What are Open Data Manchester people working on?
People within the Open Data Manchester community work on a diverse range of projects from application development to advice and guidance for organisations. If you have a project or idea that you are developing or are interested in developing let us know and we can include it here.
City of Things
is leading a consortium of mainly Manchester based organisations in this Technology Strategy Board funded project. The purpose is to explore applications of the ‘Internet of Things’ to management of the urban built environment.
The project will run from March to June 2012 and we will be actively seeking inputs from interested public and private sector organisations as well as developers. Read more
on Swirrl’s blog.
DCLG Linked Data proof-of-concept
As part of the government’s transparency agenda, the DCLG
‘s business plan includes an action to ”Publish data in line with public sector transparency, moving progressively to fully open formats” (more details
is helping them achieve this through this proof-of-concept project. We will be releasing new ’5 star’ Linked Open Data datasets for the key impact and input indicators for the department: showing how money has been spent and how the department is progressing against its objectives. An important focus will be on data around housing and homelessness.
Swirrl is applying its PublishMyData
platform to make the data available in a highly reusable form. The main outputs are due for delivery at the end of March 2012.
Hampshire County Council Linked Data trial
Like many local government organisations, Hampshire County Council
is keen to explore the possiblities of Linked Open Data to support effective sharing of information with the public and with partner organisations. It also has great potential for local intelligence applications within the council.
This project will make use of Swirrl’s PublishMyData
linked data publishing platform to release a selection of datasets as 5 star open data and to explore the beneifts that this can bring. The project will be carried out in the first half of 2012.
GM Bus Times
Through the encouragement of Open Data Manchester and DataGM, Transport for Greater Manchester released their Bus times data.
When Swirrl converted the raw ATCO-CIF data to Linked Data, Ben Gibbs decided to create an app which made bus times more accessible than they are from the Transport for Greater Manchester website where they are only available in PDF’s.
The app began at a Lovely Data Hack day, then Ben added the pretty maps and a mobile optimised version.