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Archive for the ‘Local democracy’ Category

SpeedData: Nick Booth – Help Me Investigate and Social Media Surgeries


Nick talked all about how people are beginning to skill up to use the web in new and very powerful ways. First Nick pointed out that public organisations are already under considerable scrutiny – by showing a video he’d shot of traffic wardens illegally parked in his street. He then talked about Help Me Investigate […]

SpeedData: Dave Harte


Dave was interested in creating a map for the hyperlocal blog Bornville Village. He took data from Birmingham City Council’s website on gritting. He spent a lot of time doing it, by manually taking data, creating a spreadsheet and then transferring it to a Google Map. Eventually it was taken on by Mappa Mercia who […]

Local data and the Data.gov.uk site


In January the data.gov.uk site was launched at an event at the Guardian’s headquarters in London. For the unitiated, this site is the government’s attemp, under the guidance of World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Professor Nigel Shadbolt, to take data that is in the hands of the government and make it available […]