Borough Data Partnership
- London Office of Data Analytics: with the GLA/Nesta pilot project coming to an end, hear an update on the challenges, successes and the next steps for a centralised Office of Analytics function for London.
- Smarter working using matched data (Data Warehousing): Newham will share details of how and why they started linking service user records and the insights it can provide.
- London Ventures: Hear more about innovative projects using technology to achieve cost savings and improve services for Londoners such as: the London Counter Fraud Hub, Space Hive and Oxygen Finance.
- Digital Catapult: Hear about their range of projects designed to help public services run better services using IoT and data technologies, and which deal with associated policies like public trust and privacy policies.
- City Datastore: The GLA is building a City Datastore, a new data platform which will allow for the secure sharing of data for use by data science experts on pan-London projects and which will prepare the ground for the future wave of data generated by ‘smart cities’ and IoT initiatives.
Why a Borough Data Partnership?
London Borough Data Partnership has been founded with some very simple reasons in mind.
- Whether it is school places or particulate matter in the atmosphere, more often than not, the problems faced by public services cross ‘artificial’ boundaries.
- The data at our disposal is often not as good as it could be – we can share, organise and structure it better.
- The analytical tools, big data approaches and range of potential collaborators all mean we now have infinitely better chances of delivering new insight and creating new products to deliver social, economic and environmental improvement in London’s communities.
What’s on Offer?
The chance to listen to world experts in city data and become involved in streams of work designed to both increase capacity in the areas of data release and city analytics in local authorities.
There is also the chance to take part in the sorts of partnerships described above and elsewhere on this site.
Boost your own Open Data approach
The new London DataStore provides a modern, ready-made platform for your Borough to share data. Data is becoming more and more significant to the way we live our lives and the way services are delivered to us. Benefits are already being experienced by local authorities who actively publish their data. Click here to see the details of what we are offering.
In the four years since the original Datastore was launched the technology which supports the site has improved rapidly. More significantly though, disciplines such as urban informatics and the analytical tools associated with them have become more sophisticated and accessible outside of academia. The sheer volume and scope of data available for potential exploitation, as well as approaches to ensure its accessibility and quality have also advanced significantly.[/bs_well]
We therefore believe that the time has come to adopt a more nuanced, co-ordinated and pro-active approach to open data across the capital city, so that its full benefits can be realised and it can be applied to maximum effect in the pursuit of social, economic and environmental improvement in our communities. Often, the problems we face are the same and they travel across the administrative boundaries which divide us.
This is an exciting area in which we will be able to achieve much more together – please contact email@example.com for more information.
Meeting #1: Our first gathering, attended by 15 London Boroughs, took place on 29th July 2014. Experts from the ODI and Future Cities Catapult contributed on the day. Presentation materials, including those from the GLA, are available here.
Meeting #2: Our second gathering, attended by 23 London Boroughs, took place on 5th December 2014. Included contributions from Cllr Theo Blackwell from the LB of Camden, Fran Bennett, CEO of Mastadon C and Adrian Ulisse, CEO of Better Cities. Presentation materials, including those from the GLA, are available here.
Meeting #3: The third gathering, took place on 22nd May 2014. Included contributions from Lola Fernandez-Redondo from Digital Greenwich, Lawrence Hopper from the Cabinet Office and Stephen Blackburn from Leeds City Council Datamill. Presentation materials, including those from the GLA, are available here.
Meeting #4:The fourth series of London Borough Data Partnership meeting was held on Wednesday 7th October at the Data Science Institute and showcased their visualisation studio – a bank of 64 large flat screens! With contributions from University College London Innovate UK city modelling project ‘Sync‘, the Cabinet Office Data Science in Government programme and GLA’s smart city and data projects. Presentation materials including those from GLA are available here
Meeting #5:The fifth meeting was held on 12 April 2016 at Nesta and focused on how to best share and exploit data. The agenda included Eddie Copeland on the need for City Data Analytics; the GLA’ City Data Strategy and Sue Dougan on how they are trying to use heath data better in Camden. A report of the event can be found on our blog page and the slides are available from here.