Category Archives: Public data

Soupmix for 2010-12-13

Tax gap visualised “The tax gap is the difference between collected tax and the potential total tax out there. The gap is caused by tax avoidance, evasion, black markets, errors and lack of “reasonable care” when filling in tax returns. Currently, the lowest estimate puts the figure at £42bn a year: the highest around £120bn. Either […]

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Open data for public sector organisations

My talk from #wmod10 on slideshare  Wmro open data talk View more presentations from Andrew Mackenzie.

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Show us a better way update

The show us a better way competition, which invited proposals for better ways of communicating public information, reports back on the winning entries Lots of interesting mashups with public data. Sadly the Ordnance Survey only temporarily freed up data they control for use in the competition. Shortly afterwards “Ordnance Survey has emailed local government […]

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Making sense of numbers

BBC News Magazine is running a series by Michael Blastland on making sense of numbers: interpreting data, research, media coverage. Surveys & media coverage Myth of counting: the economy, growth, recession Michael Blastland is the author, with Andrew Dilnot, of The Tiger That Isn’t: Seeing Through a World of Numbers

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Public data mapping

Public data news The Guardian’s Free Our Data campaign is a good source for policy and legal developments in the use of public data. Usually covered in the Technology edition, web and print versions, on Thursdays. They also have a blog: freeourdata A recent Guardian piece by Michael Cross covers significant advances in freeing access […]

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Google Street View

“Google’s controversial Street View photo-mapping tool has been given the all clear by the UK’s privacy watchdog. The system takes pictures of streets and adds them to online maps to let people see what locations look like. The project drew criticism from privacy campaigners worried it could breach data protection laws. But the Information Commissioner […]

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Public data, £20k competition

“What would you create with public information? Ever been frustrated that you can’t find out something that ought to be easy to find?  Ever been baffled by league tables or ‘performance indicators’?  Do you think that better use of public information could improve health, education, justice or society at large? The UK Government wants to […]

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