NOTES OF WEST MIDLANDS OPEN DATA FORUM STEERING GROUP MEETING
16.45-18.15, WEDNESDAY, 15th MARCH, 2017 AT INNOVATION BIRMINGHAM
ATTENDED BY: Pauline Roche – Chair (RnR Organisation)
Chris Price – Secretary (digiconsultancy)
Raj Mack (BCC, Digital Birmingham) (a.17.35)
Si Chun Lam (Coventry City Council)
Teresa Jolley (DEFT 153 Ltd)
Jason Davies (WM Fire Service)
Ted Ryan (RnR Organisation)
Heike Schuster‑James (BCU)
Darren Wright (Inside Outcomes)
Hugo Russell (Innovation Birmingham)
APOLOGIES: Stuart Lester (TfWM)
Glyn Simpson (WMCA)
Heather Clarke (Wolverhampton City Council)
Gordon Telling (WMITA)
Bethan Bishop (Aliciyo)
Andy Reeve (Impact Hub)
Susannah Goh (BCU)
- The NOTES of the last meeting of 18thJanuary 2017 were agreed. CP reported that he had written to Andy Fullard (BCC), copied to Cllr Zaffar, but no response to the proposal for ongoing links had yet been received. Contacts would be re‑established with Council officers and the new Cabinet Member for Transparency, Cllr Tristam Chatfield when the newly appointed CIO was in post. Other actions in the notes are included in the meeting agenda.
HR mentioned that there had been a briefing today to London Midland by SL, Andy Radford and TJ about data, including reference to the work of ODI Birmingham and WMODF.
PR reported on the success of the Open Data Day event held on 3rd March. It was well attended and there were lots of inputs. In discussion, the group mentioned the presentation on the use of data for the comparison of wards in Birmingham and the issues related to the use of open data in Health. PR was generating a record of the event using Storify and would put this on the WMODF website.
Action: PR to feature Storify of Open Data Day event on the website.
WMODF Website Review ‑ DW described the changes he had made to the design of the website:
- create own domain (wmodf.org.uk) with automated links from old site;
- new logo;
- two‑column home page;
- agendas/notes as tagged posts.
At the website review workshop on 10th March, attended by PR, TR, DW, CP, the contents had been reviewed and updated with some outstanding issues (see below).
In discussion it was recognised that the aim of the site was:
- to promote the release, use and benefits of open data;
- to cover the broad area of the West Midlands (but mainly the 7 local authorities in the county);
- to link people/organisations interested in open data;
- to identify data resources.
Future possibilities identified:
- use of tagging to identify location of resources;
- create topic‑based activities;
- widen the reference/resource material and challenge the current Birmingham/Local Authority predominance;
- encourage blogs.
Actions: All to review site and send contributions/improvements to DW (Darren@insideoutcomes.co.uk) / CP (firstname.lastname@example.org). In particular look to widen focus from Birmingham and Local Authority centric.
CP to write to Black Country members to request help.
CP to write to steering group members who were regular attendees to request contact details and interests for publication on the website.
JD to consider site linkage to the Regional Analysts meeting.
CP to circulate site stats prior to next meeting.
- METRO MAYOR CANDIDATES’ VIEWS ON OPEN DATA
Responses had been received from 4 of the 5 known candidates (Sion Simon was the exception) and these had been published as a blogpost on the website. The level of interest was welcomed and it was felt that we should continue publicity and the links to candidates.
Actions: CP to email all candidates re actions so far and to propose ongoing links to the successful candidate.
PR to include this in the Open Data Day event Storify and to explore further publicity through social media.
- SANDWELL CAB REFERRAL PATHWAYS TOOL
DW demonstrated the system he has developed for and with Sandwell CAB.
A range of risk factors had been identified covering issues such as Accommodation, Alcohol, Benefits, etc which could be quickly selected where appropriate as Issue or Assigned or Managed. The aim was to identify the suitable referral agencies for the client. The referral pathway system supported clients but also collected anonymised data which could be mapped onto postcodes.
DW had developed data dictionaries which were updated as needed and were derived from national frameworks as well as local experience. The system could be used by other agencies.
In discussion it was recognised that many agencies would be collecting similar data to evidence their outputs but unfortunately there was currently little data sharing. JD mentioned that the Fire Service might benefit from a similar referral system which could be used on a mobile device.
- OPEN DATA AND HEALTH/SOCIAL CARE
CP gave a short presentation illustrating the challenge in understanding and accessing health and care services, for example on behalf of a parent, such that making informed, independent decisions was very difficult. For example, how might one identify the ‘best’ care home for one’s parent’s needs? In the absence of time for discussion it was agreed to being the issue to a future meeting (or a separate event) and to invite guests who had expertise in the area.
Action: CP to continue to develop his models and to circulate prior to the next meeting. PR/CP/TR to discuss potential formats and experts.
- BRIEF UPDATES
PR had received recognition in the Inspiring Fifty: Europe 2017 list of women in leadership positions in technology – the 50 most inspiring female influencers, entrepreneurs, business leaders, academics and policy makers from across Europe.
Upcoming events: Beatfreeks launching Brum Youth Trends March 30th a “treasure chest of insight” into the minds of young people in Birmingham
Brum City Drive Hack, April 5th, for young people who want to make a difference by taking on social challenges within the Birmingham area, to be facilitated by Pauline
TR was working on how Health Care was supported through an asset‑based analysis.
JD mentioned the next West Midlands Regional Analysts Group (#WMRAG) would be in early May.
HR described the opportunity offered by Innovation Engine Funding (ERDF) in May/June for innovative SMEs to access free business support.
TJ was engaged in preparing for Traffex 2017 (4th‑6th April at NEC) and mentioned her work with Birmingham University and TfWM on data visualisation.
HS‑J was involved with the Big Data Corridor and working on bids for data projects for BCU.
SCL worked in the Coventry Insight team and was looking to progress data techniques and to encourage data release.
- NEXT MEETING will be Wednesday, 17th Agenda items to include the website review and Health/Care data.
WEST MIDLANDS OPEN DATA FORUM STEERING GROUP
MEETING TO BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY 15TH MARCH 2017, 16.45-18.15
INNOVATION BIRMINGHAM, FARADAY WHARF
~ A G E N D A ~
16.45 1) Apologies, notes and matters arising from meeting 18/01/2017
16.55 2) Updates on key issues
- ODI node HR
- Open Data Day event PR
- WMODF Web site review DW
17.10 3) Metro Mayor Election responses on Open Data PR
17.25 4) Sandwell CAB referral pathways tool DW
17.45 5) Open Data and Social Care – further discussion of key questions/datasets
18.00 7) Members’ brief updates (round robin of items and events not on agenda)
18.10 8) AOB and dates of next meetings 2017