Data has the power to transform public services, commercial products and professional opportunities, as well as, ultimately and importantly, everybody’s lives.

  • For the public sector, it can make for more effective services, create efficiencies and reduce costs
  • For businesses, greater access can mean new and better products can be built more easily
  • For professionals, these skills can equip you to help make government and business better
  • For people and communities, as well as the potential to get better services, it can be used to make civic processes better, strengthening relationships

But, we believe, with these opportunities comes the responsibility to act in ethical and socially engaged ways.

Our services

For organisations interested in starting or continuing on an intelligent and responsible data journey, we offer consultancy services including:

Advice and advocacy – we work closely with local authorities and other organisations about how they’re using data, helping them and sharing our approach. We also offer consultancy via our free Open:Data:Surgery sessions.

Research and Development – we conduct and participate in a diverse variety of commissioned projects which include:

  • devising strategies and roads to sustainable open data release, such as open data consultations and strategy development for GMCA and City of Izmir, Turkey for the International Finance Corporation.
  • the development of open data standards, such as the Household Waste Recycling Centre standards project with Dsposal.
  • the development of data governance processes and policies, including the energy data cooperative with Carbon Coop.

Events and training – we run a regular programme of events and community engagement to raise awareness about data or data initiatives, as well as deliver bespoke training.

We endeavour to co-create projects with the right people, building in skills development, so that everyone can benefit from opportunities to understand data.

Interested in how Open Data Manchester might help you? Check our our services above, or get in touch for a friendly chat.

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