11:30 AM-11:35 AM: Opening remarks Hanif Rahemtulla

Welcome remarks

11:35 AM-11:50 AM: Producing & consuming open data Peter Mooney

Dr. Peter Mooney

The advent of Open Data will fundamentally change the nature by which citizens interact with government services. Under various directives and initiatives at national and international level (such as INSPIRE, PSI Directive, etc) many government-generated and collected datasets are being made publicly available under open access licenses. This talk draws heavily upon our practical experience of working with Open Data and university-based research on Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI). We discuss lessons learned from providing open access to data/information generated through funded Environmental Research in Ireland. From a data-provider viewpoint we discuss paradoxical conflicts arising from this work such as those unwillingly to openly share their own data/information resources whilst at the same time bemoaning the lack of access to other sources of data and information. From the public/consumer viewpoint we discuss the actual public usage of these data resources. Are the public actually using these open data? Analysis of our web access databases seem to indicate no. The majority of this data is accessed by SME, university research, and private sector users.
Dr. Peter Mooney, Geotechnologies Research Group, Department of Computer Science, NUI Maynooth (NUIM), Co. Kildare. Ireland

Peter Mooney received his Ph.D. Computer Science in 2004. Since then he has worked as a research fellow with the Irish Environmental Protection Agency specialising in spatial data management, open access to environmental data and information, and geo-informatics. At the Department of Computer Science NUI Maynooth he carries out research on location-based services (LBS) and volunteered geographic information (VGI).

11:50 AM-12:05 PM: Mapping UK population over time David Martin

Prof. David Martin

The geographical analysis of population change has always been made difficult by changes in geographical boundaries and the availability of comparable data. Traditional maps produced using census boundaries and statistics capture snapshots of the population distribution which are frozen in time and space. The nature of census enumeration and standard intercensal estimates means that populations are georeferenced to residential locations, thereby reflecting only the night-time distribution of population and disregarding complex daily, weekly and seasonal patterns of movement. Intercensal comparison has been further obstructed by the tendency to continuously redesign census reporting areas, making small area data incompatible between successive enumerations, particularly in the UK. The availability of data from closed database systems and the relatively restrictive licensing of area boundaries have further obstructed the researcher interested in mapping population change. This paper explores the ways in which most of these restrictions are rapidly being removed by open data developments affecting census and non-census data publication, in combination with new techniques for modelling population distributions at specific times.
Prof. David Martin, School of Geography, University of Southampton, Southampton

David Martin is a Professor of Geography at the University of Southampton, Director of the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Census Programme and a co-director of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods. He has worked for the past 25 years on the development of geographical information systems for socioeconomic data with particular interests in census analysis and the accessibility of health services.

12:05 PM-12:20 PM: Curating geographic & other data Zach Beuvais

Zach Beauvais

A lot of work has gone into the story of "Open Data," and a common theme is in Publishing. One often hears about turning organisations into data publishers, or reads calls to "publish your data" now. These are great strides, and anyone who buys into the concept that a move towards openness is a good thing will be rightly glad about that. But, it remains to be seen whether the notion of publishing is enough, or whether it is complete. Is it enough to publish information online, or should the information be made available with forethought and a plan for its provision? Zach will talk about the idea of data curation as part of the story of opening up data. Linked Data — as a way to publish raw data as part of the web — will play a part in this discussion, as will data modelling, provisioning, and APIs.
Zach Beauvais, Talis

Zach Beauvais is Talis' Community Manager for their new Kasabi data project (http://www.kasabi.com). Zach's background is in joining the technical with the non-technical: from writing in tech blogs and magazines to engaging new communities. He's worked in the Semantic Web world for the past 3 years at Talis, and as editor of Nodalities Magazine. Currently, he is working to bring data providers and developers together around data-rich applications.

12:20 PM-01:00 PM: Discussion led by Bob Anderson

Bob Anderson, Horizon Digital Economy Research

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01:00 PM-01:45 PM: Lunch

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01:45 PM-02:00 PM: Open Data for Sustainable Development Catherine Mulligan

Dr. Catherine Mulligan

The promise of open data has been proven in many different scenarios from identifying fraud in charitable donations to optimising paths for fire brigades to arrive at a location as soon as possible. The potential of open data is therefore immense — but what about its ability to tackle some of the toughest problems the world currently faces? This presentation looks at the role of open data in creating flexible regulation for pollution management and increasing the income of some of the world's lowest income earners.
Dr. Catherine Mulligan, Horizon Digital Economy Research, University of Nottingham

Catherine Mulligan is the Transitional Research Fellow in Innovation Studies at Horizon Digital Economy Research. Prior to her current post, Catherine worked for 15 years in the IT and telecommunications industries, including 10 years in various technology and business positions at Ericsson Sweden. Catherine is the co-author of several books, including “SAE and the Evolved Packet Core: Driving the Mobile Broadband Revolution” (Elsevier, 2009), "The IMS Developers Handbook" (Elsevier, 2011) and the sole author of “The Communications Industries in the Era of Convergence” (Routledge, 2011), which investigates the economic and technical factors driving the communication industries. She holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, and an MPhil in Engineering, also from the University of Cambridge. She received first class honours for her BSc. (Business Information Technology) from the University of New South Wales, Australia.

