Have you ever had problems finding information amongst all over conversations going on out in the virtual world? Yes you can do a Google search and you might be lucky and find the information relevant to you, but the fact is these days there are more and more conversations and they are increasingly disaggregated. Anybody can set up a new network; anybody can post a blog and twitter about things. What the Knowledge Hub will do is connect all of these conversations, whether they are tweets, blogs, community conversations or feeds from individual websites, into one place.
The clever bit is to be able to aggregate and theme all of this content so that users can make some sense of it. The Hub will link information (data) to conversations and conversations to personal profiles, so that users can identify the knowledge that is most relevant to them and their needs.
The Knowledge Hub will also support ‘mash-ups’ and data visualisation apps for comparing performance (e.g. efficiency metrics) against benchmark data and other statistics. We will be encouraging people who use the knowledge hub to create their own applications and make them available through things like an application store, so that anybody in the sector can use these ‘widgets’ and plug-ins with iGoogle or their iPhones or other PDA devices.
I’m happy to give you further information as part of this hotseat session and will try and answer any questions that you have.
On 23 December 2009, the Government published a consultation paper on policy options for geographic information from Ordnance Survey. The purpose of this consultation was to seek views about how to best implement proposals made by the Prime Minister on 17 November 2009, to make certain Ordnance Survey datasets available for free with no restrictions on re-use. This was part of the PM’s vision for the role of public data and information in the delivery of Smarter Government that would empower citizens with better public services and a thriving private sector market based on the data that government produces.
A response to the Government consultation on making Ordance Survey (mapping) datasets available for use and re-use is available on the CLG website.
Key points from the consultation are:
A package of datasets will be made freely available to the public and will be released under the product name OS OpenDataâ„¢.
The datasets that are released as part of OS OpenData will continue to be maintained by Ordnance Survey to a high and consistent standard. To ensure the product set remains relevant and continues to fulfil its objectives, it is envisaged that this product set will be reviewed periodically by an expert panel appointed by government and reporting to CLG Ministers.
The OS OpenData will include
â€¢ OS Street ViewÂ®
â€¢ 1:50 000 Gazetteer
â€¢ 1:250 000 Scale Colour Raster
â€¢ OS LocatorTM
â€¢ Code-PointÂ® Open
â€¢ Meridianâ„¢ 2
â€¢ OS VectorMapâ„¢ District (available 1 May 2010)
â€¢ Land-Form PANORAMAÂ®
The OS VectorMapâ„¢ District dataset is a new product and is available in both raster and vector formats. It is designed to be a flexible and customisable product specifically designed for use on the web. It will enable developers to select, customise and modify maps to their specific requirements.
In addition OS OpenData will include an on-line viewing service of a selection of the OS OpenData topographic products.
This initiative continues the trend in making public data public (over 30000 datasets now available through the http://www.data.gov.uk portal) and will no doubt spawn the development of a whole new raft of innovative mashups, widgets and apps by social innovators. Exciting times!