As always we start with you and your group. What are you trying to achieve? What skills and tools do you have at the moment? Can we show you new ideas that could help you achieve more? Can we help you in practical ways use those skills and tools – there and then? Always the same relaxed approach of a social media surgery.
What’s your aim?
Our ultimate aim is to encourage more community groups and local charities to find good uses for Open data. This is numerical information that government shares in public. so we can have a better understanding of the places we live in and the way government works. But we won’t throw you into anything difficult, we’ll start where you are and help you with the numbers and skills that matter to you.
Is there any information online?
As we work with people we’ll learn together how to solve problems. We’ll describe what we’re doing and share it here on the blog. We will also be writing about things that might help you, tools, sites where data is stored, examples from other organisations.
I have no idea what you mean when you say open data!
Sorry – it is jargony. Open government data is when government shares information on the internet that it owns and grants you and I permission to use it (using an open government license) A simple example is local government releasing a monthly list of all spending over £500. You can find the Dudley one here. There is also a website called All About Dudley which contains all sorts of data. But don’t be phased by any of this – we want to help you develop the understanding and skills that might be useful for what you are trying to achieve.
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