OpenCorporates – Exploring the corporate world through data

Evening workshop looking at the data and tools for exploring the global corporate world.

18.30 – 21.00 Tuesday 27th June 2017
Federation House
Federation Street
Manchester
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If there is one thing that Panama Papers proved, it is that shell companies and opaque jurisdictions allow money and assets to be kept secret, making it difficult for investigators to detect corruption, money laundering and organized crime.

In 2010 OpenCorporates was founded as an effort to identify where companies were based and how they linked across the world. It is now the largest open database of companies and company data, with in excess of 100 million companies in a similarly large number of jurisdictions. Their primary goal is to make information on companies more usable and more widely available for the public benefit, particularly to tackle the use of companies for criminal or anti-social purposes, for example corruption, money laundering and organised crime.

This is a workshop that will enable people and organisations to harness the power of this huge pool of data. Whether you are an activist, organisation or just plain interested, this workshop will help give you the tools to explore the complex, connected world of corporate organisations.

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A one-day workshop to develop new ways of tackling a ‘post-fact’ world

12th November 2016, 10.00 – 16.00. The Shed, Chester Street, Manchester
The event is free, register here

We live in interesting times. Trust in, and respect for experts seems to be declining-  Michael Gove recently said that we’ve ‘had enough of experts’. Increasingly online platforms quietly tailor what we encounter to fit our existing views- creating echo chambers out of our prejudices. At the same time political issues are becoming more and more complex as science and technology advances and society becomes more complicated.

These and other changes seem like a perfect storm for breeding a dystopian world in which the importance of evidence slowly slips out of view. But at the same time technology also offers hope for more enlightened debate- with the internet creating many new opportunities to engage, learn, and create. So we want to do something about these issues.

We want to draw together people with a wide range of experience and interest to try and unpick these issues and think what we can start developing ways of tackling these. Whether you’re an artist, an activist, a policy wonk, or simply someone interested in this area we want to hear your ideas.

We will be using an ‘unconference’ style, which means that people who come to the event will shape what we talk about. The aim will be to identify where the challenges lie and think of potential solutions, leading to a future event where we will develop these ideas further and- hopefully- start to get them built.

To start the discussion we will be creating a website and encourage people to submit short blogs related to the theme.

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This event is organised by Open Data Manchester and The Democratic Society with the kind support of Manchester Metropolitan University and Digital Innovation at MMU

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Making data useful and other stories – How GM authorities are using data to help their citizens

6.30pm – 8.30pm, Tuesday 27th September 2016
Greenheys Business Centre
Manchester Science Park
Pencroft Way
Manchester M15 6JJ

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This month’s Open Data Manchester looks at how two local authorities are using data to deliver service.

Alison Mckenzie Folan and Alison Hughes from Wigan Council will show how they are using data and open data to help them engage the community, target resources and enhance services. Wigan Deal has been seen as an exemplar of engagement between the public sector, local businesses and community.

Jamie Whyte leads Trafford Innovation Lab which has been developing new and innovative ways to make open data understandable. The insight created has enabled community groups to use data to help them apply for funding, created resources for councillors and shown a spotlight onto the complex world of school admissions

Open Data Manchester events are spaces for learning, discussion and collaboration. The events are open and free

What happened? Looking at the data behind the referendum

Tuesday 26th July, 18.30 – 20.30
CoopHQ, 1 Angel Meadows, Manchester M60 0AG

Partial truths, distorted facts and outright lies have helped create the febrile climate that exists post Brexit. The information war that took place prior to the referendum created an atmosphere in which rational judgements were hard to make and gut instinct rose to the fore. Within this context, advocates of Vote Leave rubbished experts and mishandled facts with glee. Anyone contesting these claims were branded as promoters of Project Fear and part of the expert-led conspiracy that sought to undermine the public’s right to self-determination.

Post referendum and the dust hasn’t yet settled. We are starting to see lots of data giving us insight into what happened – from polls to voting patterns, from demographics to economic forecasts. This is an opportunity to analyse and share thoughts on a most extraordinary event.

We are an open forum and anyone who has insight and analysis to share are encouraged to participate.

