Post: 15 March 2017 I recently requested from the Education Funding Agency a list of academy schools (or academy trusts) that are members of the Risk Protection Arrangement. The RPA is a comprehensive government-backed alternative to insurance. Membership is open …

List of Risk Protection Arrangement (RPA) member schools released as open data Read more »

Post: 13 February 2016 Household figures for local authority districts in England are derived by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) from a household projections model that uses sub-national population figures from ONS. The counts of households are disaggregated …

Household Projections detailed data – not open (and DCLG isn’t sure why) Read more »

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 …

Post Office branch locations – now with geocodes and constituencies (suitable for mapping!) Read more »

Post: 3 January 2016 This post doesn’t have any thesis, it’s just a chronology of some highlights and lowlights in UK open data over the past twelve months … January The World Wide Web Foundation’s Open Data Barometer scored the UK …

UK open data: some things that happened (and a few that didn’t) in 2015 Read more »

This post was written by Owen Boswarva For a third year running the United Kingdom has come out at or near the top of the Global Open Data Index. Unlike many of the countries that did well in previous years, …

Global Open Data Index 2015 – United Kingdom Insight Read more »

Post: 13 November 2015 Last week the Association of British Insurers (ABI) called on property search websites to include flood risk information in the material they present about properties for sale. Suitable open data for England is available from the …

UK insurers (and Flood Re) must be open about their use of flood risk data Read more »

Post: 10 October 2015 The current data request process on Data.gov.uk was launched in late September 2012 with a blog post from Heather Savory, then chair of the Open Data User Group. To see where we are today take a look …

Unlocking open data: can we fix the Data.gov.uk request process? Read more »

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 »