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Legislating for Shared Data Standards hosted by Mark Cridge, Chief Executive & Zarino Zappia, Designer, mySociety
Common data standards are essential for the take up of shared services and platforms, enabling co-operation and collaboration within and between councils, not to mention wider society.
mySociety's recent data project KeepItInTheCommunity created a central location for Assets of Community Value in England, drawn from councils' listings.

But while councils are required to provide this data, they're not required to store them in a standardised format — so the end result was far less successful than it might have been.

This isn’t just a problem for councils: GDS’ work on standardising Register formats has not been as widely taken up as it might have been.

This workshop will introduce the problems with a handful of case studies, and then we’ll open a discussion about what successful solutions could be adopted.

Data standards should be at the heart of MHCLG’s push to fix the plumbing. The Centre for Public Data are looking at how to embed data standards within forthcoming legislation. And there are plenty of good examples of how to adopt new data standards. Let's see what we can do together.

Common data standards are essential if councils are to work effectively, with each other and with external bodies.
Standardised countrywide data would facilitate innovation in research, collaboration, development and technology.
mySociety present a case study of a recent project mapping ACVs where a common data standard would have created value for all — but couldn't, because of inconsistent data.
Join the discussion and we'll examine together: what can we do to fix this fundamental problem?

Oct 6, 2020 11:00 AM in London

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