Welcome to Open Data Manchester

Open Data Manchester has been leading the way in open data practice in Manchester since 2010. It was set up as an advocacy group to encourage and share open data practice between public bodies, business and citizens alike. It has been instrumental in the setting up of DataGM and various other open data initiatives in Greater Manchester and beyond. It is most well known for bringing together communities of practice to help disseminate and share knowledge, participate in policy making and support organisations using data. Now, having taken up residence at Federation in the centre of Manchester we are looking at building a centre for state of the art data practice by pulling in the knowledge and skills of the data community both in Greater Manchester and further afield. Get in touch and join us on our journey.

Connected and open!

From the beginning of August, Open Data Manchester took over running and maintenance of the Things Manchester constellation of Things Network gateways. The gateways are part of a global Internet of Things infrastructure initiative that seeks to create open and accessible data infrastructure for the benefit of communities and the institutions and businesses within them.

The network allows the connection of low cost equipment such as pollution monitoring, flood level, sound and temperature sensors. Using a technology called LoRaWAN (Long Range Wide Area Network) that allows devices to have an extremely long battery life coupled with long transmission range.

Things Manchester was one of the first communities to develop public infrastructure outside of Amsterdam, where the Things Network originated in 2015. The network now has 46,000 members across six continents.

From its inception the relationship between Things Manchester and Open Data Manchester has been very close. Julian Tait, CEO of Open Data Manchester was along with Dave Mee the co-instigator of Things Manchester and the development of ‘commons-based’ shared infrastructure for public benefit chimes with the ethos of Open Data Manchester.

The Things Manchester constellation is mounted on towers and rooftops around Greater Manchester and allows devices to be connected in most of Manchester, Salford, Trafford, Stockport and Bury. Through Open Data Manchester taking over the running of the Things Manchester network the infrastructure will be further developed and asset-locked for community benefit.

Open Data Manchester will be re-introducing regular meetups for users and those interested in using and building the network with the next one on Tuesday 11th September at Federation, Manchester. More information and registration here.

For more information contact Julian Tait. julian@opendatamanchester.org.uk

Open:Data:Night

Tuesday 25th September, 18.30 – 20.30
Federation House
Federation Street
Manchester M4 4BF

Book here.

Open:Data:Night is an open session for anyone with an idea, project or interest related to open data and data practice.

If you want to present a project, find a collaborator, co-conspirator or get feedback, come along.

We have a number quick fire slots (10 minutes or less) for projects – get in touch at sam[a]opendatamanchester[.]org[.]uk

Find out what the Open Data Manchester community is doing, what it’s all about and the benefits.

Joy Diversion III

Saturday 1st September, 11.00 – 17.00
Federation House
Federation Street
Manchester M4 4BF

Book here.

After the success of the first two Joy Diversions, we’re running a third day on Saturday 1st September.

Often viewed as a functional place of work, retail and leisure, our city centre bounded by Trinity Way, Great Ancoats Street and the Mancunian Way is imbued with history, iniquity, celebration and endeavour. Let us go out and find what’s out there, discover the forgotten spaces, create stories and map our city.

Starting with maps of the city from over 150 years ago, we will propose expeditions to uncharted territories, revisits to previously explored places, strange meanderings and any other diversions that people fancy.

You can see a taster of what happened on the last Joy Diversion here.

 

More Joy Diversion

Saturday 21st July, 13.00 – 17.00
Federation House
Federation Street
Manchester M4 4BF

Book here

Our last trip out was lovely. The sun was out and Manchester and Salford revealed a few of their many mysteries – so we are doing it again.

Calling all ramblers, explorers and meanderers. Surveyors, cartographers and inquisitors – people who look up to the rooftops and down into the culverts. Join us for an afternoon of mapping, exploring and wandering in Central Manchester and Salford.

Often viewed as a functional place of work, retail and leisure, our city centre bounded by Trinity Way, Great Ancoats Street and the Mancunian Way is imbued with history, iniquity, celebration and endeavour. Let us go out and find what’s out there, discover the forgotten spaces, create stories and map our city.

More details here

Techniques for learning and teaching data skills #1 Data Expeditions

13th July 2018 – 10.00 – 16.00
Federation House
Federation Street
Manchester M4 4BP

In association with 360Giving

A data expedition is the best way to learn data skills by working through datasets. We’re looking for people with a deep interest in a particular topic or who have particular skills in coding, analysis, scouting out data, design or data-storytelling who will work with a team to guide them through a data-based investigation. We will focus on 360Giving grants data, but feel free to explore other topics too!

