Open Data Manchester – September: Data Journalism

Tuesday Sept 23rd 6.30 – 8.30pm
The Shed, MMU John Dalton West, Chester Street, Manchester M1 5GD

Map here

Open Data is seen as a tremendous resource for the uncovering of stories that were once hard to detect. This month’s Open Data Manchester is a chance to explore the emerging field of data journalism.

Previously inaccessible datasets are now able to be scrutinised using off the shelf tools such as Open Refine and ScraperWiki. Some of this data is available as open data and some accessed using Freedom of Information requests and scraping.

From Open Data Journalism to data visualisations, the event will look at data journalism in a local, national and international context, the ways that it is used and the tools that can enable a journalist to uncover new insight from data.

Speakers include:

David Ottewell (Head of data journalism, Trinity Mirror)

Paul Gallagher (Digital Innovations Editor, Manchester Evening News)

– Francois Pierre Nel (University of Central Lancashire, School of Journalism and Media)

As always, there will be opportunity to discuss and share ideas, and hear about the latest opportunities in open data.

Read Liz Hannaford’s guest blog here

This month’s event is kindly hosted at The Shed for this event – the new digital space of the MMU.

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Open Data Manchester – July Edition

6.30pm – 8.30pm Tuesday 29th July 2014
Greenheys Business Centre
Manchester Science Park
Pencroft Way
Manchester M15 6JJ

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This month’s Open Data Manchester is a chance to see some of the open data initiatives being led by Salford and Trafford Councils, and hear about some of the highlights of the Open Knowledge Festival taking place in Berlin 14-17th July

Amongst the data initiatives taking place, Trafford are looking to develop an Intelligence and Innovation Lab, which will take the principles by which InfoTrafford was developed, and use them to bring together a greater range of datasets from Trafford’s organisations. Accompanying these datasets will be the people from the respective organisations who understand the data – where it comes from, how to get it, and, crucially, what stories the data tells. This means that the right people will be sitting and working together – using their collective insight and knowledge to give greater understanding of the needs and opportunities in Trafford. The Lab will be focussed on the release of data as 5* linked data. Trafford is looking to create an environment where digital social innovation methods can be used to help people get things done – from giving practitioners a space to test innovative ideas that may help shape services, to allowing developers the opportunity to see and request datasets, and test apps with a potential user base. Jamie Whyte from Trafford will talk about the Intelligence and Innovation Lab and how you can get involved.

John Gibbons from Salford City Council will talk about the work they are doing relating to the European Commission INSPIRE regulations. INSPIRE seeks to create a common and shared geospatial infrastructure to allow strategic and sustainable development. It is a little understood initiative outside the GIS community, but as it is underpinned by European Commission legislation to which the UK has signed up to, it has the potential to have a large impact on the release of geospatial data.

As always, there will be opportunity to discuss and share ideas, and hear about the latest opportunities in open data.

Open : Data : Cooperation – OKFEST Fringe Meeting 16th July 2014

OKF DE Office
3rd Floor
Singerstraße 109
10179 Berlin
Map

Wednesday 16th July, 6 – 8pm

Please sign up on Eventbrite here as numbers are limited.

Join us for an informal discussion around data cooperatives.  From personal data co-operatives, through to organisation-level collaboration, there is a lot of interest around the notion of a data cooperative. Whilst the idea of member-owned organisations and open data seems logical, a number of interesting discussion points arise:

Models: How do the varied models of cooperative ownership fit to data?
Simplicity: Can one model fit all data?
Transparency: How can a cooperative that is steered by its membership along ethical grounds also be considered open?
Representation: Do individuals have enough control over their data to enable third party organisations such as a cooperative, to represent their data?
Negotiation: How can cooperative members balance control over their data with use by third parties?
Governance: How would you create an efficient system of governance that respected the wishes of all members?

Open Data Manchester will be hosting an informal discussion around these issues in a fringe meeting at OK Festival in Berlin on Wednesday 16th July at 6pm 3rd Floor Singerstraße 109, 10179 Berlin. https://goo.gl/maps/q4Gvj

The meeting will is a precursor to a larger event around cooperatives and data to be hosted in Manchester, UK at the end of October

Further reading:
Annmarie Naylor – Common Futures
http://commonfutures.eu/developing-data-coops-for-community-benefit/
Julian Tait – Open Data Manchester
http://littlestarmedia.wordpress.com/2014/06/20/data-custodianship-and-cooperatives/

Open Data Manchester – May Edition

Open Data Manchester – May Edition

Tuesday 27th May, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
TechHub Manchester
1st Floor
24-26 Lever Street
Manchester
M1 1DZ
Link

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This months edition of Open Data Manchester finds us located in tech Hub Manchester’s new space on Lever Street.

