Open Data at the University
Wilbert Kraan, Data Architect, IS apps
What open data?
• Operational data
• OER and research data have their own initiatives
• Degree programme information, timetables, and other non-personal course
• Information about public lectures and bookable events.
• Data about sharable research equipment and facilities
• The location of University buildings and facilities, such as libraries, cafes,
green spaces, car parks and bicycle parking spaces.
• Raw statistics about waste, energy consumption, water usage, room bookings
and usage, computer use, cafés, travel, procurement and supply chains etc.
(where not commercially or personally sensitive)
Why open data?
• Data quality improvement
• many eyes make bugs shallow
• Transparency & accountability
• Cost saving
• FOIA requests
• Scholarly practice
• provide evidence for your conclusions/actions
• University mission
• the creation, dissemination and curation of knowledge.
• Community mission
• Making a significant, sustainable and socially responsible contribution to the common good
• Drive innovation
• Let someone else figure out the best use of our data
• Letting our students work with, and learn from, real data about their lives
What does success in opening data look like?
• And how do we measure it?
• Numbers of datasets released
• Numbers of times our datasets have been re-used
• Number of apps built by students or 3d parties (and how widely they are
• Number of assessments that involve open data sets
• Numbers of issues filed or pull requests sent
What do we need to make University of
Edinburgh open data happen?
• A policy- yes, but also:
• Data catalogue?
• Inventory of initiatives / maturity model?
• A standing working group?
• A dedicated support or training team?
• A process for catching and recording data requests?
• Regular hack events?