Seminar on Emerging Trends in Data Communication and Dissemination
19 February 2010
‘The seminar on “Emerging Trends in Data Communication and Dissemination” is part of a series of one-day high level seminars dedicated to topics of great relevance for the global statistical community, which Uited Nations Statistics Division has been organizing for some years now on the Friday before the Statistical Commission session. The seminar is meant to provide a discussion forum for statistical managers to share experiences on new approaches in the way national statistical offices and international agencies disseminate their data to users and engage actively in communication with them.’
See the presentations here
USA: On May 21 2009, the Obama administration launched Data.gov , a web site that provides access to raw data from federal government agencies.
UK: In June 2009 Gordon Brown gave Tim Berners-Lee the job to help open up access to government data .
And now data.gov.uk is ready to get official.
There is a huge interest of the media to unveil the story behind this new data access. From “Whitehall’s web revolution: the inside story” (The Prospect) to “Tim Berners-Lee unveils government data project” (BBC) all flavours are there.
On data.gov.uk some interesting applications that others have created and submitted can already be seen. They take data directly (API, linked data, csv downloads???) from the government data silos (so ONS and especially ONS Census geography) and use these data to offer public services.
As an example have a look at the house prices:
There is also a SPARQL endpoint, but no help page provided for it.
But it’s not all web services in a modern understanding, some public data are just given as simple downloads of xls or pdf (even tables!), so for instance births outside marriage. For most statistical offices this is a frequently offered service for some time already, in the UK it’s also part of a PR campaign.
See the listed ONS (Office National Statiscs) offer on data.gov.uk -> here
See this new article comparing the two data.gov.