Open Data Manchester first met in March 2010. It was set up as part of FutureEverything’s Open Data Cities project and sought to create a forum for people who were working on or interested in Open Data in the region
Open Data Manchester was vitally important in encouraging local authorities and public bodies in Greater Manchester to start thinking about and ultimately releasing data. The group created a demand-side argument for its release and in July 2010 Transport for Greater Manchester (then Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive) became the first travel authority to release bus scheduling data that was originally held on the Open Data Manchester wiki.
The Open Data Manchester community was key in the setting up of DataGM – The Greater Manchester Public DataStore and many members work on projects or advise on data implementation and use.