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Help WhatDoTheyKnow find contact addresses for public authorities

You can send Freedom of Information requests to more than 45,000 public authorities on WhatDoTheyKnow. For each of those authorities we need an email address to send those requests to, which means we often need to do some maintenance to keep everything up to date. For some authorities in our database we don’t have a…

How to unlock the value of fragmented public data: your views wanted

Data users in the UK often encounter fragmented public data, where  public authorities are each spending money to publish data independently, but their outputs are difficult to find and join together. This means that a lot of effort is going into creating data which cannot be used to its full potential. As a joint project…

TheyWorkForYou alerts are helping keep prisoners informed

The TheyWorkForYou alerts system will send you an email every time your chosen keyword is mentioned in Parliament. A recent survey revealed that this system is being used by a broad range of different organisations and individuals. We’ve been speaking to a few of them to find out more. First of these is Ben Leapman,…

Publishing and analysing data: our workflow

This is a more technical blog post in companion to our recent blog about local climate data. Read on if you’re interested in the tools and approaches we’re using in the Climate team to analyse and publish data.  How we’re handling common data analysis and data publishing tasks. Generally we do all our data analysis…

We want you to build on our local climate data. Tell us what you need!

One of the things we want to do as part of our Climate programme is help build an ecosystem of data around local authorities and climate data.  We have a goal of reducing the carbon emissions that are within the control of local authorities, and we want to help people build tools and services that…

A change in the monarchy: how it does (and doesn’t) affect FOI

[UPDATE: Since this post was published, the 19 September has been declared an official bank holiday – our assumption in the final section of this post, that ‘no bank holiday will be formally declared’, and the conclusions we came to as a result, were incorrect. We’ve updated the section accordingly.] On 8 September 2022, Buckingham…

Nik Gupta

Nik joined mySociety in September 2022 as a developer on our SocietyWorks team, where he helps to develop and maintain smart tech solutions for local government and the public sector, such as FixMyStreet Pro and WasteWorks. With several years of experience working as a software engineer for a gaming start-up under his belt, as well…

Alexander Griffen

Alexander joined mySociety in 2022 to give us much-needed development support, across both our Climate and Transparency practices. He came to us fresh from a year working for an environmental health company, where he says he was mainly “playing with their data”. mySociety is all about using development, data and research for good, so we’re…

August monthnotes from the climate programme

We’re now six days into September. We’re feeling a strong ‘back to school’ vibe after the long summer in which many of the team were away on annual leave at one point or another.  Prototyping is behind us and we’re shifting our focus to what we want to achieve in the last six months of…

More than a million public FOI requests have been made through Alaveteli sites

Has our open source Freedom of Information platform Alaveteli had an impact on transparency around the world? We’ve got more than a million reasons to say that yes, it has! From the makes and models of over 18,000 cars stolen in Argentina to statistics about apricot farming in Tunisia; information about food labelling laws in…