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Nesta is an innovation foundation. For us, innovation means turning bold ideas into reality and changing lives for the better. We use our expertise, skills and funding in areas where there are big challenges facing society.

10 tips for creating online local public services using open data

This toolkit offers 10 top tips for anyone looking to use open data sets to create innovative digital services to benefit their community

Key findings

  • When generating your idea, keep the needs of your audience at the forefront of your mind at all times.
  • Finding the relevant data for a service in a format that’s easy to use can be difficult. The toolkit lists a number of useful sources of open data.

Make It Local was a project by Nesta which aimed to stimulate the creation of new online public services using local authority data.

In September 2010 four projects were commissioned, each one pairing a council with a local digital agency or developer.

These projects produced innovative services that launched in April 2011.

If you’re interesting in developing your own service, here are 10 top tips to help you get started.