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Ahead of the Game In Government Transparency: Open Barnet

The London Borough of Barnet has a clear goal: To be the most transparent Local Authority in the UK.

“The intention in Barnet is to be ahead of the game as much as possible”, writes Council Leader Richard Cornelius. “As such the borough will aim to achieve not only the minimum requirements but strive to publish as much information as possible tailored to residents’ needs.”

Open Barnet launched on DataPress last month. The council has experienced a surge of web traffic since the migration, and renewed public interest in open data.

The council hired a non-profit organisation to build their first data portal, at a cost of £40,950. “We needed a long-term sustainable solution”, says Jon Hill. “And the support just wasn’t there. Our DataPress hosting plan saves tens of thousands of pounds.”

“A startup should be driven by a mission.”

DataPress exists to make it easy to host and share data. The team has gained a strong pedigree working on major projects including It’s exciting to be working with a council who shares our passion for government transparency, and for software-as-a-service.

“We were bowled over by the London Datastore and Leeds Data Mill,” said Jacqueline Leaver of Barnet Council. “DataPress have provided us with the opportunity to redevelop the Open Barnet portal as more than just a data catalogue, with a much more collaborative approach across the borough to interact with partners and the public.”