Open data is an attitude
What data you choose to be transparent with, is up to you. You can take the radical route like Netherlands non-profit Radically Open Security who share everything publicly on GitHub their projects for reuse, invoicing and client communications. This level of transparency has helped them build trust and engagement. Or, you can share very specific data like Kenny Pool from Dell and the Big Data Innovation Hub who advocate open data for smart cities, such as smart rain barrels on flat Dutch roofs to store water and prevent flooding.
Beyond open data in business and society, Leeds-based artist Akeelah Bertram introduced us to the idea of being more open with personal data. Akeelah uses data in the form of audio, video and images to present her family history through an interactive map. Her installation Depart/Return on show at the summit sensed and collected movement data - a portal for attendees to step through. The work represented the Door of No Return in Ghana where centuries ago millions of Africans slaves were shipped away from home and their families.
During breakout sessions in the afternoon, my favourite example of open data was the Mapping Mobility in Stockport project from Open Data Manchester, who crowdsourced data about accessibility issues in Stockport to update Open Street Map and help people with mobility issues get from A to B more easily to fill the user gap left by Citymapper and Google Maps.
Big thank you to ODI Leeds for inviting me to speak and participate. And for the most delicious Punjabi pudding at lunch from the infamous Manjits Kitchen.
The Northernlands Data & Startup Summit was made possible with generous support from amazing organisations:
Futures Researcher & Partnerships Lead, Superflux