“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.
From 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.
This month we will be hosting an informal drop-in session for people with open data questions, projects and itches to scratch.
It is a chance to receive a free one-to-one consultation or join in a group discussion with open data experts.
If you have a specific question in mind or a decision that you want to make and are looking for general insight; have data already or are looking for specific data; or want to understand more about the open data landscape – this is for you.
Open Data Manchester has a packed programme coming up over the next six months reflecting the varied interests of the Open Data Manchester community. Some of the events are confirmed and some are in the planning stages. As ever we value your input putting this together. If you have any suggestions, feedback or want to get involved, register for one of the events or contact Julian here.
Dec 10th 2014 Spend data. A FutureEverything workshop with Spend Network – Details
This month’s Open Data Manchester is a chance to see some of the open data initiatives being led by Salford and Trafford Councils, and hear about some of the highlights of the Open Knowledge Festival taking place in Berlin 14-17th July
Amongst the data initiatives taking place, Trafford are looking to develop an Intelligence and Innovation Lab, which will take the principles by which InfoTrafford was developed, and use them to bring together a greater range of datasets from Trafford’s organisations. Accompanying these datasets will be the people from the respective organisations who understand the data – where it comes from, how to get it, and, crucially, what stories the data tells. This means that the right people will be sitting and working together – using their collective insight and knowledge to give greater understanding of the needs and opportunities in Trafford. The Lab will be focussed on the release of data as 5* linked data. Trafford is looking to create an environment where digital social innovation methods can be used to help people get things done – from giving practitioners a space to test innovative ideas that may help shape services, to allowing developers the opportunity to see and request datasets, and test apps with a potential user base. Jamie Whyte from Trafford will talk about the Intelligence and Innovation Lab and how you can get involved.
John Gibbons from Salford City Council will talk about the work they are doing relating to the European Commission INSPIRE regulations. INSPIRE seeks to create a common and shared geospatial infrastructure to allow strategic and sustainable development. It is a little understood initiative outside the GIS community, but as it is underpinned by European Commission legislation to which the UK has signed up to, it has the potential to have a large impact on the release of geospatial data.
As always, there will be opportunity to discuss and share ideas, and hear about the latest opportunities in open data.
This months edition of Open Data Manchester finds us located in tech Hub Manchester’s new space on Lever Street.
A lot has been happening over the last couple of months in the field of open data and there will be plenty of discussion around a few initiatives and competitions that have recently been launched.
Open Data Manchester’s Berlin representative will talk about ways of making data ready for release and there will be plenty of opportunity to share ideas and discuss projects.
For all of those that attended the Open Data Manchester/FutureEverything GMDSP Data Dive in March, there will be a chance to see some of the great applications and ideas that were created from the released linked data. We also hope to announce a fantastic Open Linked Data training course that will be run as part of GMDSP.
Light Raider – An application that uses locations of street furniture to create motivation to exercise.
Lights Out – Switch off Manchester’s street lights and see how much you can save.
We are also planning on going through the latest Open Data Challenge call from the Open Data Institute with a potential package of £40,000 support.