Archive for the ‘open data’ Category

An Open Datastore In A Day

This Saturday is Open Data Day. Data describe the places where we live, work and play and it helps us to understand the world around us. You could be interested in local transport, health or education, our public services create data about all of them. Data can help you hold politicians to account, or it […]

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Open Data Challenge – Celebration event – 5th February

This Wednesday Nesta are hosting the Pitch and Celebration Event for the Open Data Institute’s first challenge series, which focused on Crime and Justice. I’ll be going down to see which of the three finalists have won the grand prize of £40,000 and to hear a little more about the next two challenge areas: Education […]

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FOI: Why is the answer still no?

I made a couple of Freedom Of Information requests towards the end of last year, using What Do They Know. My first request asked Staffordshire and West Midlands Probation Trust for any reports you have created or commissioned measuring the effectiveness of programmes you support to reduce re-offending They very helpfully responded by placing a number of reports […]

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West Midlands Open Data Forum

The West Midlands Open Data Forum is an idea that has been initiated by Digital Birmingham. It has a mission “To promote the release, re-use and integration of open data to benefit communities, businesses and public services in the West Midlands area.” I was asked to join its steering group a few months ago and […]

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Birmingham School Finder Alpha

Myself and Mike Cummins have been doing some work looking at the Birmingham School Admissions procedure. Over the past year we’ve developed a tool that helps people find out more about the local authority’s schools, including showing the annual cut off distances. Currently, these school cut off distances are typically provided by local authorities in […]

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Towards a National Information Infrastructure

There have been a lot of unpublished datasets appearing on the government’s open data portal over the past couple of months. This is part of the response to Stephan Shakespeare’s review of Public Sector Information. In his review, Shakespeare recommended that the government identify what he referred to as National Core Reference Data. He defined […]

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Open Data Challenge Series event – 12th-13th October

Bookings are open for people to attend the Crime and Justice Series hack weekend, known as the Creation and Innovation Weekend, which is being held at Nesta in London over the 12th-13th October. This is the competition weekend for the Crime and Justice Series part of the Open Data Challenge Series. We’ve created a number […]

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Transforming Rehabilitation: the open data opportunities

Changes are being made to how people convicted of criminal offences are given help towards their rehabilitation. Some of these changes are going to mean that data, and in particular open government data, have an important role to play. In this post I’m going to outline three of these opportunities, all of which could be […]

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Open Data Challenge Series – Information Event – 28th August

I’ll be talking at this information event about the Open Data Challenge Series at Nesta (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) in a couple of weeks time on Wednesday 28th August. The Open Data Challenge Series is the new name for what was called the Immersion Programme and is being run jointly by The […]

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Crime and Justice – Open Data Sources and Resources

In preparation for the upcoming Creation and Innovation Weekend of the Open Data Institute’s first Immersion Programme on Crime and Justice I’ve been pulling together some links to relevant open data resources. data.gov.uk does a lot of the fine grained curation and linking already, of course and will often provide links to relevant datasets published by UK public sector […]

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