Masses of UK government data now available online - dive in everyone!
Sir Tim Berners-Lee is a miracle man. Not content with inventing the world wide web, he’s now behind the launch of a new UK site, data.gov.uk that makes several metric fucktons of data available for ordinary John Q Citizens like you or him over there to peruse and use.
The aim is to make information acquired by the government easier for people to find and analyse and developers have already used it to build a site that displays the location of schools according to the rating assigned to them by Ofsted.
In theory, it’s all rather groovy and reeks of transparency and openness – as for how often any of us will use it, that remains to be seen.
As is our wont whenever a new search engine appears, we tested it out earlier by searching for ‘sex’ – with 103 results. Result! Among the results were ‘Deaths related to drug poisoning’ and ‘Sickness absence from work.’ Mmm, roll on lunchtime so we can investigate those results further.
Well done Sir Tim – have another knighthood. Now let’s see if you can get them to bring back Top Of The Pops and candy cigarettes with the red ends.