Stand back behind the yellow line, day two will be arriving shortly

Day one of Open Data Camp 8 finished with drinks at the very fine Great Western Railway pub. And now we’re back at the University of Wolverhampton’s Springfield Campus for day two. Take your seats for another round of pitching and grid development: this unconference will be arriving shortly.

Open Data Camp 8 at the University of Wolverhampton Springfield Campus, with the old Springfield Brewery gate in the background.

So, following a small incident with a deer leaping over a car parked near the local canal, here comes the outcome of the pitching session.

This morning’s idea’s were:

  • Large language models and open data.
  • “We can’t afford to recruit data people, we’re public sector.” Stop moaning, do something about it – and work out how to grow the people we need!
  • “It’s getting hot in here.” How can an open data project stop women experiencing the menopause from dropping out of the workforce?
  • The Data Place: collecting community data – should we be using a data model or an LLM or something like that?


  • Using your legal rights to get information from the public sector: to FOI and beyond!
  • Rail Easy: Let’s talk about open data in the rail industry, and think of some ideas to innovate on.
  • What next for change? We all know this is great and that we want to do it: but what do we do next week and next month to make it happen?
  • “I’m not dead yet.” I have type one diabetes, so how do we collect data from pumps and things like that to do something with it.
  • Data for digital democracy: what’s out there, how do we use it?
  • Overcoming commercial barriers to data sharing: industry may not be keen, how do we win them round or get round them?
  • “We love LinkedIn”: we know Twitter is changing, so how can LinkedIn bring us all together and help us do stuff?
  • All data is open for 24 hours. What would you look at first?!!!
  • How do we transfer knowledge from this community to others?
  • Public procurement is broken: how do we fix it using open data?
  • Open Data Scotland: if the government doesn’t build a portal for open data, should we do it for them?
  • Parks and open green spaces: how do you engage with your local, non-urban environment. If there was a park – a deer park, shall we say – what would you like to know about it?