The national picture

Several of us were lucky enough to attend the Local Government Association ‘Making Transparency Work For You’ roadshows over the last couple of weeks;  there’s a strong drive from central Government to motivate and support councils to get on with it, and these events were aimed at setting out what work is already being done.

Rather than a write up, we’d like to share the sketchnotes for each speaker; there wasn’t a lot of particularly technical content but what’s interesting is the way councils are being encouraged to develop a wider view of the problem of transparency and to use open data as one way to achieve it. As a sector we’re a bit clueless about what we should be doing (with some notable shining exceptions) and this is why the Cabinet Office and bodies like the LGA are putting funding into programmes to get us moving. For those of you in the commercial and not-for-profit sectors, I hope this post gives you an idea of where we are and where we’re trying to get to with open data; if you have comments or feedback for us, and especially if you have suggestions for what we should be concentrating on, please let us know!

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