Why is open data important for Cambridgeshire?

November 2014
Event type: 
Event (Officer meeting)

When: 10.00-13.00 

Where: Civic Suite, Huntingdon, Pathfinder House

Data is one of the key assets that the public sector holds. It is important to recognise the vital enabling role and transformational aspects of data collection, data release and powerful analytics in planning and delivering public services.  Data can for example help better manage the county, create better transport networks and deliver smarter services to Children’s, Families and Adults.

The importance of Open Data is recognised both internationally through the ‘Open G8 Open Data Charter’ and nationally through Government initiatives such as Data.gov.uk and the Government’s white paper on Open Data.

The Cambridgeshire Insight partnership and district councils recently made a bid into the Breakthrough 2 fund, the purpose of which is to support the release of Open Data. The bid was successful and an award of £122,000 has been made to help support the release of Open Data. The event is the first step in understanding how best this funding can support partners move toward releasing more open data.

The event will:

  • Introduce attendees the concept of open data to a wide group of data owners and users;
  • To inspire the audience with the value of open data and the possibilities that open data creates
  • Get people thinking about the data they have and the resources/skills they will need to be able to release data.
  • Work out the next steps locally and identify how best to deploy the Breakthrough 2 funding to support partners and the County Council.

The event will begin with a number of speakers who will set the context; there will then be a working lunch which will give attendees the opportunity to further explore a number of the key Open Data themes.

A full agenda and details of the working lunch will be provided to attendees - if you can attend please reserve your place respond to daniel.clarke@cambridgeshire.gov.uk