21 March 2018

DATAFEST18 - Informed Communities of the Future

Price: Free

An informal session which introduces, demystifies and explores Open Data. We’ll discuss how communities and businesses can make use of Open Data, sources of Open Data within the Highlands & Islands, real-life examples of successful projects which have utilised Open Data and what to do with Data once you have it.

Speakers include industry experts and representatives from the Open Data Institute (ODI), Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) and UrbanTide.


  • Introduction to Open Data
  • Overview of public organisation’s Open Data sources
  • Analysis of successful projects which utilised Open Data
  • Overview of what to do with Data once you have it
  • Examples of success

Introduction to Open Data

Delivered by Martin Howitt from ODI Devon, the Devon Node of the Open Data Institute (ODI). ODI is a social enterprise which equips, connects and inspires people around the world to innovate with data. ODI Devon have helped Plymouth Council build their Open Data portal and deliver their 2-year programme of ‘DataPlay’ events.

Martin will provide an overview of what Open Data is, how communities can best approach making use of it, how they can prioritise their sources of Open Data and how it can assist communities and businesses achieve their outcomes.

Local Open Data Sources 

Once the ODI has provided an overview of the key points of Open Data, public organisations such as SEPA, FES and SNH will provide a 10-15 minute presentations on the data they hold, how communities can access and make use of their data, how communities might engage in projects they conduct and examples of projects which have used their Open Data in the past and currently.

Examples of Success

  • Delivered by Lydia Nicholas, a researcher in Human Computer Interaction at UCL, who has worked on AI & data, culture and health with the UK Cabinet Office, the Science Museum, the BBC, Amnesty International, and the Wellcome Trust. Lydia will explore examples of how data, politics, and power create complicated problems, and provide examples of exemplary community action.
  • UrbanTide will close with examples of relatable projects they’ve helped to deliver, using Open Data. UrbanTide has expertise in transforming our cities, innovating new products, extracting value from data & technology and engaging diverse communities. Urban Tide will discuss the types of projects it helps to deliver and how the projects can be tailored to a more rural setting, specific to the Highlands and Islands region.


This event will take place at #hellodigital within An Lochran, 10 Inverness Campus. Accessible car parking is available to the rear of An Lòchran. Signposting delineates parking for staff and visitors to each key partner in the building. Should this be full, please use the 100-space overspill car park located at the entrance to the Campus, some 400m from An Lòchran.

This is a DataFest2018 Fringe event, part of a week-long series hosted by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).


21 March 2018 16:00 - 18:00


#hellodigital - Inverness
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