Brian MacAulay, Director Innovation Index at NESTA, mentioned the Make It Local initiative to encourage collaboration between local authorities and digital media developers. It’s timely in the light of our open data: challenges and opportunities event last week and the government’s consultation on underlying data publication announced today.
Make It Local, the NESTA initiative, aims to:
…encourage collaboration between local authorities and digital media developers, to provide innovative, web-based services for their communities.
Make it Local is encouraging local authorities to release publicly-owned data in a linked way which allows developers an opportunity to build new services using the information.
Local authorities hold significant amounts of public data– such as transport, carbon emissions, population and crime data – which may help to power a range of useful, digital services. In developing partnerships between local authorities and digital media businesses, NESTA wants to show the value to local authorities of releasing their data to developers who can make use of it.
NESTA is calling for digital agencies with ideas for new applications to approach their local authority and encourage them to enter.
NESTA is offering three local authorities up to £30,000 to spend with a digital media business in their area.
The criteria for applications, application process and application form are available on the NESTA website.