Updating, owning and aggregating fragmented data

A Notwestminster 2016 workshop idea from Sym Roe and Joe Mitchell

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How we can make sense of the hard-to-aggregate data that’s scattered across every council, while maintaining the publishing and ownership responsibility that the council needs?

Can we learn from universities who have a solution for equipment registers?

Democracy Club had a simple idea – a web page where you enter your address, and it tells you where you should go to vote. But making this simple idea a reality turns out to be quite complicated.

There is no single institution in the UK that is responsible for administering Polling Stations – they are run by each of the 400 or so individual local councils. So that’s where the data is, and it’s hard work to get it.

This is just one example of where, if we can make sense of the data and have a better approach to it, we could make a big contribution to local democracy.

You may have other examples to share…

What you can do next

Find out more about the election data issue on the Democracy Club blog:

Why doesn’t Google know where I should vote?

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Sym RoeSym Roe
Democracy Club

Sym is a developer and has worked in the open / government space for years. He runs Democracy Club, partly by writing code and partly by working with others to build a community of organisations who want to work together.




Joe Mitchell

Joe Mitchell
Democracy Club

Joe believes in the power of online participation to make democracy better – hence helping to found Democracy Club. He previously worked at Purpose, one of the world’s leading online organising consultancies, on projects relating to global health and the environment. He also has a range of experience across the public and third sectors, including in marketing and communication for the UK Government, and advocacy and research for NGOs such as Transparency International and Global Witness. Along the way he picked up several degrees in law, development and governance.

Design Challenges for Local DemocracyLocal Democracy Design Challenges

All our 2016 workshops have been created by our participants in response to our Design Challenges for Local Democracy, which were crowdsourced from our Notwestminster network. This workshop is inspired by….

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?

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