May local election results available as open data

One of the Panel's members, Chris Taggart of OpenlyLocal.com, has been working hard on a new project to make May local election results available as open data. The Open Election project offers an opportunity to substantially enhance public access to local election results data, allowing it to be easily identified and reused within a variety of contexts.

Local authorities already publish election data online, however in many cases this data is published in formats that do not allow it to be collected and reused in its current form. A free technical ‘fix’ called RDFa offers a format that gives the information structure and meaning, with a licence to allow collection, collation and reuse by anyone at no cost.

For more details, including information on how to participate please follow the link: http://OpenElectionData.org