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 21 May 2010

Vehicle Enquiry from License Plate

Posted in: Driving Standards Agency | XML              

1 Supporter so far - add your name

Posted by: Andrew Spoor

Public Sector Information Holder: DVLA

Information Asset: Vehicle Enquiry from License Plate

The problem

The information I require is currently available through the following DVLA website form...

My ideal solution

Is it possible to access this data through a live feed? XML for instance.

What I would do

Provide a facility for customers to lookup car details given license plate numbers. Primarily to facilitate spares ordering.

Posted at Friday, 21 May 2010 10:43:56 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [1] #   

 23 February 2010

FCO Travel Advice by Country

Posted in: XML | FCO              

2 Supporters so far - add your name

Posted by: Damien Anderson

Public Sector Information Holder: Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Information Asset: Travel Advice by Country

The problem

Providing this data in a structured format, live via XML feed for instance, would enable the data to be surfaced across the internet just in time for consumers. For example, flight or holiday booking websites could draw in the advisory as a part of their search, booking and or confirmation processes.

My ideal solution

I believe the ideal solution would be to make the data available as real time XML feed.

What I would do

Build it into the functions of a travel planning portal.

Posted at Tuesday, 23 February 2010 13:39:43 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [1] #   

 30 April 2009

FOI statistics on implementation in central government

Posted in: RSS Feed | XML              

4 Supporters so far - add your name

Posted by: Feargal Hogan

Public Sector Information Holder: Ministry of Justice

Information Asset: Freedom of Information Act 2000: Statistics on implementation in central government

The problem

MoJ publishes quarterly reports on the handling of FoI requests across government. But it only does so in PDF format. I would like to have this information (or at least the source data) available in a more accessible and usable format.

At least one government dept has used the MoJ PDF as an excuse not to publish its own data.

My ideal solution

One possibility might be a straight excel tabulation.

A slightly better solution would be for each organisation or department to publish regular updates of their own stats as RSS feeds and for MoJ to combine those feeds quarterly into the PDF publication.

What I would do

Depending on the formats provided, I might use it to analyse performance at my pet departments. Or it might be used by someone like to provide more information about government.

Posted at Thursday, 30 April 2009 10:14:24 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [0] #   

 28 March 2009

UK Government Aid Information

Posted in: XML              

2 Supporters so far - add your name

Posted by: Open Knowledge Conference 2009

Public Sector Information Holder: Department for International Development

Information Asset: UK Government Aid Information

The problem

There are a number of projects like AidInfo which aim to make international development aid more effective by introducing greater transparency into aid information. The Department for International Development publish lots of statistics and case studies on their website but not the raw data. For initiatives like AidInfo to work better, the UK government should publish all of its raw data aid information in an easy to re-use XML format on the web.

My ideal solution

DFID should publish the raw data about its funding schemes - i.e. exactly who gets what, for doing what.

What I would do

The information can be used to improve services like AidInfo and help make international aid more effective at improving people's lives.

Posted at Saturday, 28 March 2009 09:49:42 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [0] #   

 13 August 2008

COI News Distribution Service

Posted in: ATOM Feed | XML              

27 Supporters so far - add your name

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] #   

 10 July 2008

School Performance Tables

Posted in: DCSF | REST API | XML              

7 Supporters so far - add your name

Posted by: Ave Wrigley

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

Information Asset: School Performance Tables

The problem

The DCSF school performance tables are available on the DCSF website ( but not in a format that is easily usable.

My ideal solution

I would like to access this data in a more convenient format (preferably XML, or through a REST API). I would also like to link this data with other information sources about schools (e.g. Ofsted reports) so it is important to have a universal system of school identifiers (currently DCSF and Ofsted appear to use independent systems).

What I would do

I would use it in my google maps schools mashup ( to help people to access information about local schools more conveniently.

Posted at Thursday, 10 July 2008 17:30:09 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [0] #