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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Knowable Building Framework

Helping building owners save energy, money and the environment through data

En français

The Knowable Building Framework is a UK – France collaboration project funded by the Open Data Institute that seeks to strengthen commercial opportunities and tackle societal challenges through data. It is a collaboration between Open Data Manchester, Rennes Metropole, Sensorstream and Things Manchester.

The Knowable Building Framework will develop an internet of things consent framework for monitoring the performance of older commercial buildings in a non-invasive way using discrete low power sensors, and if appropriate publishing the data from these sensors as open data. Unlike modern stock, older buildings often fall behind as far as the utilisation of new technology is concerned. Many landlords undertake a certain amount of retrofitting such as zonal heating or movement detection systems but these tend to be ad hoc and unconnected, with no ability to monitor how effectively these systems are working either singly or together. The internet of things and the analysis of data derived from sensors can give landlords, building management and tenants insight into the performance of buildings, enabling adaptations that can be economically and environmentally beneficial, whilst also creating opportunities for behaviour change within those buildings.

The project will utilise the Things Network that covers a large proportion of Greater Manchester and communities across the North with free and open Internet of Things connectivity and will allow the project team to design and connect sensors and analytics platforms seamlessly to the internet. The power of the project will come from the ability to share an appropriate amount of data across portfolios of buildings and also to the wider community as open data. Enabling insight to be gathered across the city.

The sensors

Designed and provided by Sensorstream, the sensors will have the capability to measure temperature, light, humidity and occupancy as well as a variety of other relevant conditions. The sensors are discrete measuring approximately 90mm x 130mm, lightweight and powered by a 3V AA batteries that can, depending on setup, operate over many years.

The network

The sensors connect to Manchester’s public Long Range Wide Area Network managed by Things Manchester. This commons-based network provides the capability for communities throughout Greater Manchester to connect internet of things enabled devices for free.

The analysis

Data from the sensors is aggregated into a dashboard interface that shows the operating characteristics over time, enabling the planning of control measures or behavioural change initiatives.

The Framework

The main focus of the project is the development of a framework that will help building owners and operators understand the data that buildings can produce and create a consent mechanism so that data can be shared and released as open data. There are many reasons why the release of this data may be contentious and the Knowable Building Framework seeks to work with building owners to identify and understand these reasons, the risks and the mitigations.

The How

Over the next two months the pilot sensor environment will be installed in Federation and will be used as the basis of the framework. Open Data Manchester will also be running a series of workshops in Rennes and Manchester with building owners, technologists and city officials to try and understand the challenges and utility of sharing building performance data.

The framework will be designed as an open source tool that can then be used to develop similar consent mechanisms for sensor data in other scenarios.

For more information contact Julian Tait julian[at]opendatamanchester[.]org[.]uk

Knowable Building Framework

Aider les Propriétaires de bâtiments à faire des économies d’argent, d’énergie et à préserver l’environnement.

The Knowable Building Framework est un projet de collaboration entre la France et UK financé par l’Open Data Institute qui vise à renforcer les opportunités commerciales et à relever les défis sociétaux à travers l’utilisation des données. C’est une collaboration entre Open Data Manchester, La métropole de Rennes, Sensorstream et Things Manchester.

The Knowable Building Framework développera un modèle de consentement pour l’internet des objets afin de surveiller la performance des bâtiments commerciaux anciens dans une logique non-intrusive, en utilisant des capteurs discrets de faible puissance et dans la mesure du possible, en diffusant les données de ces capteurs comme données publiques.

Contrairement aux bâtiments modernes, les bâtiments anciens sont souvent en retard dans l’utilisation des nouvelles technologies. De nombreux propriétaires procèdent à certaines rénovations notamment sur les zones de chauffage ou les systèmes de détection par mouvement, mais ceux-ci ont tendance à rester ponctuels et non connectés, sans la possibilité de contrôler l’efficacité de ces systèmes seuls ou ensemble.

L’internet des Objets et l’analyse des données issues des capteurs peuvent donner aux propriétaires, aux exploitants et aux locataires un aperçu des performances des bâtiments permettant ainsi de faire des ajustements qui seront bénéfiques tant d’un point de vue économique qu ‘écologique, tout en créant des opportunités de changement de comportement dans ces bâtiments.

