As council staff get more practice in releasing data, and the open-source developers get more experience and funding for doing something useful with this information, we must expect and prepare for further transformations towards more open local government. More
The high aspirations for this move are around cutting waste, improving procurement and nurturing a sense of empowerment that encourages communities to take better control of their local services. With this comes a growing expectation that councillors will engage with local residents in new ways. Research by Networked Neighbourhoods has demonstrated ‘hyperlocal’ online spaces are powerful at strengthening community bonds and building genuine and sustainable social capital. For elected members, these places can be information services, focus groups and resources that build collective action. In order to sustain community leadership roles, elected members will need to have not only to know where to find these places, but be active members of them, ready to tap in to this network of local knowledge, and offer information in return. Show less ^
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This is a very useful blog post from Walsall Council press officer Dan Slee, someone who’s on a mission to explain to colleagues in local government why they should be releasing data and what can be done with it. Follow the link within it to a post from Stuart Harrison of Lichfield Council on building a picture of a ward using data from data.gov.uk
NESTA’s Make it Local programme aims to show how local authorities can work with digital agencies and developers to unlock their data and provide really useful web-based services for their citizens. From this link you can find information about the four projects involved in the programme: the London Borough of Sutton’s Bookshare project; the Birmingham Civic Dashboard, Kirklees Council’s Who owns my neighbourhood project,and Barnet Council with FixYourStreet.
Users may be interested to learn about an exploratory piece of work which examined public perceptions around data linking and sharing within the public sector. If anyone would like more information or find out how this might move forward in the future please contact me on email@example.com
My round up of the West Midlands Unworkshop on Feb 24th, including videos and audio.
The Openly Local website is opening up access to data held by local authorities. It currently holds information from more than 160 councils, and has published the £500+ spend data LAs have been obliged to publish since January 2011. The site also includes a directory of hyperlocal websites.
Eric Pickles and Bob Neill have issued guidance to local authorities, urging them to allow citizen journalists and hyperlocal bloggers to have full access to public council meetings.
Samantha Gross covers the trend for the Associated Press of how cities are using tech to cull ideas from citizens.
Dilek Dogus (Labour, LB Haringey), Cabinet Member for Adults and Community Services, explains how Haringey is using retail techniques to get the best out of the council’s libraries.
A great map of all regions in the world using data to get citizens participating in the decision-making process of budget allocation.
Data Mapping Reporter Conrad Quilty Harper delivers stinging analysis of the open crime maps produced by the Home Office.
Mark Pack takes a look at how council data can be made more user-friendly
The Economist takes a look at the coming together of top-down civil servant and bottom-up developer cultures
Currently invited the public opinion, the proposed Code from DCLG is concerned with making data generated by authorities available and accessible to the public.
a practical example of a councillor using data mapping techniques to keep residents informed during last year’s snow falls
Chris Taggart is leading the mission to open-up local governemnt data – Openly Local is a truly brilliant resource
Open data expert Paul Clarke explains how he would change the government’s open data project
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