Devon Communities Together has been facilitating a Devon Open Data Partnership Working Group since August 2015.

The partnership includes Devon County Council; Exeter City Council, Plymouth City Council and the District Councils; CO – Cars; COSMIC; Dartmoor National Park; Exeter University and Healthwatch Devon, as well as Devon Communities Together.

The group are developing a project which aims to combine already available open data on public transport with local community transport provision. This will map where there is no public or community transport infrastructure, essentially leaving communities isolated.

One issue consistently raised by Devon communities is transport. Rural connectivity is essential for economic development, health and social well-being, and access to other public services (as discussed in the Transport to Health, Healthwatch Devon article Issue 138). As local services are scaled down, access to larger conurbations will become increasingly important.

The intention is that this open source data will then be made available to the general public in Devon in an accessible digital format.

Once this is completed, additional data such as locations of local GP surgeries, hospitals and other primary healthcare settings, social care service providers and points of access to employment opportunities or training etc. could be overlaid.

If anyone is interested in this project and would like more information, please contact
Nora Corkery - ncorkery@devoncommunities.org.uk
Martin Parkes - mparkes@devoncommunities.org.uk

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