The Greater Manchester Data Synchronisation Programme project (which I first wrote about here) is entering a new phase after a successful first release of the data at the hack day held in late March.

As a brief background, the initial phase involved Manchester City Council, Salford City Council and Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council releasing open and linked datasets simultaneously. This allowed technical, and non-technical, users to access and use the data in a format that suits them.

The accompanying hackathon saw nine teams from across Europe develop some rather nifty prize-winning apps, including Light Raider (which won the Lifestyle and Wellbeing Challenge and has already recieved publicity). This app uses data about Manchester’s streetlights for a game where joggers compete with others to gain points each time they pass (raid) a street light.

So the next phase involves further district councils from the Greater Manchester area - this is a a brilliant example of how local authorities can embrace linked open data.

We’ll be continuing our collaboration with Future Everything on this project. They’re recruiting more code fellows to help model the data whilst we host it and provide training and consultancy. Check out gmdsp on twitter for more details of what we’re up to on this project.

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