Hackney Council’s Open Data (coming soon)

This week I was invited to a Council Overview and Scrutiny Board along with Jonathan Lister from J&J and Adam McGreggor of Rewired State to talk about the potential of open data in Hackney.The council have been making moves to open up the vast data they have collected but have some reservations about how to do it which is where the board come in. The council (and particularly: Andrew Sissons Head of Regeneration Delivery and Duncan Ray Shoreditch Town Centre Co-ordinator and lead for Tech City) are currently working on these 2 projects that aim to use / make available some of this data: Destination Hackney a website designed to show the businesses in Hackney with an eye on bringing visitors money to the area during the 2012 games. Race for Apps: an effort to tap into tech city with a competition to crowd source applications again with an eye on the visitors during the 2012 games It seems that the upcoming games is helping to push this forward. A bit more on those here: http://blog.okfn.org/2011/12/14/open-data-%E2%80%93-destination-hackney/ Further than that is under review right now and should hopefully have a plan in place fairly soon I will update as information become available. It’s an exciting thought about what might happen once data is made available and what the creative tech minds of Hackney will do with it. You can search what data is currently available in your area over here:  http://data.gov.uk/

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  1. Hackney Council’s scrutiny review on ‘Transparency and Open Data’  has now been made public and you can see the PDF over here:  http://mginternet.hackney.gov.uk/documents/s22368/DRAFT_transparencyReviewReport_osb.pdf @monkchips @euan @katybeale @kuxi you guys might be particularly interested in taking a look”

  2. The chief execs report is hereI like this bit (aside from the misplacing of the !) 🙂

  3. how awesome that they have included you/us, though. i tell everyone who lives in hackney or thinking about it to join this group. it’s been so invaluable for me. kudos, e.

  4. Does the writer mean to say \under emphasised” and “under estimated” or “over emphasised/estimated”?I know very little about all this but I can’t see the council wanting more engagement with voters if it leaves them more vulnerable to scrutiny and questioning by them. Also I would think that most of those digitally connected on sites such as this are already fairly politically engaged. I doubt this site is very representative of the borough as a whole. How to engage with the “hard to reach” residents is surely the more pressing problem?”

  5. They are noting that they are not very open online, this is a good step as far as I can see. My site and twitter account is just one place they can start trying to reach out (as some members of the council have), it’s obviously not going to reach everyone, but it is in a list of options for them. The biggest thing here for me is about the council opening up data to allow others to build on top of it in a way that they can’t, which could lead to people and organisations being able to easily access information that would help them and I’m sure we all want that. Let’s celebrate this positive move.

  6. That is of course fine if the sites via which they attempt to reach out are independent. Unfortunately, some sites, by virtue of the fact that they are so small and service, albeit unintentionally, a certain section of society, will always betray a bias. Hackney Council needs to be careful to recognise that fact and not get swayed by that bias, remembering that a huge proportion of the population are unlikely to ever use online networking, so any communication of this sort has to be done in conjunction with more traditional forms, in order to try to ensure that people arent left out.

  7. I don’t think they are moving away from traditional forms, they are just understanding that they should also be reaching out via other means too. I am happy to see this happening and encourage it or I wouldn’t have given up some of my very scarce spare time to go along to the scrutiny meeting. This recommendation was just one in the report, I posted the link above to the whole thing, please feel free to circulate around anyone you think would benefit from reading the report.

  8. Here is the mayor’s response to the report http://www.yeahhackney.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Executive-Response-to-scrutiny-review-of-transparency-and-open-data-25062012-Cabinet.pdf.Some good stuff in there although not all Hackney tech people live and work in Shoreditch!”

  9. Here is the mayor’s response to the report http://www.yeahhackney.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Executive-Response-to-scrutiny-review-of-transparency-and-open-data-25062012-Cabinet.pdf.Some good stuff in there although not all Hackney tech people live and work in Shoreditch!”

  10. so there’s 5 feeds available at the moment that come up when you search for hackney:

    • Spend over £25,000 in City & Hackney PCT
    • Payments to suppliers with a value over £500 from London Borough of Hackney
    • Personal Social Services Adult Social Care Survey, England – Final 2010-11
    • ID 2007 Homelessness indicator
    • Teenage pregnancy: Teenage conceptions per 1,000 15-17 year olds

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