About Open Data Scotland
opendata.scot is the result of the OD_BODS project. It is entirely volunteer run and comes from a desire to help people locate and understand Open Data in Scotland better.
To encourage the best use of Open Data in Scotland
- Find: Help users find a data source they can user-dropdown
- by providing a complete and up-to-date listing of Open Data in Scotland
- or recording a request/ suggestion if it is missing
- Learn: Understand how Open Data is in Scotland
- establish a comparable scorecard/barometer for assessing OD sources
- help identify where provision can be improved
- Showcase: Promote the projects using these data
- demonstrate where and how Open Data use is returning value
- build a view of what good Open Data use looks like
- Connect: Close the feedback loop
- encourage good information flows between the 3 main stakeholder groups in the Open Data ecosystem: publishers, super users, and public users
- 23Q1 Demonstrate dataset provision
- 23Q2 Showcase Open Data projects
- 23Q3 Use Open Data
- 23Q4 Improve infrastructure
History of the OD_BODS project
- 2020 Feb-Aug--- Ian started an audit of Scottish Open Data
- 2021 Jun--- At CTC23, a group of people worked on collating the sources and adding analysis, working from Ian's original audit. The OD_BODS team is born.
- 2021 Sep--- OD_BODS is presented at the Scottish Open Data Unconference 2021 SODU21 to positive feedback and suggested that the project sholid continue
- 2021 Oct--- Plans are put into place to continue the project for 12 months with intention to present at SODU22.
- 2021 Oct--- CodeTheCity sponsors the opendata.scot domain for 2 years.
- 2021 Nov--- After a productive CTC24, the opendata.scot site is live with all 427 of the originally identified datasets listed.
- 2022 May--- Successfli introduction of pipeline automation at CTC26 means the listing of data updates weekly on a Friday.
- 2022 Sep--- We reach 1500 listed datasets on the back of CTC27
- 2022 Nov--- Shortlisted at the OpenUK awards in 3 categories for Software, Young Person and Individual. A massive congratliations to Jack Gilmore for winning the Young Person's category!
- to date --- We'll be working in-between and in concentrated efforts at CTC civic hacking events where we welcome everyone to join us if they can spare 2-12 hours of work over a weekend. Everyone and all skills welcome - there is plenty to share and learn!
Contact Us / Join Us
For latest news, details about future hacking events
- on Twitter @opendata_sco
We're always happy for new collaborators to join us - no technical experience required, just interest