We’re officially open for business

Despite the fact that it has been available for the last week or so the WCC open data site has now been officially launched by an official WCC announcement involving a pun, described officially as “awful”.

Now things are properly kicked off we will be taking a number of steps to grow the site and make it more useful over the coming weeks.

  1. Adding more data: Behind the scenes we are working with the authority to liberate a wide range of public information and ensure it is available in open formats. There will soon be data available on areas such as school exclusions, traffic, car parking, council buildings and WCC finance.
  2. Providing alternative formats: Just ironing out a few small problems and then we will be able to provide static data sets in multiple formats (CSV, XML and XLS).
  3. Introducing more dynamic data feeds and web services: this is part of our broader applications strategy approach (more at http://abigbang.wordpress.com) which is about the deployment of re-usable web services wherever possible for both internal and external application and processes. One key area will be making use of our GIS data now that it appears the rules around making OS derived data available are relaxing.
  4. Building a community: This will form part of the main open data site and will focus on feedback about the data available, providing a route for requesting new data or changes plus a showcase for web sites and applications that make use of any of the information we have published. Any thoughts on how such a community should function are welcome, either here or via opendata@warwickshire.gov.uk.

We are really happy with how things have gone so far and it was great to see the first example of something built using our data, a Yahoo! Pipes project at: http://www.meanboyfriend.com/overdue_ideas/2010/04/putting-warwickshire-libraries-on-the-map/ – hopefully the first of many.

New Data Sets Added

We have updated the Warwickshire Open Data site with the following sets of information you can find them all at http://opendata.warwickshire.gov.uk/datasets or for a more organised view, you can check individual categories.

In CSV format we have the election results, specifically:

Council Election Results 4th June 2009
Council Election Results 5th May 2005
Council Election Results 7th June 2001

As XML Feeds we have information and geographic locations for the following council services:

Country Parks
Libraries
Museums and Galleries
One Stop Shops
Recycling Centres

There will be more soon, keep watching this space or follow our twitter feed at @wccopendata

Warwickshire Open Data Site Now Live

As of now the open data site is available at http://opendata.warwickshire.gov.uk. the site will be officially launched next week but if you want to kick the tyres and check out the data that is already available please feel free. Any WCC people may find that this URL doesn’t work properly within our network – don’t panic we will be sending round an alternative address via other means.

Currently there is a small collection of data sets available, but by next week there will be more information available and in more formats. We will also be gearing up the community side of the site and have already set up a new twitter feed to help keep the wider world informed @wccopendata.

We are really keen to get any feedback, so please add comments here or get in touch via opendata@warwickshire.gov.uk.