Data for all.
Data.ac.uk has launched. It’s a great idea for a site which is intended to provide access to lots of open data but also tools and somewhere to share ideas and approaches:
This is a landmark site for academia providing a single point of contact for linked open data development. It not only provides access to the know-how and tools to discuss and create linked data and data aggregation sites, but also enables access to, and the creation of, large aggregated data sets providing powerful and flexible collections of information.
Here at Data.ac.uk we’re working to inform national standards and assist in the development of national data aggregation subdomains.
We are all part of the constantly evolving open data agenda and its emerging culture. Data.ac.uk aims to bring together the higher education community and the wealth of data it has access to, and encourage that community to share, utilise, update, grow and generate demand for open data.
The data being aggregated via this site can be used in all sorts of ways including:
- Improving transparency
- Increasing participation
- Increased knowledge
- Identifying trends
- Improving products and services
- Improving efficiency
It’s still early days but it does look like a very promising development indeed.