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

Since our last meeting, Kate and I have been travelling to meetings and events around London. We have much more to do, but we want to update you on the stakeholders/co-producers with which we have engaged and who we hope to engage much more.

From volunteer sector leaders we learned that funding is often given by charitable people or groups which are not listed as organisations.  We have been asked to try to find ways to include data about these funders, which is seen as a challenge by all, but may become a great project for our data collection and sharing entity.

We have put our vision of the 'hub' into a sort of paused-for-additional information state, as we've found other organisations which are working toward very similar goals.  These include the London Boroughs' Data Partnership and the London Office of Data Analytics. We hope to speak with the parties involved in leading these efforts soon.

We have made contact with local academia, at the EPPI-Centre, and they agree that collaborating makes good sense. Tentatively, in addition to providing links to systematic reviews for use by organisations, we hope to include some brief and helpful tutorials on how to search for and find the right research for whatever project for which one works.

We have met with the GLA and the London Council, who have helped us identify several needs related to information sharing within the various government offices across the city. They have both been eager to help and be part of collaborating.

We still want to meet with the engagement officers of as many CCGs as possible, Ipsos Mori (or similar), education data users and providers, and we are reaching out to various communities through a request to the EU National Institutes for Culture.

We will update again! Stay tuned.

14:29, 26 Jan 2017 by Lea Gorgulu Webb

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