Enlist for Victory!

The first LinkedGov hack day (kindly arranged by Geeks of London) will be taking place over the weekend of 9th and 10th April.

Headlined as “Keep Calm and Hack On!”, registration is currently open.  But hurry– the first 30 tickets went in about 20 seconds, such is the interest! The next release of tickets will be on Friday 18th March at 12:00 so keep an eye on the hackcamp site and grab ‘em while you can.

How is this different to other hack days?  Well, LinkedGov need your help.  One of our steps to clean the mountains of public data requires us to engage people all over the public sector (those valuable, wonderful people who can tell us what a budget code means!).  To help them make sense of LinkedGov (after all, not everyone is as naturally as excited about data as we are), we need to show them fresh, compelling apps that will make their eyes light up.  (Apps are sexier than spreadsheets.  It’s a sad truth!)

We’ll be encouraging business or commercial uses for the data, so get your thinking caps on.  Anything you build at the LinkedGov hack camp is yours to keep, but we would be grateful if we could borrow it to help explain what we’re up to.  It’ll help us get better data to clean and link, which should then help you make better apps in the future.

See you there!

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Government Data Mind Map

Here at LinkedGov HQ we are looking at the data to load to LinkedGov that will be useful and interesting for people.  This data can come from any public source as long as it has a Government Open License.

We are using a mind map to represent Government data so that we can guide our thoughts into the right areas.  This map is not yet complete and will continue to evolve over time.  To capture the richness and breadth required we would like input into the mind map from as many people as possible.  As everyone is inevitably a consumer of public services everyone is also a potential contributor to the mind map.  I hope that there are also a number of readers who are more expert in this area either through their professional world or as part of their wider interests who can provide some valuable input.  Remember that LinkedGov is covering all public data (not that we will get it all loaded initially!) from central and local government sources.

This is the mind map as it stands right now, we will update it as changes are made.

We want you to contribute, so please add comments on additions or changes that could be made to the mind map.

Left click and hold to move around the mind map, the toolbar at the bottom left allows for zoom, centering and collapse/expand of nodes

Update in response to @mardiGB tweet (Updated 17 Feb 2011, 10:30)

In order to see the map full screen then please use this link. Government Data

Please leave your suggested changes as comments below.

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