In the 21st century the key objective of the London, Edinburgh and Belfast Gazettes is to provide official information for use and re-use by electronic systems.
Although still printed, the Gazettes are no longer restricted by their physical format and significant investment is being made to create the best mechanism for publishing official and regulatory information in linked data formats. A good example of data which is well re-used is the insolvency data which has been published in the Gazettes which for many years been at the heart of the financial and corporate credit industries.
By continually improving the forms in which data is available the Gazettes are proving themselves to be unmatched platforms for government information publishing. This is demonstrated through a treatment of integrated pollution prevention and control notices from the London Gazette. It is possible to use information within the notices to analyse the impact of different elements including legislative clauses, the geography and timings of applications. To view the demonstration it is necessary to use Flash (downloadable for free). Click on a random notice from the stack on the right and if you then cannot view a tab on the left hand side of the screen labelled "Map" then please speak with your system administrator.
Electronic data is now available through the following mechanisms:
(Currently RDFa is published primarily for the London Gazette).
Exciting developments are now underway to further increase the quantity of XML/RDF markup in the Gazettes. This will enable increasingly precise data extraction. Any development of the mark-up will be backwards compatible.
The following downloads enable users to make the most of the RDFa:
- List of notice types in the London Gazette
- An XML file of all published notices from mid February 2007 to end May 2008 (47MB)
- Ontology used for RDFa(Open with an Ontology Editor such as Protege)
The quality of the information in the London Gazette is excellent. Content is published primarily on behalf of solicitors, government, insolvency practitioners and other known stakeholders. Accuracy is absolutely key.
Please take a look at the content, we hope that you find it useful.
If you have any further questions then please contact us.
For reasons of privacy the data file does not include personal insolvency information.
Gazette notices and their content are Crown Copyright.