Ben Laurie blathering

Getting At Public Data

The government has quietly launched two quite fascinating initiatives. I have no idea why there wasn’t more fanfare. I was even at OpenTech, where one was announced, and I didn’t know!

Firstly, Show Us A Better Way

Ever been frustrated that you can’t find out something that ought to be easy to find? Ever been baffled by league tables or ‘performance indicators’? Do you think that better use of public information could improve health, education, justice or society at large?

The UK Government wants to hear your ideas for new products that could improve the way public information is communicated.

And 20 grand for the best ideas, too.

Secondly, The Public Sector Unlocking Service (Beta). I love that they put “Beta” in there. Tell them about crown copyright data some bureaucrat is hoarding, and they’ll read them the riot act. Awesome.

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