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Open data and the voluntary sector

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David Kane's presentation about open data and what it might mean for your organisation at the NCVO Annual Conference 2011. David is a Research Development Officer at NCVO,

http://www.ncvo-vol.org.uk/networking-discussions/blogs/20591/11/01/31/civil-society-20-how-open-data-will-change-your-organisa

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Open data and the voluntary sector

  1. 1. Open Data and the Voluntary Sector NCVO Annual Conference 1 st March 2011, London
  2. 2. Charities and openness: The story so far
  3. 3. Openness is part of being a good charity
  4. 4. … and part of charity regulation <ul><li>&quot;The register [of charities] … shall be open to public inspection at all reasonable times&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Charities Act 1960 </li></ul>
  5. 5. open data community led by (parts of) civil society
  6. 6. Government has released data… … VCS often included but not separately identified
  7. 7. Charities are being transparent…
  8. 8. Developers are entering the field
  9. 9. vs Collect the data Secondary data Closed license – no commercial use Open license Access by applying for CD Download as CSV Web access for humans Web access for humans and computers No link to other datasets Link to other datasets (eg Big Lottery Fund, government spending data)
  10. 10. NCVO has released data…
  11. 11. … and set up a data store But should be owned by sector, not by NCVO
  12. 12. Others are releasing data
  13. 13. Why embrace open data?
  14. 14. Inform campaigning and lobbying
  15. 15. Improve your services
  16. 16. Demonstrate your impact
  17. 17. Do public services better
  18. 18. Challenges of open data
  19. 19. Resources and skills Costs of time and money, Need skills in organisation: handling data, analysis, publishing on the web But can be built on a range of free tools. Large, active developer community willing to help and keen to try new things.
  20. 20. Reputation and Competition Will you lose out by revealing your secrets and failures? Or will open data demonstrate honesty and ability to quickly learn from mistakes?
  21. 21. Compulsory Will public contracts require that open data is released? What about grant applications? Will donors demand you release data? But will demonstrating transparency help you bid?
  22. 22. Some references <ul><li>opencharities.org </li></ul><ul><li>data.ncvo-vol.org.uk </li></ul><ul><li>ckan.net/group/civil-society </li></ul><ul><li>www.publishwhatyoufund.org </li></ul><ul><li>transparency.number10.gov.uk </li></ul><ul><li>slideshare.net/podnosh/ncvo-needs-conference </li></ul><ul><li>david.kane@ncvo-vol.org.uk | @kanedr | #opendata </li></ul>

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