Post: 24 January 2016 Last week the Post Office Ltd released a list containing information on the post office network as at the end of March 2015. The information is a bare minimum (post office name and postcode) and is subject to …

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Post: 6 September 2015 Last week on Twitter (from whence all things open data begin) Lawrence Serewicz drew our attention to the launch of Power Search, a new search engine for political campaign contribution data for California, and asked: As covered by …

Do we need a better open data tool for UK political donations? Read more »

Post: 11 July 2015 Open Defra, a recently announced UK initiative to release 8,000 datasets as open data within a year, will focus on the following eight themes: Animal Health and Welfare Countryside and Natural Capital Floods and Coastal Erosion …

Open Defra will have eight themes Read more »

Post: 7 July 2015 This post covers resources and issues related to open data about waste management in the UK. I’m putting this material together now because Defra, the government department responsible for waste policy, has recently announced an intention …

Where is all the open data for waste management? Read more »

Post: 28 June 2015 This week the UK Environment Secretary, Elizabeth Truss, gave a speech in which she announced that: Over the next year we will be making 8,000 datasets publicly available, in the biggest data giveaway that Britain has …

Open Defra: what is it, and what do we know so far? Read more »

Post: 24 April 2015 There’s an excellent new article by Marc Ambasna-Jones on the Guardian website: Does the UK need a chief data officer? It includes some quotes from me on aspects related to open data. Following are the full …

Comments for Guardian article on appointment of Mike Bracken as UK’s Chief Data Officer Read more »

Post: 17 February 2015 According to the Open Definition, open data “must“ be available under an open licence. But what about datasets that are also effectively free to access and reuse because the producer does not assert any intellectual property …

Does open data need a licence? Read more »

Post: 10 February 2015 Environment Agency released some new open data this week: a spatial dataset called Water Resource Availability and Abstraction Reliability. The dataset indicates whether, and for what percentage of time, additional water may be available for consumptive …

New Environment Agency open data: Water Resource Availability in England Read more »

Post: 9 February 2015 Updated 15 February 2015 with an additional map related to flood risk. See the end of the post. There is a lot of interest in “fracking maps” at the moment. Rules for shale gas exploration in …

Fracking maps and open data Read more »