Autumn news round up

Open Data Camp 2 Picture by Guiseppe Sollazzo

Open Data Camp 2 Picture by Guiseppe Sollazzo

Last time we blogged, Lucy was just back from Hacklands – that time has gone by very fast and we’ve been very busy since then with getting our plans organised for the next six months.

So, what have we been doing?

Back in June, we travelled up to London for a week for the ODI Train the Trainer course – and I’m pleased to say that ODI Devon now has two ODI Registered Trainers, myself and Simon Gough. This means we can start to offer some of the ODI branded courses here in the south west, as well as putting together our own training courses to suit local needs. Earlier this month we ran the first Open Data in a Day for Local Government at ODI HQ, and we’re planning to add that to the local training sessions as soon as possible.

Keep an eye on our training page to see what’s coming up and do get in touch if you’d like to talk about open data training for you or your organisation. Our first local course will be a half-day Introduction to Open Data on the 27th November, in Exeter – tickets are available now on Eventbrite.

Martin Howitt went to Open Data Camp 2 in Manchester this month as well, and brought back a bunch of ideas for us to sort through and organise.  Plans are afoot already for the next one, we hear, sometime in February 2016. We don’t know the venue yet but the organising committee are open to suggestions.

What are we doing now?

Top of the task list is organising the next round of Open Data Forum events – the next one is on Wednesday 11th November at the Generator Hub in Exeter. Join our Meetup group for details and you’ll be able to see all the upcoming dates and get the latest news. We’re always on the lookout for speakers for these, so if you’ve got a topic you want to talk about for five or ten minutes and it’s related to data or transparency in some way, we’d love to hear from you.
Next week we’ll be joining representatives from ODI Nodes across the globe at the Node strategy gathering in London; an opportunity to meet face to face and share good ideas and success stories, and to introduce the new Nodes who are just setting up and welcome them to the team.
Following on from that we’ll be presenting a session on ‘Cooking with Open Data’ at the Arup Pre-Summit Training Discovery Day on November 2nd, looking at how open data can support food production, then we’re looking forward to attending the ODI Summit on the 3rd. Speakers this year include Sir Tim Berners-LeeMartha Lane FoxNeelie Kroes and Sir Nigel Shadbolt .

What’s next?

We’ve had several exciting opportunities to get involved in this year, so we’re busy following up all of those to see how we can contribute. In the New Year we will be kicking off a project using citizen science – environment detectors and sensors linking up to create a picture of where we live. We also want to start doing something with Minecraft – if we’re using data, it totally counts as work, right? – and finally we’ll be developing some networking sessions for people who want to investigate open data to create news.
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