March 25, 2014
First GMDSP Data Dive


Last night saw the first of a series of events that have been created to promote, engage and share the progress of GMDSP.

Over the past few months Manchester, Salford and Trafford and their respective Code Fellows have been working hard on identifying, cleaning and modelling data ready for release as linked open data. The Data Dive was an opportunity to see what progress has been made, find out about the challenges faced and to ask questions.

Over 25 people made it to TechHub Manchester for the Data Dive held in association with Open Data Manchester to listen to the Code Fellow and local authority teams, and also find out about the Challenges that are being set for the 24 Hour Coding Challenge this weekend.

First up was Swirrl CTO, Ric Roberts who presented the linked data infrastructure that GMDSP is using, based on Swirrl’s Publish My Data platform

Presenting from Salford was John Gibbons with Jon Dunleavy who talked about the experience of making available planning application data going back to 1994. The data covered a multiplicity of different data entry regimes that had to be tackled. When released with the other local authorities planning data, later this week the data should give a rich insight into how Greater Manchester is developing.

Next up was Jamie Whyte from Trafford and Steven Flower. Discussion focussed on the tools used to make RDF from the data such as Open Refine. Steven spoke about the process of modelling Trafford’s 19,000 lampposts and the differing ways the data was collected across authorities

Finally Linda Billington from Manchester and Daniel Kershaw talked about the modelling work that had been undertaken at Manchester. Daniel admitted that this was his first real foray into linked data and that with the able help of the Technical Code Fellow, Ian Dunlop, and some multi dimensional modelling using data cubes and hyper data cubes, explained how data containing temporality could be modelled.

After all the data presentations were given it was time to reveal the challenges for the Coding Challenge these are:

  • Land & Property Challenge – £750
    The Land & Property Prize will be awarded to the team that creates something that uses planning and/or council tax banding. Use of other data such as property prices and transportation is encouraged
  • Lifestyle & Wellbeing Challenge – £750
    The Lifestyle & Wellbeing Prize will be awarded to the team who uses the data to produce something that could improve lifestyle and wellbeing for citizens and visitors to Greater Manchester. Use of other data is encouraged
  • Environmental Challenge – £750
    The Environmental Prize will be awarded for the best use of either allotment and/or recycling data. Use of other data is encouraged
  • Developer Prize – £500
    Decided by participants of the Coding Challenge
  • Best Use of Multiple Data Sets – £250
    Although developers do need to use at least one of the GMDSP data sets, they are encouraged to use a variety of data sources. This prize will be awarded the team with the best use of multiple data sets.
  • Best Use of Data Visualisation – £250
    To be awarded to the team that makes the best use of Data Visualisation.
  • Best App, 21 & Under – £250
    To be awarded to the best idea from a team of coders 21 and under.
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