What is this thing called 'open data'?

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The Federation.

Federation House


M4 4BF

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We live in a world awash with data, much of it created for and about the communities in which we live, work and play. It’s a huge public resource that can enable greater understanding and more informed participation, create an environment for better public services and allow the development of new knowledge and innovation.

Open data has evolved and grown over the last ten years, with thousands of projects and services built upon it, and billions of users accessing it.

But what, exactly, is this thing called ‘open data’?

Join us on 25th June and we’ll explore just what open data is, why it’s important and how it can be used for good. We’ll explore:

  • What open data is.

  • What data can and can’t do.

  • How open data is of benefit and some examples of how it is used.

  • The history of open data, and what its future holds.

  • What you would like to see Open Data Manchester do about it.

Whether you’ve never heard of open data before, or you’re an open data wizard, we’d love to see you there.

Speakers include:

  • Hera Hussain from Open Contracting Partnership, who will tell us about how open data has saved countries billions all around the world.

  • Mor Rubinstein from 360 Giving, who will talk about ‘The State of Open Data - Histories and Horizon’, a new book that explores the history of open data.



6.00 Doors, refreshments, etc.

6.30 Event starts.

8.30 Close.

Code of conduct

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


We will provide both alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments, but we recommend you might want to grab something to eat beforehand. There is a co-op supermarket just round the corner, or a number of small, local cafes and restaurants nearby.

Getting here

Federation is located in the centre of Manchester, on the corner of Balloon Street and Federation Street. It’s about a minute walk from Shudehill tram and bus station, and few minutes from Victoria tram and train station. Putting the address into your phone or satnav should get you here with no problems.


Federation has no parking itself, but there are a number of carparks in the immediate area, such as the Manchester Arndale or Printworks NCP.


There is one step from the pavement to the entrance to the building. The door staff will be able to bring out a ramp for you if required. The rest of the building is an accessible venue with a lift to all floors.

Any other questions?

Send me an email at sam[at]opendatamanchester[.]org[.]uk

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About Open Data Manchester

Open Data Manchester aims to promote a fairer and more equitable society through the development of intelligent and responsible data practice in Greater Manchester, nationally and internationally.

We run a variety of events, workshops and bespoke training aimed to educate and upskill people in open data literacy, whether local government, community workers, charities or anyone else interested in using data for good.

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