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Data Mill North 2.0

Data Mill North (and it’s precursor Leeds Data Mill) is now over 6 years old.  During the past 6 years Leeds City Council has championed the publication of open data not only internally, but across the city and wider region. Our vision was to create an open data ecosystem where we’re all contributing and can all benefit from. The Data Mill now has over 600 published datasets from over 60 publishers across the North of England from private, public, third and academic sectors.  We think we’ve achieved a lot in a short space of time and with over 1 million page views since it’s launch, we felt now was the right time to take stock and review how we make things even better.  

With real time data becoming more affordable due to the improved and increased availability of Internet of Things devices and our desire to provide more visualisations of the data we publish to a wider audience, we commissioned Social Finance to undertake some discovery work on what the future of Data Mill North looks like. We have called this project, Data Mill North 2.0.  We will be reviewing the recommendations that Social Finance have made, as well as working with our colleagues at ODI Leeds and their open data collaboration group, Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Greater London Authority to discuss how we collaborate to develop our next generation open data platform.

Please check out the Social Finance report here and get back to use with your comments, feedback and thoughts.  We’d love to hear from you! 

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