by John Mothersole
The AQ+ project looked beyond air pollution levels to examine the data behind causes and consequences of good and bad air quality, using this to bring citizens, local authority officers, researchers and artists together to address one of the city's biggest public concerns. As part of the LGA Breakthrough Fund portfolio, it has successfully experimented with new approaches to publishing and engaging with open data to bridge some of the technical and human challenges we might come across when trying to make a difference with data.
by Jon Poole
A look at how Bath:Hacked and BANES Council work together and some of the outputs that have been produced.
by Ellen Broad
What do further cuts and devolved powers really mean for open data policy and practice in local government?
Where can local authorities realise the benefit and impact of open data initiatives and services?
A strategic overview of digital public spaces online and the use of open data to create dialogue and engagement.
by Tim Adams
Local authorities face tough choices about how they allocate resources. One option that isn't available is to wait for the excitement of open data to pass and then carry on as things were (albeit with less money and greater expectations). The stick for embracing open data is transparency legislation, but the benefits are far greater. Local authorities that have embraced open data are beginning to reap the benefits - operationally, democratically and economically.
A roundup of what the workshop and roundtable discussion options are.
by Jamie Whyte
Trafford Council's Innovation and Intelligence Lab has been set up to use data to tackle four civic priorities - mental health, aging population, unhealthy weight and worklessness. It is recognised by the Cabinet Office as an Open Data Champion for its transparent, multi-disciplined and networked approach to citizen-centred, authority-aware service innovation.
Sheffield is running a Smart Lab competition this summer to address two challenges in the city: ways to energise the city centre and ways to support independent living. The competition draws on an incubation and pilot model tested in Madrid, and the experience of Amey / Ferrovial Services in using open data to tackle urban issues. Open data on its own certainly won't solve all the problems, but what we can we expect of it to support sustainable civic innovation?
The Sheffield Executive Board's recent Smart Cities investigation has identified the key role that open data plays in understanding and tackling service delivery challenges.
by Ed Parkes
The first national Open Data Challenge Series has just ended. Run by Nesta, the UK innovation agency, and the groundbreaking Open Data Institute, the competition programme tackled 7 themes, generating 140 projects and unearthing 300 open datasets. What are the lessons for using open data to sustainably address social and civic challenges? What are the ingredients to stimulate successful innovation for government and the people to share in?
by Paul Connell
A Smart City is well connected. It uses its networks and supports ways for public-private partnerships to flourish. The Open Data Institute node in Leeds brings together stakeholders from across the region - councils, business and citizen networks - to tackle service and economic transformation that is underpinned by open data.
by Rose Mortada
An interactive session using the data catalogue and creating visualisations.
Showcasing a new service created especially for Making A Difference with Data in Sheffield, to illustrate how open data can satisfy a specific users needs and create engagement.
We'll explore how local service providers could capitalise upon that on that engagement to present contextual services in the right place at the right time.
We'll also explore how the concept can be expanded into new areas, new users, and new incorporate new data sets.
by Jag Goraya
Looking at the journey of open data within Sheffield City Council. An interactive session looking at open data and how open data can support initiatives within the council.
by Jag Goraya
Practical considerations for making open data and open data culture part of normal operations.
Making open data engagement work for local government.
And a glimpse into the bigger picture - what others are doing that makes it easier.
How open data can help with citizen engagement and consultation.
by Aline Hayes
10th July 2015