The Government have released a list of previously unpublished datasets through data.gov.uk on the 2nd of September.
This has been followed by a call for feedback as the Government are looking to find out in which key areas people think the datasets will have the greatest impact, whether it be social, economic, public service efficiency or any other area that you can think of. Feedback will be published openly on Data.gov.uk and will be used by the Cabinet Office Transparency team as well as to departments to prioritise their future dataset releases.
The idea behind this is to aid the Government in deciding which datasets to publish as a priority and secondly to identify those datasets that have the broadest and most significant impact in the UK, these will then be added to the National Information Infrastructure.
How do you engage?
You can search all datasets or filter by whether the items are published or unpublished. You can search through all content, filter by publisher or search using key terms. When you find an unpublished dataset of particular interest, you can then click on it to look at the details: the publisher, a description of its content and notes about its possible release.
From here, you can either view other users’ feedback or select to give your own feedback. In order to take part in this process, you will need to be a user on data.gov.uk. This is very simple and quick. All you need to do is click on the ‘sign up’ link in the top right of your screen on data.gov.uk, fill out a couple of details and validate your email address.
The form itself contains 4 short sections for you to fill. In the first section you will have to decide in which area or areas you think the dataset will have greatest impact. You can select the appropriate box or boxes in which to enter your feedback and let us know how it will impact on you or the UK more broadly if it was released openly. Written content about the areas that you select is optional but will significantly increase our ability to understand and use your feedback and make the case to Departments to release the data as open data.
In the linked data section, we want to see whether you think the data could contain important information or vocabulary that could be referred to from other datasets. In the third section we would like you to let us know whether you are responding as an individual or on behalf of an organisation. In the final section, we would simply like to know if you are happy for us to contact you via email to follow up on your feedback.
Opportunity for the AGI
This is a great opportunity for our members to get involved and have their say on influencing which datasets they feel are most important for the UK economy and citizens. Presumably a vast amount of this data will have a heavy spatial element to it and our members’ expertise could be important.