"The most ambitious open data agenda of any government in the world"

Today’s announcement from the Government that it will publish more open data has been widely welcomed. http://data.gov.uk/blog/prime-minister-commits-to-new-open-data-on-health-schools-courts-and-transport

But for government departments the requirement to publish more data and more frequently brings about more challenges.

In particular the PM today, in his letter to cabinet ministers http://www.number10.gov.uk/news/statements-and-articles/2011/07/letter-to-cabinet-ministers-on-transparency-and-open-data-65383 highlighted again the need for data to be published in an open standardised format to make it freely re-usable. He also set out that it needs to be updated on a regular basis. And the new data publishing commitments have been set tight deadlines.

Creating a sustainable open data publishing process – a process that enables regular updates of fine-grained data in a range of data formats – is not easy to achieve. Capturing data in a structured way, or harvesting data from existing sources so that it can be transformed into re-usable formats, is just the start. But getting it right from the beginning will make it so much easier to publish that data in the range of formats that developers want.

That’s exactly what the OpenUp platform does. It is based on proven sustainable publishing processes to help data publishers capture, transform and publish data in ways that help end users to really engage with it.

Find out more about the OpenUp platform http://openup.tso.co.uk/publishers

July 8, 2011, 10:46 am