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

Changing the City through Pictures alone?

Yesterday City Hall hosted a Visualising London event. I introduced the day with a challenge that the growing digital visualisation movement has to go way beyond simply delivering beautiful evidence if it is to make a real difference. Of course visual impact will engage, but the intersection of the high art of information design, statistics … Read More »

Consultation on changes to the oversight of police forces

The Home Office is consulting on changes to the oversight of police forces in the UK, abolishing police authorities and replacing them with elected individuals.  In London, it’s expected that this would mean the Mayor would become the Police and Crime Commissioner and the London Assembly would be responsible for holding the elected Commissioner to … Read More »

Update on Trackernet Feed

We are aware from all the comments on the Datastore blog that there is a lot of frustration in the developer community regarding the restoration of the TfL Trackernet feed. We hope that the recent release by TfL of bus and tube timetables and schedules along with the release of their live message boards and … Read More »

McCandless shows the power of intelligent visualisation

David McCandless – driving force behind the Information is Beautiful site, gives an inspiring and thought provoking presentation on how intelligent, well designed data visualisations can help us understand the ever increasing information deluge. Moving quickly through discussions of current affairs topics such as American defence spending versus African debt, to more frivolous endeavours (looking at … Read More »

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 »