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Data & mapping: government publication or citizen conversation?

At WCEN we’ve been looking at how local communities, especially those on the edge, can get the local information that government holds on us (eg on how healthy we are, where crime is happening).  If we have the same data as they do, we’ll be better able to come up with ideas on how to make our local communities healthier, safer, etc – and work with the public services to make it happen.

We’re particularly interested in mapping, with data arriving as live feeds.  And we want to be able to add our own information. So far we’ve talked to academics, mainly geographers, about possibilities.

With co-production / coop councils / Big Society ideas all around, I was happy to find Hadley Beeman’s new blog on government open data – & all the comments it’s attracted.  Have a look – all kinds of government officials, policy wonks, computer types, academics are contributing.

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