Making a difference with data

The Big News

Yesterday the Making a Difference With Data site launched at madwdata.org.uk . This is an exciting initiative which is helping practitioners, councillors and active citizens alike to publish and use data more effectively. It covers the local authority (transparency and democracy), education, health and social care, housing, roads and transport and police – all the stuff that touches our every day lives.

There are editors for each of these topics, but more importantly you can share your stories, examples and tips, too. There’s already a host of great material there already, including open government events, too. Such as Making a Difference with Data event, Local by Social North West (Blackburn) – both on 18 March – and Local by Social North East (Sunderland) 4-5 March.

The Local by Social NE event will be focused on making a difference with data, information and use of social media to help children and their families improve their life chances. This is a hands-on event, focused on one particular community in Southwick. The practical and geographic focus and the participation of local parents and residents, ensure we’ll be making a difference, but the lessons are applicable everywhere. Come and lend a hand on the hack day 5 March or just attend the event and workshop on 4 March. Tickets are free, of course. Find out more about the philosophy of the event or sign up here. Check out what we did at Local by Social SW – Apps for Communities in Bristol.

Guidance on publishing contracts and tenders

Following the LG Group’s successful open consultation on publishing expenditure and senior salaries, we’ve responded to the consultation on publishing contracts and tenders. Find the original guidance and our response here. You can also discuss the recently published DCLG draft code of practice for publishing open data in the Local Open Data Community of Practice.

Can you help? from the Local Open Data Community Forums

From the blogs:

Right to data bill – Matthew Pearce

Enterprise architecture – Peter Winstlanley

And I’ve added lots of new examples of open data at local, state (and sometimes regional) level at the LocalGov2.0 blog – check out the data tag for data and location services related posts.


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