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
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

    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
    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.

    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.

    Developing the UK’s Open Government Action Plan

    Wednesday 20th March 14:00-16:00. Four Piccadilly Place, Manchester M1 3BN

    The UK is a founding member of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a global effort to make governments better by promoting transparency, empowering citizens, fighting corruption, and harnessing new technologies to strengthen governance.

    Work has already begun over the past five months on developing the action plan, with the Cabinet Office and a network of (mostly nationally and internationally focused) civil society organisations working together to develop a set of commitments. Together, these commitments will make government and other powerful institutions more transparent (including through opening up data), enable greater citizen participation in policymaking, improve the responsiveness of government, better public service delivery and enhance the accountability systems that, among other things, reveal and prevent corruption in public and private organisations.

    The UK Government is working in collaboration with a network of civil society organisations to develop an open government plan with a set of concrete open government commitments.

    We need your help to develop it further – telling us what’s missing, what works and what’s needed at a local level, and if/how you’d like to be involved in developing it in the coming months.

    To sign up and for more information click here

    Open Data Manchester Special – An Open Data Future

    The next Open Data Manchester is special event tying in with FutureEverything taking place from the 19th – 24th March.

    An Open Data Future is an open debate that aims to look under the hood of the open data movement.

    Over the past few years open government data has evolved from a niche concern to one that has been embraced by national government, European Commission and other states and organisations around the globe.

    It has been advocated that Open Government Data will expose the inner workings of state institutions and thus enable an environment for greater understanding, accountability and efficiency.

    The release of open government data has also been seen as an opportunity to add value to national economies through the creation of new services, new intelligence and a more networked economy through the free flow of data.

    But ultimately what are the drivers behind this movement, who are the winners and losers and what should a society based upon open practices look like?

    Jo Bates – Academic at University of Sheffield
    Tim Davies – Researcher and Activist http://www.timdavies.org.uk/about/
    Javier Ruiz – Campaigner for the Open Rights Group
    Tom Slee – Canadian writer and commentator, author http://www.tomslee.net/

    Chaired by Yuwei Lin.

    This event is free but likely to reach capacity very quickly so registering here is essential