This blog exists to enable people to keep up to date with, and contribute to, the Make it Local project.

As part of this we’re keen to hear your experience of using open data, the challenges and
opportunities you’ve encountered, and the possibilities for creating more effective local

The story so far

Make it Local aims to encourage collaboration between local authorities and digital media
developers. Local Authorities hold significant amounts of public data i.e. transport, carbon emissions, population and crime data. In developing partnerships between local authorities and digital media developers, NESTA wants to show the value to local authorities of releasing their data.

The project has 3 core objectives:

  • Develop three innovative uses of local open data which benefit a local community
  • Clearly identify a model/toolkit which helps local authorities work with digital developers
  • Create three innovative, low cost digital services

Longer term we hope the project will:

  • Improve online services for citizens
  • Improve local supply chain engagement
  • Increase transparency
  • Help local authorities publish open data in an accessible format

We launched the application process under a very tight timeline (5 weeks) from 15 July to 20 August.

Although some people found the timeframe a little short the majority of people thought this helped to speed up what can sometimes be a very long commissioning process.

The project has created quite a buzz both from digital developers and local authorities and has been discussed widely through Twitter and many online blogs.

We’re pleased to announce our panel of judges will be:

  • Philip Colligan – Executive Director, The Public Services Lab, NESTA
  • Emer Coleman – Assistant Chief Executive Barnet Council currently on secondment to the GLA
  • Jon Kingsbury – Former NESTA Creative Economy Director and now a NESTA Fellow
  • William Perrin – Founder, Talk About Local
  • Olly Arber – Head of Digital Media, NESTA

We’ve received a number of exciting applications and our panel of judges will certainly have their work cut out trying to decide the winners.

Next steps:

We are now closed for applications and the judges will decide over the next few weeks
which proposals they feel are most suitable for the Make it Local project.

We will be announcing the winners on Monday 6 September so watch this space to find

Philip Colligan, Executive Director, The Public Services Lab, NESTA