DATA Play 8 … the fun continued

We were back at the STEM Hub at City College today for day two of DATA Play 8. The venue has been fantastic, really suiting DATA Play and allowing ideas to turn into actions.

Yesterday was a great success with some really interesting discussions around how we can use data to make a better economy and improve lives in Plymouth. There was a great buzz around the room as people discussed and got excited about data.

How can we use data to create the world we want to see?

Phil Jones from Plymouth City Council kicked the day off with a quick recap on yesterday discussions and then Gareth Hart from Iridescent Ideas gave the first talk of the day where he introduced the Inclusive Growth Group and posed the question; how can we use data to create the world we want to see? This led to discussions on how we could present data meaningfully to enable decision making. Fab Lab also arrived with their 3D printer, it was great to see how data could be transformed into a 3D object.

It was then time to stop for a bit of lunch, pizza today, which went down well and refuelled everyone for more data discussions in the afternoon.

After lunch, Martin Howitt (@MartinHowitt) and Phil Jones gave a quick tour of our data portal Plymouth.TheData.Place and an interesting discussion opened up about open data around the world where we looked at the European Data Portal for EU data and DATA.GOV the home of the US Government open data.

Finally, the last discussion of the day was a group session where everyone talked about what data they wanted to see released and what would be required for that to happen. Everyone discussed their issues and ideas around open data and we all went home with a lot to think about!

It’s been another great DATA Play, thanks to all those involved and we look forward to reading your challenge ideas and proposals.

18 November 2017

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