This is what we have heard in response to our online consultation question 1: "What could be done to make it easier for you to find and use government data provided online?"
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More cat photos. Seriously. Better use of imagery and humour to help people find what they're looking for without the boring nature of government websites.- anonymous
You could actually put data in formats people understand.
Instead of using some unknown format for statistics, you could drop a SQL file.
Instead of using only using SHP files for GIS data, you could drop a SQL file.
Also, you could share more data without charging a crazy amount of money.- Sheldon
have one "portal" pointing at different departments and their data
provide data in open, machine-readable formats (open in the sense that I don't need to use proprietary software to read it and can write my own software to interpret it; CSV files are open, Excel files are not; text files are open, pdfs are not)- Jason McLaren
A social media site where each MP must state their vote on each bill, and allow for open discussion with his/her constituents. The key to the success of this site is interaction with those who elected the MP. MPs must, of course, be mandated into spending x amount of hours or replying to x amount of comments/criticisms per date interval to ensure success.- UVicStudent
Better support for mobile devices (Such as Android or Blackberry phones). Perhaps a mobile version of government sites
Wider use of open-source formats for data files.- I H