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Guest blog: Open Data and Open Source principles - sessions for community groups

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

RAWM is offering a number of 2 hour sessions to VCS groups around Open Data and Open Source principles, developed as part of the Cabinet Office Release of Data Fund project. This particular programme is led by Digital Birmingham, Birmingham City Council.

• Session 1: Wikipedia
• Session 2: Tableau Public
• Session 3: Data journalism
• Session 4: Freedom of Information Act

• Session 5: Open Street Map


These sessions are intended to provide Voluntary and Community Sector organisations (VCSOs) with an understanding of the tools and skills useful in gathering relevant data and presenting it so as to identify need and argue for resources.

'Open data’ is public data that is freely available be reused. In this context ‘open’ doesn’t just mean it can be accessed on a website e.g. as a PDF. It means the data is accessible in a format that allows it to be analysed, examined and combined with data from other sources.

Open data and open source tools e.g. OpenStreetMap, allows individuals and organisations to research and present their arguments in a more equal and fair manner.

Each session will be facilitated by a colleague with detailed experience of each tool/area so we look forward to some interesting and lively exchanges.

To follow these events and this programme on Twitter, you can follow RAWM on @_rawm and/or the hashtag #brumdata

Guest blog by Pauline Roche, MD, RnR Organisation