LinkedGov is hiring!

We’d love your help to get our alpha out the door. We’re working to produce the first version of our cleaning and linking processes (bring on the games!) so that we can launch the open source community around LinkedGov.

We are looking for two developers for 20 days each (paid, full time), to start pretty much immediately:

1. Data-based dev

Essential skills:

  • Java
  • Javascript
  • RDF and XML
  • XSLT or x-query or SPARQL
  • Working knowledge of Google Refine

2.  Front end dev

Essential skills:

  • HTML/CSS
  • Javascript

Highly desired:

  • UX design experience

3. For both roles

It would be great if you:

  • Have previous experience with government data
  • Are familiar with LinkedGov’s project
  • Are willing to contribute to the specs / architecture / ideas / brainstorming around LinkedGov (as and when it’s needed)
  • Are willing to work on site at LinkedGov HQ in Old Street, London

Send us an email at jointheteam@linkedgov.org. We’d love to hear from you by Monday 1 August.

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LinkedGov – live at OpenTech 2011!

We’ve just posted a video (well, slides and audio) so you can recreate every scintillating moment of our OpenTech talk.

For audio from the full session (we followed Francis Irving of ScraperWiki and Paul Makepeace talking about Google Refine), you can check out Session 3 of the Opentech programme.

Thanks again for the warm reception and all the feedback. It was a great day for us!

LinkedGov celebrates as Chancellor prioritises open data

At LinkedGov we’re very pleased to have George Osborne reaffirm the government’s commitment to and backing of open public data. With mentions of hackcamps, public apps and the power of transparency in this morning’s speech by the Chancellor, the Treasury is demonstrating an appreciation for linked government data.

Underscoring the wisdom of crowds approach the Chancellor’s announcement about the recruitment of Beth Noveck to forward this agenda will add renewed focus to LinkedGov’s work. Beth Noveck’s work on public participation and collaboration is both well known and well regarded and we are excited to welcome her to our community.

It’s not yet clear whether Beth will be joining the Treasury, Cabinet Office or No 10 (or another dept) in her work but we look forward to what she’s bringing to the UK.

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Hackcamp – the hacks, the winners .. the movie!

LinkedGov had its first hack camp last weekend (April 9th and 10th) in Shoreditch, organised with the fantastic help of Geeks of London. ‘Keep Calm and Hack On’ was a roaring success, may thanks to all of you who heeded our call to ‘Enlist for Victory!’

Over the weekend 19 hacks were submitted, and some mighty good hacks they were. Here are the prize winners:

Winner of Jury’s and People’s Choice
Alec Muffet, Francisco Baptista, Patrick Sinclair
Winner of the “Serious Silliness” award
Johanna  Kollmann, K Vong, Seyi Ogunyemi
Winner of the “Best UX” award
Sam Machin
Co-winner of the “Best Mobile App” award
Kieran Gutteridge
Co-winner of the “Best Mobile App” award
Adam Braimbridge
Winner of “Best use of data/Best commercial sauce” award
Tom Gladhill

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The EU tariff dataset/API and Foreign & Commonwealth Office travel advice API seem to have been particular favourites to hack with. If you have any requests for public data that we can help facilitate please get in touch!

You can watch a video of the presentations courtesy of @ProactivePaul.

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A few words from our sponsors…

As the sun rises over London this morning all we’re thinking about is ‘Keep Calm and Hack On,’ the first Hack Day for LinkedGov. And it’s not just us with open data hack camps on our mind. A couple of senior people were good enough to share their thoughts and give support to this weekend. For which we are very grateful.

Francis Maude, Minister for Cabinet Office:

“Our ambition is to make the UK government the most transparent in the world and through this to help stimulate economic growth and build the Big Society.  Critical to us in achieving our aims is opening up government data so that users can use it, for example by providing the public with detailed information about crime in their neighbourhoods through the police.uk website.  The number of hits to this site now stands at over 410 million since launch.  Events like this weekend help us to explore innovative approaches with data and build on the momentum that has already been created behind the government’s transparency agenda.”

Dr Nick Appleyard, Head of Digital at the Technology Strategy Board.

“We in the Technology Strategy Board have been very pleased to have worked closely with the LinkedGov team, and to have been able to contribute to bringing things to this point. We see great potential value in data that is freely available to developers, as data will be the lifeblood of future digital services and of informed decision-making across all walks of life. But the real value remains to be clearly demonstrated: we need more examples of success. The UK’s world-leading public sector open data movement gives us a head start, and there’s now an unparalleled opportunity for UK’s hackers to prove what such data can do. We’re therefore very excited to see what the HackCamp will come up with.”

Our thanks to Francis and Nick for their vocal support. All the best to everyone at the hack camp today, Keep Calm and Hack On!

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Hackcamp waitlist for reallocated tickets

Following a very kind shout out from the Guardian’s Charles Arthur  we are conscious there will be expressions of interests for more tickets, which have unfortunately sold out.

However, there is a wait list for returned tickets (on EventBrite) where you can register your interest.

If you do want to come and have not been able to get a ticket please do register on the waitlist for potential returns. Equally if you have a ticket and can no longer make it please  email Geeks of London and your ticket will be reallocated.

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Apr 2011
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Hack Day – April 9th and 10th

‘Keep Calm and Hack On’ is happening this weekend and we’d like to share with you some recently released data sets:

  • UK Trade Tariff API / Dataset
  • Foreign & Commonwealth Office travel advice API
  • Locations of GPs and hospitals
  • Greater Manchester council data assets like bus stops, libraries, car parking, grit bins, toilets (not complete).

We are encouraging people to create commercial apps to demonstrate the impact of the LinkedGov approach to open and linked public data.

All tickets have now sold out. The interest has been overwhelming, thank you for all your enthusiasm.

See you there!

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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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Mar 2011
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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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Feb 2011
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LinkedGov at UK GovCamp (UKGC11)

We are still buzzing from UK GovCamp, the public sector’s yearly brainstorm on all things digital.

We ran three workshops:

  • We had a session entitled “Open data – how to”, led by Glyn Wintle, Rufus Pollock and Jeni Tennison. We discussed the issues around releasing data and how to deal with press interest. A number of developers gave their preferences for publishing formats (anything but PDF, please!), and the group explored ways we should be connecting the data users and the publishers on an ongoing basis.
  • We had an “Intro to LinkedGov” session in the morning, led by Hadley Beeman, which produced a lot of useful feedback on what we’re doing.  The most useful tidbit was that there is a hole for people needing to talk about publishing government data; it would be useful for LinkedGov to help host those conversations.
  • We also had an afternoon workshop called Sex, drugs, rock-n-roll:  the social side of government data (video attached), led by Hadley and Tim Davies, to discuss why data is important to more people than just techies and researchers.
  • The discussion centred around the idea that stories help bring data alive, and the breadth of public data means that some part of it should be relevant to almost everyone.

We gathered a great amount of feedback and energy to help with building our community.  The biggest challenge we face right now, getting all of this ready for mass input, was made a bit easier by how eager everyone is and timely it all seems to be.

Big thanks to Dave Briggs and Steph Gray for organising such a great day.

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