Posts Tagged ‘OpenData’

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There have been a lot of unpublished datasets appearing on the government’s open data portal over the past couple of months.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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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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Constructing a Crime and Justice #opendata wishlist

I’ve been writing a bit recently about the Open Data Institute’s first Immersion Programme on Crime and Justice. Part of my role as series lead is to advocate for datasets to be released by government on behalf of the participants. This post is calling for requests for the datasets that people want to be made […]

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Measuring Outcomes – Producing Evidence – Demonstrating Impact

Over the past few months myself and Mike Cummins, as part of our nascent co-operative set-up, have been working with Gateway Family Services building a system to help them demonstrate the impact of their work with pregnant women. Gateway have a Pregnancy Outreach Worker project which works with women who have “indicators of social risk”. […]

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Open Data Institute Crime and Justice series – taking part

Last week I wrote about the Open Data Institute’s first Immersion Programme on Crime and Justice. I’m series lead for this and part of the role means that I’ll be both encouraging people to take part and supporting those that do. As a recap, the challenges that we have set are: How can open data […]

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