Open Data: How Hampshire Hub Inspired The Government

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Have you heard of Hampshire Hub?

Hampshire Hub is a data store for people who live in and around Hampshire to share data, information, and knowledge.

Mark Braggins, who also writes for Chandler’s Ford Today, founded the Hampshire Hub.

Hampshire Hub is underwritten by Hampshire County Council.

Which organisations have joined Hampshire Hub?

Mark Braggins, founder of Hampshire Hub.

Mark Braggins, founder of Hampshire Hub.

Currently there are 22 partner organisations, including all the local authorities in and around Hampshire.

Members also include Hampshire Police, Hampshire Fire & Rescue, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), the British Army, both local national parks (New Forest and South Downs), and Ordnance Survey.

Mark is also one of the organisers of BlueLightCamp, digital innovation for emergency services, and founder of Open Data Camp: an unconference for the Open Data Movement.

Open Data Camp featured briefly on the BBC 6pm news.

Open Data Camp featured briefly on the BBC 6pm news.

The first Open Data Camp in the UK

A few friends and I will be attending the Open Data Camp, which will be held at the headquarters of Hampshire County Council on 21-22 February 2015.

The two-day Open Data Camp includes an unconference and maker-space.

Open Data Camp: 21-22 February 2015 in Winchester.

Open Data Camp: 21-22 February 2015 in Winchester.

Useful data in Hampshire Hub for you

Hampshire Hub contains lots of data and information about Hampshire and the surrounding area. These are some examples:

How Hampshire Hub has inspired the government

Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Roy Perry, recently mentioned Hampshire Hub’s contribution in Chairman’s Announcements at Hampshire County Council Cabinet on the 6th of February 2015:

Reading a brief extract from a letter he received from Paymaster General and Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude, Councillor Roy Perry said:

 

The Hampshire Hub social media Twitter icon.

The Hampshire Hub social media Twitter icon.

“He (Francis Maude) has invited Hampshire to participate in the Open Data Champions event, and makes the point that Open Data Britain is regarded internationally as one of the world leaders indeed the world leader on transparency, on open data. But he makes the point that I thought Members would like to know… the Cabinet Office has seen this innovation first hand in its recent visit to Hampshire: the Hampshire Hub is a best practice example, worthy of emulation, not least because of its commitment to publish five-star linked data. We are particularly inspired by the Linked Open Planning Register, and your project using data to encourage independent living.

So there we have it: Hampshire County Council is inspiring the government, and helping Britain to be a world leader.”

By Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Roy Perry

Hampshire Hub was mentioned in Chairman’s Announcements at Hampshire County Council Cabinet 6 Feb 2015

Congratulations to Mark Braggins and the strong dedicated team at Hampshire Hub.

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