I Can’t Believe It’s Not Data!

Tuesday 26th March, 18.30 – 20.30
Federation House
Federation Street
Manchester M4 4BF

Do you have a tale of bad stats, strange correlations, malicious intent or plain, downright stupidity?

Toy Story 2’s production famously hit a snag after losing a couple of months worth of work due to an accidental and erroneous command being executed.

In 1999 the Mars Orbiter Climate spacecraft crashed because engineers used computer software which produced output in non-SI units of pound-force seconds (lbf·s) instead of the SI units of newton-seconds

And in 2003, Manchester City Council received a £7,500,000 budget cut due to an error with the census data, which essentially lost 25,000 people.

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Data is a night for sharing YOUR data horror stories.

Similar to Open:Data:Night we’ll have a couple of speakers but we also want to hear from YOU. If you have a story or cautionary tale that you’d like to share, drop an email to sam[at]opendatamanchester[.]org[.]uk. There’ll also be some quick-fire slots on the night.

Register here.

Tuesday 26th March, 18.30-20.30

Upcoming events from the Manchester Open Rights Group (ORG)

The Manchester branch of the Open Rights group has three upcoming events of interest, culminating in a joint event with Open Data Manchester.

The Open Rights Group wants a world where we each control the data our digital lives create, deciding who can use it and how. We want the public to fully understand their digital rights, and be equipped to be creative and free individuals with that data.
We believe people have the right to control their technology, and oppose the use of technology to control people.

September 21, 2014
The Don’t Spy On Us campaign is coming to the Labour party conference in Manchester and asking the question “Surveillance, where do you draw the line?”

October 7, 2014
As part of the Manchester Literature Festival, award-winning author, activist, and journalist Cory Doctorow takes you through three simple rules for evaluating digital business models for creative people, and explains how the choices you make about your digital creativity resonate through the whole web of the 21 century’s electronic nervous system.

November 6, 2014
The Internet began as a way of sharing information – keeping the Internet free and open will require technology, law, and policy, working together. Can it be done? Join ORG Manchester and Open Data Manchester for a talk on the evolution of the internet from Wendy M. Grossman – an award-winning journalist who for more than 20 years has covered the border wars between cyberspace and real life.