work is also underway to provide access to local data. A range of organisations including the NHS, education authorities and local councils currently collect large amount of data which can be opened up. As part of the ‘Smarter Government project’ the Prime Minister said