UUK seminar: What is open data and why should we be interested?

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With Gavin Starks, Chief Executive, Open Data Institute.
17:00 – 18:30 on Tuesday 24 June 2014 at Woburn House.

The UUK seminar series ‘Creating value from open data’ kicks off with Gavin Starks of the Open Data Institute. Gavin will be talking about why open data is so important, how the agenda is developing and what higher education should take on board. The Open Data Institute is an independent, non-profit organisation working to catalyse open data innovation established by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Professor Nigel Shadbolt and supported by funding of £10 million over five years from the UK Government.

The 2012 open data white paper committed the UK government to open up public sector data in order to enhance transparency, support innovation and drive economic growth. The open data approach has the potential to contribute to the advancement of university education and research missions by maximising the value of data in a variety of ways, including:

  • Decision making and organisational change
  • Student choice and recruitment
  • The research process
  • Teaching and learning
  • Driving economic growth

During the course of this seminar series, speakers from the public and private sector will explore various themes on open data, including:

  • What is open data and why should we be interested?
  • How is the potential of open data translated into practice?
  • Where are the problems of open data and how can they be avoided?
  • Where is good practice already happening in higher education?

Places at the events are limited.  To attend, please click here to register

For further details about the series please contact: William.hammonds@universitiesuk.ac.uk

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