Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office) Yesterday it emerged that the Secretary of State was considering making it more difficult to get hold of official documents under freedom of information rules. I recall that the previous Cabinet Minister, the now …

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Photo by Sydney Catchment Authority, used with thanks under Creative Commons Millions of people in New South Wales and the Northern Territory can now easily make requests for information from their governments and local councils. We’ve added hundreds of new …

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A fortnight ago I had the privilege of attending AlaveteliCon 2015 in Madrid. It’s the conference about online Freedom of Information (FOI) technologies named after Alaveteli, the open source software that runs Right To Know. Looking back it was a …

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By Nick Sinai Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow On his first day in office back in 2009, President Obama emphasized the importance of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) as part of a national commitment to open government. Over …

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This post introduces my new demonstration “Local Data Discovery” dashboard, explaining my rationale and motivation for developing it. I had the pleasure of attending an event on 24 March hosted by Francis Maude, to celebrate the fantastic work by Local Authorities …

Open Data: Goin’ local, down in….wherever you live…. Read more »

One of the sessions I lead at Open Data Camp was “Open Data Horror Stories” – we talked about some of the disasters we’ve had when requesting or using Open Data. This lead on to a session ran by Gaia …

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Warning: Liveblogging – prone to error, inaccuracy, and howling affronts to grammar. This post will be improved over the course of a few days.   Gaia Marcus has been working on a dashboard to show the scale of youth homelessness …

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Public authorities are now required to release data in a standard format – and this should make it easier to use The government is releasing ever more data for public use, routinely through data.gov.uk and in response to Freedom of …

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