Meeting this ThursdayWednesday 16th June – Common Bar, Northern Quarter

14 06 2010

Well, the people have spoken, and it has been decided:

We’re meeting from 6.30pm onwards at Common Bar in the Northern Quarter.

If the place is packed, we might move on to somewhere a little quieter but will leave word at the bar if anybody asks for the “Open Data Manchester crowd”. If you don’t know how to spot us, feel free to email me and I’ll send on my mobile number.

Hopefully see a few of you there.
UPDATE: We originally said this was Thursday. We meant Wednesday, sorry!


Reminder: Meet up tonight

27 04 2010

I’m really happy that even though we only left a week for signups to our inaugural event, it looks like a couple of dozen people are ready to get stuck into open data this evening at MDDA, Portland Street. I know some people are only planning to come for the drinks afterwards as the event clashes with a couple of other things going on in town that night, but I’m looking forward to hearing from Julian and Alan about things going on in the city and meeting lots of new faces – it’s the first event in Manchester I’ve been to in a while where I don’t recognise most of the names.

There are still spaces available and a few hours left to signup, so if you want to come along please get your name down ASAP.

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.