Data.Gov.Uk a Year On

OpenTech, 2010-09-11

Rufus Pollock

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Open Knowledge Foundation

Open Knowledge Foundation Open Knowledge/Data Definition Open Knowledge/Data Definition

http://opendefinition.org

OKF: Founded 2004 / Not-for-profit

Promoting, Creating, Disseminating Open Knowledge

http://www.okfn.org/vision/

OpenTech a Year Ago!
data.gov.uk Was But a Twinkle in a Civil Servant's Eye

Open Data is Great

But Data Needs to Be Used!

Where Does Our Money Go When We Pay Taxes?

Know (and show) exactly where every £ € $ went to ...

Gov Spending is 40% of GDP in UK

Many misconceptions:
- Defence < 5%
- Old Age More than Education

Uses lots of data from data.gov.uk

What Are the Lessons?

Getting Data Automatedly

# Get it

$ datapkg install ckan://gla-spending getdata/
Registering ...
Created on disk at: getdata/gla-spending
Downloading package resources ...
                          100% |=========================| 1.1 MB    00:00

# Now use it

$ paster loader gla
Committing before processing row 0
Committing before processing row 1000
Committing before processing row 2000
Committing before processing row 3000
Committing before processing row 4000
Committing before processing row 5000
  

Developing the Ecosystem

data.gov.uk ecosystem

An Example from ckan.net

Data.gov.uk APIs: Catalogue and Datasets

Enabling people to do stuff automatedly

Thank-You

Rufus Pollock
rufus.pollock [at] okfn [dot] org