What is Open Data?
“Open data and content can be freely used, modified, and shared by anyone for any purpose.”
In practice, this will involve non-personal Council data being published online onto a new Open Data platform. The data will be in a machine readable, non-proprietary format (e.g. csv) to ensure users can download and use the data. To find out more watch this two minute video from the European Data Portal: What is Open Data?
What are the benefits?
The potential benefits of widening access to Council data include:
- Better informed communities, driven by the opportunity to analyse and visualise data
- Accountability and transparency of delivery of public services
- Wider social and economic benefits through innovative use of data
- New educational resource
How is Stirling Council implementing Open Data?
Stirling Council’s Open Data project is being delivered in collaboration with the other six Scottish cities (Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth and Inverness) which, as a group, are referred to as the “8th City Data Cluster Programme”. The Programme is managed on behalf of the Scottish Cities Alliance by a Lead Partner, the City of Glasgow Council, and match funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) by the Scottish Government acting as Managing Authority.
In keeping with Stirling Council's Open Data Policy, an Open Data platform for Stirling will be launched later in 2018.