Last week the National Audit Office put out a document called "Implementing Transparency" part of which (8.2 - if you are interested) said that we need open data about social care “to support users in choosing how to spend personalised budgets”.
Tonight Panorama will give weight to that by showing that regulator data is sometimes a long way from current reality, whereas (as many a hotelier knows from TripAdvisor) data collected from the fickle public can mount up very quickly if something is wrong.
Open data is very important to me and I believe that transparency and openness in the long term increases performance and eventually open organisations will always benefit over those who hide their murky ill-doings. I also like playing with open data and this weekend I took part in Rewired State's National Hack the Government Day at the GDS offices in London. My hack (involving Met Office data) even won a prize, but my cup failed to completely run over as I never got to shake the hand of Mike Bracken who was meant to award the prizes (he didn't turn up).
Our comparison web site BetterCareGuide.org has a commitment to keeping its data open, but actually collecting data about social care providers is non trivial because:
Adult social care technology expert, open source advocate, cyclist, parent, volunteer teacher, former (very easy) world record holder and reluctant blogger.