Once upon a time Audit Scotland published performance data for every council in Scotland. The approach was simple: a spreadsheet for every council with dozens of indicators across several pages.
Audit Scotland data from 2012/13
As far as open data goes it wasn’t ideal: comparing councils involved manually downloading spreadsheets and combining them, unless you wrote a scraper to do that for you. Which is what I did last year while working with the Sunday Post on a series of stories.
But at least you had the data in some sort of raw format.
If you look for the data this year, however, you will find things a little more complicated:
“The local government community now produce council performance information through the Local Government Benchmarking Framework.”
Now there’s a middleman. And here things start to go downhill (before a happy ending). Continue reading