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Why Open Data Matters to Local
Government Officers
Enabling capabilities through a
Local Information Infrastructure
Tim Ad...
Learning through sharing
• share knowledge,
explore and learn about
– how to release, share
and use open data
through proj...
www.local.gov.uk/lginformplus@LGInformPlus
The Landscape
• Local Government in England
– 353 local authorities; 44 fire & ...
www.local.gov.uk/lginformplus@LGInformPlus
Local open data good practice
• Encouraged to use:
– common tools and standards...
www.local.gov.uk/lginformplus@LGInformPlus
Overview of the infrastructure
Functions
Services
Datasets
Incentive
scheme
Inv...
www.local.gov.uk/lginformplus@LGInformPlus
Objectives of the infrastructure
• Provide useful data – responding to common r...
www.local.gov.uk/lginformplus@LGInformPlus
Councils gained experience in
• setting up platforms for publishing data
• deve...
www.local.gov.uk/lginformplus@LGInformPlus
LG Inform Plus: providing
information management services
www.local.gov.uk/lgin...
www.local.gov.uk/lginformplus@LGInformPlus
esd standards – the home of local
government semantics
standards.esd.org.uk
www.local.gov.uk/lginformplus@LGInformPlus
URI sets for classification and links
Datasets
Schemas
Data items
Define
struct...
www.local.gov.uk/lginformplus@LGInformPlus
Open data publishing: online guidance
www.esd.org.uk
www.local.gov.uk/lginformplus@LGInformPlus
Guidance on the scheme and schemas
Overview
Submission guidance
Planning schema...
www.local.gov.uk/lginformplus@LGInformPlus
Transparency Code Directives
http://transparency.opendata.esd.org.uk/
www.local.gov.uk/lginformplus@LGInformPlus
Results, benefits, re-use
LG Inventories
LG Schemas
Harvesters & Aggregators
co...
www.local.gov.uk/lginformplus@LGInformPlus
Policy context
• Evidence led policy agenda
– more informed decision making
– i...
www.local.gov.uk/lginformplus@LGInformPlus
Evidence-led viewpoint
• open and accessible data promotes
– Accountability
– C...
www.local.gov.uk/lginformplus@LGInformPlus
http://data.gov.uk/blog/funding-agreed-important-new-open-data-projects
www.local.gov.uk/lginformplus@LGInformPlus
Demand-led viewpoint
The value of data
depends on the
outcomes from its
use
www.local.gov.uk/lginformplus@LGInformPlus
Value of open data
“Open Data has the power to transform productivity
and outco...
www.local.gov.uk/lginformplus@LGInformPlus
Lessons Learned – officers’ led viewpoint
Open data incentive scheme user surve...
www.local.gov.uk/lginformplus@LGInformPlus
Lessons Learned – challenges/potential
Open data incentive scheme user survey
R...
Recognising the benefits of open data and its use
Making data available
and using them raised
the profile of data as
an as...
www.local.gov.uk/lginformplus@LGInformPlus
Opening performance data
over 3500 metrics
www.local.gov.uk/lginformplus@LGInformPlus
Further information
LG Inform Plus: local.gov.uk/lginformplus
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Sheffield why open data matters to local government officers - tim adams lga

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Presentation given by Tim Adams Local Government Association LGA LG Inform Plus programme manager on the importance of open data to public sector officers and to local government policy. Given at Sheffield City Open Data Event - 10-July-2015

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Sheffield why open data matters to local government officers - tim adams lga

