Northernlands 2 - summary and what happens next
Northernlands 2 had always been an event waiting in the wings, ever since we wrapped up on the first Northernlands event in May 2019. Our sponsors and collaborators at the Embassy for the Kingdom of the Netherlands were extremely happy with the event, at the turnout, the response, and more. We had brought together some fine people from both the UK and the Netherlands in a neutral setting to celebrate great things and the sharing of different and startling perspectives.
Recapturing that energy and atmosphere was important for a second event, and of course the coronavirus pandemic offered very specific challenges. Despite hosting and live-streaming events for years, this would be the first time that we attempted to design and deliver everything digitally. This meant thinking about what could (and should) be done 'live' and what we could pre-record.
We want to thank all of the speakers for their time - we asked a lot of them when we asked them to pre-record a video, but everyone rose to the challenge with gusto and delivered some amazing talks. We want to thank the acting Ambassador for the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Brechje Schwachfer, and the team at the Embassy for the Kingdom of the Netherlands, who trusted and supported us to create and deliver another stellar event. And of course we want to thank our sponsors, who support our ongoing data projects and help drive our mission-led work.
Mr Gee, the broadcaster and poet and regular artist in residence at the Open Data Institute, kicked off every session with a fantastic reading of the poem he composed at the first Northernlands event.
Open Data Saves Lives - 6th July
The Open Data Saves Lives session - named for our #OpenDataSavesLives work that launched at the start of 2020 and had been ramped up since the coronavirus outbreak - brought together some exceptional people from equally exceptional organisations, including the Health Foundation, the Open Data Institute, CODATA, and Core Life Analytics.
From the deliciously niche but insightful talks about safe sharing of data to the open and thorough debate about the need for data standards (especially during a crisis), each talk was delivered with passion and relevance to the current global climate. Remember, there are big and complex issues that rumble on alongside the pandemic, so thinking about how open data, and by association open innovation and radical collaboration, can positively impact people's lives is important right now.
Ben Goldacre spoke about his latest project Open Safely, which was ground-breaking in its ambitions and delivery of an analytics platform built on extremely sensitive data. Emma Vestesson from the Health Foundation spoke about their recent work and focus on data analytics as a way to drive healthcare and wellbeing decisions. They want to be as open as possible and see the benefits to sharing. (Thumbs up from us!) Professor Barend Mons from CODATA and Go Fair delivered a passionate debate about the difference between open data and FAIR data, when FAIR data could be available in situations where open data can not. Jeni Tenison from the Open Data Institute shared her personal interest and love for data standards. (Yes we said love.) Her talk featured real-world experiences and examples from the NHS and from Track Together during the coronavirus outbreak. David Egan from Core Life Analytics took us on a fantastic voyage into the cell profiling, specifically the wealth of data that can be extracted from cell profiling and how he used the R language to create analysis tools for scientists.
In conversation with...
Monday 6 July 2020 10:15 AM
Paul Connell & Marc Farr chat with Ben Goldacre, asking him about Open Prescribing and his latest piece of work on Open Safely
Open analytics at the Health Foundation
Monday 6 July 2020 10:50 AM
Why collaboration and working in the open is important in health and beyond
The FAIR guiding principles in times of crisis
Monday 6 July 2020 11:25 AM
Professor Barend Mons, who founded GO FAIR and is President of CODATA, will share the principles of FAIR
Standards in an emergency
Monday 6 July 2020 11:45 AM
Jeni Tennison from the ODI talks about the need for data standards, not just during a crisis but looking beyond that crisis to the future
Open Data Can Save Lives; If You Have the Tools to Mine It
Monday 6 July 2020 12:25 PM
Core Life Analytics
Responsible Data Collaboration - 6th July
Data collaboration will always be important, but it is absolutely vital now. As more people are becoming aware of their data rights (and more conscious of the misuse of data committed in their name) they are rightly in a position to demand privacy and security in their lives. How do they and we ensure that data is used responsibly and that it represents the needs and desires of a community? Leigh Dodds from the Open Data Institute carefully explored data collaboration through the lens of collective data gathering and maintenance, and collaborative data publishing. Sander van der Waal from the Future Internet Lab as part of Waag shared his experiences of building trust in the day-to-day tech that citizens come to rely on by focusing on the public values. Stian Westlake from the Royal Statistical Society shared the three elements of what a 'data moon shot' could be - those startlingly ambitious projects that don't necessarily have an immediate benefit to investors but should be done all the same.
Why is collaboration around data important in 2020 and beyond?
