Open Data

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.