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Sharing engineering data for the public good event: why is it important?

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Tue May 7, 2019 10:00
Prince Philip House, 3 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5DG

This event will gather people and organisations from across the engineering sector to discuss why sharing data is integral to creating a safer world for everyone

Join the Open Data InstituteLloyd’s Register Foundation and the Royal Academy of Engineering to discuss the challenges and opportunities around sharing engineering data to drive innovation and increase safety. Speakers will include Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt, Professor Richard Clegg and Dr Jeni Tennison, with more industry speakers to be announced shortly.

In 2017 the National Infrastructure Commission published its Data for the Public Good report which recognised that data is a new form of infrastructure and highlighted the importance of sharing and using data as a means to drive innovation in the creation and maintenance of our national infrastructure.

In 2018, the Lloyd’s Register Foundation and the Open Data Institute announced a new project to develop a theory of change that will help to support the delivery of a vision for sharing engineering data for the public good, with an emphasis on increasing safety.

The project is convening a community of practitioners, and sharing learning and recommendations from a range of projects currently running across the engineering and infrastructure sector.

Hosted by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Open Data Institute, with the support of the Alan Turing Institute, the Health and Safety Executive and Cambridge University Press, this event will start a wider conversation with the community around the challenges, opportunities and key enablers that will support delivery of this shared vision.

This free, public event is recommended for those working in and around the engineering, energy and infrastructure sectors who are interested in driving innovation and increasing safety through better use of data.

The event will be useful for engineering and data professionals, innovation managers, policy specialists and others. Through a series of talks, panels and opportunities for networking with others, you will have the opportunity to:

  • hear from industry leaders exploring the economic and social benefits of a stronger engineering data ecosystem, and how to overcome the barriers to achieving that value
  • join the beginnings of a global movement of data practitioners in the engineering, utility and infrastructure sectors looking to use data for the public good
  • learn and share insights around how better sharing and use of data can create a more resilient, safer and innovative future where data works for everyone

Lunch and coffee will be provided throughout the day.