Open data is traveling the same road as open source. It started as a tech-driven desire for more information but is turning into a cultural change—one that changes business models, focuses policy interventions, and drives community engagement. Jeni Tennison explores how open data both requires and catalyzes systemic changes. Jeni grounds her talk in real examples from enterprises such as Arup, Thomson Reuters, and Syngenta; startups such as Open Sensors and Guru Systems; and public sector bodies such as Defra and the Competition and Markets Authority.
Jeni Tennison is the technical director of the Open Data Institute. As a developer, Jeni specializes in open data publishing and consumption, including XML, JSON, and linked data APIs. She trained as a knowledge engineer and holds a PhD in collaborative ontology development. Jeni was the technical architect and lead developer for legislation.gov.uk and worked on the linked data aspects of data.gov.uk. Jeni is author of several technical books and was appointed to the W3C’s Technical Architecture group in 2011. She is also a member of the Open Data user group and the UK Government Linked Data group.
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