  1. 1. Why Open Data Matters to Local Government Officers Enabling capabilities through a Local Information Infrastructure Tim Adams Programme Manager (LGA) @DrTimAdams July 2015 www.local.gov.uk/lginformplus
  2. 2. Learning through sharing • share knowledge, explore and learn about – how to release, share and use open data through projects funded by local open data programmes – the opportunities for open data use – the benefit and value of open data and its use
  3. 3. www.local.gov.uk/lginformplus@LGInformPlus The Landscape • Local Government in England – 353 local authorities; 44 fire & rescue – Delivers over 1500 different services – Has over 42,000 items of data collected about it • Data challenges – Not conventional data publishers – Business management data – Internal culture change • Data Extent – Good impression of people and places – Transactional, personal, performance, aggregated data across 13 functional areas
  4. 4. www.local.gov.uk/lginformplus@LGInformPlus Local open data good practice • Encouraged to use: – common tools and standards to make data comparable – inventory schema to use a common index for searching data – publication on data.gov.uk so that data can be found – open data certificate: to give data some quality, reliability and value
  5. 5. www.local.gov.uk/lginformplus@LGInformPlus Overview of the infrastructure Functions Services Datasets Incentive scheme Inventory Schemas Aggregator Councils Areas Other... data.gov.uk O D I certificates NationalLocal Neighbour hoods Classifications Data
  6. 6. www.local.gov.uk/lginformplus@LGInformPlus Objectives of the infrastructure • Provide useful data – responding to common requests • Keep it as simple as possible for councils • Resolve fragmentation, inconsistency and discovery • Enable data users to accurately interpret data and aggregate it across councils Hampshire Durham Sevenoaks Leeds Craven Sheffield Any council
  7. 7. www.local.gov.uk/lginformplus@LGInformPlus Councils gained experience in • setting up platforms for publishing data • developing digital skills to provide the digital infrastructure • implementing and getting buy-in for internal sustainable processes for publishing data • Using common standards for comparison & combination • engaging with users, communities, developers and business to find out data needs and encourage the use of data • fostering collaboration and co-design internally and externally. • • assessing the benefit and value of data use
  8. 8. www.local.gov.uk/lginformplus@LGInformPlus LG Inform Plus: providing information management services www.local.gov.uk/lginformplus
  9. 9. www.local.gov.uk/lginformplus@LGInformPlus esd standards – the home of local government semantics standards.esd.org.uk
  10. 10. www.local.gov.uk/lginformplus@LGInformPlus URI sets for classification and links Datasets Schemas Data items Define structureof Contain Local authorities Official geographies Neighbour- hoods Services grouped by function Other eg: • Planning categories • Entertainment types • Procurement classifications National mapping
  11. 11. www.local.gov.uk/lginformplus@LGInformPlus Open data publishing: online guidance www.esd.org.uk
  12. 12. www.local.gov.uk/lginformplus@LGInformPlus Guidance on the scheme and schemas Overview Submission guidance Planning schema Licences schema Toilets schema
  13. 13. www.local.gov.uk/lginformplus@LGInformPlus Transparency Code Directives http://transparency.opendata.esd.org.uk/
  14. 14. www.local.gov.uk/lginformplus@LGInformPlus Results, benefits, re-use LG Inventories LG Schemas Harvesters & Aggregators countrywide spreadsheets Apps – Great British Toilet Map
  15. 15. www.local.gov.uk/lginformplus@LGInformPlus Policy context • Evidence led policy agenda – more informed decision making – identifying trends from wider samples – better collaborative processes – more positive relationships between “Smart Places” • Leading from a demand viewpoint – increasing availability of direct data feeds - APIs – forging more data linking – more transparent processes – crowd-sourcing – wider involvement and ownership
  16. 16. www.local.gov.uk/lginformplus@LGInformPlus Evidence-led viewpoint • open and accessible data promotes – Accountability – Choice – Public sector productivity – Public sector quality (based on performance measures) – Economic growth – Social growth
  17. 17. www.local.gov.uk/lginformplus@LGInformPlus http://data.gov.uk/blog/funding-agreed-important-new-open-data-projects
  18. 18. www.local.gov.uk/lginformplus@LGInformPlus Demand-led viewpoint The value of data depends on the outcomes from its use
  19. 19. www.local.gov.uk/lginformplus@LGInformPlus Value of open data “Open Data has the power to transform productivity and outcomes in public services, as well as drive enterprise value in the broader economy.” Open Data Institute Business Plan 2012-2017
  20. 20. www.local.gov.uk/lginformplus@LGInformPlus Lessons Learned – officers’ led viewpoint Open data incentive scheme user survey Participants: 111 – organisations 291 – data sets 93 – successful organisations 209 – successful data sets 61% responded to the survey Has the exercise been of use and benefit to your organisation? 83% agreed & strongly agreed Do you think this approach should be extended? 83% agreed & strongly agreed Would you participate again? 90% agreed & strongly agreed
  21. 21. www.local.gov.uk/lginformplus@LGInformPlus Lessons Learned – challenges/potential Open data incentive scheme user survey Reasons for withdrawal 52% – inflexible corporate IT systems 48% – capacity and staffing skills available 35% – insufficient time Potential for national working 65% – see benefit & support national schemas What have they learnt most? 81% – stages & processes to be followed 56% – shortfalls in internal governance 55% – role and benefit of ODI & data.gov.uk Full survey report at: http://e-sd.org/FYPmk
  22. 22. Recognising the benefits of open data and its use Making data available and using them raised the profile of data as an asset Breaks down silos between departments, organisations, citizens and communities Improved skills as people make better use of data Greater insight into customer needs and demands due to better analytics helps to improve service delivery and performance Councils know what data they own, reduces duplication Easier and faster data analysis from standardised and linkable data
  23. 23. www.local.gov.uk/lginformplus@LGInformPlus Opening performance data over 3500 metrics
  24. 24. www.local.gov.uk/lginformplus@LGInformPlus Further information LG Inform Plus: local.gov.uk/lginformplus Open data: opendata.esd.org.uk Standards: standards.esd.org.uk Technical Help: support@esd.org.uk Open data knowledge group: https://knowledgehub.local.gov.uk/group /localopendatacommunity tim.adams@local.gov.uk @DrTimAdams lginformplus@local.gov.uk

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