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Sessions at OpenTech 2011 about Open Data in Main Room

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Saturday 21st May 2011

  • 5A - interesting questions

    by Chris Taggart, Tim Ireland, Dave Cross, Denny, Police State UK and Helen Lambert

    Watching the Press

    Dave Cross

    The growth of blogging and social networking has given readers a way to challenge some of the disinformation that is published by the press every day. We'll look at some of the projects which are shining lights where newspapers would rather they weren't shone and highlight some examples of press inaccuracies. Some of them will make you laugh. Some of them will make you angry.

    SEO Kung Fu Spotlight

    Tim Ireland

    Previously, to shine a light in dark corners, you needed to cooperation of a publisher or broadcaster or someone working for them. Now you can do it onyour own, but it is foolish to expect that you can reach the same number(s) of people as these outdated behemoths, or even that you need to. Besides, they lie about their numbers, just as those who copy them do. Keeping an MP honest, for example, starts with an audience of one. This will be an entertaining talk on political impacts. The Commercial version is one you can pay Tim for: http://www.bloggerheads.com/seo-...

    OpenCorporates :: Building an open global database the distributed way

    Chris Taggart

    OpenCorporates has one simple (but big) goal, to have a URL for every company in the world, to allow campaigners, journalists and governments match their existing messy data with the actual real-world corporate entities, and connect the data together. But we could never do this alone, and fortunately with the help of some cool tools, a few small bounties, and a fantastic community, we're not having to, and already we've got over 8 million companies in over a dozen jurisdictions. Here's how we did it.
    http://www.opencorporates.com/

    At 4:00pm to 5:00pm, Saturday 21st May

    In Main Room, University of London Union

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