Have you ever wanted to find out where to find your closest schools, how much the council spends in a month or where planning applications have been made? You can find the open data to answer these questions and more on the Greater Birmingham Data Factory (BDF) website.
Open data is data that anyone can access, use or share and is as much a part of the economic agenda as it is of being transparent about an organisation's business. It can generate many benefits such as:
- Giving direct access to data to build your own opinion
- Allows datasets to be combined to create new insights and identify trends
- Enables sharing of data
- Allows application developers to use real data
Open data is used to drive a number of well known apps, products and services. Award winning navigation service, Citymapper, uses real-time open transport data to allow users to plan their journeys and online property portal, Zoopla, uses demographical open data to provide information on house prices, local amenities, crimes rates etc.
Administered by Digital Birmingham on behalf of Birmingham City Council, the BDF website is currently in its early stages. Organisations in the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) area publish their open data on to the site, making it a useful resource and all data published is available free of charge and can be reused by anybody.
Through several projects, we aim to provide more data and would like to hear from you to help improve the data being made available. For information on how to contribute data of your own or share ideas please contact:
Heike Schuster-James for council data
Stuart Lester on StuartLester@WMITA.org.uk or 0121 214 7070 for transport data.