Making a Difference with Data was first launched in 2011, to raise awareness of the benefits of open data and data-driven decision-making for local public services. Some other projects followed, for example the open data demonstrator www.lambeth-in-numbers.co.uk
But there is still much to be done to make data visible, accessible and available to support local social and economic growth and wellbeing. So Making a Difference with Data is being re-launched in 2014 with three key strands:
a series of live events in UK city regions to discuss social and economic opportunities associated with public data release and reuse
development of a 'Making a difference with data' website to share tools and ideas for using data to improve local health, wealth and wellbeing
DataDaily, an online service for sharing data news and stories – see below
If you would like to kept informed about the programme as it unfolds, including event dates and details, please register now. In due course, you will be invited to join the Making a Difference with Data community site.
We will be capturing and publishing a range of video material via DataDaily and the new Making a Difference with Data website (coming soon). Click on the images below to play videos from 2012-13.
Making a Difference with data is supporting the UKGovcamp taking place in London on 25 January. Govcamps are free ‘unconferences’ for people that work in and around government and are hugely popular. We will be looking to share the thinking behind the Making a Difference with Data 2014 programme, and to crowd-source some ideas for the programme. You can follow UKGovcamp 2014 on the hashtag #ukgc14
Open data sharing is an integral part of the Smart City Roadmap, an initiative recently launched by the Smart City Commission and Birmingham City Council.
Sharing content and systems is the way forward for council websites, says Better Connected 2014, the annual survey and report by The Society of IT Management.
The Open Knowledge Foundation's Open Data Day '14 connected 100+ cities on five continents. Vicky Sargent rolled up her digital sleeves at the Birmingham event.
Sun Mar 02 17:35:50 +0000 2014
@vickysargent was in @corecities #Manchester on Friday yesterday talking about @MADwDATA events and opportunities
Sun Mar 02 17:33:46 +0000 2014
RT @theleaderspeaks: Open Data Day connects 100+ cities Vicky Sargent joins the Birmingham Hackathon http://t.co/ZMX3jccxkt @OKFN @OpenMerc…
Sun Mar 02 17:30:12 +0000 2014
RT @HCEVENTNEWS: Dr Catherine Kelly and Dr Rachel Knight @aridhia will deliver 'Clinicians, Collaboration & Big Data: Exploring the New MDT…