Tickets are free and available here

Open Infrastructure Night – Open Data and Open IoT

Monday February 1st, 6.30 – 8.30pm
The Manchester Escalator
231 Deansgate
Manchester
M3 4EN

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If you believe some of the tech press 2016 is the year that the Internet of Things will take over – billions of devices will become connected and our lives will be free from the drudgery of turning things on and off again. Beyond the hype IoT is connected sensors, actuators and machines that can be communicate over a data infrastructure. Like the internet, the data infrastructure is a critical component which is generally owned and operated by large telecommunication providers. Things Manchester is part of The Things Network founded in Amsterdam and aims to create a crowdsourced, open and free IoT data infrastructure for Greater Manchester and beyond.

Things Manchester will introduce the project and how you can get involved.

The last few months have seen unprecedented rainfall across the north of the UK. Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cumbria bore the brunt of the flooding with bridges swept away, town centres flooded and buildings inundated. ODI Leeds is running a Flood Hack event that will encourage the development of new ideas around flood warnings and prevention. Having access to open data and an open IoT infrastructure is key to this development. The team who are developing Flood Hack will introduce the event and what can be expected and how you can participate

Open Data Manchester – Goodbye 2015, hello 2016

December 15th, 6.30 – 8.30pm
The Manchester Escalator
231 Deansgate
Manchester
M3 4EN

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Join us for the last Open Data Manchester for 2015

We’ll take a look back at 2015 and previewing 2016 highlights.

As always it is a chance to meet, ask questions, plan new projects and present ideas and there may be a mince pie thrown in for good measure.

If you have anything that you would like to present or do as part of the evening let us know.

October planning meeting

Tuesday 27th October 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Spaceport X
1st Floor
24-26 Lever Street
Manchester M1 1DZ

This month’s Open Data Manchester will be low-key but high impact.

2016 is nearly upon us and we want to develop our programme for next year. This is a collaborative process and anyone can suggest a topic for an event or discussion. Open Data Manchester is entirely voluntary with no income so events rely on goodwill and those with something to share.

This doesn’t stop us from developing great programmes, last year we covered Reproducibility in science and policy, Open data and communities, Democracy and engagement, Data visualisation, Open:Data:Cooperation and more. The ODM audience hails from all areas of society and is local, national and international.

If you have an idea, energy and a bit of time join us and help create a fantastic programme for 2016

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Data visualisation series – Getting to grips with data

6.30pm – 8.30pm, Tuesday 29th September 2015
Greenheys Business Centre
Manchester Science Park
Pencroft Way
Manchester M15 6JJ

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The third outing in our data visualisation series is a more in depth look at the tools you can use for data visualisation.

This will be a hands-on event looking at visualisation tools such as R and leaflet.js and also easy ways to get your data visualised using freely available software such as Google Fusion.

So if you have data that you are interested in visualising, a visualisation that you want to explore or are just want to get an idea of available tools – bring yourself and your laptop.

We may need to contact participants prior to the event with workshop materials.

Many thanks to Manchester Science Parks for hosting this months event.

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.

Stop making pie charts!

An opinionated guide to the craft of data visualisation

Tuesday 30th June 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Spaceport X
1st Floor
24-26 Lever Street
Manchester
M1 1DZ
More details and directions here

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Don’t let Excel’s default settings ruin your data analysis! Learn insights from research into visual perception and interpretation. Robin Gower will present some great ideas stolen from the likes of Edward Tufte, Leland Wilkinson, and Stephen Few. You don’t need to be a technical user to enjoy the talk but you should be prepared never to look at a pie chart quite the same way again!

Robin is a freelance data engineer http://infonomics.ltd.uk/ and long-term mitherer at ODM (this is your chance to interupt his presentation for a change).

This event kickstarts Open Data Manchester’s visualising data series
We’ve seen a lot of data opened over the past half-decade of Open Data Manchester. With so much available to explore, it’s vital to know about the tools that can help you to manipulate, analyse and understand that data.

To that end, we’re planning a series of technical sessions for the summer for all levels of ability. We’d like to cover tools like:

  • GNU-R: a statistical language and computing environment
  • d3: a JavaScript library for producing dynamic, interactive data visualizations in web browsers
  • IPython Notebooks: an interactive computational environment, in which you can combine code execution, rich text, mathematics, plots and rich media
  • During the evening we’d like to invite people to tell us what they’d be interested in hearing or talking about. We’d also like some help choosing some data issues or particular open datasets to cover.