CAMBRIDGESHIRE INSIGHT OPEN DATA
WHAT IS OPEN DATA?
Open data is data that is published in an open accessible format, is machine readable and is published under a license that allows for free reuse. It is publicly released raw data that is often from the government or public services.
The ODI (Open Data Institute) have a useful FAQ (http://theodi.org/guides/what-open-data) on open data that may be of interest.
In June 2012, the government published a white paper (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/open-data-white-paper-unleash...) on open data. This outlined how they intend to put make it easier to access public data, with a “presumption to publish”, and with data released in standard open formats. The paper also highlights the benefits that open data can bring such as greater transparency, improved public services, and the unlocking of economic potential.
WHO RUNS CAMBRIDGESHIRE INSIGHT OPEN DATA?
Cambridgeshire Insight Open data, and Cambridgeshire Insight!, is managed by Cambridgeshire County Council and run by a local partnership. The current partnership consists of:
WHAT IS DKAN?
DKAN is the Drupal-based version of CKAN, the world's leading open-source open data publishing platform. It provides a complete open source software solution for data publishers, and adheres to the API, data, and functionality standards of CKAN. The goal of the project combine the utility of CKAN with the ease of maintenance and extensibility of Drupal.
WHY THIS PROJECT?
The Cambridgeshire Insight project was successful in bidding for the Data Strategy Board Open Data Breakthrough fund. This fund enables innovative ways of open data releases and ease of access to open data.
The local demand has been identified in Cambridgeshire for the repeated reuse of datasets already in use by government organisations to assist their planning and economic growth strategies. It is particularly clear that there is a demand not just for the tables within published reports but the unique locally generated base data that feeds those tables.
WHAT ARE WE HOPING TO ACHIEVE?
The Cambridgeshire Insight open data project will seek to meet this demand for local data by initially scoping the datasets that partners could release to support others to plan and then respond to the challenges created by growth. The project will actively engage with consumers to understand their needs and develop a process methodology and source additional technology to facilitate the regular release of data. Releases will be accompanied with a communication plan and further engagement with partners and data users.
Cambridgeshire Insight will be used as a repository and dissemination channel for any data published and will also make any results available as a toolkit for others to implement.
WHO PROVIDES THE OPEN DATA?
Open data is publicly released raw data that is often from the government or public services but it can also be created by local gropups, individuals or outside organisations.
No personal data, information which allows individuals to be identified, should be uploaded or registered onto the site.
WHO CAN USE THE DATA?
Anyone. The data is published under a license that allows for free reuse. It is publicly released raw data.