Opening public data has gained a real head of steam in the last year. The idea is to make publicly-held and non-personal data freely available for reuse by public bodies, individuals and businesses. Practically, it’s about making data easy to find, easy to license and easy for others to re-use. Public bodies create, collect or use all kinds of information every day. From building applications to job centre vacancies, welfare benefits to MPs’ expenses.

My last post was on how to update your Google Docs settings to track published documents in Google Analytics. Currently, you can only documents track documents in your Analytics reports – not views of published spreadsheets or presentations. I’d like Google to add support for tracking published spreadsheets, in particular. At work, I advocate making statistics available online in multiple open formats and not, for example, solely providing statistics in an Excel file hosted on the corporate site for users to download.