This paper looks at the changing requirements for data structure throughout recent years and how this has impacted local government. It surmises the difficulties facing local authorities with shrinking budgets, and explores how existing data can be connected together in new ways in order to release hidden benefits for the authority itself, as well as all of its residents. In order to effectively demonstrate this point, the latter half of the paper considers the oneTRANSPORT project and its projected impact on individuals and local communities.

The oneTRANSPORT project reaches across both private and public sectors in an effort to create a national platform for transport data. Through changing the stringent and outdated data architecture of the public sector organisations involved, the project will create an open data lake, with information being accessed by individuals and companies which can create bespoke transport applications for its users. This will give users access to applications such as personalised public transport timetables and reminders, but will also benefit non-users by being able to advise on congestion levels throughout the area; with these being just two examples of the project’s benefits. In conclusion, the paper will explore how existing data within local authorities can be accessed in a different way in order to unlock a multitude of hereto unseen benefits for individuals and local communities.

How Our Existing Data Can Benefit Individuals And Local Communities
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