This data expedition will be in ‘train the trainer’ format, and will teach you how to facilitate your own data expeditions in the future, and will explain how to incorporate data expedition in your work.

Please bring a laptop if you can although spares will be available.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

This is a limited capacity event. If you are unable to attend please notify us so we can make your place available to others.

You can register here

Follow the money – public spending and procurement in Greater Manchester

Follow the money – public spending and procurement in Greater Manchester

Tuesday, Jun 26, 2018, 6:00 PM

The Federation
Federation Street, Federation House M4 2AH , GB

22 Members Attending

The value of public sector procurement within the UK exceeded £301 billion in 2016 and in the City of Manchester £445.6 million was spent with its top 300 suppliers in 2016/17 alone. Greater Manchester is home to over 2.8 million people and with devolution, more control over how money is being spent rests locally. Come and discover where this money…

Check out this Meetup →

Joy Diversion

Saturday 19th May 12.00 – 17.00
Federation House
Manchester M4 4BF and then wherever

Register here

Calling all ramblers, explorers and meanderers. Surveyors, cartographers and inquisitors – people who look up to the rooftops and down into the culverts. Join us for an afternoon of mapping, exploring and wandering in Central Manchester and Salford.

Often viewed as a functional place of work, retail and leisure, our city centre bounded by Trinity Way, Great Ancoats Street and the Mancunian Way is imbued with history, iniquity, celebration and endeavour. Let us go out and find what’s out there, discover the forgotten spaces, create stories and map our city.

As well as exploring, we will also introduce you to mapping with OpenStreetMap; the people-powered map of the world.

We will propose expeditions to uncharted territories, revisits to previously explored places, strange meanderings and any other diversions that people fancy.

Adventurers will be split into parties and encouraged to map, photograph, document and bring back their findings to share with everyone.

If people want to delve deeper there should be an opportunity to do further research on the places discovered.

You will need:

Yourself
Comfortable walking shoes or what ever you need to get around
Weather appropriate clothing (hopefully sun cream rather than waterproofs!)
A phone: with a camera would be advantageous

The event is open to all, although minors need to be accompanied.

In addition to this event, the day will also include a short annual general meeting of the OSM UK community interest company. For more information on the AGM and to register click here

If you would like to help out on the day, let us know by email hello[a]opendatamanchester[.]org[.]uk or contact us on Twitter @opendatamcr

Safiya Umoja Noble – Algorithms of Oppression

Tuesday 8th May 18.00 – 20.00
Federation House
Manchester
M4 4BF

Register here

In her recent best-selling book Algorithms of Oppression, Safiya Umoja Noble challenges the idea that search engines like Google offer an equal playing field for all forms of ideas, identities, and activities. Data discrimination is a real social problem. Noble argues that the combination of private interests in promoting certain sites, along with the monopoly status of a relatively small number of Internet search engines, leads to a biased set of search algorithms that privilege whiteness and discriminate against people of colour, specifically women of colour- and contributes to our understanding of how racism is created, maintained, and disseminated in the 21st century.

Safiya Umoja Noble

Dr. Safiya U. Noble is an assistant professor at the University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg School of Communication. She is the recipient of a Hellman Fellowship and the UCLA Early Career Award.

Noble’s academic research focuses on the design of digital media platforms on the internet and their impact on society. Her work is both sociological and interdisciplinary, marking the ways that digital media impacts and intersects with issues of race, gender, culture, and technology design. Her monograph on racist and sexist algorithmic bias in commercial search engines is entitled Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism (NYU Press). She currently serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies, and is the co-editor of two books: The Intersectional Internet: Race, Sex, Culture and Class Online, and Emotions, Technology & Design and several articles and book chapters. Safiya holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a B.A. in Sociology from California State University, Fresno with an emphasis on African American/Ethnic Studies. She is a partner in Stratelligence, a firm that specializes in research on information and data science challenges, and is a co-founder of the Information Ethics & Equity Institute, which provides training for organizations committed to transforming their information management practices toward more just, and equitable outcomes.

Supported by MMU and The Federation in partnership with The Omidyar Network and Co-op Foundation

Deprivation vs Political Representation dataset

Over the last couple of weeks we have been putting together data on local political representation and deprivation at a Local Super Output Area level. This data is put together using LSOA 2011 to Ward to Local Authority District 2016 with the English Indices of Deprivation 2015 Lookup in England from the Office of National Statistics and Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government respectively, and local councillor affiliation data manually entered from the 326 council tax and business rates raising local authorities of England.

The open data can be found here and we will update it after the local elections in May – please read the README before using.

You can read more about how the dataset was constructed here