Open innovation with Ofcom data
Ofcom is the UK's communications regulator, covering landline and mobile telecoms, broadband, TV, radio, and on-demand services. Their remit is ensuring that people in the UK get the best from their communications services and that markets work to deliver choice, reliability, and innovative services for consumers.
Ofcom are keen to release more data openly and see what new insight and innovation will come from that data. They are already producing a brilliant array of open data - broadband and mobile coverage, technical telecoms data, media literacy, and much more - that is ripe for analysis and development. There is more they would like to do. You can help guide the future release of open datasets or use open data to create a service for consumers or design an app that helps inform consumers so they can make better decisions regarding their telecoms services.
Join us for a series of events to work with Ofcom data. Coming up first are the three open sessions - held in Leeds, Cardiff, and Edinburgh - followed by the innovation workshop day in March.
Warm-up Session - Leeds
This informal open session will be in Leeds on 6 February at ODI Leeds to start asking questions, finding out more about Ofcom data, etc.
Warm-up Session - Cardiff
This informal open session will be in Cardiff on 13 February at IndyCube to start asking questions, finding out more about Ofcom data, etc.
Warm-up Session - Edinburgh
This informal open session will be in Edinburgh on 20 February at the Ofcom offices to start asking questions, finding out more about Ofcom data, etc.
Open collab document - Leeds
An open document that anyone can contribute to before, during, and after the Leeds open session.
Open collab document - Cardiff
An open document that anyone can contribute to before, during, and after the Cardiff open session.
Open collab document - Edinburgh
An open document that anyone can contribute to before, during, and after the Edinburgh open session.
What to expect on the day - lightning speakers, working groups, consultation sessions, and more
A set of specific challenges for the innovation day, identified from the warm-up sessions
Collection of datasets that might help spark conversations or build cool stuff.
A place to jot down all the notes, questions, scribbles, and more, that can make innovation happen.
The ODI Leeds team will be typing as fast as they can to bring you all of the updates in real time.
All of the hi-res photos taken by the ODI Leeds team on the day
Alexandros Alexiou - CDRC/University of Liverpool
Creating a neighbourhood topology of internet and what that could help us with in the future
Sophie Richings - Ofcom
Working as part of the planning and strategy team, Sophie talked about the wider context of getting open data right.
Max Fernando - Ofcom (Maps and apps)
Maz talked about the little-known Ofcom mobile app and the more popular interactive maps on the Ofcom website.
Oliver O'Brien - CDRC Maps
Oliver delivered a good/bad rundown of the current state and use of Ofcom data for mapping projects.
Andrew Button - Ofcom
The future of data and data strategy at Ofcom. Clue - open data is brilliant.
Andrew Button - Ofcom
The current data infrastructure and open data available from Ofcom.
Gary Turner - AQL
AQL are a successful telecoms company based in Leeds. They made an appeal for better data formats.
Clare Cowie - Ofcom (Spectrum Analyst)
It is part of Ofcom's obligations to see that the spectrum for communications is distributed efficiently. What data would make this easier?