A site about how community groups and charities can make the most of data and open data to do something useful. Focused on Birmingham, relevant everywhere.

Archive for February, 2015

Open Data Policy for Voluntary Service Councils.


Manchester Community Central  – the voluntary service council for the city – releases some of it’s data as open data. They define it as Open data are data that can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone It is subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and sharealike Open data are the […]

Deciphering Data from the Department of Transport About Accidents in your Neighbourhood


I’m currently attempting to write a post about how data can be used for a community campaign. I’m looking at what data is available to someone who who would like to campaign for a pedestrian crossing outside a school. Thinking practically – where would I start if I were really going to do this –  […]

Can or Should Community Groups Standardise Surveys for Comparing Data?


The other day while I was looking for survey tools for BOSF I came across a page on the Office for National Statistic (ONS) website with guideline on the standardisation for collecting data for Goverment surveys. By standardising collection methods it is easier for users to draw clearer and more robust comparisons between data sources. There are […]