Open Data

Open practice: what it means to us

We have been discussing an idea that we call 'Open Practice' within the team here at Public-i and we wanted to outline what we mean by this and start to share it a bit more widely. I have written recently on my own blog about what I see as a need to consider being open as ...

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Five observations and five quotes from Open Data Cities

I was at the Open Data Cities Conference on Friday. Held here in Brighton, it focused on how releasing publicly held data can transform cities through innovation and by revealing new understandings of the places we live. A stellar list of speakers - including Tom Steinberg of mySociety, Laura James from Open Knowledge Foundation and Bill ...

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Video formats: Open video – what exactly do we mean?

We have been having our periodical video formats review internally and in the interest of open practice we wanted to précis this for people as well as keep clients up to date with our thinking. Brace yourselves: this one might get a bit technical. In writing this I am synthesizing the more technical thoughts and ...

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Public meetings should be…well….public

So I find myself in the odd position of agreeing with Eric Pickles.  This is an unusual sensation to say the least: “Councils should open up their public meetings to local news 'bloggers' and routinely allow online filming of public discussions as part of increasing their transparency.” Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles We’ve spent the last 10 ...

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Understanding who will use open data from Public-i

At Public-i we’re looking into how we can allow our customers to release the raw information our systems generate as open data. This will be about allowing them to, essentially, tick a box to release all the numbers around web-casting and petitions to the public. At the moment we’re in the discussion phase - planning ...

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