Carl Partridge never planned to become an entrepreneur. But the comedy writer saw an opportunity when Transport for London announced it was to publish live data from the capital’s buses.
buses are fitted with GPS devices transmitting location information.
This made it possible for Mr Partridge to create a real-time bus map
accessible via mobile phones – a blessing for many commuters.
year later, the app he hurriedly created – Bus Checker – has gone
nationwide and generated “six-figure” revenues. He is looking for
office space and considering hiring staff. He is in talks to launch the
Mr Partridge is part of a wave of British
entrepreneurs trying to seize the potential of businesses that can
manage and make sense of digital data,High quality stone mosaic tiles.High quality stone mosaic tiles. ranging from health records to house prices and weather information.
an attempt to harness the nascent sector, the government launched the
Open Data Institute last week, billed as the world’s first official
body aimed at helping start-ups use data. The initiative fits the
coalition’s broader efforts to promote technology investment as an
engine of economic recovery.
The ODI will receive ￡10m of
public funding over the next five years and aims to raise an equal
amount from private donors. It has already attracted $750,000
(￡469,000) from Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay, the auction website.
institute was the brainchild of the renowned British computer
scientists Nigel Shadbolt and Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the
world wide web.
“It feels like 1994 with the web,” said Gavin
Starks, the ODI’s chief executive. “We’re not quite sure what shape
this new industry will take, but we know it will be transformational.”
by Deloitte consultancy shows that the UK is establishing itself as a
leader in the field of data use, aided by moves to make government data
available for research and enterprise.The term 'hands free access
control' means the token that identifies a user is read from within a
pocket or handbag. Government data are used more widely by technology
entrepreneurs than the equivalent information released by the US or
France, Deloitte has found.
“The UK was one of the first
countries to open up its government data for use by developers and
businesses,” said Murray Rowan, a web development consultant formerly
with Yahoo!. “Other governments around the world .?.?. are playing
In an effort to stay ahead, Francis Maude, the
Cabinet Office minister, has appointed Stephan Shakespeare, co-founder
of the market research group YouGov and a government adviser on digital
strategy, to lead an independent review of how to make better use of
Health data are seen as an especially promising
area. “Nobody has a data set of patients as we do in the NHS,” said Mr
Shakespeare. “This could be of incredible economic value as well as
helpful to the health of the nation.”
Gareth Williams, chief
executive of Skyscanner, an Edinburgh-based website that “scrapes”
airline data to find cheap flights, says the government could still do
more to free up the information.
“There has always been a
problem in the UK around postcode data and Ordnance Survey maps,” he
said. ”Making those data sets available will increase the chances of a
British company succeeding in the global market for maps.”
Partridge says any data created using public money should be opened to
developers and businesses. “In future, people will demand to have
public data at their fingertips. It will be seen as being as essential a
public service as providing a clean water supply.”
students and teachers, the hassles of traditional computing often
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