We help people
publish and use open data.

We provide technologies, support, and services relating to the production, standardisation and use of open data.

We support activities that promote social impacts from open data.

Services

Providing training, consultancy, helpdesk, and advice to:

  • Organisations building and maintaining open data standards
  • Organisations publishing open data
  • Organisations using open data

Building, developing and maintaining software that:

  • Enable organisations to publish open data
  • Enable organisations to understand the nature, volume and quality of open data
  • Enable organisations to use their own open data
  • Enable organisations to use other open data resources

Co-operative

As a workers co-operative we operate as a values-driven business.

We are building for the long-term: we are not controlled by shareholders seeking short-term gain.

Being a workers co-operative is also an experiment. We believe that much open data is a public good, and to sustain public goods we need strong foundations.

We believe that co-operative models are an important part of that.

Projects

We like projects that include elements of innovation, partnership working and long-term vision. We enjoy challenges that combine conversations, code and (obviously) co-operation:

Some of the projects we’ve been working on recently include:

... managing the technical infrastructure, data standard and global help-desk for the Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS).

... supporting 360Giving to realise the vision of detailed information published by trusts and foundations on their grant making in the UK.

...working with the Natural Resource Governance Institute: developing a set of tools to gather information on oil, gas and mining projects across the world and delivering greater transparency and accountability in the extractives sector.

... working with organisation such as Bond, SlovakAid and Plan International UK to support and develop their capacity to publish and use data as part of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI).

… reviewing the data architecture of the Civil Society Almanac - a key product of the National Council for Voluntary Organisation (NCVO).

... assisting a number of grassroots and community-based initiatives to publish and use open data, including the Salford Being Well project and the Greater Manchester Poverty Action Group.

… publishing a template open data policy, to be reused by projects, initiatives and communities wishing to operationalise transparency.

We’re also developing a tool to transform and validate datasets - we call it CoVE (Convert, Validate Explore) for now. It helps us do our work.

Interested in working with us? Do get in touch.

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