Steven Flower is working with Trafford Council and has extensive experience of implementing projects that focus on open data. This has ranged from community allotments to international aid, with a key aspect being stakeholder engagement.
Alongside being a Code Fellow, Steven works on the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), a global programme to make information on overseas development more accessible. This involves a data standard that over 200 organisations – ranging between The World Bank to small NGOs – have adopted. Steven advises and assists publishers to meet the standard, as well as auding data quality, and change control.
Steven is also a co-founder of Open Data Manchester, a grassroots organisation that meets monthly to focus on local open data issues. Alongside this, Steven and other volunteers run a monthly “CoderDojo” for young people interested in coding.
Daniel is placed with Manchester City Council and is currently working towards a PhD at Lancaster University in the HighWire CDT. His previous studies have afforded him an undergraduate degree, also from Lancaster, in Computer Science (BSc Hons) as well as a Masters of Research in Digital Innovation.
His current research efforts are focused on computational linguistics for the detection of social trends, and the evolution of language on social networks. Notably, his current work focuses on monitoring and tracking alcohol consumption rates through social media in the UK, visualising these variations over time and geographical locations.
Informed through his PhD research and his work on iLancaster, Daniel believes that the move towards Linked and Open data will help drive meaningful innovation for both the local, and wider community.
Having dealt with “ClosedData” for years, being involved in various Government projects. He believes the Public Sector should lead the way on access to data, linking data and collaboration with other entities, showing everyone what can be achieved when information is shared instead of hoarded.
When Jon isn’t programming you can often find him wandering the countryside trying to control his dog and child.
Ian is working as the Technical Code Fellow in the project and openhas over 15 years experience architecting, developing,
deploying and supporting client/server and data intensive software applications. With a degree in Mathematics Ian has applied his logic and problem solving ability to software across a variety of sectors. Ian has been working with linked data since 2006 and is a great believer in the empowering nature of open linked data and its ability to transform data silos into rich sources of knowledge.
Co-author of several papers with topics including workflow systems, linked data and web applications, Ian likes to keep on top of new technologies and how they can be applied to data rich software applications.
Intrigued by the possibilities of HTML5 and browser based web stacks Ian is currently using the Ember JS framework to develop a drug discovery web application for the Open PHACTS consortium. This also uses Ruby on Rails and a lot of RDF triples. Ian blogs about software development at