Monday 6 July 2020 02:10 PM
Leigh Dodds shares his knowledge and experience about data collaboration
How to empower citizens through collective measurement of their environment
Monday 6 July 2020 02:48 PM
Four principles for a responsible data collaboration
Monday 6 July 2020 03:15 PM
Responsible data collaboration
Monday 6 July 2020 03:40 PM
Mobility in Modern Cities - 7th July
Exploring the concept of mobility in modern cities was approached from two angles - what makes a city modern and prepared for future developments; and what mobility might look like in cities, especially as greener modes of transport have become more popular in pandemic recovery. As we start to leave lockdown and productively think about the 'new normal,' Catriona Swanson from Arup shared her knowledge of low traffic neighbourhoods and how they can play their part in encouraging more people to take up sustainable travel options. Jack Hardinges from the Open Data Institute presented two sides to the question of whether private sector organisations were sharing enough data to enable innovation in cities. Mieke Masselink from the Smart Mobility Embassy described the conflicting desires of people in cities - they want clean air, more green space but also demand fast deliveries and want to travel whenever/wherever they want. There is potential to smooth out these conflicts but it will take some ingenuity. The amazing team behind recent advances in bus open data at the Department for Transport shared their experiences from a perspective of legislation, technology, and practicality. Lily Dart from FutureGov and Giuseppe Sallazzo from the Department for Transport took part in an open discussion about data skills, decision-making in transport...and more data buses.
Low traffic neighbourhoods: enabling a sustainable recovery
Tuesday 7 July 2020 10:20 AM
What has the coronavirus crisis taught us about rapid infrastructure changes that encourage different travel behaviours
Do cities have access to the private sector data they need?
Tuesday 7 July 2020 10:35 AM
Jack Hardinges, who leads on the 'data institutions' progamme at the ODI, explores the current state of data access in cities
The Smart Mobility Embassy: the gateway to knowledge and experience in the Netherlands
Tuesday 7 July 2020 11:20 AM
Bus open data
Tuesday 7 July 2020 11:40 AM
The team behind the new bus open data service share some insight about the benefits to data publishers/consumers and how they made it happen, both technically and politically
Tuesday 7 July 2020 12:05 PM
Questions and answers about open data projects at the Department for Transport
Social Interaction in a Distanced World - 7th July
Northernlands 2 was designed to be positive even during bleak times, and whilst we had a specific aim not to focus too much on the pandemic, we would be remiss to exclude one of the biggest changes to human behaviour seen in decades. Social interactions could change forever under the looming dark clouds of another pandemic, one that is more virulent and deadly. How do we combat the associated challenges with having to reduce our social contact? Was it time to rethink how much we rely on physical presence? Tom Bridges from Arup delivered a passionate explanation of why cities will survive this pandemic, and could even come back in a new way, contributing to concepts of a 'new normal.' In a world of fatigue-inducing video calls, could VR hold the key to better meetings? Tim van Deursen of Hack the Planet thought so, and demonstrated other profound and meaningful uses of VR. Matt Clancy fought squarely in the corner for remote working and why it had previously struggled to be adopted (and why that won't be the case forever). Laura McInerney, founder of Teacher Tapp, and Amber Walraven, who is overseeing the roll-out of Teacher Tapp in the Netherlands, answered some probing questions from Tom Forth about the app, which gathers feedback from thousands of teachers every day.
Cities can, and will, bounce back
Tuesday 7 July 2020 02:15 PM
Tom Bridges explains why cities will still be a hub for productivity but there will be a switch from retail to knowledge as the driving force
VR is awesome, especially now
Tuesday 7 July 2020 02:45 PM
Can VR resolve ages-old conflict? Can it unite people in neutral environments? Tim says yes and he has some compelling stories to share
The case for remote work
Tuesday 7 July 2020 03:15 PM
Tuesday 7 July 2020 03:55 PM
Tom Forth interviews Laura McInerney, Founder of Teacher Tapp, and Dr Amber Walraven, Associate Professor at Radboud Academy, about the way that Teacher Tapp engages with teachers, and how the successful app is being rolled out in the Netherlands
Everything can be found on the Northernlands 2 website, where each video has a dedicated page and transcript. You can also visit our YouTube channel to watch a replay of each day in full (technical glitches included!).
So where do we go from here? Well, we must include a slightly cheeky plug to join our mailing list because this will be the best way that you can find out about all upcoming events and projects. Including Northernlands 3, which is already a twinkle in someone's eye.
Nothernlands 2 is a collaboration between ODI Leeds and The Kingdom of the Netherlands, the start of activity to create, support, and amplify the cultural links between The Netherlands and the North of England. It is with their generous and vigourous support, and the support of other energetic organisations, that Northernlands can be delivered.