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 1 March 2009

Adminstrative Areas

Posted in: Local Authorities | Ordnance Survey | Planning | Trading Fund              

1 Supporter so far - add your name

Posted by: Benjamin Gould

Public Sector Information Holder: Ordnance Survey

Information Asset: Administrative Areas Geographic Data

The problem

I would like free access to administrative geography data held by Ordnance Survey. At the moment you have to pay just to know the extent of local authority boundaries! This information should be free, as proposed by the Power of Information Taskforce.

My ideal solution

The boundary line product should be publicly available, and free to re-use (at least non-commercially) under a simple licence.

What I would do

Create applications, like the excellent "Fix My Street", which depends on knowing who is responsible for what, where.

Posted at Sunday, 01 March 2009 08:55:53 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [0] #   

 12 December 2008

Licensed Premises

Posted in: Local Authorities              

2 Supporters so far - add your name

Posted by: Workshop on Finding and Re-using Public Information

Public Sector Information Holder: Local Authorities

Information Asset: Licensed Premises

The problem

Local authorities grant licences to pubs, bars, clubs etc. Details of these licences are usually published in the local newspaper, not online - and even where this information is online, it's not available in a way that makes it easy to extract, aggregate and re-use.

My ideal solution

Details of every licence granted should be published by local authorities in a consistent and re-usable way, to allow easy combination with other sources of data.

What I would do

A google maps style mash-up, showing the distribution for the granting of different types of licences alongside, ideally, data about the numbers of reported crimes around those premises.

Posted at Friday, 12 December 2008 09:05:04 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [0] #   

Planning Applications

Posted in: Local Authorities | Planning | REST API              

0 Supporters so far - add your name

Posted by: Workshop on Finding and Re-using Public Information

Public Sector Information Holder: Local Authorities

Information Asset: Planning Applications

The problem

At the Open Knowledge Foundation Workshop on Finding and Re-using Public Information, a list of 15-20 key government / public datasets were identified. Planning Applications held by local authorities were one of these.

My ideal solution

All UK planning applications to be published online using open and re-usable data formats. At the moment some planning applications are published on the planning portal website, some on local authority websites. This information should be brought together in an interoperable way that allows onward re-use.

What I would do

This is a core dataset for building almost any kind of local community website, that allows people to interact and express their views about changes to the local built environment.

Posted at Friday, 12 December 2008 09:01:41 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [0] #   

 5 December 2008

National Land Property Gazetteer

Posted in: IDeA | Local Authorities | NLPG              

2 Supporters so far - add your name

Posted by: Workshop on Finding and Re-using Public Information

Public Sector Information Holder: Local Government Information House (LGIH)

Information Asset: National Land Property Gazetteer (NLPG)

The problem

At the Open Knowledge Foundation Workshop on Finding and Re-using Public Information, a list of 15-20 key government / public datasets were identified, of which this was one. The National Land and Property Gazetteer is available for re-use, but you have to buy it commercially, restricting its wider re-use, particularly by not-for profit organisations or start-up innovators. This type of basic information, collected by local authorities should be made available free of charge, to all who want it.

My ideal solution

Free access to the NLPG, particularly for not for profit applications or for start-up innovators.

What I would do

As with the National Street Gazetteer, the NLPG is a core dataset which is useful for a wide range of applications - basically anytime you have an address and you want to do a mash-up, the NLPG is of use.

Posted at Friday, 05 December 2008 16:19:01 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [0] #   

National Street Gazetteer

Posted in: IDeA | Local Authorities | Transport              

0 Supporters so far - add your name

Posted by: Workshop on Finding and Re-using Public Information

Public Sector Information Holder: Local Government Information House (LGIH)

Information Asset: National Street Gazetteer (NSG)

The problem

At the Open Knowledge Foundation Workshop on Finding and Re-using Public Information, a list of 15-20 key government / public datasets were identified. The National Street Gazetteer was one of these. It holds details of every street in England, providing a complete list. It is used as a framework for sharing and integrating data, particularly to support Street Works Notices.

Supply of data from the National Street Gazetteer is on a commercial basis and involves the payment of a significant fee. It would be better if this dataset were made freely available, on the web, to support a variety of other uses.

My ideal solution

Free access to the NSG, particularly for non-commercial or experimental re-use.

What I would do

The NSG is a core dataset which would be useful to support many other types of application, particularly in the transport area. Just the list of cycleways would be useful, say to support cycling community initiatives on the web.

Posted at Friday, 05 December 2008 16:16:23 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [0] #   

 1 September 2008

Registration districts and register offices

Posted in: Local Authorities | Home Office              

3 Supporters so far - add your name

Posted by: Nick Gulliford, Affinities/FOCCUS

Public Sector Information Holder: GRO and local authorities

Information Asset: Registration districts and register offices

The problem

Paul Boateng, then Shadow Minister in the Commons for the Lord Chancellor's Department, began the argument for the signposting of couples by Registrars towards marriage preparation on 24th April 1996 during a debate on the Family Law Bill:

"At the moment, there is no preparation at all for civil marriage, and there is absolutely nothing on the face of the Bill to give any hope whatsoever that that will occur or is envisaged... The Government also have to come forward with proposals in relation to preparation for marriage and with proposals that recognise the need for concerted and focused action to support the institution of marriage and the family.

Marriage preparation and relationship education were outlined in the White Paper "Delivering Vital Change" and in the House of Commons debate when the Labour Treasury Minister, Ruth Kelly, said:

"In our White Paper, [Delivering Vital Change] the Government explained that the registration service is ideally placed to act as a focal point for information about services associated with births, deaths and marriages, such as ........ marriage preparation ...... I believe that there is a genuine opportunity for local authorities to develop those services innovatively to meet the needs of their communities, now and in future. A wider role for the registration service will improve on the current piecemeal approach by local authorities and will be underpinned by the proposed national standards."

My ideal solution

A database of Registration Districts and Register Offices and the Local Authorities with their Registration Services Managers, including details showing which Register Office is connected with which Local Authority.

What I would do

Set up a search facility so that members of the National Couple Support Network and others concerned with relationship education can approach Registrars and Local Authorities about providing services along the lines envisaged above by Paul Boateng and Ruth Kelly.

Posted at Monday, 01 September 2008 12:06:14 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [0] #