Discovering Library Data

Over the past few months ODI Devon has supported Libraries Unlimited to develop the open data component of its three year research programme into the impact of libraries. This programme is now under way and sees Exeter University, RiO and a range of other partners working together with Libraries Unlimited to explore the vital role […]

Signpost to Minecraft Discovery Day

Discovering open data with Minecraft

If you’d told me I’d spend six hours at a weekend event dedicated to Minecraft … actually that would sound totally feasible, that’s pretty much exactly the sort of thing I’m likely to be found doing given half a chance. But this one was special because ODI Devon organised it in collaboration with 2.times do, […]

Bar chart in Minecraft Pi

Playing with data

Over the weekend we were at the Plymouth City Council’s brilliant Data Play event, run by the planning team who are responsible for most of the published open data from the council. At the end of the second day, Saturday, I sat down to write a blog post about what we’d done … it turned […]

Rewiring Local Democracy

Here at ODI Devon there are some things we like a lot. We like data, obviously; we like openness; and we like useful things. So finding out what useful things we can do with open data to support democracy is probably just about our favourite thing ever. This is why we’ll be supporting NotWestminster on the 12th […]

ODI Futures and Open DEFRA

Last week we were honoured to have been invited to speak at the “ODI Futures: Open data and agriculture in business” event at DEFRA, on the topic of open data in agriculture and nutrition, and our 5-minute “flash talk” which rounded off the event, was delivered by Martin Howitt. Here, Martin reflects on the event […]

Devon Open Data Forum comes to Plymouth

Hot on the heels of our successful Beyond the Smart City conference launch at the Met Office last month we are bringing another event to a different part of Devon. We’ve been running the open data forum for quite a while now, but it has always been based in Exeter and we feel it’s time […]

Social enterprise beyond the smart city

It can be challenging to start or grow a social enterprise when you are cut off from some of the more obvious sorts of sources of funding, news, and community that you might get from growing an organisation in a densely populated area. Cities enjoy a number of advantages simply because there is easy access […]

ODI Devon takes the Open Data Challenge

This coming weekend we’re looking forward to joining teams from across Europe for two days of design and development in pursuit of an Open Data Challenge Prize. All three members of ODI Devon will be assembling in Manchester to refine our Rural Skills Matching app, which builds on existing open data sets to map the […]

Beyond The Smart City 2015 Conference 25-27 June

Beyond the Smart City

Exeter, 25-27 June 2015 What is a Smart City? Judging by the diversity of Smart City initiatives there’s no definitive answer; data, sensors, systems all play a role. But how do we look beyond this technological perspective of Smart Cities to a more holistic, sustainable and human ambition? And how can we use the energy […]