Posts Tagged ‘OpenData’

Open Data Manchester

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013
Open Data Manchester

Open Data Manchester

Title: Open Data Manchester
Location: MadLab
Description: Open Data in Manchester
Date: 24-09-2013
Start Time: 18:30
End Time: 21:00
Booking: Register your interest here (free meeting)







Open Environmental Data Special

There has been a lot of emphasis in the open data movement on access to data that shines a light on the workings of government or allows the creation of mobility applications. Data that gives us insight into the environment in which we live, work and play tends to be little used yet offers huge potential in enabling people to understand and act on local environmental issues.

The Freedom of Information Act giving people the right to data that public bodies hold is well known but there is little understanding of legislation that gives people the right to access environmental data. The Environmental Information Regulations give people the power to ask for data on a host of environmental issues, yet unlike their FOIA cousins are under-utilised. Is it that EIR is too complex and little understood or is it that the data that is held is incomplete or difficult to use?

In mitigation of this there is a growing army of people who are taking matters into their own hands be exploring, mapping and creating environmental data that is more relevant to their communities. Low cost ‘easy to use’ sensors can be deployed , networked, fitted to smart phones and the data aggregated to provide a more comprehensive picture of our environment.

This months Open Data Manchester is a chance to look at some of the initiatives that have been taking place recently. It will be an opportunity to discuss why we need access to environmental data and how people can come together to map their own communities.

Open Data in Manchester

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Open Data Manchester

Title: Open Data in Manchester
Location: MDDA
Description: Open Data in Manchester
Date: 25-09-2012
Start Time: 18:30
End Time: 20:30

 

 

 

 

 

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After a brief summer hiatus Open Data Manchester is back and temporarily at a different venue.
The last event saw James Cattell from Digital Birmingham, Andrew MacKenzie from the UK Governments Open Data User Group and Jag Goraya from GIST Foundation in Sheffield talking about how open data initiatives were developing in Birmingham and Sheffield and Birmingham City Council’s adoption of a corporate open data strategy.

Since the last meeting there has been quite a bit of activity mostly around some forthcoming hackdays and support for open data initiatives in Manchester. Last Tuesday we had the launch of Tech Hub Manchester in Carver’s Warehouse on Dale Street, Manchester. This is going to be a new co-working space networked into Tech Hub London and a wider international digital start-up community and we will be having the Tech Hub people coming to talk about the initiative and Start-up Weekend a two day hack event utilising open data.

The City of Manchester is also looking at developing open data as far as part of a new Technology Strategy Board – Future Cities Demonstrator project. This is a large £24 million fund that will help the creation of digital services within the city. Anne Dornan who is working on the project will explain how open data fits into this.

If you are interested in public transport, and a lot of people are, Move*Manchester is an Innovation Challenge that will be running in March 2013. The planning is being finalised, but it will entail a weekend event based around a hackathon that will lead to product development and support. The prize fund and support package to develop products and services will be approximately £35,000 and is part of the CitySDK programme run by FutureEverything and Manchester City Council with the support of Open Data Manchester. More details to follow.

Also we will be looking at the latest data releases on DataGM, TfGM, cool developments and anything else people want to show.

Open Data Manchester

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Open Data Manchester

Title: Open Data Manchester
Location: MadLab
Description: Open Data in Manchester
Date: 31-07-2012
Start Time: 18:30
End Time: 20:30

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Website: www.opendatamanchester.org.uk

Open Data Manchester is a meetup for all people who are interested in making data open for the benefit of citizens, businesses and public bodies alike. The meetings are mix of presentation, conversation and sharing of tips, hacks and data.

The event is an open forum and free.

Open Data in the City

There is a growing body of opinion that open data will be led by cities and towns, as the benefits from efficiencies gained and more intelligent uses of data, coupled with the environment for enhanced engagement and co-production of public service are ones that have greatest impact at a local level. As we are all aware cities can’t do this in isolation. Cities need to learn from each other and more importantly be relevant to the communities they serve by engaging with them in this process.

We are pleased to welcome James Cattell from Digital Birmingham, charged with overseeing the implementation of open data in Birmingham and Andrew MacKenzie from West Midlands Open Data Users Group and most recently the Cabinet Office’s Open Data User Group. Who will speak about Birmingham’s journey towards open data.

You can view the project progress here

[UPDATE]
Jag Goraya from Open Data Sheffield and GIST Foundation is going to let us know about open data happenings from over the Pennines.

As usual we will have news on the latest developments with open data including events and competitions

If you want to get involved with Open Data in Manchester or want to suggest/present something at the meeting, there is an active Googlegroup here

Roundtable 5: Levelling the Playing Field in the North West

Friday, February 10th, 2012

roundtable 5

Title: Roundtable 5: Levelling the Playing Field in the North West
Location: MadLab
Description: We are asking people from SMEs to come and talk to us about the Open Standards consultation.
Date: 29-05-2012
Start Time: 15:30
End Time: 17:30
Booking: Free but limited.






Do you represent an SME?

Do you currently do business with government?

Do you want to do business with government?

On 29 May between 3.30pm and 5.30pm, we need you.

We are asking people from SMEs to come and talk to us about the Open Standards consultation.

The proposed policy aims to level the playing field for open source and proprietary software providers in government IT and to reduce costs whilst providing better public services.

What we’ll be discussing:

  • How would mandating open standards in government IT affect your organisation?
  • If the government adopts open standards, will it make it easier or harder for you to do business with us – does it help level the playing field?
  • Do you have any examples of times when the lack of open standards has acted as a barrier to you doing business with us?
  • What might adopting open standards prevent?

A quick explanation of the key points of the consultation will be given at the beginning of the discussion so you will be equipped to contribute to the debate.

We will record the discussion so we can capture your views and the issues we need to consider – note that this audio recording may be made public.

Space is limited, so please book as soon as possible.

We look forward to hearing your views.

Open Data Manchester

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Open Data Manchester

Title: Open Data Manchester
Location: MadLab
Description: Open Data in Manchester
Date: 26-06-2012
Start Time: 18:30
End Time: 20:30

Open Data Manchester is a meetup for all people who are interested in making data open for the benefit of citizens, businesses and public bodies alike. The meetings are mix of presentation, conversation and sharing of tips, hacks and data.
The event is an open forum and free.
Last months meeting was a transport special with presentations rom TfGM and Rockshore. Details can be found on www.opendatamanchester.org.uk
This month has seen the creation of the Government’s Open Data User Group and there will be feedback from the launch event held in London. It is also a chance to catch up and see what things are happening.
If you want to get more involved with Open Data in Manchester there is an active Googlegroup https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en&fromgroups#!forum/opendatamanchester here
Other Open Data related news. If you fancy doing a presentation or if you have anything to add just let us know by posting to the Googlegroup https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en&fromgroups#!forum/opendatamanchester