Will customers be able to book our activities through different apps and services once I’ve opened my data?
Our focus is helping organisations like you to publish their timetables and availability. This is the first step in the process, after which we will look at how to establish a seamless booking experience for customers, as in other sectors. Once a critical mass of data has been opened we will be encouraging innovators and data users to create new products and services with this data. .
What sort of things will people build with my data?
There are a wide range of applications for opportunity data. Tools that allow people to find activities in their local area are already starting to appear. There are other use cases that we expect to appear, such as a tool that allows a doctor to prescribe activities to patients. We will be encouraging innovators and developers to cater to a range of different customers and scenarios.
How will people know that I’ve published data?
The OpenActive website lists all the data that is published; developers can then find this data via Google. We are also actively promoting these datasets among the developer and data user community.
What about data quality?
This is part of our future work, though the current focus is on getting data published. We are planning on incorporating national schemes such as ClubMark and CoachMark and local schemes such as CamdenMark.
How do I open my data?
Opening your data is straightforward, although you will need some technical skills. There are step-by-step instructions you can follow on the OpenActive website.
How is OA different to previous initiatives/attempts?
Previous work to open up data in the physical activity sector has focused on creating a single centralised website to help people find sport and fitness opportunities near them. Gathering all the data in one place while also crafting a great experience for the consumer proved too much for a single programme. OpenActive is promoting a decentralised approach. Rather than an activity finder on a single website we are working to build an open market where innovators can build apps, tools and services (including activity finders) using open data. This will allow a broader range of services to appear that can help specific types of users.