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Open data for ISD

  1. 1. Leah Lockhart, volunteer community coordinator, Open Knowledge Scotland An introduction to open data
  2. 2. Why? • Transparency and trust- a well functioning democratic society allows its citizens to access and share its information so they may be aware of what it is doing • Releasing social and commercial value- opening data can help drive the creation of innovative businesses and services • Participation and engagement- open data allows citizens to be more directly informed and involved in decision making • The art of the possible! Innovation means developments and discovery comes from unlikely places.
  3. 3. Open • Available and accessible: data made available as a whole and at no more than a reasonable reproduction cost, preferably by downloading online. Data must be available in a convenient and modifiable form. • Reusable and able to be redistributed: make data available under terms that permit reuse, intermixing with other data sets and redistribution by anyone • Universal participation: no discrimination against fields of endeavour, groups or people.
  4. 4. Data • Data that has potential uses and applications like cultural, scientific, financial, statistical, environmental, transport or weather data • Excludes data that is restricted for security reasons or data that contains personal details
  5. 5. Some examples… How has data been used to create helpful things and make wonderful discoveries?
  6. 6. Florence Nightingale, 1854 Infographics and ‘data based public decision making’
  7. 7. John Snow, 1854 Mashed up maps, statistical information and interviews with citizens to find the source of a cholera outbreak in Soho. ‘A map of deaths that created a whole new way of life.’
  8. 8. GP Provision Planner
  9. 9. Emerging Scottish community
  10. 10. Tim Berners-Lee/W3C open data star rating system Created to encourage people- especially government data owners- to move toward ‘good linked data.’ Expectations of behaviour: Use URIs as names for things Use HTTP URIs so that people can look up those names. When someone looks up a URI, provide useful information, using the standards (RDF*, SPARQL) Include links to other URIs. so that they can discover more things.
  11. 11. Open up and engage • Tell the world! Press releases, web and social media, proactively contacting prominent organisations, mailing lists, contacting prospective users • Engage the data community – Largely digital communities – Very willing to share new information but consume rapidly- communicate accordingly – Step away from the Office suite! Could create inaccessible document that creates an imperfect copy in operating systems. Could also give the message you are unwilling to move toward working with the tech community.
  12. 12. How to start? • Start small, simple and fast- you don’t have to open everything up at once! Moving as fast as possible means you can fail fast, learn and move on. • Engage early and often- work with actual and potential users of your data early and often to ensure the next iteration of your service is relevant. Keep in mind data doesn’t usually reach ultimate users directly but through ‘info-mediaries.’ • Address common fears and misunderstandings- identify the most important ones first and address them early
  13. 13. Get involved with Open Knowledge Scotland Twitter: @okfnscot Website: scot.okfn.org (member contact details on the ‘about us’ page.) Meetups: www.meetup.com/OpenKnowledgeFoundation/Edi nburgh

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