Hampshire Hub – a quick update

The Hampshire Hub logo
The Hampshire Hub logo

If you are a regular visitor to this site, you will probably already know that we are setting up a Local Information System for Hampshire, called the ‘Hampshire Hub’.

If you’ve just dropped in and that’s news to you, it’s worth a quick look at the ‘About‘ section before reading on.

Welcome back!

By now you’ll know that we’re procuring a ‘strategic’ Hampshire Hub, which will provide a ‘robust evidence base for decision-making’, a ‘data store’, a ‘collaborative environment’ for partners, and a variety of tools for visualising and making sense of the data. You’ll also know that the hub will be ‘open by default‘.

Thinking Aloud

About a year ago, we created the Protohub web site as a place to do our thinking in the open, and to help us to explore the different approaches to making the Hampshire Hub ‘real’. We referred to it as our ‘thinking aloud prototype’.

Prototype Approach

As procurement takes a while, over the last few months we’ve been working on turning our ‘thinking aloud’ site in to something we could use on an interim basis until the strategic Hub is ready in 2014.

We’ve been making lots of changes recently and, in the next post, we’ll look at some of the current features and highlight what’s new. We’ll also take a sneak peek at what’s coming up in the future.

If you have had a look around the site and want to comment on what you’ve seen so far, we’d really welcome your feedback. You can either comment directly on posts and (most) pages, or use the ‘contact us‘ form.

A note of caution – we are still developing the site, and bits of it may break from time to time. Thanks for your patience!

By Mark Braggins

I’m interested in lots of things, in no particular order: society, politics, public services, open data, technology (and what you can do with it), wildlife, photography, the countryside, and long distance walking.

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