Tuesday 30th January
18.30 – 20.30
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So you think you know your country? is a series of events challenging some of the assumptions that we hold about the UK, the communities in which we live and how data can help create better awareness, understanding and change.
The first event – Data, democracy and demographics – takes a look at emerging trends and patterns within the UK from metropolitan centres to towns and rural communities, how people perceive economic differences and how these shifts are affecting the political landscape of our country.
To help explore this changing landscape we’ll be joined by Jane Green – Professor of Political Science at Manchester University and Ian Warren founder of Election Data and the Centre for Towns.
There will be presentations followed by an opportunity for lots of discussion.
Following events in the series will be – Who owns the land? and A question of money. Join our mailing list at http://www.opendatamanchester.org.uk to get advance notification of these and other events and training we’ll be running in the new year.
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.
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
July’s event looking at how data was used before, during and after the referendum provoked plenty of thought provoking discussion. The two presentations from Celia Russell and Julian Tait have now been uploaded on to SlideShare and the audio posted on Soundcloud. Unfortunately due to a noisy video projector the audio isn’t the best but the presentations and discussions from Michelle Brook, Bob Barr, Celia Russell and Julian Tait are audible and have been edited down as separate files.
Celia Russell – Making sense of Brexit?
Julian Tait – Some graphs and data around the referendum
The audio can be found here
We are putting together a follow up event looking at belief, evidence and politics that will take place in November.
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