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 11 September 2010

Details of Patents

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Posted by: Jason White

Public Sector Information Holder: UK Intellectual Property Office

Information Asset: Patents - Bibliographic, full text, images

The problem

The UK Intellectual Property Office makes available individual patents through their web site and search engines. They have recently implemented the capability to download some data in batches in a very badly structured XML format.

The data should be freely available for all to download and make use of as they see fit. This requires a copy of the complete UK patent database, in a well-accepted XML format, such as ST36.

My ideal solution

Separate datasets for bibliographic-only and full-text, freely downloadable in XML ST.36 format. This format is well-understood by the patent community, is maintained by WIPO, and used by EPO. Another freely available dataset with all patent PDFs.

The downloadable database should include the fullback file to at least 1990, preferably earlier. Frontfile data should be published weekly for all three datasets.

Ancillary datasets, such as legal events, reclassifications, etc. should also be made available and downloadable in bulk.

What I would do

I would include UK patents (which are separate from EP patents) in an existing commercial application. This system already includes data from US, EP, and WO. The US now makes all this data freely available, and downloadable via Google.

Posted at Saturday, 11 September 2010 12:16:50 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [0] #   

Old Ordnance Survey Maps

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Posted by: Andrew Fackey

Public Sector Information Holder: Ordnance Survey

Information Asset: Ordnance Survey maps that are out of copyright.

The problem

Old maps are not published anymore and are out of copyright anyway.

My ideal solution

Digital release of all out of copyright maps

What I would do

I and many others would use the maps to study social history and the development of our villages and towns over many decades.

Posted at Saturday, 11 September 2010 12:12:24 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [0] #   

 10 September 2010

EPC Register

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Posted by: Joshua Thumim

Public Sector Information Holder: CLG

Information Asset: EPC Register

The problem

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/opensecrets/2009/08/comparing_the_energy_efficiency_of_public_buildings.html

The August 2009 dataset was released under FOI, but did not contain energy consumption data - only CO2 emissions. It was also a static snapshot of the database at that time.

My ideal solution

kWh of gas and electricity consumption at address-level for all public buildings in the EPC register - regularly updated.

What I would do

Use it to create a map of heat demand from public buildings, to support the development of low carbon heating systems.

Posted at Friday, 10 September 2010 12:26:11 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [0] #   

 7 September 2010

National Freight Corporation Pension Fund

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Posted by:BRIAN.W.ROBINSON

Public Sector Information Holder:not known

Information Asset: national freight corporation pension fund

The problem

As an employee of national freight corporation from 17/10/1977 to 30/06/1983 unable to find the address of pension company dealing with my pension!

My ideal solution

The name and address of the company dealing with my pension from national freight corporation from the dates above

What I would do

Contact the company dealing with the pension

Posted at Tuesday, 07 September 2010 13:48:22 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [0] #   

1705 Private and Personal Acts

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Posted by: David Holland

Public Sector Information Holder: OPSI

Information Asset: Chronological Table of the Private and Personal Acts1705 (4 & 5 Ann.) Christopher Fairfax's estate: sale of the manor of Estevening and other lands in Swinehead (Lincolnshire) for payment of debts and benefit of children. c. 58

The problem

Chronological Table of the Private and Personal Acts1705 (4 & 5 Ann.) Christopher Fairfax's estate: sale of the manor of Estevening and other lands in Swinehead (Lincolnshire) for payment of debts and benefit of children. c. 58

My ideal solution

Copy of the bill and any other related documentation as. I believe my family may have owned the state prior to fairfax

What I would do

Use it for genealogical research

Posted at Tuesday, 07 September 2010 13:47:23 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [1] #   

Census Microdata

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Posted by: Duncan Kernohan

Public Sector Information Holder: ONS

Information Asset: Census Microdata

The problem

The census is probably the richest source of social data available in the UK, providing a huge range of information on all kind of subjects at an individual level.

This data is usually released in aggregate form, across regions or nationally which whilst useful, severely restricts the potential for further analysis by practitioners.

For reasons of confidentiality access to the raw data is restricted to government departments and academic bodies. Whilst the need to protect confidentiality is understandable. If this data could be released at a micro level removing disclosive information it would be immensely valuable for all kinds of work.

My ideal solution

Micro - level access to census data is already granted to academic institutions via http://www.census.ac.uk.

I would like to see data made accessible to everyone.

What I would do

I would use the information in econometric models to investigate the importance of various factors on levels of unemployment in to provide advice and evidence for government policy and projects.

Posted at Tuesday, 07 September 2010 12:43:23 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [0] #   

 3 September 2010

Olympic Contracts

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Posted by: Andrew Littledale

Public Sector Information Holder: Government

Information Asset: Information about the awarding of contracts for London 2012

The problem

There is no data regarding the Olympics on this site.

My ideal solution

A spreadsheet detailing company names, locations and the size of contracts awarded to them for the Olympic Games in 2010.

What I would do

There was a lot of talk of the Olympics benefiting the whole country. I would like to see if this is the case of if most of the contracts were awarded to companies in the south east. I would like to create a visualisation of this information.

