Guidance & resources
Tuesday 18 January 2011
I’ve just come across Open Data Kit, which is ‘a free and open-source set tools [sic] which help organizations author, field, and manage mobile data collection solutions’.
I’ve not played with it, and I don’t know how well it would suit UK use, but according to the Open Data Kit website it enables users to:
Build a [...]…Continue reading 'Open Data Kit: free tool for managing mobile data collection'
Thursday 13 January 2011
I’ve decided to add the feed from data.gov.uk to this site, so that you can see the breadth of data that is now being published as well as the variance in quality of labelling.
All sorts of data are now being published by all sorts of organisations, from Tribunal Service quarterly statistics to Utilisation of Milk by Dairies [...]
Monday 10 January 2011
I keep coming across neat tools that claim to support ‘open government’ and ‘open standards’, but have no indication of which governments or regions they are relevant to.
The Open Data Standards website is a case in point. It’s facilitating the development and fine-tuning of open standards, but for a while I suspected that it was [...]
Monday 10 January 2011
I’ve just come across Open Data Publisher, which claims to be ‘the easiest way to start publishing Open Government data if you are already using SQL Server’.
I don’t know anything about it and the website is quite technical. Also I don’t know if it’s useful to UK local authorities or only relevant to Canada.
Do you [...]
Saturday 8 January 2011
Sometimes you need to stop listening to geeks. Sometimes you need to start listening to people in pinstripe suits.
When it comes to open data there’s a gem of a report by Deloitte Canada. ’Understanding government‘ is a belter. It’s an assessment by suits for suits of what open data can achieve. It’s worth downloading.
Think of this post as a [...]
Thursday 6 January 2011
Overwhelmed by all the data you’re expected to release and skeptical that it will be a waste of effort? Why not ask people what data they want to see? That’s what they’re doing in Kent.
Open Kent – a project to enable local public service agencies in Kent to publish, manage and share their public data – [...]
Tuesday 4 January 2011
First day back after Christmas? Same here. So, for a gentle start to the new year here are videos of UK and US spending and debt data set to Tetris.
The videos were posted by David McCandless on Information is Beautiful last week, along with their source data. Apparently they are the very first animations from [...]
Thursday 9 December 2010
Where does my money go? visualises how your UK taxes are spent depending on income.…Continue reading 'Where does my money go?'