Guest post: Reaping the benefits of local open data

By Sarah Roberts

Today – on Tuesday 21 April 2015 – Swirrl are hosting Local Open Data: Reaping the Benefits – a one day event held in Manchester for anyone working with, or interested in, open data at a local level.

Sponsored by the ODI, and supported by iNetwork, the event aims to raise awareness of the practical advantages and benefits of opening up and linking data.

Going beyond transparency as an end in itself, participants will learn what new and diverse things freeing up data enable you to do. The range of exciting speakers who’ll be sharing their ideas and experiences include:

Jamie Whyte - Trafford's Open Data Journey

Mark Braggins - Hampshire Hub and Open Data Camp

Lucille Brown - Open Data, Smart Cities and the Scottish Cities Alliance

Bob Bailey - The Value of Identifiers

Ian Watt - Aberdeen's Code for Europe

Lucy Knight - Open Data use cases

Tom Smith - Local Open Data for Better Public Services

The event is particularly relevant for local government, but all involved in publishing or exploiting open data are welcome.

You can get a ticket here and, instead of a fee, Swirrl are asking attendees for a voluntary donation towards Manchester Coder Dojo, a local volunteer run group teaching and inspiring the next generation of technologists. And if you miss out on the day itself, Swirrl will be videoing the talks and writing a summary blog on the their website www.swirrl.com.