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UK Ministry to champion the release of local public data and information sharing

London: 1 April 2010

The UK Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has published a report titled: Evidence and Innovation Strategy 2010 – 2012.

The announcement states:

“This strategy sets out a vision for the way Communities and Local Government procure, use and deliver cutting edge and world class evidence and analysis. It sets out the innovative analysis and it points to the Department's ambitions to further improve and build on effectiveness.”

The report contains a Case Study titled: Making complex data accessible to a wider audience on pages 22 to 27 that states:

“Making Data Available: One of the ways we want to increase access to data is through The Making Public Data Public Programme, which is focused on improving access to public data held by Government to provide citizens with information about the services they need and to increase transparency and accountability. To support this ambition CLG has set up the Local Public Data Panel, a panel of experts from local government, academia and the IT developer community, chaired by Professor Nigel Shadbolt, the Local Public Data Panel will work closely with local authorities, local strategic partners, the LGA, government departments and agencies to champion the release of local public data and information sharing, accelerate progress in agreeing common standards for data released into the public domain, and help identify which local public data are likely to have the greatest impact on empowering citizens or improving public delivery.

The Local Data Exchange (LDEx) supports the drive to champion the local public data agenda. We intend to progressively build LDEx as the standard mechanism for releasing CLG’s statistical and geospatial data in an open, standard, re-usable form. LDEx will also enable CLG’s data to be quickly and easily linked to related external sources, thereby fostering development of new insight for a much broader range of consumers. LDEx is a natural extension to CLG’s Places Database, the Data Interchange Hub and Geography Publishing Service. By building on these services, the LDEx will reference 2,000 datasets drawn from multiple sources and integrated around the concept of place. LDEx will make these sources available for public consumption via an open platform utilising common standards. The project will also prepare CLG’s data holdings to align with the emerging LinkedData vision for public sector information.

Underpinning our work to make our data accessible are the Public Data Principles, set out in Putting The Frontline First: Smarter government

  1. Public data will be published in reusable, machine-readable form
  2. Public data will be available and easy to find through a single easy to use online access point
  3. Public data will be published using open standards and following the recommendations of the World Wide Web Consortium
  4. Any ‘raw’ dataset will be represented in linked data form
  5. More public data will be released under an open licence which enables free reuse, including commercial reuse
  6. Data underlying the Government’s own websites will be published in reusable form for others to use
  7. Personal, classified, commercially sensitive and third-party data will continue to be protected.”


Report References

Title: Evidence and innovation strategy 2010-2012

Date: April 2010

ISBN: 978-1-4098-2432-9

Pages: 32



Our analytical framework

Data and statistics

Externally commissioned research and in-house analysis

Monitoring and evaluation

Making evidence accessible

Going forward – the next steps


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