02:00 PM-02:15 PM: Open rights campaign Javier Ruiz Diaz

Javier Ruiz Diaz

The UK government is widely perceived as being at the forefront of the global Open Data initiative. However, the current climate of cuts may be transforming this situation. Recent developments in the USA budget for transparency — that threaten to shut down services such as data.gov — point in this direction. Open Rights Group will look at the current policy environment for Open Data in UK, particularly in relation to the Public Data Corporation, which has made apparent some of these tensions. One possible way out for open data advocates may be to shift the debate above economic benefits and towards democratic and civil values.
Javier Ruiz Diaz, Open Rights Group

Javier Ruiz is a digital activist and social entrepreneur of all things open. Trained in Anthropology and Technology Management, he spent ten years promoting open source tools for social movements from Belgrade to Brazil. He was one of the initiators of pioneering open publishing — aka citizen journalism — network Indymedia. His current interests are open hardware for renewable energy and open data. He is the co-ordinator of the Open Genealogy Alliance, which tries to improve access to family history records. Appropriately, he is based at the Open Rights Group in London.

02:15 PM-02:30 PM: Our rights over our information Derek McAuley

Prof. Derek McAuley

We hear a lot of discussion about ‘open data’ from government, about making information that is collected by them available to citizens and (we hope) open up new creative and innovative applications that make use of this data. Researchers within Horizon are interested in taking this a step further and starting to look at what happens when the individual citizen gets access to a lot of the data that is held about them by government and by commercial organisations, and what value that can bring to an individual. This research is very much about directing our technology programmes based on appropriate usage of the technology. Certain information, for instance, could inform personalised mobile healthcare apps. These will be the ones that will be successful economically. These are the things that will build the businesses of the future.
Prof. Derek McAuley, Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute, University of Nottingham

Derek McAuley is Professor of Digital Economy in the School of Computer Science and Director of Horizon, a Digital Economy Research Institute, at the University of Nottingham, and Affiliated Lecturer at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory.

02:30 PM-03:10 PM: Discussion led by Estelle Derclaye

Prof. Estelle Derclaye, University of Nottingham

Prior to joining the University of Nottingham's School of Law in 2006, Estelle Derclaye practiced intellectual property in an international law firm in Brussels and prior to that, was a lecturer at the Universities of Leicester and London (Queen Mary). She also spent time as a scholar at the Max-Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law (Munich) in 2002 and 2004. Her main interests are in intellectual property law, in particular copyright and designs law. From 2008 to 2010, she was a member of the Copyright Expert Panel of the Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property Policy, which advised the UK Intellectual Property Office.

03:10 PM-03:25 PM: Coffee break

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03:25 PM-03:40 PM: Open innovation and geographic information to tackle challenges Chris Parker/Ian Holt

Chris Parker and Ian Holt

Tackling global challenges such as: climate change, peak oil, food security and ageing populations for example, requires a different approach to solving problems. It requires governments, businesses, communities and ourselves, as individuals, to collaborate, innovatively, together. Open innovation; where risks, resources, rewards and opportunities are shared offers a different means to crack the nut. Ordnance Survey has redesigned it pricing and licensing framework, released OS OpenData, enhanced its innovation platform OS OpenSpace and developed the GeoVation Challenge network as open innovation tools that help address communities’ needs, where geography plays a part in the solving the problem, collaboratively. This paper describes promoting and working with open geographic information with examples of how it is being used.
Dr. Chris Parker (GeoVation and Community Propositions), Ordnance Survey, Southampton

Chris is responsible for Ordnance Survey’s GeoVation initiative which runs challenges to address specific needs within communities, which may be satisfied in part through the use of geography.
Ian Holt (Web Services), Ordnance Survey, Southampton

Ian Holt is a thought leader and geo-technologist at the Ordnance Survey with over 15 years of experience in the geospatial industry. More recently he has been the manager of the “Skunkworks” innovation laboratory, which pioneered early service-based data delivery.

03:40 PM-03:55 PM: Taking care of open data in the community Steven Flower

Steven Flower

Collecting and opening data from one government source is a challenge. Imagine multiplying that by 151, and then adding the voluntary and community sector! Plings is a project aimed at gathering, managing and sharing information on "places to go, things to do" for teenagers in England. This has been undertaken through an open data focus, resulting in interesting outcomes, challenges and developments.
Steven Flower, Substance

Steven works at Substance, a social research cooperative. Steven has a long background in using technology within community settings. For the past three years, Steven has worked on the Plings project, but also organises regular meetups and events around themes relating to non-profit technology.

03:55 PM-04:25 PM: Discussion led by David Martin

04:25 PM - 04:30 PM: Closing remarks and thanks Hanif Rahemtulla

Thanks everyone