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 20 August 2008

Case Law

Posted in: ATOM Feed | REST API              

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Posted by: Francis Irving

Public Sector Information Holder: HM Court Service

Information Asset: Case law

The problem

Case law is a vital part of British law, which it is necessary to have access to in order to understand and obey the law.

Some case law is published via the independent charity BAILII. However, it is essentially proprietary information.

BAILII prevent it from being accessible to the general public via standard search engines, and prevent reuse in imaginative new projects.

My ideal solution

Publication of all case law by all courts on either the court, or the court service, website.

Failing that, simply publishing the same raw feed of decisions which is sent to BAILII would be excellent.

What I would do

Initially, simply enjoy all the new people finding decisions with search engines.

Others will create simple email alerting and RSS projects, to help people keep abreast of new cases.

Later, feed all the data into projects such as the Free Legal Web.

Posted at Wednesday, 20 August 2008 20:53:07 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [0] #   

 13 August 2008

COI News Distribution Service

Posted in: ATOM Feed | XML              

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Posted by: Justin Kerr-Stevens,

Public Sector Information Holder: COI News Distribution Service

Information Asset: All Government News Releases

The problem

There are only selective, if any, news releases enabled with RSS/ATOM feeds on COI's News Distribution Service.

My ideal solution

Flick the switch and let the public subscribe via RSS/ATOM.

What I would do

More of this:

Posted at Wednesday, 13 August 2008 07:30:46 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [4] #   

 22 July 2008


Posted in: ATOM Feed | RSS Feed | DEFRA              

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Posted by: Peter Clutton-Brock, 2moroX

Public Sector Information Holder: DEFRA

Information Asset: DEFRA news

The problem

There is no RSS feed for the news on the DEFRA news site (and other government departments).

My ideal solution

It would be great if Government departments (especially DEFRA) had an RSS feed for their news. It would be even better if there was a selection of feeds for different topics.

What I would do

I am setting up a social news site for government related news on sustainable development. The RSS feed (links only) would be fed into this site and discussed and rated by the community.

Posted at Tuesday, 22 July 2008 20:42:50 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [0] #   

 8 July 2008

Schools database (EduBase)

Posted in: ATOM Feed | DCSF | REST API              

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Posted by: Feargal Hogan

Public Sector Information Holder: Department for Children, Schools and Families

Information Asset: EduBase

The problem

June 2006 I was setting up a school governors website and was very interested in allowing new members to say which schools they are associated with. I asked DfES for a list under FoI. Scottish, Welsh and NI lists are available.

DfES directed me to Edubase who 'allow' download of 150 school details for free but require payment (via "Go Direct" on 01943 854854) for larger tranches.

My ideal solution

A spreadsheet, similar to, published regularly but containing the fields listed in the Edubase dataset.

What I would do

Build a feed to make this available as RSS/xml

Posted at Tuesday, 08 July 2008 10:03:12 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [1] #   

 7 July 2008

London Gazette Supplements

Posted in: ATOM Feed | London Gazette | OPSI | REST API              

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Posted by: Harry Metcalfe

Public Sector Information Holder: Office of Public Sector Information

Information Asset: London Gazette Supplements

The problem

Notices & Supplements are not available in any machine readable format. They contain a wide range of extremely useful information about the activities of government and business.

My ideal solution

I would suggest two improvements that should run alongside each other:

  • A REST API to query the existing database of notices and supplements. Data should be returned in XML or some equivalently useful format, and the API should be able to perform text searches, limit results by date or the type of notice/supplement, etc.
  • An Atom feed for new notices. The system should provide a "see everything" feed as well as allowing users to specify what they'd like to see more narrowly, along the same lines as the database search API. This is essentially the same as the API, but provides 'live' access to the latest information in the gazette, rather than a search for its back catalogue.

What I would do

This is a rich dataset that provides many opportunities for innovation. One could use the information to monitor for the registration of company names of interest and to be notified of corporate insolvencies. Notifications of upcoming major roadworks could be overlaid onto a map, as could applications to discharge fluids into national waterways.Various notifications of applications for planning are published in the Gazette, which could be of great interest to those affected by them, and could be worked into services such as

There is such a wide variety of data in this dataset that the possibilities are limited only by imagination.

Posted at Monday, 07 July 2008 09:20:33 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [0] #