Julian Tait@julianlstarOpportunities in DataCluster2020 - 2nd May 2013
www.emoto2012.orgAlthough known for being a festival,FutureEverything runs year round innovationprojects. These look at the impact of technology onsociety, development of tech enabled cities anddata projects - especially open data
"Open data is changing the world - people andbusinesses, governments and cities are puttingincreasing amounts of their data online free forreuse using open standards. Just as the originalWeb of documents changed the way we live so toowill the Web of Linked Data. Manchester can be inthe vanguard of a new breed of 21st century city - cities which make their data freely availableproviding a base for innovation and the creation ofnew kinds of social and economic value."Prof. Nigel Shadbolt - Open Data InstituteCo-instigator of data.gov.uk
There are many layers within the city and data isone of them. City government produces hugeamounts of data in delivery of its task. This data isoften hidden but when found can be reused,remixed and repurposed - if available as open dataDEFRA - Noise Map of Manchester
As society becomes more networked andtechnologised it creates a demand for the freeflowof data. The demand for data driven servicescreates pressure on closed data environments toopen up. It’s hard to imagine that this entropicprocess would reverse.
To say that ‘there’s gold in them there hills’ is anunderstatement. It is just finding it. Using NHSprescription data, the Prescribing Analytics teamidentified potential savings of £200 million to theNHS by using generic statins
There are a number of open data catalogues nowavailable with www.datacatalogs.org a good placeto start looking. These range from internationalthrough national such as www.data.gov.uk regional and organistional
DataGM is an example of a regional datastore. Itspurpose is to collect and aggregate data from avariety of sources within Greater Manchester
Data Opportunities 1Data intermediaries - Information Design andinterpretation
Underlying data can be complex. Informationdesigners, data visualisers and journalists are someof the people who can help people understand theunderlying data and if need be, take action.
Through to flight patternsFlight Patterns - Aaron Koblin
Data Opportunities 2An art dealer has identified that people are morelikely to buy art when they move into a newproperty
The UK’s Land Registry is a comprehensivedatabase of property transactions in the UK. Youcan download monthly datasets of all registeredhouse transactions.
Using tools such as Open Refine you can analyseand ‘facet’ data enabling you to extract the relevantinformation for your needs
Other datasets can help you better understand thecharacteristics of a particular area, allowing you tomake more informed decisions
Data Opportunities 3An AV hire has been approached by a promoter tosupply equipment for a forthcoming tour
Tools such as DueDil allow you to look at theintegrity of companies that you do, or about to dobusiness with. Although not all the information isfree, it is a relatively quick way of understanding acompanies trading history and the previousactivities of it’s directors
Diligence might also allow you to make informeddecisions as to where you locate your business.www.police.uk publishes and maps crime data
Data Opportunities 4A venue wants to encourage footfall by feedinglocation specific information to potential customers
There are various ways that the location of awebsite user can be useful and made into abusiness opportunity.A venue might increase footfall if it couldautomatically provide timely travel information fromuser location to the venue
For Greater Manchester, scheduling data is readilyavailable. Although it takes a degree of skill tointegrate this into an online offering, the ability toenable people to make on the spot decisions isadvantageous
Data Opportunities 5A production company wants to experiment inproducing personalised media content
www.futurebroadcasts.comAlthough experimental, Breaking Out by the BBCoffers a glimpse of what is achievable through thepersonalisation of narrative through data. Itgeolocates a listener and then inserts relevant cuesinto the narrative.