We want this blog space to be filled with contributions from far and wide. If we are monopolising the conversation, then we are getting it wrong.

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.

And if you do feel shy about coming forward, we know who you are and we’ll be sure to come knocking anyway.

– The City Data Team

From journalists to interpreters – is data changing the way we work?

“We will unleash a tsunami of data”. So said our Downing Street contact in the weeks after the election. And so it’s proven to be, from the numbers of civil servants and what they get paid (http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2010/jun/18/civil-service-statistics-headcount) to the salaries of Westminster advisors (http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2010/jun/13/government-special-advisers-list). Those would have been enough to keep us happy, but then … Read More »

Economic benefits of data release

The new coalition government’s commitment to transparency heralds an exciting time for the possibilities of open data.  The data release movement is relatively new and it’s difficult to predict its full economic impact in advance. The US leads the way in encouraging and financially incentivising the software community to develop new apps based on publicly available … Read More »

The Story so far………

It’s been six months since the launch of the Datastore, and during this time we have sourced and released over 260 datasets. The current top five popular datasets are:   • TfL Live Traffic Cameras• Borough Council Election Results 2010• Begging Incidents Recorded by British Transport Police• Average House Price• Oyster Ticket Stop Locations   In return, you’ve created some … Read More »

Tube Feed Update

Owing to overwhelming demand by apps that use the service, the London Underground feed has had to be temporarily suspended. We hope to restore the service as soon as possible but this may take some days. We will keep everyone informed of progress towards a resolution.

Boost for London’s Software Developer Community and SMEs as TfL lifts all restrictions on commercial reuse of its data

Today’s announcement by TfL that they have lifted all restrictions on the commercial reuse of their data will come as good news to the developer community. There is no doubt that this will provide a welcome economic boost to London’s SMEs and individual developers.   And according to Chris MacLeod, Director of Group Marketing at … Read More »

Visualisation for Everyone

“Every day, every hour, maybe even every minute, we’re looking [at] and absorbing information via the web. We’re steeped in it. Maybe even lost in it. So perhaps what we need are well-designed, colourful and – hopefully useful charts to help us navigate” – David McCandless Author of Information is Beautiful, 2009. London’s datastore is … Read More »

The Possibilities of Real Time Data

We are looking forward to hosting our seminar The Possibilities of Real Time Data on Monday 19 April and still have some tickets left if anyone wants to attend. Its free so just email mailto:lisa.price@london.gov.uk if you want to come along. Paul Clarke will be moderating the Twitter Feed on the morning and anyone interested … Read More »

Redbridge Raise the Bar

When people in the public sector talk about open data there can be quite a variance in definition. So it was an eye opening experience to meet with Redbridge Council last week to discuss their approach to data and their proposed participation in London’s Datastore. Chief Executive Roger Hampson is a member of the Local Government … Read More »

Data, Data, Everywhere. Now let’s make a difference with it.

“Everywhere you look, the quantity of information in the world is soaring… Merely keeping up with this flood, and storing the bits that might be useful, is difficult enough.  Analysing it, to spot patterns and extract useful information is harder still.  Even so, the data deluge is already starting to transform business, government, science and … Read More »