Yesterday saw the launch of a new project focused on spreading the understanding of open data and transparency in local public services.

‘Making a Difference with Data’ will show how information obtained from public authorities such as the police, NHS, and local councils can be used by citizens to raise issues, campaign and otherwise influence things that affect local communities. It will share knowledge about how individuals and organisations can obtain such information, and show how Government policy is encouraging greater transparency and openness by public authorities.

The project is funded by Communities and Local Government (CLG) in partnership with Improvement and Efficiency West Midlands (IEWM) and is supported by the Local Public Data Panel.

We were delighted to be part of the initiative representing open data in Crime and Policing. We welcome your comments on our first article Open Data in Policing: What would you do with it?

Please spread the word about around your networks.

We want to get people talking about the project but more importantly submitting stuff – web links and case study material, and also details of events in this space.