Ideas for Opening up Democracy Data

This idea came from Lucy Knight’s workshop at Notwestminster 2016

What we’re doing
Ideas for Opening up democracy data


Lucy Knight – Rolling out the Data Loop
“Taking a look at a typical process – reporting a pothole – we worked our way round the loop a couple of times to think about how data flows in and out of different systems and departments within the council.”

Live notes

Opening up democracy data


Lucy's open data workshop at Notwestminster 2016
Notwestminster16 (42 of 193) by Anthony Mckeown

Who we are

Lucy Knight ©Tom Hampson of Visual Eye Creative. For more information visit www.visualeye.bizLucy Knight
Open Data Lead
Devon County Council & LocalGov Digital

Lucy worked in opto-electronics and fine arts before moving into local government, spending the last 15 years at Devon County Council in analytics and policy roles. Alongside the day job Lucy is co-founder of the ODI Devon Node and Devon Open Data Forum, and an illustrator and sketch note artist using physical and digital media. She is currently developing the concept of the data storyboard and, building on her experience of working at the extreme ends of the technical / creative spectrum,  advocates for better communication around open data and better communication with data – especially between experts and non-experts.

Photo of Lucy © Tom Hampson of Visual Eye Creative. For more information visit

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Design Challenges for Local DemocracyLocal Democracy Design Challenges

This idea came from Lucy’s workshop at Notwestminster 2016, in response to one of our Design Challenges for Local Democracy, which were crowdsourced from our Notwestminster network. The challenge is:

Open Democracy Data: The details of local council decision making affect everyone’s lives and yet they are often obscured within agendas, minutes and reports.  How can we better share the data of local democracy so that it is open to be seen, used and shared?


Notwestminster Ideas Bazaar 2016

Notwestminster 2016 workshops list

Notwestminster 2016

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