We are thrilled to announce that two further local authorities, Stockport and Tameside, have joined The Greater Manchester Data Synchronisation Programme. After a successful first phase, GMDSP is now releasing open data for all central and south Manchester boroughs, collectively housing a population of almost 1.5 million citizens.

Each of the new local authorities will be supported by a specialist Code Fellow – external data experts recruited to develop peer support structures and best practice within the organisation. Open Data Advocate, Dan Mackenzie will work alongside Tameside Council and Matthew Coole, a PhD student from Lancaster University, will work with Stockport Council, whilst Computer Science and Economics student James Gallagher, will work alongside Salford City Council.

Stockport and Tameside join three original members of the data sharing partnership – Manchester City Council, Salford City Council and Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council. The partnership is completed by FutureEverything, alongside the Connected Digital Economy and Future Cities Catapults. Launched in October 2013, GMDSP coordinates the release of linked open data across Greater Manchester, creating new support structures, resources and services that will allow local authorities, SMEs and other organisations to make the most of data that is currently available in separate silos.

National Open Data Demand Survey
Phase 2 also sees the launch of a national open data demand survey. The survey is aimed at software developers, SMEs and other users of Open Data, and will identify which datasets users would like to see released by public sector organisations. This will enable FutureEverything and the Catapults to further target their efforts in working together with public sector organisations to open up key datasets.

Respondents will be entered into a prize draw with an opportunity to win FutureEverything 2015 conference tickets. The survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.

Take the survey now.

Fire Service Data
GMDSP will now explore Fire and Rescue incidents data. With these additional datasets, it is possible to suggest whether civic policy can inform fire hotspots. For example, the data can be interrogated to whether fly tipping often leads to fires in public spaces. New policies and services can then be developed to reduce such Fire and Rescue incidents.