Open Data Sheffield is a community of local authority staff, third sector workers, citizens, geeks, academics, journalists and public data providers collaborating to increase public sector transparency in the region and make it easier for citizens to understand the decisions and services that affect them. Anyone is welcome who has an interest in unlocking the mysteries of public data, presenting meaningful ways to reveal the underlying stories behind policy making and public sector performance or wants to help local bodies engage with the community to create and publish coherent and useful open data.
This month Doors open at 6pm for registration, drinks, pre-meeting chat and maybe a round of the updated Open Data Mashup game. We'll kick off from about 6.30pm.
This month we'll be finishing off be the Semantic Web Overview that Ian Ibbotson started in February.
We'll roll into a conversation about Data Laundering, and look at the best options for a stopgap data cleaning (or clearing) repository. This could be key where data is released from different public bodies to the local open data community, before it gets to more permanent stores, such as data.gov.uk.
Chris Stewart from Sheffield City Council's will give a further update on the Council progress with open data. We'll also have some news and planning about the forthcoming Transport Hack Day and Open Data Summit.
There's also space for Open Floor for you to show'n'tell your open data projects (let us know if you have something to share), and ask your questions about Open Data. We'll use these to build up an FAQ.
We'll wrap up by 8.30pm and head Onwards to a nearby pub for a sociable drink to explore ideas with other collaborators.
Future meetings We're interested to hear about the topics that you may want to learn more about and discuss in future gatherings, as well as receiving offers from potential speakers or workshop facilitators for future sessions, whether that's about datasets, tools, techniques and technologies, or sharing use cases and case studies to help make sense of it all. Get in touch if you want to contribute.
You can also keep up-to-date and follow the developments by joining in the online group. There is a Twitter channel - @opensheffield - that you may want to follow. We'll also be posting updates and publishing information about publicly released data on the website.
Open Data Sheffield is an initiative of the GIST Foundation, a non-profit organisation that champions grassroots technology and social innovation in South Yorkshire. The GIST Lab is a community collaboration space operated by The GIST Foundation in partnership with the Showroom Workstation. Find directions here.
The GIST Foundation is a not-for-profit voluntary organisation dedicated to promoting grassroots and social innovation through technology and community.
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