Friday lunchtime lecture: Data infrastructure technology - are blockchains the answer?

Friday 18 March 2016, 1:00pm - 1:00pm

Open Data Institute, 65 Clifton Street, London EC2A 4JE

Friday lunchtime lectures are for everyone and are free to attend. You bring your lunch, we provide tea and coffee, an interesting talk, and enough time to get back to your desk.


At the ODI, we believe that strong data infrastructure is fundamental to our future.

But how can we make sure that our data infrastructure is always available and always trustworthy?

In this lecture, ODI Head of Labs Dr James Smith will address the questions: ‘If data is to be infrastructure for society, what does that mean about the technology underlying it? Are blockchains the answer?

James is passionate about using web technology and open data to make a better future for everyone, with a particular focus on their environmental and social benefits.

Pushing forward the state of the art in open data technology, James leads the ODI Labs programme and the team that delivers software projects across the ODI.


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Live stream

If you’re unable to attend this lunchtime lecture you don’t need to miss out. You can watch the talk via a live stream here.


About our Friday lunchtime lectures

With a broad range of topics in open data such as tracking government expenditure, British landscape mapping and creating art, there’s bound to be something that interests you.

The sessions run from 1pm to 1.45pm weekly during UK school term-times, with informal networking until 2pm. Each lecture lasts for around 20 minutes, leaving time for questions afterwards. The lectures don't require any specialist knowledge, but are focused around communicating the meaning and impact of open data in all areas of life.

Each week the lectures are streamed live on YouTube and then uploaded to our YouTube and Vimeo channels. You can also download the Friday lunchtime lectures as a podcast on iTunes.

You can follow the lectures and contribute to the discussion using #ODIFridays on Twitter