Bus Fair? – Digging the Data

Image of women on open top bus

Tuesday 2nd July, 18.30 – 20.30
Federation House
Federation Street
Manchester M4 4BF.

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Following a successful Freedom of Information request, Transport for Greater Manchester has released to Open Data Manchester the bus fare tables for 37 bus companies across the region.

Having all this data is great, but bus fare data lives in a world of its own, taking a bit of transformation to make it useful – there is also a lot of legacy information there.

We think that being able to understand the bus fare landscape is essential to keeping Greater Manchester moving, so if you – like us – like buses, and think that getting this information out there will benefit the residents and communities of Greater Manchester, come along, dive in and lets make this data useful.

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Wiki-edit-a-thon with InnovateHer

Wednesday 24th July, 18.30 – 20.30
Federation House
Federation Street
Manchester M4 4BF.

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In 2011 only 10% of wiki contributors were female and in 2018 only 17% of entries on the online encyclopedia were about women. It’s time we changed that together.

InnovateHer have teamed up with Open Data Manchester to organise a Wiki-edit-a-thon in July to address the diversity imbalance in Wikipedia entries.

During the edit-a-thon we’ll be working through a backlog of Wikipedia pages to help improve the coverage of women and diversity in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) on Wikipedia.

Anyone can participate! We’re looking for experienced editors and those without editing experience who are enthusiastic about writing, fact-checking and tackling the diversity deficit in STEM.

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What is this thing called ‘open data’?

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

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We live in a world awash with data, much of it created for and about the communities in which we live, work and play. It’s a huge public resource that can enable greater understanding and more informed participation, create an environment for better public services and allow the development of new knowledge and innovation.

Open data has evolved and grown over the last ten years, with thousands of projects and services built upon it, and billions of users accessing it.

But what, exactly, is this thing called ‘open data’?

Join us on 25th June and we’ll explore just what open data is, why it’s important and how it can be used for good. We’ll explore:

  • What open data is.

  • What data can and can’t do.

  • How open data is of benefit and some examples of how it is used.

  • The history of open data, and what its future holds.

  • What you would like to see Open Data Manchester do about it.

Whether you’ve never heard of open data before, or you’re an open data wizard, we’d love to see you there.

Speakers include:

  • Hera Hussain from Open Contracting Partnership, who will tell us about how open data has saved countries billions all around the world.

  • Mor Rubinstein from 360 Giving, who will talk about ‘The State of Open Data – Histories and Horizon’, a new book that explores the history of open data.

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Open:Data:Night – Data Viz Special

Old visualisaion of causes of mortality in the army

Tuesday 28th May, 18.30 – 20.30
Federation House
Federation Street
Manchester M4 4BF.

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

Join us in May for a special visualisation-themed event.

We’ll have a couple of speakers presenting some interesting open data-based visualisations that they’ve created. If you have a project that you’d like to present, get in touch.

We’ll also have some quick-fire presentation slots available on the night too.

Further details and presenters to be announced soon.

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Local Election Data Hack – what does the data say?

Rosary with the word 'vote' written on it

Tuesday 14th May, 18.30 – 20.30
Federation House
Federation Street
Manchester M4 4BF.

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It is hard to not be distracted by what goes on in politics at a national level, but outside of the Westminster bubble good people are giving up their time to ensure their communities are represented in the development and scrutiny of how local authorities develop, manage and deliver services.

On the 2nd May approximately 270 councils across England will be holding local elections electing approximately 20,000 councilors. These council elections were last contested in 2015 on the same day as the general election and although local elections are fought primarily on a local agenda, they may be seen as a barometer of national political opinion.

These elections will create a wealth of fascinating data. for us to explore. Come on down, bring a computer, bring an idea or just bring yourself. We don’t know where we’re going, but we’ll sure have fun getting there.

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Saving The Environment With Data

Tuesday 30th April, 18.30 – 20.30
Federation House
Federation Street
Manchester M4 4BF.

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We are facing massive environmental crises that are intertwined with our current way of consumption and living. The complexity and scale of these problems can be disempowering, making individual positive action seem directionless and futile.

However, we can take appropriate action and measure the difference we make by using data to understand our environment, to help build evidence-based arguments for change and to hold people to account – whether it’s through seeing the impact of switching electrical devices off (and not leaving them on standby), understanding the air pollution around us so that we can make more environmentally sound choices, or by making sure our waste is recycled appropriately.

This month we’re showcasing initiatives that are using data to help the environment through tracking waste, energy monitoring and pollution, with presentations from:

If you have a data-enabled environmental project & would like to share it, then we’d love to hear from you. Send us an email.

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Joy Diversion

Saturday 27th April, 11.00 – 16.00
Federation House
Federation Street
Manchester M4 4BF

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Joy Diversion is back for 2019!

Join us for an day of exploring, mapping and wandering in Central Manchester and Salford. Starting with maps of Manchester and Salford from 150 years ago, we’ll propose expeditions to uncharted territories or revisiting previously explored places, strange meanderings and any other diversions that people fancy.

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.

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

See a round up of the last Joy Diversion, which took place at ODCamp 6 in Aberdeen here.

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

If you would like to help out on the day, let us know.

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Mapping Your World – a beginner’s guide to using Open Street Map

Tuesday 26th February, 18.30-20.30
Tech Incubator
Oxford Road
Manchester M1 7ED.

OpenStreetMap is a free and editable map of the world, created and maintained by a huge international community. It’s used in numerous projects by local communities, governments, software developers and more, with nearly 5 million registered users and 1 million contributors from all over the world.

It includes data about roads, buildings, addresses, shops and businesses, points of interest, railways, trails, transit, land use and natural features, and much more.

We’ll explore the fundamentals of mapping with OpenStreetMap, some tools and apps, best practice, and some re-use by 3rd part projects.

Whether you’re completely new to OpenStreetMap, or whether you’ve used it before and wish to dive a bit deeper, then this is for you.

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Why we need better data on towns and rural communities

Tuesday 27th November, 18.30 – 20.30
Federation House
Federation Street
Manchester M4 4BF

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“We need better data” is a constant in our work at Open Data Manchester. Nowhere is this more true than with geographical data. We have national and regional data, and relatively good data at the local authority level, but there is a gaping hole in the availability of data at the town level. We still haven’t decided what a town is! This is particularly important given that the last two decades have seen the dominance of cities and city-regions as engines of economic growth. If we are to construct better place-based policy, it makes sense to have much better place-based data.

Which is why we’re bringing together Ian Warren – Centre for Towns, Professor Cathy Parker – Institute of Place Management (MMU) and Tom Forth – Iamactivate and ODI Leeds to hear about why these issues are critically important for everyone and what we need to do about it. During this session we want to look at the state of publicly-available data on local transport, high street retail and arts & culture to understand why better data would equal better policy, and what we can do about it.

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Linked Data in Digestible Form

Tuesday 30th October, 18.30 – 20.30
Federation House
Federation Street
Manchester M4 4BF

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Join us at Federation as we invite Swirrl to present a whistle-stop tour of linked open data.

Open Data Manchester’s very own Jamie Whyte will be joined by Swirrl’s Julija Hansen and new Swirrler (and experienced open data enthusiast) Jen Williams.

They’ll discuss:

  • what linked data is
  • why it’s useful
  • where can you find it
  • some tools and recipes to help access it.

The evening will feature some practical sessions, so we recommend bringing along a laptop to work with.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Image: Alex Warren bit.ly/2O6tAls