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How to get public data out of large bureacracies in the uk, based on personal experience. At Future Everything Manchester 13 May 2010


  • 1. Open Data: moving the immovable getting data out of bureaucracies
    Future Everything: Open Data conference 13 May 2010
    William Perrin
    Former Secretary to Power of Information Taskforce
    Local Public Data Panel Member
    Founder talk about local
  • 2. The Dozer
    Apply huge force or do something so outrageous they cant miss it
  • 3. BCC DIY
    Functional rebuild by volunteers of 2.8m Birmingham City Council site
    Arguably most radical grass roots web project in this space right now
  • 4. Make sure you do in fact have a bulldozer and dont suffer a scale problem
    Can your bulldozer deliver?
    You look stupid if not
  • 5. A crack team of data ferrets working for the Task Force have returned from their first forays into the bowels of Government.
    People inside the organisation who can seek out specific data targets and release them
    Say in chief executives office
  • 6.
  • 7. Avalanche
    Bury them in FOI requests and build an external archive
  • 8. Birmingham
    Epic parking ticket investigation using data from FOI
    Isolated weird behaviour by wardens
  • 9. Snow machine
    Reference the data released in CKAN
  • 10. For a big leap you need leadership
    External influencers make best impact
  • 11. There are two philosophies to putting data on the web. The top-down one is to make a corporate or national plan, by getting committees together of all the interested parties, and make a consistent set of terms (ontology) into which everything fits. This in fact takes so long it is often never finished, and anyway does not in fact get corporate or national consensus in the end.
    The other method experience recommends is to do it bottom up. A top-level mandate is extremely valuable, but grass-roots action is essential. Put the data up where it is: join it together later.
    Tim Berners-Lee
  • 12. You need a blend of all of these
    No magic bullet
    New government expected to continue drive to open data
  • 13. Never ever bide your time and wait
    Bureaucracies are world class at waiting and they will win