Tag: Steve Peters

Local open data ecosystems – a prototype map

It is increasingly recognised that some of the most important open data is published by local authorities (LAs) – data which is important to us like bin collection days, planning applications and even where your local public toilet is. Also

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Local authority open data dashboard aims to spark disparity debate

An app to collate “pockets of best practice” around the publication of open data sets for local authorities to add their own data, incorporate data into their own website or software and reduce Freedom of Information requests has gone live.

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

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

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Opening-up Council Tax statistics

DCLG has been publishing council tax data at parish level since 2013-14. As part of opening-up the Department’s data, we wanted to make our council tax statistics more accessible. So we have now released data for all English billing authorities

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DCLG opens up digital geography as web and linked data services

Published on behalf of Simon Roberts We know that you, our users, prefer our data when it can be easily visualised and mapped – our deprivation and wellbeing mappers are consistently the most popular pages on OpenDataCommunities. We have therefore

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Explore our new National Planning Casework data

In another pioneering move from OpenDataCommunities, we’re pleased to launch a new mapping app for the National Planning Casework Unit’s (NPCU) data. The NPCU was set up in March 2011 to manage planning decisions on behalf of the Secretary of

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Making the most of OpenDataCommunities – part 3

Here’s another quick example of how to query our service using SPARQL. This example generates a full list of datasets, along with associated folders and date of last update. Results are available in this google sheet, which is generated from

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Making the most of OpenDataCommunities – part 2

Following yesterday’s blog post, here’s another quick example of retrieving our data directly into a Google Docs spread sheet. I’ve developed a hopefully handy list of all Local Authorities, Unitary Councils, Counties, and London Boroughs. The list also includes Fire,

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Making the most of our data – combining and re-using multiple sources

This is the first of a series of articles outlining how you can get more out of OpenDataCommunities’ data sources. In this article, I’ll focus on combining related datasets to create your own custom outputs. I’ll use the Help-to-Buy data

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Improving data content: Help-to-Buy statistics

We’re conscious that OpenDataCommunities has implications not just for you as users of our data, but also for us as publishers of official statistics. So in a pioneering move, from 1st August 2014, we’ve been publishing DCLG’s official statistics on

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