Open data and DATA Play... A year in review

So here we are, at the end of another year…a year, in which, we’ve changed our approach towards open data, got to know the digital community, released a bunch of data, invented DATA Play, held our first DATA Play day and started this blog. We also held a young persons’ DATA Play day and started to get stuck in to the Smart City agenda. Not bad if you ask me – things are really moving forward at quite a pace.

Getting the authority into a position where we are able to publish data sets has been necessarily involved. Although you might not think so. We’ve had to think about data quality, data protection, data privacy, data certification, data hosting and data licencing. Basically, if you can put the word ‘data’ in front of it, then we’ve thought about it. Probably. Thanks to some enlightenment from Ordinance Survey, we were able to release the data sets eventually.

The first DATA Play day went really well and gave us a wonderful insight into the many skills the digital sector in Plymouth has to offer. Also the separate young people’s event really showed off that they were equal to the task with some very creative ideas. It will be great to see where this goes and how, together, we can showcase our exemplary digital companies and ecosystem. I really do hope you will all get stuck into DATA Play 2 on the 4 and 5 March 2016.

Since then we’ve been beavering away at further data sets and talking to our partners about open data. We’ve also been working on loads of actions for us to get on with that came out of the play day. We will share these with you soon.

A big thanks to everyone who has helped out over the year, including Real Ideas Organisation (RIO), ThinqTanq, i-DAT and Digital Plymouth.

For those of you who get a break, we hope you enjoy it. See you all in 2016!

22 December 2015

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