Using Data as a policy maker – Pt1

This is the first in a series of posts about an event: Using Data as a policy maker, which was held in Winchester, in November 2015. This post first appeared on the Open Data Aha! blog. Using data for policy – Aha! Wearing my ‘Open Data Aha!‘ hat*, I teamed up with Southern Policy Centre Read More …

Demonstrating the value of open data – GP Pressure Map

I was really pleased to see GP Pressure Map featured on the BBC’s South Today programme on 31st March. GP Pressure Map – part of the Open City Data Platform – was one of the “highs” I mentioned in my final post on the Hampshire Hub: Leaving on a high. The utility, created by Leo Valberg Read More …

Leaving on a high

This post was originally published on the Hampshire Hub on 30th March 2015. Deep breath I’m leaving Hampshire County Council, and am stepping down as lead for the Hampshire Hub. There, I’ve said it. Looking back I wrote my first post Hampshire Hub (Thoughts on What a Hampshire Hub might be) in February 2012. In Read More …

The Business Case for Open Data

Martin Tisné, UK Policy Director for Omidyar Network, and Nicholas Gruen, CEO of Lateral Economics have published a new report Open for Business: How Open Data Can Help Achieve the G20 Growth Target The report considers the potential for open data, and provides an economic estimate of its value. You can preview and download the report Read More …

Next steps for the Hampshire Hub

The story so far In my previous post I explained that the Hampshire Hub has been through a few changes, starting life as a ‘thinking aloud’ web site, then regenerating as a ‘prototype’, and most recently what we’ve been calling ‘interim’. Up to this point we’ve been developing the site ourselves using WordPress, with a Read More …

Towards a Strategic Hampshire Hub

In an earlier post: Hampshire Hub – a responsive approach I talked a bit about the ‘interim’ Hampshire Hub, and explained what we’re doing with the current site. I mentioned the ‘strategic’ hub, but didn’t go in to much detail about what we’re intending to do in the longer term. Strategic Hampshire Hub I’m pleased Read More …

Linked open data for academia: Data.ac.uk

Data.ac.uk was set up by the data.southampton team, and aims to bring together the higher education community and the wealth of data it has access to, and encourage that community to share, utilise, update, grow and generate demand for open data.

Hampshire Hub project Update for HIOWLA Chief Executives

On 2nd November 2012 an update on the Hampshire Hub project was presented to the Chief Executives of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Authorities. You can preview and download the report below.

The rise of the unconference

An unconference is a participant-driven meeting. The term “unconference” has been applied, or self-applied, to a wide range of gatherings that try to avoid one or more aspects of a conventional conference, such as high fees, sponsored presentations, and organisation. This film, from TheInformationDaily.TV takes a look at the rise of the unconference, with a Read More …

Content creation and story telling

Two short films from The Coca Cola Company which lay out Coca Cola’s plans to move from ‘Creative Excellence’ to ‘Content Excellence’. A very different take on strategic planning.     See also a fascinating blog post from Matt Bond about how Cornwall Council is developing its social media and content plans.