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About Open Data Nottingham

Open Data Nottingham has been developed to support and facilitate Nottingham City Council's commitment to Open Data. Open Data is the idea that certain data (non-personal) should be freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other control mechanisms. This is outlined in the Government's Open Data White Paper published in June 2012.

Whilst the concept of Open Data is not new, the definition and the wider recognition that that open data can be a powerful tool to help reform public services, foster innovation and empower citizens is relatively new.

Nottingham City Council is fully committed to being open and transparent, and supports the Open Data to movement to help stimulate local innovation to create valuable new services and applications, thus driving economic growth and job creation.

Data published by the Council at a URL beginning www.opendatanottingham.org.uk is open to use, you do not have to apply or ask for permission, but you do have to adhere to the terms of the Open Government Licence. Data held on linked websites may be subject to other licensing conditions.

The aim of Open Data Nottingham is to:

  • Promote the open data agenda within Nottingham
  • Facilitate the understanding and reuse of data
  • Facilitate the discovery of data
  • Encourage the development of data sharing amongst other organisations
  • Promote the local developer community
  • Promote local achievements and developments that have taken advantage of Open Data Nottingham
  • Provide associated support and guidance in maximising the potential of open data

Whilst the website is still in development, we are working hard behind the scenes to add additional content, introduce additional data formats and improve the functionality of the site. Click here to see the 'About Open Data Nottingham' living document, for the rationale behind decisions made about the content and development of the site. We hope that you find Open Data Nottingham useful. If you build any systems or applications that use the data and/or feel you have utilised the data in an innovative way please let us know. We would love to hear how this data is being used as it will help us to improve the service. If you would like to see particular datasets made available please let us know and we will see what we can do.