Last Wednesday, I went to an event at Fazeley Studios in Birmingham to explore innovative, useful and important applications of data.
However, I thought I’d pull out a couple of highlights.
Timely information for citizens
It was also good to hear Dave Harte on Digital Birmingham‘s timely information for citizens project. The project aims to demonstrate how opening up local authority datasets, and then mashing this data to tell effective stories using the social web, can successfully engage citizens in improving public services.
The idea is to work with Digital Birmingham and other organisations to encourage use of the Resource Catalogue and the API as a starting point for them to get their hands on regional and sub-regional datasets.