So what exactly is this data that we’re talking about? What does it mean? Open data is all about people…
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Mike Davies shares some thoughts about how organisations might scope and plan an Open Data project…
Taking a ‘zero prior knowledge’ start, the aim is to raise understanding and awareness of data through things the students use and connect with every day.
Making data ‘open’ is about understanding its story; how it came to exist and what it represents, and then enabling other people to write the next chapter.
I was involved in a workshop last week with colleagues who are involved in responding to Freedom of Information (FoI) requests. Changes to the FoI Act now state that if a dataset is requested, we must provide the information in an open and machine readable format to allow re-use.
I know very little about Open Data. In fact, until a few months ago I had only a very limited understanding of what exactly was meant by the term – apart from a vague notion that it probably had something to do with things like Wikipedia and Linux. I have a bit of knowledge, if still not a lot, about data analysis, and I know virtually nothing about coding.
Platforms such as Leeds Data Mill, Greater Manchester Data Synchronisation Programme, and the Hampshire Hub share a common (golden) thread and bigger prize: They set standards to blend data from local and national sources. This is key to enabling innovative new data-driven tools and insights, focussed around places, people and communities.
Let’s create a piece of music that represents the footfall data” suggested Simon. “How about we create the piece for Brass Band?” I countered. “Awesome!”
Putting historical floodplains around Leeds (from the environment agency) on a map, and overlaying the last five years planning applications (from Leeds Council) gives us an interesting answer.
The Leeds Data Mill Hack event was unlike other hackathons we’ve previously attended in such a way that it was intended to solve problems; or rather, to ask the right questions.