LG Inform Plus supplements the LG Inform service, giving subscribers the power to drill down from authority wide information to much smaller areas, such as wards.

Allowing greater access to more detailed information gives a better understanding of an authority's business challenges and performance. Plus, the service is based on the framework of local government information sharing standards making information easy to use and giving consistency across the sector.

LG Inform Plus also provides other helpful tools and assistance from a dedicated support team.

esd-standards (effective service delivery)

The local government sector has been working for over a decade to develop these information sharing standards.  The result is a 360 degree model for the structuring and publishing of local government business information.

These standards are used widely in corporate data systems and support many initiatives that require individual local data sets to be brought together and used in combination for regional and national purposes. Practically every council in England deploy these standards in some form and they are used to drive public facing national data services like gov.uk and local themes in data.gov.uk.  Little did we realise when we started this in 2001 but the ontologies and the precise lists of interconnected semantics (definitions) that form the esd-standards provide a fundamental building block to linking data in an open published way.  The esd-standards are seen as the "home of local government semantics" and provide a reputable source of uniform resource identifiers (uris – essential to linked data) for local data publishing.

Classifying data within these controlled lists in their human or machine readable forms) allows data consumers and app developers to dice, slice and inter-connect business information from any angle or any starting point. The contribution that these standards are making to open linked data publishing and the demands of the transparency agenda is significant.


Small area reporting

While LG Inform lets you compare your authority's area with others, LG Inform Plus looks within your borders, providing information for each ward and smaller areas of geography. This can then be compared with other wards in your region and nationally.

Where the data is available, it is also possible to analyse in smaller geographies such as LLSOA (lower level super output areas) and then re-assemble into larger bespoke areas for specific needs.

Like LG Inform, information can then be presented through charts, tables and maps by creating your own reports.


API data feed

Subscribers can by-pass LG Inform and LG Inform Plus and access their huge volumes of raw data directly by using a direct data feed. This is available through a secure application programmable interface (API).

You can read any value for any data type for any relevant area and time period, all the information you need to create your own charts and maps.

Plus, the API lets you build your own applications, from simple charts to personalised analysis tools. You can even create sign-in features, giving your authority users access to non-public data.

A dedicated support team and online community of developers will help you make the most of the API.

See: http://api.esd.org.uk/

Online toolset

LG Inform Plus offers a number of useful tools, focusing on simplicity of use and close alignment with LG Inform. 

A Records Retention guidance

The Powers and Duties tool looks at the legal duties and powers councils must understand to deliver services for each type of English council.

It is intended that the suite of tools will grow over time with input from a community of participating councils. Legacy tools from the esd-toolkit programme also remain available.

See: http://about.esd.org.uk/tools

Supporting tools and materials for open data publishing.

The open data pages within LG Inform Plus provide the local government sector with guidance, helpful tools, searching aids and access to core inventories, schemas and data harvesters/aggregators in support of the local open data publishing processes for the transparency agenda.

Each local authority and fire service creates huge volumes of data for the effective running of their business.  With the increasing move to open government and widespread publishing of last data stocks, there is a need for central coordination to facilitate basic standards against which such data should be published.  Without this central coordination, most local data will be in many disparate forms and it will be impossible to locate, aggregate, analyse in combination and reuse in the vision set out by open transparency.

LG Inform Plus provides a central platform (managed and enhanced in close collaboration with sector-wide information managers and standards bodies) for data publishing strategies to be deployed along with search and analysis tools to provide means harvesting local data and combining it in combination for regional and national re-use by data consumers.


LG Inform Plus Case studies

The case studies below provide examples of the available functionality in LG Inform Plus.


Subscription rates for the programme are summarised here

Subscription for one authority covers everyone who works for it (with a corresponding email address). Just register online and then request a subscription, if you need one.

A summary of programme benefits is available here













































8 February 2017