OpenUp – TSO launches Open Data Challenge with £50,000 development fund

The hunt is on for Britain’s most innovative ideas for public data that will bring greater value to communities locally, regionally or nationally

TSO (The Stationery Office), the leading provider of publishing solutions to the public sector, has today announced the launch of OpenUp, a £50,000 development fund aimed at encouraging the British public to come up with ideas of how open data can be put to better use for their communities.

The move by TSO to offer the substantial fund for investment follows the recent launch of Data.gov.uk by the Government. Individuals or teams of people are encouraged to enter the competition by submitting an idea that can use public data to deliver value to communities locally, regionally, nationally or even internationally. As well as securing the fund to see their idea developed the winner will also be awarded a personal prize of £1,000.

Supported by a panel of influential individuals from across British commerce, the OpenUp competition will be open to submissions from today, 23rd March 2010, until 26th May 2010. Entries will then be reviewed and a shortlist of the top five will be invited to present their ideas to the expert panel in person in June in central London, with the development fund being awarded that same evening.

“Opening up government information online provides an amazing opportunity to the British public and it’s absolutely key that we, as individuals and communities, grasp this opportunity with both hands. People across the country have never before been presented with so much information and we want to encourage them to use it to their advantage, delivering real value to their lives,” commented Richard Dell, CEO of TSO. “We’re simply asking for the most creative and useful ideas to be submitted from across the UK and we’ll develop the tools and processes to ensure that one becomes a reality and meets its objectives – by delivering greater value for the community.”

“OpenUp is the chance for people to embrace their most innovative ideas and see them come to fruition, thanks to this substantial development fund from TSO,” added Lucian Hudson, the UK government’s first-ever Director of e-Communications and member of the OpenUp panel. “My colleagues and I will be looking for ideas that will make a difference, bringing greater value and benefits to the every day lives of citizens and communities. We’re looking forward to reviewing the entries and seeing someone’s idea become a reality.”

For more information or to enter OpenUp please visit tso.co.uk/openupopens in new window.

The OpenUp Panel of Experts includes:

  • Nigel Shadbolt, Professor of Artificial Intelligence, Deputy Head of the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton as well as Information Advisor to the Prime Minister
  • Lucian J. Hudson, Partner and Managing Director, Cornerstone Global Associates, and the UK government's first Director of e-Communications
  • Charles Arthur, The Guardian’s Technology Editor
  • Ashley Friedlein, CEO and co-founder of Econsultancy
  • Robin Brattel, former Director of Digital for TSO, founder of Eventility and Open Up Chair

About OpenUp

OpenUp is a competition created and funded by TSO, with the objective to generate greater interest amongst the general public in information now publicly available via Data.gov.ukopens in new window. TSO wants to encourage the British public “To mash up public data for the greater good of your community” and demonstrate the significant benefits of how this information can be put to use for the UK public now that it is open to all.

Examples of innovative ways to utilise government information for the greater good can be found at openup.tso.co.uk/dataopens in new window

For further information please contact:
Victoria Melville
Melville Communications
Call: +44 (0)1483 489009/07974 161 123
Email: Victoria@melvillecommunications.co.uk