A Letter to my MP
June 18, 2008, 11:47 am
Filed under: Crime, politics | Tags: , , ,

Dear Angela Smith,

I was pleased to see that the cabinet office has published a report
that proposes “monthly crime information should
be published to include … details of crimes committed”. [1]

Could you tell me what format these statistics will take, more
specifically if they will be in a format that members of the public can
easily use.

I really hope that this information is published in an open, and free
format such as XML, or even just plain CSV, publishing the data in a
closed, proprietary form such as a PDF file would not encourage the
re-publication of that data in a form that is easier for more people to


Yours sincerely,

Stuart Grimshaw


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[…] are of course wrinkles. Stuart Grimshaw, who tipped us off to this announcement, has written a letter to his MP asking what formats the data will be provided in. Which matters, rather a lot. Do we want to scrape […]

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Isn’t PDF an Open Standard now?

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It is open, but the content is more likely to be graphs and charts of analysed, rather than raw, data.

In order for the information to be really useful, it has to be available in as unprocessed a format as is possible.

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