1Spatial Supports Nottingham City Council in Embracing Open Data Initiative

By CIOReview | Thursday, February 18, 2016

FREMONT, CA: With an ever increasing reliance on spatial and location-critical data, demand for technological expertise has grown exponentially. Looking for such technical support in accomplishing its open data initiative, Nottingham City Council turned towards leveraging Feature Manipulation Engine (FME) technology with the support from 1Spatial’s certified FME consultants, reports SpatialNews.com.

Set on the idea of free data availability for everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control, the Council’s open data initiative has made it possible to have over 90 different data sets on the city’s open data site available for access. The popular sets of data made open include: data relating to food hygiene, planning applications and information on CCTV cameras. Information is automatically posted on the Open Data Nottingham site.

Being supported by 1Spatial, a provider of software solutions and services for managing Big Data, the Council has been able to reduce its workload and improve performance against government targets for the publication of open data, speed up the response to Freedom of Information (FOI) requests and building authoritative local geospatial data.

By making data easily accessible, Nottingham government is empowering citizens and organizations to build applications that leverage the open data. The open data government sites hold great promise in improving education, government services, and help in building tools to solve real world problems.

“Nottingham City Council has used FME for some time, but a little assistance from our excellent team along the way, has supported their skilled staff to explore its capabilities to the full and get more from their investment in the product. They now have the ability to automate the generation, updating and publication of a wide variety of datasets, both geospatial and tabular (non-spatial), as well as dramatically increasing the range of information available as open data. This has turned Information Management Services into a critical resource and source of value for the Council,” says David Eagle, Managing Consultant, 1Spatial.