Schedule: Open Data sessions

Not only an instrument for transparency and accountability, open data is transformative in both an economic and organizational way. Hear from a spectrum of government, journalism and the private sector about how open data is changing the way we live and work.

Location: King's Suite Level: Intermediate
Francine Bennett (Mastodon C)
Average rating: ***..
(3.93, 27 ratings)
The NHS produces an amazing amount of detailed raw data about health, prescribing, doctors, hospitals, and so on. The data's a great resource for data scientists to experiment with and learn on - it's very rich, interesting, and important to society. This session will discuss the available datasets and work through some example analyses of the data from different perspectives. Read more.
Location: King's Suite - Balmoral Level: Intermediate
Ian Hegerty (Facebook)
Average rating: ***..
(3.67, 9 ratings)
In January Facebook launched Graph Search in the US which allows users to search their social graph. Ian Hegerty will describe how the Graph Search corpus was built from Facebook's entity graph, and how big data is used to understand users queries and provide relevant results, with minimal initial user behavioral data. Read more.
Location: Palace Suite - Buckingham Room Level: Non-technical
Marc Garrett (Intridea), Maggie Lubberts (Intridea)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 2 ratings)
We're getting better all the time. See how the Cato Institute used responsive design and D3.js to show how human development indicators improve as economic freedom spreads. Read more.
Location: Palace Suite - Blenheim Room Level: Non-technical
Julie Freeman (Queen Mary University of London)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 2 ratings)
A vending machine that dispenses crisps in response to financial news, laser sketches from 4000 years of solar eclipse data, and a mural created from QR codes acting as cellular automata. Featuring a diverse exploration of data, the ODI will showcase art commissioned and curated for its on-going Data as Culture programme which facilitates artists to explore data as an art material. Read more.
Location: King's Suite - Sandringham Level: Intermediate
Bruce Durling (Mastodon C)
Average rating: **...
(2.80, 10 ratings)
It has been said by many that 80% data science is scrubbing data. In this talk we'll cover how you can use Cascalog to scrub, transform, manipulate and mangle data into the formats you need, fix things that are wrong and filter out things that are broken. Clojure and Cascalog together provide fantastic tools for this. Learn about using Hadoop with the messy data that exists in the real world. Read more.
Location: Palace Suite - Buckingham Room Level: Non-technical
Claire Miller (Trinity Mirror Regionals)
Average rating: **...
(2.71, 7 ratings)
How do you do data journalism when you are not the Guardian, the New York Times or the Washington Post? You don't need a data team, developers, much time or any funding to get started and produce data journalism that grabs headlines and engages readers. This workshop will focus on quick start techniques for getting started and making the most of few resources. Read more.
Location: Palace Suite - Buckingham Room Level: Non-technical
Lilia Saul (México Infórmate), Gabriela Morales (México Infórmate)
In Mexico open data journalism is still difficult to exercise. Find In Mexico, an organization to which I belong, we developed a research project in which we use databases and the result was a map ( that has managed to draw attention to the slow progress of the law enforcement system in the country. Read more.
Location: Palace Suite - Buckingham Room Level: Non-technical
Chris Taggart (OpenCorporates)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 4 ratings)
Since it launched just 2 years ago, it has leveraged the open data community to grow to by far the largest open database of companies in the world with over 50 million companies in 70 jurisdictions, and is regularly used by journalists, anti-corruption investigators, civil society, even banks and financial institutions. Read more.
Location: Palace Suite - Buckingham Room Level: Intermediate
James Stewart (, James Abley (Government Digital Service)
Average rating: ****.
(4.67, 3 ratings)
The UK Government team behind the GOV.UK website talk about their work on the Performance Platform, a suite of services and a cultural shift taking people away from immensely detailed value stream maps about a call-centre and paper process (which might be an inherently 5-day long journey), to something that's digital, lightweight, fast and pleasant to use. Read more.
Location: King's Suite - Balmoral Level: Intermediate
Tom White (Cloudera)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 9 ratings)
In this tutorial we'll use the Cloudera Development Kit (CDK) to build a Java web app that logs application events to Hadoop, and then run ad hoc and scheduled queries against the collected data. Read more.


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