Open Data

Data Is The New Water: Seven Reasons Why

StJohn Deakins | Posted 12.10.2017 | UK Tech
StJohn Deakins

If 'data-is-the-new-oil' is obsolete as an analogy, Big Data companies have a choice to make. If they don't change their business models to a more human-friendly and sustainable data-is-water model, will they face becoming obsolete?

The Eve Of The General Election - A Birthday Plea For Clean Data

Amitava Banerjee | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Politics
Amitava Banerjee

The alternative is that we aim for a more open, more equal and safer society, where the great things in the UK are preserved. It doesn't matter who you vote for as long as it is not Mrs May. That would be the best birthday present for me and the best present for future generations.

How Connected Cities Are A Platform For Innovation

Peter Madden OBE | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK Tech
Peter Madden OBE

In the UK, we have largely built our towns and cities, so a better question might be: 'How could we enhance our cities by overlaying a digital layer?' This layer, spread over the physical, helps us to understand our cities better and create services that allow citizens to interact with the city - and each other - differently.

imin's Journey: Innovation, Open Data, and Physical Activity

Dom Fennell | Posted 09.06.2017 | UK Tech
Dom Fennell

imin started life as an app, the app. The one place where people could find and book any physical activity they wanted: a lunchtime squash court on the way to uni; a running group for later that afternoon; a last-minute game of football before leaving work, all from one single app.

How We're Shaking Up The Rental Market With Technology

Lais de Almeida | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Tech
Lais de Almeida

By connecting landlords and tenants online, and using open and user generated data to find that rental sweet spot, we have since had BGV investment and European funding to promote ethical practices and to help revolutionise the housing industry.

Open Up Your Data to Open Up Our Cities

Ken Shuttleworth | Posted 13.05.2017 | UK
Ken Shuttleworth

Every day, millions of people across the world turn to technology to help them plan a journey - whether they need to figure out the quickest way to ge...

Our Digital Freedom: From Lockdown to Liberty

StJohn Deakins | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK Tech
StJohn Deakins

With five billion of us now carrying mobile phones, we all have the necessary hardware. In the words of Thomas Paine at the start of the last great era shift; "We have it in our power to begin the world over again". All we need in this era shift is software and the will to make it happen. It's time for each of us to claim our Digital Liberation.

The Economic Impact of Open Data: What Do We Already Know?

Jeni Tennison | Posted 30.10.2016 | UK Tech
Jeni Tennison

Open data fuels economic growth. Many believe in the theory and ask for the proof. A new report by Nesta and the ODI adds to the evidence of the impac...

Who Owns the Web of Data?

Jeni Tennison | Posted 29.05.2016 | UK Tech
Jeni Tennison

At the national level access to aggregated mobile phone data would allow aid agencies to understand where crowds are likely to be located, where they may have come from and where they might be going. This could be invaluable when there is a need to quickly respond to emergencies.

A Truly Open General Election? Not Quite

Jeni Tennison | Posted 01.05.2016 | UK Politics
Jeni Tennison

The UK is in the top spot on the Web Foundation's Open Data Barometer, but how transparent are our elections? It turns out, not very.

A Brief History of Open Addresses

Jeni Tennison | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Tech
Jeni Tennison

The UK's postal history can be traced back to the 12th Century and Henry I, who appointed messengers to carry letters for government. Fast forward to 1635 and Charles I opened up the Royal Mail to the public, the UK's first ever national postal service.

Three Reasons to Cheer for Companies House

Damian Kimmelman | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Tech
Damian Kimmelman

Companies House just announced that it's making all of its documents available for free in 2015... it shows once again that the UK is a pioneer in data transparency... Companies House itself says, this move "will open up opportunities for entrepreneurs to come up with innovative ways of using the information."

Scarce, Expensive, Bad: Why Entrepreneurs Should Love Monopolies

Damian Kimmelman | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Tech
Damian Kimmelman

Next time you're in your local pharmacy, take a detour to the men's shaving aisle. When you get there, scan the shelves in front of you. You'll see high-gloss packaging, lots of "Fusion" and "Turbo" and "Mach" brands. It's almost like you're in the Formula 1 pit lane, isn't it? The choice seems abundant.

Where Would We Be Without Immigrants?

Damian Kimmelman | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK
Damian Kimmelman

It baffles me that the immigration debate in Britain always focuses on how much it costs to bring in immigrants, rather than how much they offer back. Right now in the US, for example, 60% of the top technology businesses have migrant founders. Can we in Britain really afford to risk turning away the next Sergey Brin?

We Need More Information if We Want to End Poverty

David Hall-Matthews | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK
David Hall-Matthews

We don't yet have enough reliable information to make difficult decisions. That also means we didn't have it when past decisions were made - and we often don't even know what those decisions were. For example, the report reveals that the total aid donors say they have spent is typically far higher than what recipient governments say they've received.

The Communications Data Bill Won't Prevent Future Terrorism

Hussein Kesvani | Posted 31.07.2013 | UK Politics
Hussein Kesvani

Passing the bill is unlikely to make the streets any safer. Instead, it is far more likely to limit freedom of expression and debate online, while simultaneously disregarding the ways that terrorist groups can continue concealing their activities.

What Are the Social Sector's Skills and Leadership Needs?

Dame Mary Marsh | Posted 21.07.2013 | UK
Dame Mary Marsh

There is a role that we all have to play in responding to the changing skills needs that we will continue to face, and the diversity of the sector will mean that different organisations will need to reflect on these broader themes and identify priorities and appropriate solutions that work for them.

Brass Not Class - It's Understanding Your Money That Matters

David Royle | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK
David Royle

The British obsession with class has been revisited again, this week with the announcement that we no longer fit into three social classes. Instead we...

Unleash the Data! Why Patients Need the NHS to Set Their Data Free

Rachel Carrell | Posted 28.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Carrell

The potential in health is absolutely enormous. With free-flowing and reliable data we could better understand the causes of illness, identify the best ways to treat, and eliminate many of the irritating inefficiencies that today seem to just be part of being ill.

Open Government Partnership - the UK Takes the lead

Francis Maude | Posted 26.11.2012 | UK Politics
Francis Maude

Twelve months ago, the UK was one of eight national governments that founded the Open Government Partnership, a powerful new international organisation dedicated to the promotion of transparency and openness. Today, the UK is taking over as leading co-chair of the partnership, which now includes 57 member states or a third of the world's population.

Call For Government Data 'Relevance'

PA | Posted 01.08.2012 | UK Politics

The publication of data as part of the Government's transparency agenda should be accessible and easily understood by all, a group of MPs has said. ...

Government Data Website Swamped By 'Monumental' Spam Attack

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 15.08.2012 | UK Tech

A government website has been almost overwhelmed after a "monumental" attack by spammers attempting to sell counterfeit goods. The webs...

Why the Government Shouldn't Ignore Its Own Big Data

Sam Sheppard | Posted 13.01.2012 | UK Tech
Sam Sheppard

What astonishes me more than the array of data, is the apparent lack of attention it receives, at least from the departments, agencies, and councils that produce it. I think this a terrible oversight, and presents a huge opportunity for big data use. If there is one thing that every company, from global leaders to bedroom start-ups, knows, is that you never ignore data.