GLA to launch ‘data dashboard’

Greater London Authority plans to update datastore in time for Olympics

The Greater London Authority’s (GLA) datastore is to be updated with a data dashboard, intended to be a multi-platform way for Londoners to view real-time or the most recent data on the state of the capital.

Online data from the GLA and its partner organisations on issues such as crime, transport, jobs, housing, health and environment, will be available through the data dashboard, according to the GLA.

It said: “The data dashboard not only takes its lead from the already successful datastore, but also the Metropolitan Police crime mapping service.”

A spokeswoman for the GLA told Guardian Government Computing that the dashboard is being developed by the authority’s in-house IT team and will go live before the Olympic Games.

City Hall, the home of the GLA and the London mayor, will be fitted with a bank of screens where members of the public can access the data dashboard.

The London Datastore was created in January 2010 to open up official data about the city. It now contains more than 500 unique data sets.

“The data dashboard takes the datastore much further in terms of strengthening public accountability through publishing group performance data in one easy to view place,” said the GLA.

Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, said: “The data dashboard will serve as an important weathervane… and is the clear next stage for the London datastore, providing Londoners with more readily understandable information on how the GLA group is meeting its pledges.”

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