.. the Local open data incentive scheme

September 23, 2014 at 10:02 am 2 comments

Screen shot of the Local government open data incentive scheme

BIG NEWS in the search for local council toilet data.

After years of emailing councils requesting open data about their toilets, it is now suddenly being published, in bulk, in a useful format.

22 datasets have already passed ‘technical review’ in the last couple of months, with 80+ in the pipeline!

22 is already about as much as I managed in 3 years…

But how? (quick answer – the Local Government Association asked them to)

and why? (quick answer – they’re paying them)

In February 2013 I made a formal request for public toilet location data via data.gov.uk.

The Open Data User Group took up this request – cogs whirred, people in meetings said ‘Toilets!”, plans were developed (OK so I don’t know the details..) and the Local open data incentive scheme was born, with public toilets as one of the three datasets it would focus on.

Woo!

Managed by the Local Government Association (LGA), the Local open data incentive scheme offers up to £7000 to councils if they publish open data about key themes in a consistent format.

The current themes are public toilets, planning applications and licensing of premises. They get £2000 per theme and a bonus £1K if they do all three.

Approved data will be collated and will also appear on data.gov.uk for people to use and make maps and find toilets etc. etc.

Thank you people who made this happen for taking the request seriously, not overlooking the unsexy topic of public loos and spending your money to get better information about a vital public service.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Michelle Barkley  |  September 23, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Congratulations Gail!. It’s good to see some success from all your hard work.

    Michelle

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  • 2. .. Ordnance Survey – Part IV | Public Toilets and ...  |  September 24, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    […] Te council was the Borough of Barrow-in-Furness, who I think applied for a OS derived data exemption, in order to produce their toilet data for the LGA’s incentive scheme. […]

    Reply

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