OCTOBER MEETING NOTES
NOTES OF WEST MIDLANDS OPEN DATA FORUM STEERING GROUP,
14TH OCTOBER 2014
|Attended by:||Susannah Goh||(Birmingham Science City) ‑ Chair|
|Andrew McKenzie||(Open Mercia)|
|Simon Whitehouse||(Data Unlocked)|
|Chris Price||(digiconsultancy) ‑ Secretary|
|Hugo Russell||(Innovation Birmingham)|
|Apologies:||Pauline Roche/Ted Ryan||(RnR Organisation)|
|Teresa Jolley||(Data Journalist)|
|Heike Schuster‑James||(Digital Birmingham)|
|PB agreed to establish a Yammer group for WMODF. CP will provide email addresses to PB and members will be encouraged to agree to join the group.|
|SG offered to contact steering group members (and others) to pick up activities/events.|
|Projects: There was a broad discussion about projects that members were aware of, including:|
|There was a briefing by SW on the Share‑PSI project led by Digital Birmingham. Share‑PSI is the European network for the exchange of experience and ideas around implementing open data policies in the public sector (www.w3.org/2013/share-psi). Its approach is based on the European Directive on Public Sector Information and it is funding a series of workshops examining different aspects of PSI. The output of the workshops will be an input to the W3C Data on the Web Best Practices Working Group.SW attended a workshop on behalf of Digital Birmingham and WMODF in Samos on Open Data and Efficiency within Government where 35 different partners presented their projects from across Europe. He has written a blog post about the Samos workshop for Digital Birmingham and it is on the Smart Birmingham blog|
As a result of attending the Samos Summit, SW was asked to represent the Share PSI project at the Legal Aspects in Public Sector Information (LAPSI) project meeting in Milan last week, where he delivered a presentation on the Exploitation of Cultural Data.
The next Share-PSI workshop will take place in December in Lisbon, where there will be parallel strands with the LAPSI project (http://www.lapsi-project.eu), as well as LIDER (http://www.lider-project.eu), whose “mission is to provide the basis for the creation of a Linguistic Linked Data cloud that can support content analytics tasks of unstructured multilingual cross-media content.”
There is another post about the Lisbon workshop on the Smart Birmingham website
and there are more details on the Share PSI site
There is also a meeting in March in Timisoara, Romania. SW has been representing WMODF (only travel and accommodation refunded) for Digital Birmingham, who are project partners. SW encouraged other WMODF members to consider putting themselves forward to attend future workshops. Anybody interested should speak to HSJ. SW said he would be happy to talk to any one interested about his experiences to date.Events: A string of relevant events were scheduled over the next 2 months. SG circulated a summary list which is repeated below:Science Capital, 15th Octoberhttp://www.sciencecapital.co.uk/2014-low-carbon/ Look out for future events.Transport and Mobility Networking Evening, 16th October. The Studio – 7 Cannon St, Birmingham, B2 5EP from 6:30pm. Contact Hannah Symmonds at: HannahS@innovationbham.com/ Tel: 0121 2503515/ Mob: 07525 803123Cross-Innovation Conference, 16th and 17th Octoberhttp://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cross-innovation-final-conference-and-blender-workshop-tickets-7084757701Innovating for Change Health Conference, 17th Octoberhttp://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/digital-care-surgery-innovating-for-change-tickets-13025807541?aff=es2&rank=1Transport Hack- Centro and Oxygen Accelerator, 17th-19th Octoberhttp://transporttech.oxygenstartups.com/Geovation Masterclass – Open Data and Housing, 28th Octoberhttps://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/geovation-housing-challenge-open-data-masterclass-birmingham-tickets-13069769031
Look out for future events on various themes.Innovate UK 2014 Conference (London), 5th and 6th Novemberhttps://connect.innovateuk.org/web/innovateBirmingham Made Me SmART Mart Expo, 19th Novemberhttp://birmingham-made-me.org/events/
Birmingham Made Me is a suite of events and activities and SmART Mart (http://birmingham-made-me.org/events/event/birmingham-made-me-design-expo-2014/ ) and the Data Divers Data Dating (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/data-divers-data-dating-an-open-mercia-event-registration-13540310433 ) events are part of a larger whole.West Midlands Academic Health Science Network Health and Wealth Summit, 21st and 22nd OctoberOct 21st http://wmahsn.org/event/health-and-wealth-economic-summit-day1/
Oct 22nd http://wmahsn.org/event/wmahsn-health-wealth-economic-summit-day2/New JourneySee above in the bullet points.The Innovation Lab for the creative companies, 4th Novemberhttp://bit.ly/InnovLab4Nov
The lab will be an opportunity for your business to understand the challenges Birmingham City Council and the NHS Trusts face as they grapple with how best to deliver low carbon and sustainable solutions. The lab will help digital businesses identify ways they can be a part of rolling out low carbon solutions in new services and emerging low carbon markets.How to Innovate: Increase your Capabilities and Capacity to Innovate, 11 + 25 November (half‑days)http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/innovation-workshop-innovation-capabilities-capacity-improvement-2-parts-11-25-nov-registration-13576659153
A two part workshop that takes you through the 7 key stages to determine what your capabilities are, and prepare your business to address opportunities via challenges from large organisations. The workshop series is led by Professor Simon Bolton and helps delegates understand how to use innovation to adapt their existing business and current products and services to address challenges, potentially opening up a huge new market to them for the first time.
- Other Updates
- Open Data Birmingham portal expected to be available from February next year.
- Funding has been confirmed for data surgeries in the community and these are starting,now. These are organised by Podnosh.
- Centro have uploaded open data – the issue was enabling and encouraging usage (cf Hackday).
- There is money from the Catapults to fund development of open data-based projects relating to key Innovate UK areas.
- There was no AOB. Next meeting: 16:30, 10th December, Innovation Birmingham.
Actions:Book meetings for 2015, 3rd Wednesday, 16:30‑17:45 at Faraday WharfHROngoingTech Wednesday to be informed of our prior meetingSGEnd NovInform steering group members re future meetings and Yammer group membershipCPASAPSend list of email addressess to Paul Beckley to establish Yammer groupCP/PB25 OctBSC project pipeline to Chris PerrySGEnd OctSummary list of events to be circulatedSGASAPBlog post on an open data activity to be prepared, at least monthly, for the websiteSG/CPEnd OctFirst blog to focus on the Share‑PSI projectSWEnd OctContact members and others to network eventsSG10 Dec