Le projet utilisera Things Network qui couvrira une grande partie du Grand Manchester et des communautés du Nord, avec une connectivité internet gratuite et ouverte qui permettra à l’équipe projet, de concevoir et de connecter les capteurs et les plateformes analytiques à internet.

La puissance du projet viendra de la capacité à partager la quantité appropriée de données, à travers les portefeuilles de bâtiment, à une communauté plus large en tant que données ouvertes. Permettre que des idées puissent être recueillies à travers la ville.

Les capteurs

Désigné et fourni par Sensorstream, les capteurs auront la possibilité de mesurer la température, la lumière, l’humidité et l’occupation de l’espace ainsi que divers autres éléments pertinents. Les capteurs sont discrets, mesurant à peu près 90mm x 130mm, légers et alimentés par une pile AA 1,5 V qui, selon la configuration, peut fonctionner plusieurs années.

Le Réseau

Les capteurs se connectent au réseau public étendu de Manchester géré par Things Manchester. Ce réseau commun permet aux communautés à travers le Grand Machester de connecter gratuitement des appareils compatibles à internet.

L’Analyse

Les données des capteurs sont agrégés dans l’interface d’un tableau de bord qui montre les caractéristiques de fonctionnement dans le temps, permettant la planification de mesures de contrôle ou des initiatives de changement de comportement.

Le Modèle

Le but principal du projet est de développer un modèle qui aidera les propriétaires de bâtiment et les exploitants à comprendre les données que les bâtiments peuvent produire et de créer un mécanisme de consentement afin que les données puissent être diffusées et partagées en tant que données ouvertes.

Il y a plusieurs raisons pour lesquelles la diffusion de données est controversée et le Knowable Building Framework cherche à travailler avec les propriétaires de bâtiments pour identifier et comprendre ces raisons, les risques et les assouplissements qui pourraient exister.

Comment ?

Au cours des deux prochains mois, l’environnement du pilote capteur sera installé dans le bâtiment “Fédération”  et sera utilisé comme un modèle de base. Open Data Manchester réalisera une série d’ateliers à Rennes et à Manchester avec les propriétaires de bâtiments, des techniciens et des responsables de la Métropole pour tenter de comprendre les défis et l’utilité de partager les données de performance des bâtiments.

Le modèle sera désigné comme un outil open source qui, par la suite, puisse être utilisé pour développer des mécanismes similaires de consentement pour les données issues de capteurs dans d’autres scénarios.

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

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.

    Open Data May meeting.

    6.30pm – 8.30pm Tuesday 26th May 2015
    Greenheys Business Centre
    Manchester Science Park
    Pencroft Way
    Manchester M15 6JJ

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    This month’s Open Data Manchester will be an informal get together and a chance to see what projects and opportunities are out there. If you have something that you would like to discuss, get feedback on or present, come along and take the opportunity to share ideas and get some feedback.

    If you would like to do a presentation contact julian [at] thegarden [.]io

    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

    Follow us on Twitter for the latest announcements @opendatamcr

    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

    Open Data Manchester – September Edition

    Open Environmental Data Special.

    Tuesday 24th September 2013

    Madlab 36-40 Edge Street Manchester M4 1HN

    Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/8260221545

    There has been a lot of emphasis in the open data movement on access to data that shines a light on the workings of government or allows the creation of mobility applications. Data that gives us insight into the environment in which we live, work and play tends to be little used yet offers huge potential in enabling people to understand and act on local environmental issues.

    The Freedom of Information Act giving people the right to data that public bodies hold is well known but there is little understanding of legislation that gives people the right to access environmental data. The Environmental Information Regulations give people the power to ask for data on a host of environmental issues, yet unlike their FOIA cousins are under-utilised. Is it that EIR is too complex and little understood or is it that the data that is held is incomplete or difficult to use?

    In mitigation of this there is a growing army of people who are taking matters into their own hands be exploring, mapping and creating environmental data that is more relevant to their communities. Low cost ‘easy to use’ sensors can be deployed , networked, fitted to smart phones and the data aggregated to provide a more comprehensive picture of our environment.

    This months Open Data Manchester is a chance to look at some of the initiatives that have been taking place recently. It will be an opportunity to discuss why we need access to environmental data and how people can come together to map their own communities.

    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.