In 2016, the Local Government Association (LGA) is running a project to find a better way to identify and match local services to the needs of citizens and the places they serve.  The approach relies on a consistent data format in which local services are described so that directories of services can be combined for a place, a need, an audience and so on. LGA programme manager, Tim Adams, has set out a detailed overview of the programme in his recent blog on the Knowledge Hub.


The LGA has commissioned us at iStandUK to propose a data format to describe local services, built upon existing standards and good practice from local councils, and other local service providers.


We’d love to learn from you.  We have created a simple questionnaire where you can describe your approach, and/or tell us about standards.  Alternatively, it would be helpful if you could set out your thoughts in the special project forum thread that has been opened on the “Local Open Data Community” knowledge group on the Knowledge Hub.  This forum is open to anyone who cares to register themselves to this group.


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Thanks for taking part.