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.

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Open Data Surgery – Open Data Manchester August

Tuesday 25th July 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Spaceport X
1st Floor
24-26 Lever Street
Manchester M1 1DZ

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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.

Upcoming programme

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
  • Mar 31st 2015 Making Elections Open. Preparing for the 2015 general and local elections
  • Apr 21st 2015 Local Public Data. A workshop looking at linked public data with Swirrl IT
  • Apr 25th 2015 Members interests. A hack event that seeks to reveal the interests of those that seek to serve
  • Apr 28th 2015 Data, development and aid. How is data enabling better understanding and more effective aid delivery
  • May 22nd 2015 Transparency Code for Local Authorities. Creating effective, implementable practice
  • May 26th 2015 League Tables – What are they good for? Looking at where league tables do and don’t work
  • Jun 30th 2015 Data in the house. What data do we create in our homes and how can we benefit from it
  • Jul 4th 2015 Data in the house II. A domestic data hack
  • Jul 12th 2015 DataBBQ.

Other events in the pipeline – dates to be confirmed

  • Transport Data – Manchester’s new integrated information system – where is it?
  • Voluntary Sector and Open Data – How data can enable the voluntary sector
  • Data for Youth and Education – Making a difference for young people
  • The Personal Data Revolution – What are the challenges and opportunities with managing our data
  • OpenDataExchange – How can skills and experienced be shared through Europe and beyond

Open Data Manchester – July Edition

6.30pm – 8.30pm Tuesday 29th July 2014
Greenheys Business Centre
Manchester Science Park
Pencroft Way
Manchester M15 6JJ

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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.

Open Data Manchester – May Edition

Open Data Manchester – May Edition

Tuesday 27th May, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
TechHub Manchester
1st Floor
24-26 Lever Street
Manchester
M1 1DZ
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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
Light Raider – An application that uses locations of street furniture to create motivation to exercise.

Lights Off
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.

As always the event is free, so see you there.

Open Data Manchester – April Edition

6.30pm – 8.30pm Tuesday 29th April 2014
Greenheys Business Centre
Manchester Science Park
Pencroft Way
Manchester M15 6JJ
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The past few months have been fairly hectic as open data in Manchester is concerned. We have had special focusses on transport, linked data, as well as Code Fellow programmes and competitions.

This month is an open forum and will be an opportunity to find out what projects people are involved with, what opportunities are available and a chance to generally plot, scheme and converse.

We will also be showcasing the results from last month’s GMDSP Coding Challenge

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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.

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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

Open Data Manchester – By Jove it’s June.

6.30pm – 8.30pm Tuesday 25th June 2013
MadLab – 36 – 40 Edge Street Manchester M4 1HN

Manchester’s premiere open data meetup will be taking place once more this month.

Open Data Manchester has been meeting regularly since the beginning of 2010 and is a free and open forum for discussion and practice around open data.

It is a chance to catch up on all stuff ‘open data’ that is taking place both locally and beyond. There are a number of initiatives around and it would be good to catch hold of them.

If you have any projects or ideas you want to discuss or have an open data itch that you need to scratch, feel free to bring them along.

 

Open Data Manchester – May Edition

Tuesday 28th May

6.30 -8.30pm

MadLab, 36 – 40 Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HN

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As well as the usual opportunity to show people what we’ve all been up to, this month is a chance to catch up with other open data developments within Greater Manchester.

DataGM is due to be relaunched after a long development hiatus. When launched it will be an instance of the latest CKAN. One of the Trafford open data team will be here to talk it through and how you can get involved in the new fresh DataGM. For those that want a sneak preview you can find it here. NB this only has a few test datasets on it: http://datagm2.ckanhosted.com/

For the classic DataGM experience you can find it here: http://www.datagm.org.uk

We will get an update from Farida Vis and Steven Flower as to the first outings of the mapping for food growing walks that aim to uncover unused green space that could be used for growing food. This month saw two expeditions in Trafford. Further information can be found on the  Everyday Growing Cultures project website http://everydaygrowingcultures.org/

The Shakespeare Review was released last week https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/198752/13-744-shakespeare-review-of-public-sector-information.pdf
The review explores the growth opportunities of, and how to widen access to, the wealth of information held by the public sector. We will look at the recommendations that it makes to Government

For those that were around for the Innovation Challenge in March you will be aware of the development of CitySDK API. The logic behind it’s development is that it uses Open Street Map as a base layer in which other data is mapped over it. As it is being implemented by a number of European Cities it should theoretically make it easier to port applications across them thus increasing market. We should have the final specification.

There will also be an update on funding out there for your projects open data and otherwise.

If you have anything that you want to add just let us know, ODM is open and for everyone.

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Open Data Manchester April Edition

Tuesday 30th April 2012, 6.30 – 8.30pm
Madlab – 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HN

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It seems a long while since our last Open Data Manchester although March was packed with open data related stuff in Manchester.

This month we revert to a more traditional format. There will be the usual show and tell with updates about what initiatives are going on in the Greater Manchester open data world and further afield.

TaxHack is a new project based in Manchester, where the techniques and tools of open data will be used to support the tax justice movement. By using the technology and ethos of open data for tax related journalism, we plan to utilise online spaces and hackdays to tackle questions on corruption, tax avoidance and corporate secrecy, and make it accessible to the wider public.

For example, one of the current projects for TaxHack is to identify which companies are receiving large public contracts while at the same time using tax havens, and then correlating the physical location of the companies’ operations to areas affected by public sector cuts.

In the process we hope to pressure centres of power to release more data in the interests of transparency.
http://taxhack.wordpress.com/

Farida Vis will talk about the next iteration of her Allotment Data project http://allotmentdata.org/

Also we will catch up with what happened at the Routes to the Future Innovation Challenge that took place in March.

A report on the Open Data Manchester Special – An Open Data Future will be out soon.