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LG Inform service improvements July 2014

Over recent months you have reported to us a number of issues and feature requests regarding LG Inform (www.lginform.local.gov.uk). We are pleased to announce that we have been working hard on all of these and recently updated the system with a number of fixes and enhancements.

Financial incentives for English Councils to publish selected open data

The Local Government Incentive scheme is an initiative for English Local Authorities funded from the Release of Data Fund. The scheme will encourage and enable local authorities to publish datasets as Open Data based on data requests received by the Open Data User Group (ODUG) from the Open Data community. It is hoped that the results will serve as an example of how the local government sector can work together to publish data from disparate sources into a consistent national data resource for innovative uses within the wider data community.

The Local Government Association manages the scheme which will provide technical support and coordination.  The scheme has provision to give local authorities cash incentives to publish open standardised datasets, which will combine to deliver a national view of the data. The three datasets which are funded under this initiative are:

  • public conveniences,
  • planning applications and
  • licensing (focusing in this first instance on alcohol/light entertainment premises).

Making Transparency Work 2014 - local government pre-summer learning events

Regional events to learn and share your knowledge about local open data

This was the second year of our  Making Transparency Work roadshows, intended to inform, demonstrate, share and learn what transparency and open data means and how local authorities, communities and local businesses can benefit and add value to the data by sharing and using it. Open Government is about local authorities opening up their data stores, letting citizens know what they are doing and sharing their data. At the same time, this drives efficiencies within councils and lets community groups and businesses use the data to add value. 

Local Government Association

Read more to discover what was discussed and see the agenda with links to the presentations

Natural neighbourhoods – a new way to define where people live and work

A new facility is now available through local government's information standards for effective service delivery - the esd standards - to allow users to define and use their own geographical areas known as Natural Neighbourhoods.  Our first example of an application where such areas can be used is in the LG Inform Plus report builder and viewer where local authorities, information managers and even the general public can view reports about the performance, character, context and general make-up of those natural neighbourhoods.  Such natural neighbourhoods could be: town centres, parishes, school catchment areas, clinical comminssioning areas, sales territories and so on.

The application takes data at the lowest possible spatial units available within the LG inform metrics library and aggregates them up to report on the natural neighbourhoods.

Read more about this in the LG Inform Plus news room at this link.