Make it Local aims to encourage collaboration between local authorities and digital media developers, to provide innovative, web-based services for their communities.
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 services.
Make it Local is encouraging local authorities to release publicly-owned data in a linked way which allows developers an opportunity to build new services using the information.
Local authorities hold significant amounts of public data– such as transport, carbon emissions, population and crime data – which may help to power a range of useful, digital services. In developing partnerships between local authorities and digital media businesses, NESTA wants to show the value to local authorities of releasing their data to developers who can make use of it.
NESTA is calling for digital agencies with ideas for new applications to approach their local authority and encourage them to enter.
NESTA is offering three local authorities up to £30,000 to spend with a digital media business in their area.