[ok-scotland] Open Data Census for Scotland's Cities

Ewan Klein ewan.klein at gmail.com
Tue Mar 25 14:18:48 UTC 2014

Hi everyone,

So far, there are no Scottish cities with open data information listed at http://gb-city.census.okfn.org!

Unfortunately we didn’t get round to organising anything for this on International Open Data Day, but that’s no reason not to contribute. Please post to this list (or reply directly to me) if you are interested in helping carry out a data census for one of our cities. It would be cool to get up to date data for all seven of the Scottish Cities Alliance (http://scottishcities.wordpress.com).

Read below for more details and background.



Begin forwarded message:

> From: Christian Villum <christian.villum at okfn.org>
> Subject: [OKFN-Local-Coord] Introducing the Local Open Data Census
> Date: 5 February 2014 10:15:59 GMT
> To: Open Knowledge Foundation Local Coordinators Mailing List <okfn-local-coord at lists.okfn.org>
> Hi all,
> A new blog post introduces the Local Open Data Census, which will
> allow citizens to gather information on the availability of open data
> in cities around the world. The post also describes how to build a
> data census on a particular topic. The text is below, and can also be
> found here:
> http://blog.okfn.org/2014/02/04/announcing-the-local-open-data-census/
> -Christian
> -- 
> Christian Villum
> International Community Manager
> skype: christianvillum  |  @villum
> The Open Knowledge Foundation
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> *** Let's explore local open data around the world! ***
> Local data is often the most relevant to citizens on a daily basis -
> be it rubbish collection times, local tax rates or zoning information.
> However, at the moment it's difficult to know which key local datasets
> are openly available and where. Now, you can help change that.
> We know there is huge variability in how much local data is available
> not just across countries but within countries, with some cities and
> municipalities making major open data efforts, while in others there's
> little or no progress visible. If we can find out what open data is
> out there, we can encourage more cities to open up key information,
> helping businesses and citizens understand their cities and making
> life easier.
> We've created the Local Open Data Census to survey and compare the
> progress made by different cities and local areas in releasing Open
> Data. You can help by tracking down Open Data from a city or region
> where you live or that you're interested in. All you need to do is
> register your interest and we'll get your Local Open Data Census set
> up and ready to use.
> *** Investigate your local open data on Open Data Day ***
> Open Data Day is coming - it's on 22 February 2014 and will involve
> Open Data events around the world where people can get involved with
> open data. If you're organising an open data event, why not include a
> Census-a-thon to encourage people to track down and add information
> about their city?
> A Local Open Data Census for your city will help:
> * new people learn about open data by exploring what's available and
> relevant to them;
> * you compare open data availability in your city with other cities in
> your country;
> * local government identify data that local people and businesses are
> interested in using;
> * and more data get opened up everywhere!
> It's really easy to contribute to an Open Data Census: there's lots of
> documentation for them and a truly global community creating and using
> them. A City Census is a great way to get involved with open data for
> the first time, as the information is about things city residents
> really care about. Or if you're more interested in regions, counties
> or states, you can take part a regional Census. (Some countries will
> have both regional and city Censuses, because of the way their local
> government information is organised.)
> Sign up now to ensure your city and country have a Local Open Data
> Census up and running before Open Data Day, and let's see how much
> open data about open data we can create this month! We'll have more
> tips on how to run a successful Census-a-thon coming soon.
> Register your interest in a local census at meta.census.okfn.org.
> *** The history behind the Local Open Data Census ***
> In 2012 we started an Open Data Census to track the state of
> country-level open data around the world. The 2013 results published
> as the first ever Open Data Index at index.okfn.org last autumn
> covered 700 datasets across 70 countries, and have already proved
> useful in driving open data release around the world. We're looking
> forward to updating the Census for 2014 later this year.
> However, a lot of data that is most relevant to citizens' everyday
> lives is at the local level. That's why last year we ran a separate
> pilot, to measure release of open data at the local, city level - the
> City Open Data Census. We've learnt a lot from the experience and from
> the community who used the pilot, and we are now ready to offer a full
> Local Open Data Census to everyone, everywhere.
> You can find out more on the new Census 'meta' site, meta.census.okfn.org.
> *** And there's more: Topical Open Data Censuses ***
> We also know that people will want to run their own specific Open Data
> Censuses focused on particular topics or datasets. If you've been
> wondering about the openness of pollution data, legal information,
> public finances or any other topic, we can set up a special Census to
> survey the datasets you care about, on a national or regional scale.
> A Topical Census uses the platform built for the Open Data Census to
> run a similar, customised census, and publish the results in a simple
> and visually appealing way. The questionnaires, responses and results
> can be hosted by the Open Knowledge Foundation, so you don't have to
> worry about the technical side. If you are interested in running a
> Topical Open Data Census, get in touch with the Census team.
> Note that we expect quite a bit of demand for local Censuses in the
> next few weeks. We will prioritise requests for Topical Censuses from
> groups who have more people ready to get involved, such as existing
> networks, working groups or interest groups around the topic, so
> please let us know a little about yourselves when you get in touch.
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Ewan Klein
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