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 […]

Happy New Data

As we approach the end of 2016 we’ve decided to ask all those working with data (or hoping to work with data) what happened during the year and how they could benefit from better use of data in 2017. If you want to share your thoughts we’ve put a short survey here, from which we’ll be […]

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 […]

Data Loop filled in with ideas

Rolling out the Data Loop

We took the Data Loop (a design-with-data tool) for a couple of outings last year, once at Blue Light Camp and once at a team meeting inside Devon County Council, and it continues to show its effectiveness. This time we took it to NotWestminster with the aim of running a workshop specifically around using the Data […]

Open data board game

Community projects in Exeter

Last week we got underway with another Open Data Forum in Exeter, and we were delighted to welcome Martin Parkes from Devon Communities Together to talk about an open data working group they’ve set up. Membership includes local government, academics, action groups, third sector and SMEs, meeting every few weeks to discuss possible joint projects, and […]

Playing with data at the Open Data Forum

Last week we had our first Devon Open Data Forum of the new year, hosted by ThinqTanq in Plymouth. While we’ll be setting up a programme of talks and demonstrations for 2016 this was a more relaxed evening – we wanted to get people together for a chat about what they’re working on, and maybe make […]

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 […]

Autumn news round up

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 […]