Our final week of research saw us meet with Amazon and learn more about AWS and the many platforms & tools available to Collect, Orchestrate, Store & Analyse data. Wow!  Read more about Harmonise, Search and Analyse Loosely Coupled Data Sets on AWS.  See also the blog about Just Giving's move to AWS.

And then a call to find out more about NICVA's Detail Data project, funded by the Big Lottery and with 4 main strands:

  • Data portal (built on DKAN) - a data catalogue providing access to datasets for Northern Ireland
  • Data journalism - data based storytelling & investigative journalism
  • Data training - a range of training & development opportunities (often run by ODI trainers)
  • More data - open data for public good

NICVA are also working in partnership with the ICO to run Data Fridays - a series of seminars looking at a range of data related topics.

18:54, 22 Mar 2017 by Kate White

This week we met with the Intelligence Unit at the GLA to discuss The Way Ahead vision and look at how data about, and produced by civil society in London, can be included in their City Data Strategy developments. 

We have also been working on our short survey to capture What Good Looks Like in relation to sharing and collaborating on data, and the Data Challenges that organisations are facing in terms of accessing and analysing data.  Watch out for this next week!

We discussed open data learning resources with the Open Data Institute - they have some courses online including Open Data in a Day, and have also developed OctoPub - a tool to help people publish open data quickly and easily. This leads nicely on to the very well attended Data themed NetSquared London meetup on Weds, with speakers from the ODI, Beehive Giving and DataKind UK.  

Next week we are meeting with Locality (who are leading on the Fair Commissioning and Funding task and finish group), at the London Funders and 360 Giving Showcase event, meeting with Children England, Greater London Volunteering, at the Networked City event and speaking to NICVA and NCVO!

Finally - here's a survey capturing good examples of Co-production by our colleague leading on this The Way Ahead task and finish group.

10:02, 17 Feb 2017 by Kate White

We now feel we are coming to the end of our trawl of data sources, platforms and tools and conversations with various stakeholders.   

This week has seen interesting conversations about data pipelines with Data Unity, finding out more about borough data observatories - platforms they use and the current London Borough Data Partnership & London Office of Data Analytics pilot, and reading the report and social sector data maturity framework just published by the Data Evolution project. 

We are currently developing a short survey to send out to stakeholders to further identify their data challenges and also data they hold which they could themsleves share.

We still have further meetings - phone & in person, booked in the next couple of weeks with the ODI, GLA, NICVA and a slot at the London Funder's 360 Giving Showcase - but towards the end of the month, we'll be starting to draw together our findings and recommendations for the report.  

In addition, and for those with an interest in civil society and data, the next NetSquared London meet up on Feb 15th has a data theme and we are also planning a Data learning day with LVSC in March.

Finally - here's our data / civil society bookmark list!    

11:24, 03 Feb 2017 by Kate White

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