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Data For Communities - Manchester

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Manchester Central Library

Saint Peter's Square

Manchester

M2 5PD

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There is a wealth of data that is created for and about the communities in which we live. Although much of this data is available publically as open data it is often hard to locate with the tools and understanding needed to interpret it unduly difficult.

How can we find this data and use it for community benefit?

Consisting of a mixture of presentation and practical exercises, this workshop will try to demystify the world of data, highlight what data is and isn’t available, what it can be used for and some easy tools that can help.

Whether you are a councillor, community worker, activist or interested in how data can be used for good, this is for you. No previous experience is neccessary.

By the end of the workshop, you will:

  • Understand the basics of what data is

  • Be aware of what data can and cannot do

  • Have some hands-on experience of accessing online data portals and tools.

You don’t need a laptop or tablet to participate, but we recommend bringing it along if you have one. This workshop doesn't use Excel, and there's no need to download or install any software - everything we'll be looking at is freely available on the internet.

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Refreshments

The library has a cafe on the ground floor, but you might want to grab something to eat beforehand. There are plenty of cafes and supermarkets in the local area.

Getting here

Central Library can be easily accessed by tram or bus. The nearest tram stop is St. Peter's Square.

The workshop will be taking place in the Seminar Studio, on the second floor. Head up via the main staircase or lift, and turn left past the Business and IP centre. Someone will be on hand to point you the way should you need.

Accessibility

Manchester Central Library is fully accessible by wheelchair. More information can be found on their website. For any other specific needs, please send us an email to the address below.

Parking

There are a number of carparks in the immediate area, such as the Great Northern NCP which is only a few minutes walk away.

Code of conduct

Everybody is welcome at Open Data Manchester events. Please take a minute to read our code of conduct.

Any other questions?

Drop me an email on sam[at]opendatamanchester[.]org[.]uk

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Manchester

M2 5PD

United Kingdom

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