Shane O’Neill has become the Chairman of ELGIN, the local roadworks portal (), recently sold by Jacobs to its management.
Shane O’Neill, who is a member of the Government’s Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information () commented:
“I first saw the potential of ELGIN, not from a Streetworks software point of view, but from a publishing and Transparency perspective. ELGIN sits neutrally among the streetworks management software providers and reliably polls out accurate information every 30 minutes from a host of different and complex software platforms.
The Prime Minister announced on 7th July 2011 that all local streetworks data should be made openly available by 2012 and in re-usable format. ELGIN’s Local Authority community already fully complies with this objective. Local roadworks information sits buried in different back office systems or unaggregated in a host of different formats – and the potential benefits of reusing this localized data in traffic management and sat-nav systems is at present almost entirely unexploited.
ELGIN exists to change that – its data is free to view and its API is free for developers. It is a real example of quality public sector information (abstracted reliably and in a timely fashion) being the basis of robust applications and services. ELGIN is Open Data in practice! I am delighted to join the dedicated team atand help steer them to the next stage of ELGIN’s development.”
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