Data publishing and data standards eLearning modules for Local Government

This work contributes to the LGA "Better use of data" programme 2016".

An easy way to learn about publishing data and using standards for local government has now been published. The Open Data Institute and the Local Government Association have developed three online  eLearning modules for supporting local authorities to publish data, improve the quality of data, and use common standards to be able to more easily share, combine and compare data for further use and analysis across authorities. Including case studies from councils demonstrating the benefits of data publishing and the use of standards.

The three learning modules are:

Module 1: Open Data: Making Transparency Work - where you will learn the background to why transparency and open data availability in local government is important and how benefits are realised.  

Module 2: Open Data: Making Publishing Work - where you will learn the recommended approach, stages of preparation and available tools that guide the publishing of your data openly and consistently to merge with the entire local government sector.  

Module 3: Open Data: Making Standards Work - where you will learn about the information standards that guide a consist approach to data publishing in local government to unlock the potential for easier discovery and re-use of your published data by wide ranging data consumers. 

And we have supporting webinars too

To assist further, the LGA facilitated a series of six webinars hosted by the Open Data Institute for local authorities throughout May to July 2016 to further explore topics covered in the modules and to answer any questions.  These webinars were recorded on YouTube and can be viewed at your leisure but selecting any of the following links.

May 2016

9th May - Better use of data - Introducing the LGA Learning Modules
This webinar walked participants through all three learning modules (Making Transparency Work, Making Publishing Work and Making Standards Work) and answered questions.  You can watch a YouTube recording of this webinar here.  It lasts around 100 minutes but you can come and go as you please!

24th May - Better use of data - In Focus: Inventories and Data Quality
Publishing good quality data is the key to encouraging greater re-use. This webinar explores why data quality and inventories are important, and how to publish good quality data in 12 steps. You can watch a YouTube recording of this webinar here.  It lasts around 100 minutes but you can come and go as you please!

June 2016

2nd June - Better use of data - In Focus: Standards and Certificates
Standard structures can make your data more useful and consistent. In this webinar, learn how to find and use common schemas, develop your own schema and certify the quality of your data. You can watch a YouTube recording of this webinar here.  It lasts around 1 hour but you can come and go as you please!

14th June - Better use of data - Introducing the LGA Learning Modules
This webinar takes you through the process of publishing a consistent, high-quality dataset (possibly non-domestic rates) that has been frequently asked for through FOI requests. During the webinar we revisited some of the relevant elements from all three learning modules  With apologies, this webinar is no longer available on YouTube but it was practically a full re-run on the webinar above that we ran on 9th May 2016.
 
22nd June - Better use of data - Creating data inventories and registering your data
This two hour webinar demonstrated in detail how to create an inventory to record and provide information about council’s datasets and fulfil the FOI requirements for an FOI publication schema. The session also covered how to register and publish your data on data.gov.uk and validate it.  You can watch a YouTube recording of this webinar here.
 
There were a few additional questions posed by participants after the above webinar had finished.  These were discussed in this separate YouTube recording here.

July 2016

7th July - Better use of data - Making the case for open data
This webinar focused on the value of open data and making the case to senior managers. It  demonstrated benefits and examples where open data have been used to engage locally, foster economic growth and transform and innovate services. It lasts around 90 minutes. You can watch a YouTube recording of this webinar here.

The ODI training delivery team also made use of a very helpful set of presentation slides as part of the above webinar.  These slides can be accessed here.

For further information contact transparency@local.gov.uk

Or visit the local open data group on Knowledge hub

https://khub.net/group/localopendatacommunity

posted by LGA Transparancy & Data Standards on 14th April 2016

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