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 7 February 2010

Digital boundaries

Posted in: | Licensing | Statistics              

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Posted by: Feargal Hogan

Public Sector Information Holder: ONS

Information Asset: Digital boundaries

The problem

The Office for National Statistics holds a large set of geographical boundary data - administrative, electoral, statistical, health and other datasets - most of which is available on CD free of charge to the general public, but only on request.

Details here:

If it is free, why can't it be made available for download? Surely that would reduce admin costs?

My ideal solution

Each dataset available from the ONS website by clicking a button.

What I would do

I would mashup with datasets to understand what is happening in my local area.

Posted at Sunday, 07 February 2010 14:44:34 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [1] #   

 21 January 2010

List of datasets on

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Posted by: Alan Gibson

Public Sector Information Holder:

Information Asset: datasets

The problem

I am curious about what data there is, so I "list all datasets", and there are currently 2879 of them. But they are presented ten to a page, so I have to click through 287 pages to scan them. This is a user-hostile presentation.

My ideal solution

The datasets should be viewable one per line, on a single page. Just the title, linked to the dataset, would be fine.

Of course, the dataset of all datasets should also be available for download (eg in CSV format).

What I would do

I could then more easily browse through the available data.

Posted at Thursday, 21 January 2010 15:29:26 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [0] #   

 11 December 2009

Childcare facility usage, waiting list data

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Posted by: William Waites

Public Sector Information Holder: Local Councils

Information Asset: Childcare facility usage, waiting list data

The problem

To assist young parents looking for childcare information about what nurseries exist, contact information, the number of children, ratio of carers to children, age brackets, size of waiting lists for each age bracket.

My ideal solution

Ideal would be linked data, RDF containing the requested information. This could be stored and queried using the triplestore and SPARQL facilities.

What I would do

For example, a web page or mashup that would take a postal code as input and present a map or list of nearby facilities together with relevant statistics, contact information and such.

Posted at Friday, 11 December 2009 15:41:12 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [0] #