‘Open by default and digital by design’
Anyone that has seen me talk about data will know that I am totally and enthusiastically pro-data and pro-open. I firmly believe that the real power of data comes from making it available to a wider audience – both in terms of the things that people can do with it, and the opportunity to ensure people are able to make informed decisions about the areas they live in / services they receive, etc. It also makes it much easier for us to use our own data for good (aka dogfooding)
We’ve done a lot of good work in Trafford to try and move this forward, with DataGM, InfoTrafford, and now the Innovation and Intelligence Lab, so I was cock-a-hoop to be asked to co-lead on open data (with the excellent Lucy Knight), for Local Gov Digital, AND join the steering group.
I am really looking forward to working with Lucy on this, and everyone else that wants to get involved. It’s an amazing opportunity to build links with data people in other Local Authorities around the country, share some of the things that we’ve been doing in this space, and pick up stuff that others are doing and promote and develop it.
It’s also great to be hooking up with (and considered to be a part of) a group of recognised digital experts across local government, who are already developing some excellent stuff, such as Pipeline and Localo.
Local Gov Digital’s fundamental principle is that Local Government should be ‘Open by default and digital by design’. This is a very succinct way of articulating exactly what I’m trying to do with data here, in Trafford.
I reckon I’ll fit right in.