UK open data: some things that happened (and a few that didn’t) in 2015
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 …
Open Addresses UK launched as a start-up to build an Open National Address Dataset.
Land Registry admitted its house price data might not be completely open.
In Shepton Mallet a 12-year-old boy was blamed for a 40% increase in local crime.
The Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information (APPSI) was abolished.
The Open Data Institute (ODI) got some more public funding.
Defra launched an Open Data Maturity Model.
The House of Commons Library and the UK Statistics Authority both
Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude, a leading proponent of the UK open data and transparency agenda, announced he would step down as an MP.
A report from the Transport Systems Catapult identified “obvious gaps” in the range of transport-related open data currently available.
Heather Savory, previously chair of the Open Data User Group, was appointed as a Director General at ONS.
Mike Bracken was announced as the UK’s first Chief Data Officer.
Islamist hackers defaced Defra’s air quality data website.
ODI lost the Colonies.
Companies House launched a new search service to provide free access to millions of company records.
Cabinet Office’s failure to publish recent spending data began to get an increasing amount of attention.
Defra launched #OpenDefra, an ambitious plan to release 8,000 open datasets within a year.
The Open Data User Group refused to go quietly.
The Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015 came into force.
Environment Agency announced that all its charged-for datasets would be open data by 2018.
Open Addresses UK went into “hibernation”.
HMRC consulted on plans to stop publishing national statistics on distribution of personal wealth.
Defra released strategic noise mapping data.
Ordnance Survey finally admitted cartography is just colouring for adults.
Mike Bracken resigned.
Environment Agency released 11 terabytes of open LiDAR data for England.
ONS released experimental consumer price research indices based on web-scraped data.
A Private Eye map of properties owned by offshore companies highlighted the absence of open data on property ownership in the UK.
GeoLytix added the final chains to its excellent Open Supermarkets dataset.
MPs slated DCLG for failing to keep records on homes built on sold-off public land.
DCLG published the English indices of deprivation 2015.
Nothing much happened in October. Have some Smarties.
Wales joined England with a release of open #LiDAR data.
Coal Authority set its face against the open data agenda. There’s always one, isn’t there?
Defra released bulk downloads of air quality data.