The latest Digital Tuesday event focused on The Open Data Challenges for Wales.
ODI-Cardiff was ably represented by Esko Reinikainen.
During the talk he covered the mission of both the ODI and ODI Cardiff, data as infrastructure, the data spectrum, recent projects from Wales, and invited everyone who is interested to join our online community. There was also a call to help us map the open data ecosystem in Wales using a one minute survey. If you are a data producer, publisher or consumer in Wales, we would like to hear from you.
We’d like to highlight a nice piece of data journalism from Ceredigion.
Cambrian News reporter Caleb Spencer wanted to make the information on councillors’ attendance at meetings more accessible to his readers. He created a visualisation in CartoDB which breaks the information down by ward.
Data is the raw material that will help us meet 21st century challenges: to reduce friction in our economy, increase our sustainability and create opportunities to innovate.
Our data infrastructure is as important as our physical infrastructure.
A strong data infrastructure will increase interoperability and collaboration, efficiency and productivity in public and private sectors, nationally and internationally.
Having the right conditions for data will benefit everyone. It will reduce transaction costs, grow supply chains and inform citizens. A coherent data infrastructure should be a baseline condition for a healthy, progressive society, and a competitive global economy.
In this paper we explore the question “who owns our data infrastructure – globally, nationally and locally?” We look at what data ownership looks like and what we can expect from those that manage data that is fundamental to a functioning society.
What do you think?
We’re interested in your feedback. You could:
write a blogpost and share the link with us, or pitch it for the ODI website
raise the issue in your local data networks and tell us how it is received
tell us which questions about data infrastructures should be addressed first
The ODI Nodes are an important part of our global network. The last year has seen significant growth: we have welcomed Rio, Devon, Queensland and Athens to the community; our first group of nodes have become ODI registered trainers; our community of nodes have collaborated with us to deliver global projects; and the network is starting to develop commercial products.
This year we are introducing a framework of core activities for our nodes. Our ambition is to scale our existing business models – creating repeatable products and activities – to ensure nodes deliver consistent quality across the network. We have worked closely with our community over the past year and identified the key activities they will develop. The new focus will involve two categories of ODI Nodes:
Network nodes – running meetups, holding meetings, building an individual membership network * Learning nodes – running courses taught by an accredited trainer to teach local businesses and governments about how to work with open data
Starting the node network
The Open Data Institute (ODI HQ) opened in 2012 to catalyse open data culture in the UK. By 2013, we had received an overwhelming response from international organisations, many of which wanted to set up a local ODI in their own country, city or area. As a response, we collaborated with this community and built the ODI Node network, focussed on creating global impact from open data.
This table shows the focus of each node, for 2015:
Our ODI Node network is demonstrating how open data is helping to solve problems around the world. They are our local partners of choice for innovation projects and each will facilitate networking activities and learning opportunities within their local communities.