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Open Data and the Greater Manchester Region


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Presentation given by Juan Gomez, Head of Economic Strategy for the Commission of the New Economy at the DataGM steering group meeting 19th January 2011

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Open Data and the Greater Manchester Region

  1. 1. Juan Gomez Head of Economic Strategy
  2. 2. First principles <ul><li>Open data allows us to: </li></ul><ul><li>Be transparent </li></ul><ul><li>Use public assets to generate new products and processes that benefit citizens and consumers </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage innovation in a relatively simple and cost-effective way </li></ul><ul><li>Open up new opportunities for collaboration across different public agencies and spatial levels </li></ul><ul><li>Generate efficiencies in data access as practitioners </li></ul>
  3. 3. Case studies and benefits <ul><li>Cities that have already implemented successful open </li></ul><ul><li>data infrastructures and their benefits: </li></ul><ul><li>Canada: Edmonton, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal </li></ul><ul><li>“ Open Data = Open Cities” </li></ul><ul><li>Public and Social Policy Benefits: </li></ul><ul><li>access to and sharing data increases population’s data literacy—a skill necessary for success in digital economy </li></ul><ul><li>open data allows for production and widespread dissemination of new and creative research motivated by public’s ingenuity </li></ul><ul><li>reinforces both political and bureaucratic government accountability </li></ul>
  4. 4. Case studies and benefits
  5. 5. Case studies and benefits Toronto software developer used data sets on location and space availability of child care centres to create a daycare search by postal code using texting or Twitter Epidemiologist developed, a website that tracks product and food recalls using aggregated Canadian government open data in combination with media monitoring software Famous Toronto-based open data project is, a trip planner “born out of a desire for free, open access to transit data” ( Vancouver furthest along of Canadian Cities – Opened-up over 100 datasets “Open Vancouver” portal is itself a space for interactive feedback and discussion space and includes RSS feeds that aggregate city information on Job postings, bike routes etc.
  6. 6. Case studies and benefits Key lessons Needs commitment and investment from both city and citizens to be successful Everyone benefits – Entrepreneurs create new app/tool, city and citizens make better use of public services via an application government didn’t have time or budget to develop.
  7. 7. <ul><li>What is the Greater Manchester Strategy (GMS)? </li></ul><ul><li>An Integrated Strategy </li></ul>Human Capital Early Years, Better Life Chances, Skills Development, Talent Attraction and Retention Infrastructure Low Carbon, Digital Broadband , Transport (Road, Air, Rail), Housing, Public Places Economic Competitiveness International trade and investment, new business start-ups, increased innovation and productivity
  8. 8. Linking to and supporting the GMS <ul><li>How does DataGM support the GMS? </li></ul><ul><li>Government leveraging assets to spur innovation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Improve & build on systems (i.e. procurement) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Imperative to improve innovation in both public & private sectors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fostering and improving cross-agency collaboration in the public sector to achieve cohesiveness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improved access and simplified use for practitioners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Growing demands for increased transparency </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Linking to and supporting the GMS <ul><li>How does DataGM support the GMS? </li></ul><ul><li>Economic base </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use existing materials to create new products and services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide avenue and opportunities for growth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Empower private sector and developers to use data to create useful applications and information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Makes GM an attractive place for developers and innovative entrepreneurs to locate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Potential to boost GM’s reputation as innovative ICT hub </li></ul></ul>