Wednesday 8 September 2010

Boris Johnson announces appointment of City Hall Digital Advisory Board

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, says he is at the forefront of an information revolution in the capital, with the appointment of a new Digital Advisory Board.

The board, chaired by Johnson's economic adviser, Anthony Browne, will include a number of people who have already engaged and supported the work of the London Datastore.

The Datastore, which has 300 different sets of information, has for the first time put realms of previously unavailable data from the GLA, the functional bodies and London Boroughs online for everyone to see and use free of charge.

Browne said, "We have begun the process of transforming the way in which information is shared between the government and the public and it has already paid huge dividends with some incredibly exciting new applications being developed at no cost to the public purse.

"The technical expertise of the Digital Advisory Board will be a huge asset in helping us build on the work we have done and to achieve a data movement in London that rivals that of any other big city in the world."

The board is expected to support and advise on the mayor's digital projects including the London Datastore, WIFI London, The London Card and the proposed single non-emergency number for London. Their role will also be to reflect the views of social innovators in London to the mayor as well as advising on any relevant technical developments.

Members of the board will include:

Professor Jonathan Raper - who has worked to bring the power of geospatial information to users for over 20 years.

Emma Mulqueeny - a founding director of Rewired State and one of Britain's leading digital communication strategists and communicators.

Paul Clarke - who has worked with many government departments and local authorities on technology and organisational strategy.

Chris Thorpe- formerly a research scientist.

Mike Butcher - editor of the tech blog, TechCrunch Europe, and co-founder of Tech-Hub London.

Toby Barnes - managing director of the Mudlark Production Company.

Chris Taggart - the developer behind, a project that opens up local government data and now has in-depth information on over 150 councils across the UK.

Christopher Osborne - business development director for ITO World providing transport intelligence for transport professionals and passengers.