Thanks to the open ePetition data set from GDS, punters can now understand ePetitions a little better. Richard Parsons has already managed to seperate out all the postcode data and map the results. You can get the raw JSON data here : http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/faq#question11
While the map isn’t that interesting (it doesn’t take into account population density) it does highlight the potential of democratic data. It reminded me of the work FutureGov and I did some years ago about creating a common data standard for ePetition operability in Local Government. If only all local ePetition facilities (and GDS) had taken this onboard!
I’m going to have some fun with the data now :_)