All posts by Lucy Knight

The Data Place sponsors Open Data Camp


The Data Place is delighted to be a sponsor for Open Data Camp 5; democratising the publishing and use of open data is something we firmly believe in and there are few better ways to do that than by bringing people together to talk, experiment and collaborate.

Although we only formally launched a few months ago, we’ve spent over a year participating in data-focused events around the country to get a real understanding of what people need from data and how they can get the most from it.

Screenshot from The Data Place

We’ve seen at first hand the importance of data communities—intersecting interest groups who believe in the power of data to tackle problems, find new opportunities and hold those in power to account—and Open Data Camp has proved to be one of the most fertile grounds for their emergence and development.

So, as sponsors of the latest event we’re actively supporting the growth of this important forum, but we’re also being a little bit selfish: taking an active role allows us to benefit even more from the wisdom, ideas and needs that help us build a better product. And, of course, it’s a pretty fun weekend.

Trying something new: Skills Swap

Post-It note with the words 'I want to know ...'Open Data Camp 3 is not far away now! We thought this year we’d ask for suggestions in advance for content and features, and one of the ones we liked very much is that we should have some sessions geared towards learning a new tool or skill. We certainly have enough people attending to match up the experts with the curious learners – so we have a cunning plan to make that happen.

What you will see, when you arrive, is an extra section at the Registration desk where we will ask you what you know, or what you’d like to know. We will add wants and offers to a session grid until we think we have enough to organise a series of short workshop sessions. Then we will set up one of the spaces at the venue as a ‘learning corner’ with a table and chairs, maybe a projector and screen, and tell people when each workshop session is about to start.

And that’s it! I’m very much in favour of not complicating it any further than that. Drop me a line if you have any thoughts about what to include, or if you want to request or offer a particular topic.