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 7 June 2010

Register of Charities

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16 Supporters so far - add your name

Posted by:Tom Szekeres

Public Sector Information Holder:Charity Commission

Information Asset: Register of Charities

The problem

At the moment you can only query the data through this interface: http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk/showcharity/registerofcharities/RegisterHomePage.aspx and queries are limited to 500 results.

My ideal solution

It would be great if the data was directly queriable so that developers could embed a list of local charities into an application - this could then lead to an increase in the number of donations to smaller, more specialised charities.

What I would do

Well it's actually for a friend of mine who is currently at London Startup Weekend. She wants to be able to generate a list of all the local charities based on location.

Posted at Monday, 07 June 2010 12:34:23 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [1] #   

List of medicines available for prescription

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Posted by: Darryl Leckenby

Public Sector Information Holder: National Health Service

Information Asset: List of medicines available for prescription

The problem

This information is not available online, but should be in the public domain

My ideal solution

A database of all prescribable products via the NHS

What I would do

Use it for non-profit research (we need a list of medicines for research participants to select which medicines they have been prescribed)

Posted at Monday, 07 June 2010 10:59:28 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [1] #   

 4 June 2010

HEED Online

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5 Supporters so far - add your name

Posted by: Antony Scott

Public Sector Information Holder: Energy Saving Trust

Information Asset: HEED Online

The problem

HEED online contains a wealth of information on energy demand, consumption and domestic housing stock condition. However the data is currently only available to certain public sector bodies and to energy suppliers, and other organisations are only able to access it with the permission of one of these bodies. Moreover the user interface only allows data to be accessed small clusters - there is no facility for example to download detailed data for a whole region, or for the UK.

My ideal solution

The ability to download complete nationwide datasets for specific subjects at Output Area level, and/or a web services interface to this data.

What I would do

Develop applications which supported the targeting of energy-saving measures and carbon reduction strategies to specific geographical areas.

Posted at Friday, 04 June 2010 10:34:11 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [0] #   

 3 June 2010

Stolen Vehicle Lists

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12 Supporters so far - add your name

Posted by: Gareth Oakley

Public Sector Information Holder: National Policing Improvements Agency

Information Asset: Stolen Vehicle Lists

The problem

NPIA currently hold a list of reported stolen vehicles on the Police National Computer. This list can be searched by certain companies, but is not currently available to the general public. Since all these companies charge to check if a vehicle is reported stolen prospective car buyers cannot do so without payment to a third party.

My ideal solution

Regular publication of the stolen vehicles list (including VIN and registration number) on data.gov.uk. The data could also include contact details for the police force which added the vehicle.

What I would do

Provide a free service to the public to allow prospective car buyers to check if a car they wish to purchase is stolen. This would make it more difficult to resell stolen vehicles and help reduce vehicle crime. The service could also feed back to the police to allow buyers to report stolen vehicles if they are encountered - aiding in the recovery of such vehicles.

Posted at Thursday, 03 June 2010 10:35:16 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [0] #   

 2 June 2010

CON29 Replies

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Posted by: Martin Godfrey

Public Sector Information Holder: East Staffordshire Borough Council

Information Asset: CON29 Replies

The problem

The information is deemed Environmental Information and under EU law, such information should be provided free of charge.

My ideal solution

CON29 Replies to be provided free of charge

What I would do

Use the information to complete a personal search, as I do now, but without having to pay for it.

Posted at Wednesday, 02 June 2010 10:38:06 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [0] #   

NHS organisational entities as a RESTful service

Posted in: NHS Information Centre | REST API              

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Posted by: James Munro

Public Sector Information Holder: NHS Connecting for Health

Information Asset: NHS organisational entities as a RESTful service

The problem

The NHS is a large and complex organisation which is periodically reorganised. All NHS entities have IDs, names, addresses etc, maintained by the Organisation Data Service. However, this data is provided as a periodic collection of excel files, csv files, access databases and the like. It is difficult and confusing to navigate and the hierarchical structure of the NHS is not reflected in the data.

Prior to NHS Choices, the nhs exposed a partially populated SOAP service exporting some of this data. This no longer exists and has not been replaced by any API that I am aware of, apart from a "services near me" service from NHS Choices.

My ideal solution

A restful service allowing access to NHS organisational data (codes, names, locations including lat/long), which can be navigated as a hierarchy or in other ways (by name, location etc)

In an ideal world this would cover the UK, not just England.

What I would do

We would use this to maintain and update the representation of the NHS which we use to support Patient Opinion's hyperlocal feedback service for the NHS and patients.

Posted at Wednesday, 02 June 2010 10:36:53 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [1] #