Thursday, 30 October 2014

Open Data Seminars at the Information School

The Information School is hosting two seminars on open data on Tuesday 4 November 2014.

The first seminar, ‘Open data: global policies and grassroots practice’, will be delivered by Tim Davies at 13:00.  Open data had rapidly become a global phenomena, driven both top-down policy transfer, and bottom-up demands for greater access to vital information.  Drawing on research from the Open Data in Developing Countries (ODDC) project, which has supported case-study research into open data use and impacts in 12 countries across the global South, this presentation will explore how far the models for open government data that are promoted through global institutions are aligned with the needs and realities of different communities around the world.  By moving beyond a 'narrow model' of open data, focused on datasets, portals and apps, a richer picture of both the potential and the pitfalls of particular approaches to opening up data can be uncovered. 

Tim Davies is currently the Open Data Research Lead at the World Wide Web Foundation, where he coordinates the Open Data Research Network, and Open Data in Developing Countries project.  He is also a PhD Candidate in the Web Science Doctoral Training Centre at the University of Southampton, exploring the role of socio-technical infrastructures in shaping outcomes from open data policy, and is an affiliate of the Harvard Berkman Centre for Internet and Society. 

This will be followed by Danny Antrobus’ seminar entitled ‘The Sheffield Open Data Community Needs You!’ at 13:30.  The tale of open data in Sheffield is one of bright starts, dashed dreams, and a grassroots resurgence.  Now, there are real opportunities for everyone to benefit from open data, whether or not you have any particular technical or data skills.  This presentation will cover the current open data projects and activities going on in Sheffield and invite you to get involved.   

Danny Antrobus is Director and co-founder of The Better With Data Society, a civic data engagement social enterprise for Sheffield city region.  The Society is the Sheffield city node of the Open Data Institute (ODI).  It hosts the Open Data Sheffield network, supports local data holders to publish open data, and runs projects to help people engage with data and do useful things with it.  


The seminars take place on Tuesday 4 November, beginning at 13:00 in RC-204 Lecture Room at the Information School, Regent Court.  Refreshments will be provided beforehand at 12:30.  All are welcome and there is no need to book.

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