25th November 2015

Open Data Masterclasses – dive into the Water Challenge!

Luke Hampson


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Next week will see the launch of the 9th Geovation Challenge “How can we better manage water in Britain, sustainably?” so keep a close eye here on the blog for further news!

In support of the Water Challenge, we’re announcing a further series of our popular FREE open data masterclasses, with six dates throughout Britain. During the session, we’ll take a close look at open data available from Ordnance Survey, Environment Agency and others, revealing how the information can be used as a key ingredient to solving problems relating to the theme.

You’ll learn the basics, including how to access and download open data, using the information in an open-source software package to run through a self-led tutorial that will enable you to analyse a Water related problem.

We’ll also have a guest speaker at each event who, alongside the Geovation team, will take a deep dive into the Challenge themes. Details of how to enter and information about the £20,000 value of development support that will be available to each winner through the Geovation Programme will also be shared.


Here are the dates and locations: –

LONDON – 2 December 2015

GLASGOW – 13 January 2016

NEWCASTLE – 14 January 2016

LIVERPOOL – 19 January 2016

BIRMINGHAM – 20 January 2016

SWANSEA – 21 January 2016


Previous Masterclass participants (from series six) told us:

“There were a generous helping of trainers and it is a brilliant training pack. I cannot believe this was a free event – the standard of materials was outstanding”

“I loved that it opened up a whole new world for me. This was my first introduction to Geospatial data, so it was a great, clear and through walkthrough of something I would otherwise have struggled with a lot.”

“Having the materials to take away after is great.”


…and you can check this previous blog to see a further summary of the feedback received from previous Masterclasses.


Series seven is sure to be as popular as ever, so book your place now to avoid disappointment!

We look forward to seeing you there!