15th June 2011

Swansea opens second series of Open Data Master Classes


Chris Parker gives away tour t-shirtThe second series of free OpenData Master Classes kicked off at Swansea University on 1 June, generously hosted by the university’s Department of Computer Science. A good mix of participants, hailing from community and grass roots organisations to local government, government and academia shared their motivations, skills and expertise in participating; contributing to a lively discussion on open data and how it could best be used to support their various functions and activities.

In the morning the Master Class heard about: the philosophies, motivations and drivers for open source and open data; sources of open data; examples of its use and potential for its use, particularly within the third sector; GeoVation’s open innovation challenge methodology for addressing communities’ needs; and tools and techniques for using open data, from data collection and processing to data analysis and map visualization. In the afternoon theory was put into practice with several practical sessions on using open data drawn from Higher Education, Health Care, Transport and Environment.

The OpenData Master Classes are run by Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute and Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in partnership with Ordnance Survey, GeoVation and Esri UK. The second stop on this OpenData Master Class tour is at Manchester University on 16 June and is sold out. However the OpenData Master Classes will be published on line shortly. We’ll let you know when.