With the recent publication of the Digital Britain report and Gordon Brown calling on Tim Berners-Lee to help open up access to government data, there’s been a lot of talk about public organisations opening up data.
Most of this has focused around APIs and linked data (something I’m very passionate about already), but there’s much simpler ways to get data out there that might be useful to those people who might have a website, know their way a bit round HTML, but aren’t willing to get their hands dirty with XML, JSON or RDF.
I’ve had a go at doing a few widgets, publishing food safety inspections and planning applications as widgets and I’m looking to do more in the future. Fellow blogger and techy Philip John has even turned one of our widgets into a Wordpress-compatible widget, which I’m proudly sporting on the right here.
$query = “SELECT * FROM database”;
$result = mysql_query($query) or die(mysql_error());
echo ”"font-size: 18px; font-weight: bold;">Planning Applications for Foo on Bar Council”;