Following a successful Freedom of Information request, Transport for Greater Manchester has released to Open Data Manchester the bus fare tables for 37 bus companies across the region.
Having all this data is great, but bus fare data lives in a world of its own, taking a bit of transformation to make it useful – there is also a lot of legacy information there.
We think that being able to understand the bus fare landscape is essential to keeping Greater Manchester moving, so if you – like us – like buses, and think that getting this information out there will benefit the residents and communities of Greater Manchester, come along, dive in and lets make this data useful.
We live in a world awash with data, much of it created for and about the communities in which we live, work and play. It’s a huge public resource that can enable greater understanding and more informed participation, create an environment for better public services and allow the development of new knowledge and innovation.
Open data has evolved and grown over the last ten years, with thousands of projects and services built upon it, and billions of users accessing it.
But what, exactly, is this thing called ‘open data’?
Join us on 25th June and we’ll explore just what open data is, why it’s important and how it can be used for good. We’ll explore:
What open data is.
What data can and can’t do.
How open data is of benefit and some examples of how it is used.
The history of open data, and what its future holds.
What you would like to see Open Data Manchester do about it.
Whether you’ve never heard of open data before, or you’re an open data wizard, we’d love to see you there.
Hera Hussain from Open Contracting Partnership, who will tell us about how open data has saved countries billions all around the world.
Mor Rubinstein from 360 Giving, who will talk about ‘The State of Open Data – Histories and Horizon’, a new book that explores the history of open data.
It is hard to not be distracted by what goes on in politics at a national level, but outside of the Westminster bubble good people are giving up their time to ensure their communities are represented in the development and scrutiny of how local authorities develop, manage and deliver services.
On the 2nd May approximately 270 councils across England will be holding local elections electing approximately 20,000 councilors. These council elections were last contested in 2015 on the same day as the general election and although local elections are fought primarily on a local agenda, they may be seen as a barometer of national political opinion.
These elections will create a wealth of fascinating data. for us to explore. Come on down, bring a computer, bring an idea or just bring yourself. We don’t know where we’re going, but we’ll sure have fun getting there.
We are facing massive environmental crises that are intertwined with our current way of consumption and living. The complexity and scale of these problems can be disempowering, making individual positive action seem directionless and futile.
However, we can take appropriate action and measure the difference we make by using data to understand our environment, to help build evidence-based arguments for change and to hold people to account – whether it’s through seeing the impact of switching electrical devices off (and not leaving them on standby), understanding the air pollution around us so that we can make more environmentally sound choices, or by making sure our waste is recycled appropriately.
This month we’re showcasing initiatives that are using data to help the environment through tracking waste, energy monitoring and pollution, with presentations from:
Join us for an day of exploring, mapping and wandering in Central Manchester and Salford. Starting with maps of Manchester and Salford from 150 years ago, we’ll propose expeditions to uncharted territories or revisiting previously explored places, strange meanderings and any other diversions that people fancy.
Often viewed as a functional place of work, retail and leisure, our city centre bounded by Trinity Way, Great Ancoats Street and the Mancunian Way is imbued with history, iniquity, celebration and endeavour. Let us go out and find what’s out there, discover the forgotten spaces, create stories and map our city.
Adventurers will be split into parties and encouraged to map, photograph, document and bring back their findings to share with everyone.
See a round up of the last Joy Diversion, which took place at ODCamp 6 in Aberdeen here.
The event is open to all, although minors need to be accompanied.
If you would like to help out on the day, let us know.
OpenStreetMap is a free and editable map of the world, created and maintained by a huge international community. It’s used in numerous projects by local communities, governments, software developers and more, with nearly 5 million registered users and 1 million contributors from all over the world.
It includes data about roads, buildings, addresses, shops and businesses, points of interest, railways, trails, transit, land use and natural features, and much more.
We’ll explore the fundamentals of mapping with OpenStreetMap, some tools and apps, best practice, and some re-use by 3rd part projects.
Whether you’re completely new to OpenStreetMap, or whether you’ve used it before and wish to dive a bit deeper, then this is for you.
From the beginning of August, Open Data Manchester took over running and maintenance of the Things Manchester constellation of Things Network gateways. The gateways are part of a global Internet of Things infrastructure initiative that seeks to create open and accessible data infrastructure for the benefit of communities and the institutions and businesses within them.
The network allows the connection of low cost equipment such as pollution monitoring, flood level, sound and temperature sensors. Using a technology called LoRaWAN (Long Range Wide Area Network) that allows devices to have an extremely long battery life coupled with long transmission range.
Things Manchester was one of the first communities to develop public infrastructure outside of Amsterdam, where the Things Network originated in 2015. The network now has 46,000 members across six continents.
From its inception the relationship between Things Manchester and Open Data Manchester has been very close. Julian Tait, CEO of Open Data Manchester was along with Dave Mee the co-instigator of Things Manchester and the development of ‘commons-based’ shared infrastructure for public benefit chimes with the ethos of Open Data Manchester.
The Things Manchester constellation is mounted on towers and rooftops around Greater Manchester and allows devices to be connected in most of Manchester, Salford, Trafford, Stockport and Bury. Through Open Data Manchester taking over the running of the Things Manchester network the infrastructure will be further developed and asset-locked for community benefit.
Open Data Manchester will be re-introducing regular meetups for users and those interested in using and building the network with the next one on Tuesday 11th September at Federation, Manchester. More information and registration here.