Jon Kingsbury - 31.05.2010
How to open up local data: notes, tips and tricks from Warwickshire council
I’ve always been impressed with people who, at the right stage of development, roll up their sleeves and get on with delivering.
Too much conceptualising can spoil an idea and often it’s only in the “build” stage that concepts can be effectively iterated.
But I’m doubly impressed with people who are willing to share what they have learnt with others.
This blog post by Kate Sahota, one of the people involved in the Warwickshire County Council’s Open Data project, has some practical hints and tips on how to mine all that lovely data currently squirreled away in local authorities and knock it into shape.
It’s worth acknowledging that this exercise can be tough, both logistically and culturally, so hats off to all involved.
Kate’s tips are a commonsense guide in an often over-hyped area of data.
Hints and tips range from licensing the copyright to how to incentivise software developers with a bacon sandwich.