UK Data Service Open Data Dive, Manchester, 24 September 2016

The UK Data Service and Digital Innovation are running an intense all-day hackathon on Saturday 24 September at The Shed at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU).

The UK Data Service Open Data Dive aims to bring together coders, data enthusiasts, graphic designers, project managers and pizza lovers into the same room to hunt down, crunch and beautify open social and economic data.

The Open Data Dive is free to attend, open to everyone and we’ll lay on free lunch and drinks all day.

Newcomers are welcome and there will be data specialists and programmers from the UK Data Service on hand to provide support and help. During the day, short parallel workshops will run on finding and understanding data, using APIs and big data.

The data

All projects must use open social and economic data about people, places and society.

There are tons of open datasets made available through the UK Data Service.

We distribute the main census outputs of the 1971, 1981, 1991, 2001 and 2011 UK censuses as open data. These are population headcounts for different combinations of characteristics (like age, marital status, where people live and work, and their living and housing conditions), going right down to 232,300 districts covering the country.  We also host the boundary data and flow data for the 1981, 1991, 2001 and 2011 UK Census data.

We also host the open data publications of international agencies like the International Monetary Fund, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Developement (OECD) and the World Bank. These are big global databases with thousands of indicators on the people, economy, environment, health, education, development, governance, migration, trade and labour markets of every country in the world.

Finally we’ve also got some open qualitative datasets like the Family Life and Work Experience Before 1918, which are transcripts of interviews with people who lived during the Edwardian period.

Read more about the open data made available through the UK Data Service.

Don’t worry if you’ve not accessed data through the UK Data Service before. We’ll be running parallel drop-in workshops during the day to introduce newcomers (and old hands) to the data, the platforms and the APIs.

The projects

Bring your own project – we’d love you to bring your own ideas for projects.

Here are some ideas:

  • Do you have a favourite open dataset? Mash it in with one ours to create something new and amazing.  Join datasets by time, join by geography. Do the daily commutes in the census match with bus routes? Do political upheavals impact patterns of global trade?
  • Feeling creative? Design a 3D visualisation of the data and the guys at 3D Print Services at MMU will print out the best idea!
  • Or how about data as music?
  • Dig into the data with exploratory data analysis and visualisations to find new features and patterns
  • Design an API for data access or add widget to one of ours!
  • Create a new feature for the UK Data Service to make the data easier to find and use
  • Invent a puzzle or game to distract us all at work

There’ll be prizes for the best projects, the most innovative project, the most useful project, the most fun project – and many more! Tell us about your idea for a project on the registration form or bring it with you on the day. There will be a chance to pitch your project and build a team at the start of the dive.

Follow the event on Twitter: #UKDSDataDive | #ODDHack | @UKDataService | @DiginnMMU | #MMUShed

To book your place and find out more about the Open Data Dive, see the event page.

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