A site about how community groups and charities can make the most of data and open data to do something useful. Focused on Birmingham, relevant everywhere.

Archive for January, 2015

Some links on open data, government and charities – Jan 2015

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(First published here) The BBC Reports that ” The UK government is the most open and transparent in the world, according to global rankings looking at public access to official data. But web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, whose organisation compiled the table, says the country has “a long way to go” before it has a […]

Using free tools to survey community groups and then perhaps combining that with open data. An example from BOSF, part 1

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As part of the open data project at the Social Media Surgeries we’ve been working with Birmingham Open Spaces Forum (BOSF) to see if we can find a way of using data to help them in their work. BOSF is a network organisation that aims to bring together all the people in Birmingham with an interest in open spaces – so […]

Social Media Surgeries for data and open data skills.

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Could your community group or charity be more effective if you collected information in different ways, used it better, shared it with the right people?  Would it help if you could more easily find information that government has about the places  or perhaps the people you are trying to help? We are experimenting in Birmingham […]