DataShare is now a free open source data platform
DataShare is available for free open source use to provide an effective data platform for local government open data publishing needs
DataShare - the open data publishing tool originally developed and used by the London Borough of Redbridge and now offered to other councils - has recently been released as an open source free to use application by agreement with the LB Redbridge and the Local Government Association (LGA).
This provides councils with reassurance that they can adopt it and go on using DataShare and make changes, if necessary, to comply with maturing data standards and requests for enhancements for a long term future.
DataShare provides a simple means for councils to open up tabular data such that they can be viewed online and easily downloaded. It frees up the need for specialists and lets councils delegate publication of data to administrators across their organisations rather than relying on a dedicated technical resource.
DataShare also exports data in the standard inventory format developed by the LGA, iStandUK, Redbridge and data.gov.uk. This means that the Government's Find Open Data site (formerly known as data.gov.uk) can be configured to automatically include your council's open data without the need to manually register each dataset.
The DataShare application was first described to the local government sector by Redbridge in a presentation given as part of central funding arrangements in 2013.
You can find DataShare documentation and source code here on GitHub. Please credit the London Borough of Redbridge if you use it.
The LGA's technical partner, Porism Limited, can answer questions on setting up and using DataShare. By separate agreement with individual councils, Porism can host and support individual copies of DataShare for councils to publish their own data. You can contact email@example.com directly for further details.