Opendata List Of Resources

Applications making use of open data

UK Postcodes
Web service by Stuart Harrison (@pezholio) serving up the Ordnance Survey data

BBC Wildlife Finder
Uses dbpedia and other open data sources

Coffee house bus notification system in Boston
Uses transportation data opened up by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)

OC Transpo
Mobile web application using Ottawa Transport data

Competitions/funds

Mashup Australia
http://mashupaustralia.org/

NYC Big Apps competition
http://www.nycbigapps.com/

Show us a better way
http://www.showusabetterway.co.uk/

City/state/service datasets

NYC data mine
http://www.nyc.gov/data

Toronto/open
http://www.toronto.ca/open/

City of Vancouver Open Data Catalogue
http://data.vancouver.ca/

City of Edmonton Open Data Catalogue
http://data.edmonton.ca/

City of Chicago
http://egov.cityofchicago.org/CityData/CityData.html

Open Minneapolis (to be launched)
http://www.openminneapolis.org/

District of Columbia Data Catalog
http://data.octo.dc.gov/

Metropolitan Transport Authority (New York) Developer data access (using the General Transit Feed Specification)
http://www.mta.info/developers/

State of California datasets
http://ca.gov/data/

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
http://mass.gov/data

Michigan
http://michigan.gov/data

Rhode Island
http://ri.gov/data

Utah
http://www.utah.gov/data/

New York State Senate
http://www.nysenate.gov/opendata

Central gov datasets

US gov data
http://www.data.gov/

Australian government public information datasets
http://data.australia.gov.au/

New Zealand Government datasets
http://www.data.govt.nz/

International datasets

Comprehensive Knowledge Network
http://ckan.net/

Dbpedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DBpedia

World Bank Data
http://data.worldbank.org/

UK Gov and UK local gov data sets

Open PSI - collab between UK Gov and Uni of Southampton
http://www.openpsi.org/

UK gov data
http://data.hmg.gov.uk/home

Communities and Local Gov - Places Database
http://www.places.communities.gov.uk/

London DataStore
http://data.london.gov.uk/

Manchester - FutureEverything
http://www.futureeverything.org/news/opendata1

Openly Local - "…a new project to develop an open and unified way of accessing Local Government information"
http://openlylocal.com/

Home Office /data (mostly Excel files?)
http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/data

Lichfield District Council
http://www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/data

London Borough of Sutton - XML and CSV
http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=8651

Open Election Data project
http://openelectiondata.org/

Articles, blogposts, blogs and forums

How opening up data helped expose one of the biggest tax frauds in Canada’s history
http://eaves.ca/2010/04/14/case-study-open-data-and-the-public-purse/

Lessons learned from the Open Data front lines (inc. "You can build it, but they won't come")
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/bbcbackstage/2010/02/lessons-learned-from-the-open.shtml

Why linked data for data.gov.uk?
http://www.jenitennison.com/blog/node/140

My area: a look under the hood - by Stuart Harrison (@pezholio) of Lichfield DC
http://www2.lichfielddc.gov.uk/webdevelopment/2010/01/20/my-area-a-look-under-the-hood/

Linked data - data.gov.uk wiki entry by Jeni Tennison
http://www.data.gov.uk/wiki/Linked_Data

8 principles of Open Government Data
http://resource.org/8_principles.html

Better Faster Cheaper - Municipal data explosions
http://bfc.ashinstitute.harvard.edu/blog/?id=51

Georgi Kobilarov’s blog
http://blog.georgikobilarov.com/

CountCulture
http://countculture.wordpress.com/

Subreddit for OpenData
http://www.reddit.com/r/opendata

UK Gov Data Developers Google Group
http://groups.google.com/group/uk-government-data-developers/

Open Data - Collaborating to promote the release of local public data (blog)
http://localdata.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk/

News, media and press releases

Cabinet Office - Digital Engagement blog : Local Government Data
http://blogs.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/digitalengagement/post/2009/12/07/Local-Government-Data.aspx

Guardian - Boris Johnson to launch London datastore
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/jan/06/london-datastore-launch-johnson-mashups

NYPost - iPhone app’s a meter beater - NYC BigApps competition leads to this useful iPhone app
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/iphone_app_meter_beater_WkHr9MsO6YeRvHx6LTC3BI

Programmable Web - Developer tries to open transit data
http://blog.programmableweb.com/2010/01/12/developer-tries-to-open-transit-data/

Another big list of open data gov stuff (from US perspective)
http://lists.pwd.ca/pipermail/civicaccess-discuss/2010-January/001917.html

Data visualisations

ABS In Motion - unveiling the beauty of Australian Bureau of Statistics
http://www.absinmotion.org/

Twitterers with opendata bent

@countculture
@mashthestate
@adrianshort
@paulgeraghty
@tiagopeixoto
@govfresh
@londondatastore
@jenit

Twitter hashtags

#opendata
#localgov
#microdata
#rdfa

Delicious tags

opendata

quotes and stuff

“looking forward to lots of fun with GLa site but they need to rememebr people like me who can’t do clever data things with web pages and just give us some excel and csv files to download” - William Perrin http://countculture.wordpress.com/2010/01/08/the-gla-and-open-data-did-he-really-say-that/#comment-140

"So, after nearly a year in the Open Data trenches, I have some advice for those starting or involved in open data projects. First, figure out what you want the world to look like and why…
"Second, build your project around users. In my time working with the politicians and civil servants, I've realised that success breeds success: the best way to convince them to open data is to show an open data project that's useful to real people. Not a catalogue or similar tool aimed at insiders, but something that's making citizens, voters, constituents happy. Then they'll get it." Nat Torkington - Rethinking Open Data

Standards

Publishing Open Government Data - W3C working draft
http://www.w3.org/TR/gov-data/

General Transit Feed Specification
http://code.google.com/transit/spec/transit_feed_specification.html

Licences

Draft of an Open Data Commons Attribution license
http://www.opendatacommons.org/2010/01/11/draft-of-an-open-data-commons-attribution-license/

Examples of APIs and best practice

Pachube API
http://community.pachube.com/api

CountCulture's brain dump of ideas on open data feeds from councils
http://countculture.wordpress.com/2009/09/21/open-data-feeds-from-councils-brain-dump/

Hacker News discussion : Who makes the best APIs?
http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=867972

Good APIs Project
http://blogs.ukoln.ac.uk/good-apis-jisc/

Why REST?
http://blog.dhananjaynene.com/2009/06/why-rest/

Qt - ApiDesignPrinciples
http://qt.gitorious.org/qt/pages/ApiDesignPrinciples

Trolltech's Little Manual of API Design (pdf)
http://chaos.troll.no/~shausman/api-design/api-design.pdf

Tools

Swivel
Many Eyes
Yahoo Pipes
Microsoft toolkit for open government (using Sharepoint)

Linked data

A middle way for linked data at the BBC
From the Feb 2010 Linked Data meetup at London ULU, describing the Wildlife Finder

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