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

Provisional programme for 2017

IMG_0066From last night’s planning meeting we now have a provisional programme for 2017 and it is quite an ambitious one. What is great from our perspective is that there is a continuation of a number of themes that we have been looking at over the last year and a resurfacing of perennial ones. Highlights include the ‘making and doing’ workshops that have been developed as part of the Echo Chambers and ‘Post-Fact’ Politics programme and the Visualising Data workshops. There are a number of sector and technically specific events but one to watch out for is alternative ways of looking at the world which will be a day of walks, talks and explorations. As always there is a large dose of how data and technology impact on society and much more.

This is a provisional programme and we are looking for as much input as possible (Dates and sessions are subject to change). Please click on the Google Doc and add comments. We are looking for people who can contribute, sponsors, venues and partners.

Link to Google Doc

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Open Data Manchester – Bringing in 2014

Happy New Year everyone,

There is a last minute change of venue for January’s Open Data Manchester. The event was originally advertised as being at Tech Hub Manchester but due to incompetence on our part, the room that we booked was unsuitable. Step in the lovely people from Manchester Science Park who saw our plight and offered us the Atrium in the Greenheys Centre on Manchester Science Park. Map here

Although this month’s meeting was supposed to be a fairly informal affair, 2014 brings quite a few opportunities for developers, visualisers, data wranglers and other people who like to dig into data.

We will have the latest news on some of the open data projects that are ongoing. With the announcement of some new commissions for visualisers and developers and a couple of new hack events that will be coming up.

As always Open Data Manchester is an open forum and if you want to add something, just let us know, ODM is open and for everyone.

Follow us on Twitter : @opendatamcr

Topics
New opportunities for data visualisers
Data hacking
GMDSP Code Fellow Programme
and much more.

Open Data Manchester – January 2014 edition
18:30 – 20:30, January 28th 2014
The Greenheys Centre
Manchester Science Park
Pencroft Way
Manchester
M15 6JJ

Dates for the diary
Open Data Manchester Transport Special – Tuesday 25th February
Open Data Manchester Cooperatives Special – Tuesday 25th March