Archive for September, 2011

Making Open Data Real (2 of 2) 13/09/2011

This is the second of two posts about issues raised within the current Cabinet Office consultation, Making Open Data Real. The consultation itself includes a total of 26 questions. So these two posts aren’t intended to be a fully comprehensive coverage, they are just two issues that I think are important.

Last week I wrote about the arguments which can be made for and against the charging for access to public data. This week I’m going to look at the question of which organisations should be covered by open data legislation.

I’m going to look at this from the point of view of a local authority and will, naturally, use examples from Birmingham.

Bin City by Mil, on Flickr
Bin City by Mil, on Flickr

More – Making Open Data Real (2 of 2)

Check out the Giant iTab at IBC 2011 08/09/2011


This years International Broadcast Convention in Amsterdam (8-13 Sept 2011) will see Touch2Views‘s giant iTab show-casing a new type of way-finder kiosk using ‘app based’ content along with software creators EUMediaNET.

The Giant interactive tablet is designed to present apps and app based content on a giant scale, with all the controls and gestures of the smaller sized tablets and smart phones of today. It can be run using mac, PC or bespoke systems, as preferred.

If you’re passing through, you can find Touch2View and EUMediaNET at Hall 6, Stand A26 from 9 –

13 Sept!

Making Open Data Real (1 of 2) 05/09/2011

Governments collect and maintain large datasets. Instances of such Public Sector Information range from geographic data to census records to real time traffic flows. In recent years there has also been a move to provide open and unrestricted access to Public Sector Information by publishing it online as Open Data.

The Government has recently announced its Making Open Data Real consultation on Open Data. All of our main political parties have policies which are broadly in favour of releasing Public Sector Information as Open Data and so it might appear that there isn’t anything contentious in this.

Hee hee.

Open data stickers

More – Making Open Data Real (1 of 2)

Birmingham's Digital Switchover Coming Soon! 01/09/2011

A reminder to all that most of Birmingham will switch with the Sutton Coldfield transmitter. This will happen on the 7th

and 21st of September 2011. For those who are already watching digital TV, you will need to retune your equipment on these dates.

For more information about the switchover, you can visit:


Digital Birmingham is a Birmingham City Council initiative and part of a city wide strategic partnership of more than 40 public, private and voluntary organisations

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