The Government of Great Britain, in an attempt to improve the channels of information to the public, has delegated the task of surveying the accessibility and the use of public data to Power if Information Taskforce. One of its initiatives is to call for an ideas contest under the slogan: What would you create with public information?
The goal is finding the best ways to make existent information accessible, avoiding the frustration arising very often when it comes to get information which is supposed to be public or easy to access to. For instance, a list or a data base on stolen cars o eventually illegal, to avoid fraud when buying a second-hand car.
The prize are 20.000 £ for the best ideas, which will pass to a second level, where implementation will be analyzed. If your idea is chosen and you are capable of implementing it or creating the necessary software, you will get additional 20.000 £ to enable you full dedication to your idea.
The winners of the first round already have been announced. These winning ideas are:
– Can I recycle it? : A website allowing users to enter their postal code and knowing the options for recycling or re-utilization processes in their area.
– UK Cycling: this is a website allowing users to know and to program cycling routes. One may share with others one´s favorites or create new routes in rural areas.
– Catchment Areas: allows visualizing on a map the “area of influence” of each school, knowing the nearest school to one´s home or choose a home depending on the education factor.
– Location of Postboxes: easy and fast access to the nearest postbox in rural or residential areas.
– Loofinder: specially directed to elder persons or to parents with young children. It allows users to find the nearest WC. This is a free service via web or phone, showing the nearest public accessible WC with its opening hours, once the users indicates his postal code or the name of a street. It will start in the London district of Tower Hamlets.