I wrote this post for Life | Art | Us on 15 May 2011. Click on the link at the bottom to read the full post.
Run by Watershed in Bristol, Media Sandbox 2010 was set up to award a series of £10,000 commissions to stimulate innovation in public services and support research and development in innovative content, applications and experiences using open data.
The projects commissioned were not primarily charged with producing services or tools for audiences directly. From what I could gather, the main aim was to try out new ideas and provide people working in local government with tangible examples of creative ‘open data projects’. This aim was born from an acknowledgment that if we want local authorities and governing bodies to get behind open data projects, in the context of driving innovation in public services, a shift in culture is needed.
Here’s some more information about the three projects showcased at FutureEverything 2011.