Matthew Cockburn, from Bristol Council, looks at the accessibility of data from a council's view. Like most councils, Bristol has a lot of data, but it tends to be locked up within the council on antiquated systems that were never supposed to be integrated with ‘the outside world’. The best example of this is public transport data- when it was designed twenty years ago, it was only supposed to talk to the bus stop but nowadays people we want to access this data on their mobile phones. Utilising systems like GPS, third-party aggregators and traffic control rooms, councils are able to make this more data accessible.
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