Open Data in a Day

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Wed Sep 25, 2019 09:15
The ODI, Third Floor 65 Clifton Street, London EC2A 4JE

Learn how to discover, use and describe the benefits of open data, and how they impact your organisation

Discover the benefits of open data for your organisation.

Get up to speed with the latest developments in open data. This course is a rapid introduction to all the knowledge and skills required to make open data work for you and your organisation.

If you haven’t worked with open data and are curious to learn, this course will demystify the world of open data using a mixture of practical exercises and case studies referencing the latest learnings in this field.

By the end of the course our experts will have helped you increase your confidence in working with open data by covering the following learning objectives, giving you the ability to:

  • Define open data
  • Describe the benefits of working with open data
  • Evaluate the success of open data projects and communities
  • Validate open data being both legally and technically open
  • Build and use open licenses
  • Apply tools to increase the usability and quality of open data
  • Evaluate a number of potential futures for open data

The course is split into four sessions. The detailed outcomes of each of these sessions show the broad and essential range of subjects covered on the course.

Session 1: Discovering open data

By the end of the session you will be able to:

  • Define open data
  • Explain how cost and availability are key aspects of open
  • Evaluate how to customise the definition of open data for different communities and requirements
  • Explain the difference between big, personal and open data
  • Describe the benefits of working with open data
  • Draw on successful case studies of open data use and publishing
  • Explain how open data sits in the current economic climate
  • Evaluate the success of open data projects and communities

Session 2: Copyright, licensing and open data

By the end of the session you will be able to:

  • Describe how copyright and licensing relate to open data
  • Identify instances of open licences and effective application
  • Build and use open licences
  • Manage third-party data and sub-licensing

Session 3: Making data usable

By the end of the session you will be able to:

  • Use Open Data Certificates to assess the usability of open data
  • Apply the five stars of linked open data to analyse technical quality of data
  • Describe the importance of persistent identifiers for data

Session 4: Getting hands-on with open data

By the end of the session you will be able to:

  • Discover a number of open datasets
  • Evaluate the usability of an existing open dataset
  • Identify a number of errors that exist in data
  • Clean a dataset
  • Validate data to assess usability
  • Suggest a number of ways to improve the publication of open data

Employees from private companies, third-sector organisations and government departments. Previous participants have included: decision makers, managers, civil servants, researchers, policy advisors, journalists, students, strategists, data owners and publishers.

No previous experience of data is required, however good computer literacy, especially in using spreadsheets and the web, is essential.

A wifi-enabled laptop is required, especially one that is able to install new software, but, as a minimum, it should be able to open a spreadsheet.

Course resources are available on the dedicated course page.