We may be sticklers for statistics but our real passion is the people and the stories behind the numbers. From bedroom developers to multi-national, world-leaders in technology and innovation, Leeds is teeming with talent. Some people are at the bleeding edge of the curve creating the future of service delivery, whilst others are just starting out on an Open Data journey working in challenging, complex and political environments to bring a relatively new and unproven innovation to businesses across the city and the UK. Hear some of their experiences or share yours on our blog, and keep an eye out for the latest events, training and networking happening in Leeds.


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Ripple – An Open Digital Platform for the NHS

Ripple OSI are looking to create an 'open platform challenge fund' - a yearly open competition for the creation of open platforms to be deployed in the NHS. The fund would be created by diverting 1% of the yearly NHS digitisation budget.

They are inviting submissions of interest in this 'open platform challenge fund,' hoping to gauge the wider interest in this fund and bring the responses to the attention of NHS Digital and NHS England.
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Data Mill North wins ODI Publisher Award!

We're delighted to announce that Data Mill North has been awarded the 2016 ODI Publisher Award. Here are some thoughts on our approach to Open Data, thanks to our collaborators and an indication of our future plans - including an appeal for additional datasets and more organisations to join our community!
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Upcoming Events

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Date: 24/02/2017 - 25/02/2017

Venue: ODI Leeds, 3rd Floor, Munro House, Leeds, LS9 8AG

Welcome to #AirHack, our 2-day event working with Defra to explore air quality – the problems, the data, the solutions.
We’re looking for anyone and everyone insterested in air quality – data scientist, programmer, technologist, maker, story-teller, activist, analyst, policy maker, etc. Maybe you’ve been using any of the commercial air sensors (or DIY solution) and want to talk about your findings, or maybe you work in health and want to see how Defra data could be used in future health planning, or maybe you have ideas about reducing air pollution.

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Stockport hackathon 2017

Date: 04/03/2017

Venue: Fred Perry House, Edward Street, Stockport, SK1 3UR

Stockport Council has trawled the web to find out what people think about Stockport including comments, the things they like, complaints, and enquiries. We also have collated data from citizens with questions such as ‘What do you care about most in Stockport?’ and ‘What image comes to mind when you think of Stockport?’. This combined with our anonymised and aggregated contact centre data means that we have the data regarding what people in or visiting Stockport care about the most.

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Open innovation with Defra data

Date: 30/03/2017

Venue: ODI Leeds, 3rd Floor, Munro House, Leeds, LS9 8AG

Following on from the open meeting and the air quality hack event, the third event as part of our work with Defra is a 1-day innovation pathway and showcase.

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Michael Ramsey

Michael is new to the public sector and Open Data worlds, having joined Leeds City Council’s Graduate Development Programme in September 2016. Prior to this, he studied International Relations at the University of Leeds; including spending a year studying in Germany. He will be co-ordinating Smart Cities and Open Data projects for his first 8-month…

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Forsyth Hill

Forsyth has worked for the council for over 20 years. The past three have been in Information Governance doing information compliance work. Before that he worked as a Change Manager for Legal Services. Forsyth will be involved in the effort to change the culture within the organisation to a position of information being open by default.

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aql are an Ofcom regulated telecommunications operator. They provide wholesale integrated communications services ranging from mobile messaging, IP telephony, fibre and wireless leased lines, secure datacentre hosting to machine-to-machine (m2m) services for the growing demand of the Internet of things (IoT) marketplace.

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