Statistics, evidence and #openpolicy (#bsbd event)

Some very quick reflections on the UK Statistics Authority’s seminar on Better Statistics, Better Data, which took place this morning. It gave me a slight sense of déjà vu from conversations a decade or more ago – statistics are hard to understand, most people don’t understand them (or trust them), and there are significant priming effects […]

Participation: Young lazy optimists, old active cynics

Skimming through the data tables from the Community Life survey released by the Department for Communities and Local Government today, and there is an intriguing set of numbers around civic participation and feeling that you are able to influence issues in your area. About four in ten people think that they can influence decisions in […]

Fostering open data – what community news can do

How can community news and info publishers help improve access to local data? asks Mark Headd, chief data officer for the City of Philadelphia, in a Knight Digital Media Centre blogpost. According to Headd, when you ask for data, explain why you want the data, how you hope to help the community with it. According […]

UK civil society shared vision for open government

This post by Tim Davies originally appeared on the Open Government Partnership blog. The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a global effort to make governments better by promoting transparency, empowering citizens, fighting corruption, and harnessing new technologies to strengthen governance. This network met today (11th October) at the Free Word Centre, London to explore a broad agenda of open […]

Finding all of the interesting data within one local authority area

This new project from Paul Evans looks good: I’ve never seen anyone try to pull together a good index of all of the relevant and interesting data that is available within one local authority area with the aim of giving school pupils something to work with, so over the next few weeks, I’ll be doing […]