A lot has been happening over the last couple of months in the field of open data and there will be plenty of discussion around a few initiatives and competitions that have recently been launched.

Open Data Manchester’s Berlin representative will talk about ways of making data ready for release and there will be plenty of opportunity to share ideas and discuss projects.

For all of those that attended the Open Data Manchester/FutureEverything GMDSP Data Dive in March, there will be a chance to see some of the great applications and ideas that were created from the released linked data. We also hope to announce a fantastic Open Linked Data training course that will be run as part of GMDSP.

Light Raider
Light Raider – An application that uses locations of street furniture to create motivation to exercise.

Lights Off
Lights Out – Switch off Manchester’s street lights and see how much you can save.

We are also planning on going through the latest Open Data Challenge call from the Open Data Institute with a potential package of £40,000 support.

As always the event is free, so see you there.

Open Data Manchester – April Edition

6.30pm – 8.30pm Tuesday 29th April 2014
Greenheys Business Centre
Manchester Science Park
Pencroft Way
Manchester M15 6JJ
Map here

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 March Edition – GMDSP Data Dive

6.30 – 8.30pm, Monday 24th March 2014

Tech Hub Manchester
3rd Floor
Carver’s Warehouse
77 Dale Sreet
Manchester
M1 2HG
Map here

This March’s Open Data Manchester is a special event held in partnership with our friends at FutureEverything. Since September they have been working on the Greater Manchester Data Synchronisation Programme (GMDSP) – a groundbreaking open data initiative that forges links between the code community and local authorities. GMDSP works with the 10 Greater Manchester local authorities to release corresponding datasets as linked open data. This has been done by placing coders (Code Fellows) many from the Open Data Manchester community, in the local authorities to help identify and transform data.

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The Data Dive is a chance to see and understand the work being done, talk to the teams releasing the data and more importantly get a heads up regarding the challenges that will be set for the GMDSP Coding Challenge taking place as part of FutureEverything on the weekend of 29th and 30th March.

Sign up for the Data Dive Here

Refreshments will be provided

GMDSP is a partnership between FutureEverything, Connected Digital Economy and Future Cities Catapults working with Manchester City, Salford City and Trafford Metropolitan Borough Councils

Open Data Manchester – Transport Special

6.30pm – 9pm Tuesday 25th February 2014
Greenheys Business Centre
Manchester Science Park
Pencroft Way
Manchester M15 6JJ
Map here

An efficient transportation system that allows people to move around easily for work and leisure is an essential part of today’s modern city. Being able to make decisions on how we travel based on convenience, cost and accessibility especially if information is updated in real time, should allow a more enlightened traveling public.

Open data offers a chance to create a more intelligent environment for making travel decisions. Traditionally the data needed to create applications and services to enable these decisions would be closed due to restrictive licensing, technological difficulties or confused policy decisions, but this is starting to change.

This month’s edition of Open Data Manchester brings together a host of transport based open data initiatives.

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) will be deliver an update as to the progress that they are making with open data now that the Local Sustainable Transport Fund and the DRNETIS (Dynamic Road Network Efficiency and Travel Informaton System) deployment.
C3 and DRNETIS Diagram

Rockshore who’ve created the Network Rail APIs will talk about the progress and uptake of these and answer questions regarding their use.

FutureEverything – Will talk about a new set of APIs that allow people to access up to data scheduling, arrivals and departure information and other related data from their CitySDK programme

The people from ThoughtWorks will talk about their journey planner for Manchester’s trams Tramchester an insight into how they created using graph data bases can be found here

There will also be an opportunity to look at the new Highways Agency NTIS real time services.

So if you are transportista developing the next generation of transport services, data wrangler trying to understand the complexities of our transit system or just someone who would like to get from A to B that little bit easier, this edition is for you.

As always there will be opportunity to present projects, ask questions and network.

We advise people to book through the Eventbrite link here

CitySDK Short Horizontal EUThis event is partially funded under the ICT Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP) as part of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme by the European Community.

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.

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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 – October Edition

Hackers, activists, artists, journalists and public sector employees unite once again for Manchester’s regular open data meetup.

We’ll be down at Madlab on the last Tuesday of the month (29/10/13) for another delicious dose of open data goodness.

You can find calendar links and a map etc on the Eventbrite listing.

As ever, we will be delighted to hear about any projects you’d like to share or to discuss any questions you’d like to pose.

Afsnit I – Got a good idea using data?

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Afsniti is a yearly Innovation Competition that takes place at the end of November in Hørsholm Hospital. If you are a creative entrepreneur, artist or innovator or have a really good idea they would like to hear from you. There is a top prize of 100,000 DKR and if you are one of the 20-24 projects chosen you will be invited over to Denmark to take part in the Afsnit I Camp and Festival. Accommodation and food is provided with the possibility of support for travel too.