UK National Goverment

Of nonsensical numbers: openness score

[Summary: A brief critique of the ‘openness score’] A recent Cabinet Office press release, picked up Kable Government Computing states that: “The average openness score for all departments is 52%”. What’s an openness score I hear you ask? Well, apparently it’s “based on the percentage of the datasets published by each department and its arms-length […]

Notes on a National Information Infrastructure

Notes on a National Information Infrastructure

In October the Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information (APPSI) released a short discussion paper based on the idea of building a ‘National Information Framework’ to build an ‘information infrastructure’ for the United Kingdom. The idea of an information infrastructure draws upon the metaphor of physical infrastructure – noting that governments play a role planning, […]

Right to Data Code of Practice Consultation

[Summary: notes on another open data consultation response] As if to provide plenty of opportunities for procrastination from working on my PhD, government is providing a constant stream of open data related consultations right now. Next up, a consultation on the Code of Practice to be issued concerning the ‘Right to Data’ introduced by the […]

Opening the National Pupil Database?

Cross posted from my personal blog. [Summary: some preparatory notes for a response to the National Pupil Database consultation] The Department for Education are currently consulting on changing the regulations that govern who can gain access to the National Pupil Database (NPD). The NPD holds detailed data on every student in England, going back over ten […]

What supports the sustainable re-use of open data?

Update 23rd May: Updated link to the draft paper, and revised (clearer) version of the complementarity diagram. There’s a general perception that, for most open datasets, it’s still pretty tricky to do really useful things with them. Whether it’s the need for data to be better cleaned and annotated, the need for shared source code […]

Web Science Poster #rswebsci

The following poster (also available on the report pages – please link there if referencing) was presented at the ‘Web Science: A New Frontier’ satellite meeting at The Royal Society Kavli Centre, 29th September 2010 and summarises some elements of the study. Click the image to access a full-size version on Flickr, or find a PDF copy […]

Four thoughts on improving open government data

Hadley Beeman has been doing some fantastic work developing conversations and ideas to meet many of the challenges that current open government data users are encountering. You can read her latest update on the project over here. What I meant to be a short comment turned into a blog-length set of reflections, so – reposted […]

It’s not just about machine readable

One of the approaches I’ve been using in trying to analyse the 50 or so different cases of open data use I’ve collected in this study is to divide up the different processes of data use. I started with a simple schematic, and building on the theoretical reading I’ve been doing around data and information, […]

Open Data in Developing Countries


The focus of my work is currently on the Exploring the Emerging Impacts of Open Data in Developing Countries (ODDC) project with the Web Foundation.

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