"Open Data: A UK Success Story?"
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 from 18:00 to 22:00 (BST)
“Open Data: A UK Success Story?”
Nation states, regional authorities and cities are all setting up “Open Data” programmes.
But is it truly Open Data? Or is it all a sham? Is 'Open Data' really a success? Or is it simply a way of appeasing the many who want and believe that data should be accessible by flooding the world with meaningless and not useful data drivel that hides the real thing.
The reasons given are numerous and compelling: transparency and accountability; the drive to improve public services; and the creation of social and economic value – all of which are seen as reasons to publish public sector information, information that was once closely guarded. Is it still?
The UK is a pioneer in this work having put many thousands of datasets online. These range from maps to spending data, crime to education data. New engineering and technological approaches have emerged to Open Data and this linked data capability is a next stage in the development of the Web.
This talk will review the history of Open Data in the UK, the various lessons learnt and how they provide insight for other Open Data programmes.
It will describe the mission of the recently launched Open Data Institute that aims to improve the quality of Open Data, train a new generation of Open Data technologists and entrepreneurs, encourage companies to look for value in Open Data and incubate new businesses that exploit it.
But is making data open having the desired effects? Are Government and public services more transparent, are they improving as a result and does Open Data create social and economic value?
Find out answers to these questions – and a lot more – at the Real Time Club dinner on May 21st where Professor Nigel Shadbolt, web science expert and Open Data guru will tell all.
Professor Nigel Shadbolt, FREng
Nigel Shadbolt is Head of the Web and Internet Science Group at the University of Southampton and the Research Director of the Web Science Doctoral Training Centre.
He has made significant contributions in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Computational Neuroscience, Artificial Intelligence, the Semantic Web and the emerging field of Web Science.
He has recently been awarded £6M funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to lead a 5-year project on “The Theory and Practice of Social Machines”.
He is a past-President and Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He is also the Chairman and Co-Founder of the Open Data Institute.
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