Nottingham City Council needed to automate the production of open datasets in response to the large growth in requests from citizens under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI).
With support and training from 1Spatial, the Council used FME to easily automate the generation, updating and publication of a wide variety of datasets, both geospatial and non-spatial. For example, FME’s rules-based processes were ideal for automating the redaction of private personal information in council spend reports as required by law, and then publishing them as open data.
Rather than consuming a full-time staff member’s time, the process is reduced to just one hour – checking 50-100 exceptions flagged by FME rather than the full 15,000 records each month. Additionally, FOI requests are simply directed to Open Data Nottingham rather than fulfilled manually. Nottingham is now meeting its response-time targets for FOI requests, despite the steady increase in overall request volumes.
Nottingham City Council (Nottingham) is a local authority organization in the UK that serves a population of an estimated 314,000 residents.