Posted at Friday, 03 September 2010 12:38:10 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [0] #   

 1 September 2010

E-Gov Register

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Posted by:Paul Geraghty

Public Sector Information Holder:Socitm/Brent

Information Asset:e-Government Register

The problem

Brent operated the e-Government Register (eGR) for many years and this was openly available to all from their website.

The eGR showed which councils purchased which types of systems from which supplier.

The decision was made by Brent and Socitm for this data to be merged with Socitm's own register, and thus would disappear from public view, and from the view of those public organisations, including councils, who do not pay to join Socitm.

It has also of course disappeared from view for all those SMEs who could have been interested in finding interesting markets for the many niche markets that exists around and in between the major software houses' applications.

More worryingly, the disappearance of this public data a few weeks ago means that the public, or those working on the behalf of the pubic such as data activists and journalists, can no longer de-reference what payments to suppliers were paying or contributing towards.

There is a fuller history and interesting discussion in the comments on here:

http://paulgeraghty.posterous.com/closed-data-now-socitm-does-a-times/

My ideal solution

That the responsibility for maintaining this data be handed back to the DCLG, the collection and management should probably to be incorporated into the esd-toolkit, and powers similar to that regarding LocalGovDirect Redirect service should apply.

That either councils should publish their own open data about which systems they use, or log into the esd-toolkit and update their records just as they have to update their LGSL URLs for the redirect service.

What I would do

We will be able to de-reference payments over £500 by councils, in as much as we will know WHICH councils paid WHICH suppliers HOW MUCH money on WHAT date and if this data was open we could logically and sensibly then be able to see WHAT it paid for.

This will lead to data visualisations of the costs of software and services, leading hopefully to comparisons and more judicious buying decisions.

Posted at Wednesday, 01 September 2010 13:21:17 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [0] #   

Pre 2009 Boundary Data

Posted in: Mapping | Ordnance Survey              

3 Supporters so far - add your name

Posted by:John Cowles

Public Sector Information Holder:Ordnance Survey or ONS or UKBORDERS

Information Asset:Pre-2009 Boundary data

The problem

We are trying to get hold of pre-2009 electoral ward boundaries as a shape file. Ordnance survey say they can only supply the 2010 BoundaryLine dataset. The data appears to existing under the control of UKBORDERS but it is only available to academics. This is daft.

My ideal solution

Get OS to supply historical datasets as part of Opendata

What I would do

Use it to analyse trends in homeworking and home based business region by region and identify the best locations to provide support services like "workhubs".

Posted at Wednesday, 01 September 2010 13:15:10 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [1] #   

 27 August 2010

House Prices Paid

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Posted by: Kevin Purcell

Public Sector Information Holder:Land Registry

Information Asset: House Prices Paid

The problem

Currently to get this data you have to engage in a business agreement with the HMLR. Since it's possible to search on this data through the HMLR site and through third parties like Rightmove, why not make the raw data available for free too.

My ideal solution

The dataset made available free of charge.

What I would do

Website visualisations of the data.

Posted at Friday, 27 August 2010 11:06:44 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [0] #   

 26 August 2010

National Learning Directory Database

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Posted by:Nadeem Shabir

Public Sector Information Holder: direct.gov.uk, National Learning Directory

Information Asset:National Learning Directory Database

The problem

The National Learning Directory is "the government's central learning database. It contains approximately one million courses from more than 10,000 providers in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales"

Whilst organizations such as UCAS have course related data they aren't providing that data to anyone other that Higher Education Institutions to innovated against.

My ideal solution

Ideally I'd love it if this data was published as linked data. I doubt very much if this is available in this format at the moment.

However, I have lots of experience, modelling, converting and publishing data as linked data. So if the raw data was made available in csv, xml, or any structured format. I would be able to work with it.

What I would do

This is a huge amount of data about courses being offered in the UK. Unlocking this data would allow people like myself to build new search tools and visualizations and mashups that might better help prospective students find the right course.

Posted at Thursday, 26 August 2010 11:25:36 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [0] #   

 25 August 2010

Fares, Timetables and Routing Information

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Posted by:Nicholas Westlake

Public Sector Information Holder:ATOC / National Rail

Information Asset:Fares, timetable and routing information

The problem

Fares, timetable and routing information can currently only be accessed by National Rail Enquiries and similar web-sites. This is acceptable for individual enquiries, but not for automated enquiries used to assist passengers with more complicated enquires.

My ideal solution

Free access to the RSP data feeds as available here www.atoc.org/about-atoc/rail-settlement-plan/data-feeds/cost

What I would do

Develop a website to inform passengers about fares, alternative railway routes and allow more flexible journey planning eg:

  • advice for obtaining better value train fares such as by using slower, longer routes or trains
  • using easier interchanges for those with mobility difficulties
  • knowledge of the possibly of getting an earlier train at an interchange
  • Posted at Wednesday, 25 August 2010 08:38:55 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [1] #