Openly Local Opens up Local Government

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One of the most interesting developments in the world of openness has been the growing move to open up government. In the UK, the scandal over MPs' expenses has helped to expose the perils of lack of transparency at the national level, but far less attention is being paid to local government. That's a pity, because it's precisely local data that impacts most of us more directly.

Here's a welcome initiative that aims to change that lack of local government data:

Openly Local is a new project to develop an open and unified way of accessing Local Government information.

So far we have opened up data for over 40 local authorities, and more are being added every week, with more information being opened up too.

We currently have information on:

61 councils

3797 councillors

2065 committees

11922 committee meetings

Not content with providing all this open data, it's also doing it using open source code:

The open-source code behind the site is visible for anyone to see at Github.

Sounds like it's doing pretty much everything right; let's hope it thrives.

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