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If you’ve got something to say that deals with London data, Smart city issues, or an event involving London, the Datastore blog is a great place to get your message across.

So if you’ve a point to make about open city data or an idea around which you want to start some creative thinking, get in touch.

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– The City Data Team

Why and how data will save the NHS

Today Bromley Healthcare, the south London community healthcare provider I have led for the last four years, has become the first to publish clinical data on the London Datastore. We have done this because we believe that data will save the NHS. I realise this is a hard concept for the many in the NHS … Read More »

Engaging Londoners in Open Data

Some people have described data as the new oil.  A precious resource that fuels growth and innovation (let’s just hope it doesn’t have so many downsides…). For the great global cities such as London, data certainly has the potential to unlock fundamental progress.  If data can record our human actions and our physical environment, and … Read More »

London’s Digital Connectivity

London has a healthy market of digital connectivity providers – some big names, but hundreds of other smaller firms offering all kinds of different solutions. It is also home to hundreds of thousands of potential consumers of faster digital connectivity. We know that some businesses and residents in parts of the city cannot access fast … Read More »

London Business Survey 2014: Foreign Ownership

Capitalising on last year’s innovative London Business Survey (LBS), which provided a unique insight into the issues affecting business owners and managers in the capital, the GLA Economics team has been looking at the LBS’ findings more closely to gain insights into the nature of foreign business ownership in London. What do we know about … Read More »

Labour Market Update for London –June 2015

Latest figures show a softening in London’s labour market. London’s employment rate (i.e. the proportion of London’s resident working age population in employment) in the three months to April 2015 slightly decreased to 71.9 per cent – down by 0.4 percentage points on the previous quarter, but still representing an increase of 0.3 percentage point … Read More »

Pay Attention To Analytics Data to Predict Future Outcomes

One of the best ways to determine what will happen in the future is to look to the past. In today’s big data-driven world, we have the ability to access and use information on how customers are interacting with our websites and social media networks. But if we’re capturing this information without knowing how to … Read More »

How can the London Datastore Improve Green Space Access?

One of the more intriguing elements of the updated Datastore design is the Schools Atlas. The Atlas’ case study notes that it “illustrates perfectly the power of accessing previously locked up data and using it in innovative ways”, and represents one of the ways in which the Datastore has democratized access to data that tangibly … Read More »

Saved by the Bell – Hypercat Summit Talk

I spoke at the Hypercat Summit earlier this week.  I suffered the shame of being buzzed out when my allotted three minutes were up, so here is my talk, published in full…. I will be straightforward.  I want to see a range of actors in this city aware of and organised around the sharing and … Read More »