September is over and we are also finished with our first round of open data training courses for Irish public sector bodies. The October dates are here!
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Open data is changing the world, but it's not just about open data anymore. Data sharing with various permission levels allows for greater problem solving.
UrbanTide has been appointed as the single supplier of open data training services for the Irish public sector. Read on and find out more about this unique and exciting project and how Ireland plans to foster an even stronger open data ecosystem.
The goal of open data training targeting the public sector is to equip front-line public sector warriors with the necessary skills and knowledge to tackle current and future challenges, where appropriate, with a data forward approach. The vision is to enable public sector organisations to take advantage and to fully utilise and unlock the value of their data, both open and closed.
The notion of releasing data into the wild, to be shared, modified and freely used without any consequences or obligations is a scary one.
Open data licences can support data publishers in overcoming the initial fear of opening up data - by making sure that the original database, material and work that is published under the various open data licences is released to the public in a licenced, regulated manner.
The new year brought with it a new exciting challenge from Product Forge: the Future Health Hackathon. For 3 days, 145 entrepreneurially minded data scientists and analysts, clinicians, designers, software engineers and mentors worked side-by-side developing new product ideas for patients, front-line staff and the wider NHS.
The simple answer is yes, but, we know it is not as simple as that. There is growing evidence emerging of the inefficiencies of a closed data culture in central and local government. With this blog post we are making the case for how open data can answer some of the challenges caused by FOI Acts in central and local government bodies, and how potentially going above and beyond publishing statutory information about their activities can result in short, medium and long-term benefits. Enjoy!
Last week the European Data Portal published a report on the state of Open Data Maturity across 28 countries. We deep dived into this fascinating 71-page document to unearth the key information and give you a snapshot of what’s going on in Europe, the UK and Scotland.
We have had a fantastic year touring Scotland and delivering open data training pilot workshops on behalf of the Scottish Government to a total of 317 public sector delegates from 72 public bodies. Here we review what delegates said about our training and how that feedback shaped our new training programme.
Announcing our new open data training programme. We've designed a unique set of workshops based on past training delegate feedback- check it out!
Our Chief Operational Officer (COO) Steven Revill has been delivering the Scottish Government’s Open Data Training Pilot for 9 months now and one of the most common discussions cropping up during the sessions is metadata. Here Steven reflects on the discussions he’s had with training delegates about metadata.