8th Nov 2012
Tellmescotland has adopted open data for roads, planning, licenses and other public notices. The move means that public information notices available on the portal (and the data underpinning them) can now be re-used and fashioned by members of the public and other organisations for their own purposes.
Tellmescotland provides free access to statutory and non-statutory public information notices such as road works, planning and license applications to people living in Scotland. The site allows individuals to search and find notices locally or across Scotland, and gauge their impact through the help of interactive maps and satellite imagery.
Open data is part of a global movement towards greater transparency, aimed at breaking down barriers to information sharing. By providing information to the public in ways and formats previously only available from searching across multiple websites, open data offers unlimited potential for widening the availability of re-usable public data.
Speaking about the latest development to TellmeScotland, Ben Plouviez, Scottish Government's Head of Knowledge Information and Records Management, said, "The availability of re-usable public data has a fundamental role to play in the movement towards wider transparency and in strengthening trust between government, public bodies and the people and communities they serve. The latest enhancement to TellmeScotland helps advance open data approaches across the Scottish public sector whilst making a contribution to Scotland's Digital Future."
Tellmescotland's adoption of open data was made possible through collaboration between the Scottish Government, Aberdeen City Council and the Improvement Service, with technical support from Spider Online, the Portal's technology partner, and Sopra Group and Computacenter, technical services partners.
The open data site can be found at http://opendata.tellmescotland.gov.uk
For more information about Tellmescotland and its use of open data, contact Tina McLelland on 01506 775585, or visit: