When the tech team started in January, we had some immediate demands from the rest of the ODI team, to support the business:
When we first convened as a tech team, and worked out our principles, one thing we committed to was the idea of 20% time, where we would commit one day a week to working on pet projects that while they might not be directly related to our work at the ODI, they help us stretch our skills and develop fun projects that may grow into something more useful.
We have now published two guides to open data licensing to help you guide you through the process of opening up and reusing dataWe whilst avoiding any potential legal pitfalls.
There was a time a few years back when I felt I'd been born into the wrong micro-era -- too young to witness the very birth of the Web at close quarters, but too old to be a first-hand instigator of whatever comes next. As a PhD student in the mid-2000s I had an amazing world of opportunity around me. We did, and still do, live in interesting times -- in a good way. But there was a nagging feeling that I'd missed the boat.
ODI Week #30 passed in a blur. In the words of that king of daytime TV, Henry Kelly, I've been playing catch-up ever since and find myself writing these notes a week after the event. So what did we actually get up to?
Dom Cheetham attended our first Open Data in Practice course and made some surprising discoveries.
If you think Json Sparql is the new Justin Bieber, and that the Big Bang Theory is a TV documentary series, then here’s a new course that’s right up your street.
The burgeoning Open Data Institute lies in a corner of the increasingly fashionable Shoreditch district of London. There, those charged with growing new digital jobs are forging ploughshares out of a complex alloy of technology, data, licencing, government and commerce.
The release of non-personal public data on spending, transport, health, crime, weather and so on are all contributing to new innovation. The Open Data Institute’s purpose is to create further growth and wider economic value from this public data. Open data is creating social, environmental and economic value. And by fostering a new generation of data entrepreneurs and creating new businesses, the UK is turning international thought leadership into competitive advantage.
The ODI's new membership programme, launched last month, offers a whole range of benefits to businesses which work with open data, publish it or just want to get to grips with it. One of these member benefits is the option to use our space for meetings - so if you don't have a permanent base in London, or just fancy a change of scene, you can use one of our hot desks,
The ODI is running a programme using open data to help tackle crime and rehabilitate offenders. Here, its leader, Simon Whitehouse talks about the series and how you can get involved.