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How can community groups use open data for Big Local and Our Place

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This is a practical run through of  something we picked up through a  question Becky Picklin asked us.  She works as the small groups officers for Dudley CVS and wondered if open data might help their support for Big Local in East Coseley We first had a look at possibilities in the surgery at Stourbridge […]

How using better data and being better informed can get you more of what you need

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It matters when what you do changes something – this was a tweet from last month… @MarcusBelben @podnosh @KingsHeathRF @liveinhope13 @20splentyforus I've asked officers to look again at 20 MPH for Brook Lane — Lisa Trickett (@LisaTrickett41) March 21, 2015 Yes that’s not a guarantee of change, but it’s evidence of a big step towards […]

SpeedData: Chris Taggart on Open Election Data

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Chris Taggart of OpenlyLocal spoke briefly during his presentation about his work with several councils to provide open election data for the elections on May 6. As Chris points out it is something of a surprise that election data isn’t just available freely. But it isn’t. Well, at least until Chris got involved. I got […]