I attended the New Statesman’s New Media Awards last night in the lush surrounds of Westminster Abbey’s College gardens. One might not expect an award for ‘geeks’ to be so glamorous but government IT contracts are now big business and the sponsor for the awards is Atos Origin.
What I noticed from talking to the developers of the finalist sites is the continued difficulty getting clean, raw data from public bodies. Too many public officials exhibit a mix of paranoia, unhelpfulness and obstruction to requests for raw data. The plain fact is that the public have paid for the creation and maintenance of this data and increasingly we have a legal right to access it.
Other winners were:
Stop the Traffik
Information and Openness
Intelligent Giving won this award and the developer was grateful for the recognition. Most often, he said, the site is targeted with lawsuits and bad press for taking on vested interests. Richard Pope’s Planning Alerts site was a runner-up and if you haven’t check out this site you really should. I’ve signed up myself for alerts for planning applications filed near me.
David Cameron’s WebCameron