You may have been wondering what the Panel has been up to since our last post. We were restricted in what we could post during the election period, and in addition the Panel meeting scheduled for 20 April had to …
Over the election period we have been continuing our work behind the scenes based on your feedback, and we are launching a number of new features to data.gov.uk which we hope improves the site for you.
We have put up a few new blog posts in the past few days about things we have been doing.
Firstly, there is a summary of the second meeting of the Local Public Data Panel, with access to the papers from these meetings including discussion papers on the Open Local Election Data Project and Standards for Local Public Data.
We’re really passionate about our work here at data.gov.uk, and as part of our program to ensure we’re bringing the community the services and data you want, we spend some time finding interesting events and conferences to spread the open data message to, and highlight how we can help with the open data government is providing on data.gov.uk. In the last month we have met the community at some really exciting events.
Over the last couple of weeks we have continued enhancing the usability of data.gov.uk, based on the feedback you have been sending us. In particular you can now view the range of datasets available on the site (now over 3,000) via a tag cloud at data.gov.uk/data; allowing you to quickly see the variety of subject areas available.
Richard Stirling, Head of data.gov.uk, spoke to Richard Wallis at Talis for a podcast about the setting up and launch of data.gov.uk. He discussed the background to the project, how and why it was started, and the very short development period.
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.
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
You may have noted some of the new applications listed on the site, a number of which have been in the news lately.
Of particular note is the ASBOrometer which is a mobile application (iPhone and Android) that measures levels of anti-social behaviour at your current location (within England and Wales) and gives you access to key local ASB statistics. This app was number one in the top free UK iTunes app store last week.
Blog design We are continuing to enhance the site design of data.gov.uk and make improvements to the site’s usability. In particular you should notice a difference to the presentation of this blog post and the main blog page where the …