Inaugral Open Data Manchester Event Announced

20 04 2010

We thought a good way to get the community rolling would be to hold a regular event here in Manchester.

Our first event in Manchester is going to be on the 27th April (next Tuesday!) from 6pm until 8pm at MDDA on Portland Street. The line-up includes an introduction to the ODM group, an overview of interesting Open Data projects if you’re relatively new to the area and a discussion about Future Everything and their involvement in this area during 2010.

We’ll also be hearing from our hosts at MDDA about the major fibre network project they’ve been championing and perhaps discuss the possible impact for real-time data gathering opportunities around the project area.

Space is limited, and so we’re asking you to register in advance for at least the first event. You can do that at the special EventBrite registration page – it’s free!


Open Data Manchester arrives

11 03 2010

The enthusiasm for open data across the globe is building, and the time for a group here in Manchester has now arrived.

As a city, we are overflowing with developers, designers and people curious about statistical data and information visualisation. They all have ideas about how to use publicly available data from a wide range of sources. Our mission as a group is to:

  • Help developers and designers become more familiar with tools, datasets and other projects around the World
  • Identify datasets of use to local data users and of interest to us generally
  • To provide a catalyst for local authorities in Manchester and the North so that they might make data available for exploration, knowing there are established groups who wish to use it

We will do this by running regular meetups with presentations on tools, best practice and ideas for using and exploring open data, and hopefully at least a few times a year running Hack Days where we intend to collaborate on substantive projects.

As curator, I am here merely to help organise and promote, but hope communities from free software groups, designers, developers and people who know more about statistics than most will engage and slowly take ownership of this group.

First things first: if you want to get involved you should join the Open Data Manchester Google Group where we’ll start having active discussions about how to move forward.