Digital Innovation

Achiev­ing great­er trans­par­ency of pub­lic bod­ies is a cent­ral theme of the Government’s pro­gram­me. The Sec­ret­ary of State for Com­munit­ies and Loc­al Gov­ern­ment has instruc­ted loc­al author­it­ies to take a pro­act­ive stance to pub­lish­ing all inform­a­tion. In so doing mak­ing sure that it is easy to find and under­stand. Data­Share is Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cils offer­ing for the pub­lic­a­tion of its inform­a­tion.
Data­Share is being developed with the Lon­don Bor­ough of Red­bridge as a way to make access­ing and inspect­ing this data easi­er for every­one; as well as sim­pler for developers wish­ing to use the data in their applic­a­tions, web sites and wid­gets.
To sup­port our com­mit­ment to trans­par­ency, involve­ment and innov­a­tion we will work towards mak­ing all pub­lic data (that is not sens­it­ive or per­son­al) freely avail­able to view and down­load in a vari­ety of formats.



The Urb­an Obser­vat­ory is an inter­act­ive web-based soft­ware plat­form that allows users to com­pare and con­trast city-ori­ented maps. It has been developed as an ini­ti­at­ive between ESRI, Richard Saul Wur­man, and Rad­ic­alMe­dia. Its main aim is to make the world’s (city) data both under­stand­able and use­ful. The Urb­an Observatory’s main func­tions are to com­pare maps on sim­il­ar themes from mul­tiple cit­ies and to com­pare dif­fer­ently themed maps with­in one city (ESRI et al, 2014).

Work­ing in part­ner­ship with aca­dem­ic col­leagues from Cran­field Uni­ver­sity, an Urb­an Obser­vat­ory pro­file for Peter­bor­ough has been suc­cess­fully cre­ated draw­ing on mul­tiple col­lec­ted and ana­lysed data­sets, one of the most import­ant points was to use open data.