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Open data

Last November, Devon County Council sponsored a Hackathon at Plymouth University to see what developers could come up with using their data. The brief was simply to create an app, using data sets provided by the council or from elsewhere, that would support the more vulnerable members of society to access services. The event was a lot of fun and the teams produced 5 outstanding ideas in the 24 hours. We hope to set up more like this in the future, and we’d love to hear from you if you have an idea about where, when and what theme we could use.

We are also setting up an event to bring people together to talk about open data. We’d like to find out to know what people think, especially developers – what’s the potential use of open data? Can we improve the quality and range of what we make available? What’s missing from the list? What might you build if you could find the resources? If you’re interested in more transparent and open government, or you want to find out what data sets are available to you, you want to write an app that calls for government data or you just want to fire ideas at people who are thinking about the same issues you are, you should come along.

We think this will interest …

  • Small businesses who need market intelligence
  • Charities and non-profit organisations who want to add social value
  • Public employees who work with data or performance management
  • Entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs with ideas
  • Developers and coders who want to write apps using our data
  • Data nerds of all types, backgrounds and sectors

Even if you don’t quite fit any of these categories, if you think this sounds interesting you’ll be very welcome.

The first Open Data Forum will be held on Thursday 27th February from 6pm to 8:30pm; the venue is the Coaver Club at County Hall on Topsham Road, Exeter. There’s an Eventbrite page here where you can sign up.

We hope this will just be the start, and there will be more regular meet ups in the future. To find out more, email Lucy at lucy.knight@devon.gov.uk


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