Empower your business with open data

Whether you have some prior knowledge of Open Data, work in a related field, or are completely new to it, this introductory workshop will give you a better understanding on how Open Data has the power to fuel economic growth, job creation, innovation and new business opportunities.

Who is this workshop for?

  • Small and medium sized businesses (SMEs)
  • Social enterprises
  • Charities
  • not-for-profit organisations

Why attend?

This workshop will introduce you to some of the main Open Data platforms in the West Midlands. The strengths and weaknesses of the data sets will be assessed as they are compared to data available from other cities. You will also be provided with some exemplars of Open Data use and data visualisations.

The objectives of the workshop are:

Presenting an overview of the Open Data landscape, its characteristics and the familiarity with data licenses, certificates and UK regulations

Knowing and accessing various UK data hubs, with a focus on West Midlands and Birmingham data

Showcasing Open Data use cases with the appreciation of running exemplars

Networking opportunities with representatives from Birmingham City University, other Big Data Corridor representatives, as well as other SMEs located within the region

Agenda as follows:

14:00 Arrival and registration

14:10 Introductions around the room

14:20 Open Data definition, benefits and use cases

14:40 Open Data licenses, certificates and UK regulations

15:00 Open Data characteristics, including data quality, metadata, data format and data structure

15:20 Q&A session about the current status of accessing and using Open Data by audiences

15:30 Break for refreshments and networking

15:45 Introducing and accessing existing UK cities data hubs (e.g. Data.gov.uk, West Midlands Open Data, Birmingham Data Factory, Urban Big Data Centre)

16:00 The overview of the Big Data Corridor Platform

16:20 Power BI Use Cases

16:40 Q&A session

16:50 Workshop concludes with a networking coffee

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