Open Data Day 2014

This year’s Open Data Day is happening on Saturday 22nd February and there are events being organized around the UK to have fun and make apps and insights with open data!

Open Data Day is a gathering of citizens in cities around the world to write applications, liberate data, create visualizations and publish analyses using open public data to show support for and encourage the adoption of open data policies by the world’s local, regional and national governments.

The event is open to all, curious citizens, journalists, tech-geeks, students, scientists, graphic designers. Come by on the day to learn, hack, wrangle and just plain hangout.

We emphasize that no specialist skills are needed – come along to learn and connect with other members of the community. You don’t need to know anything about (open) data or technology in advance – enthusiasm and interest is all that is needed and you’ll get support and advice from others!

Examples of what we’ll get up to

Examples of the kinds of things we will work on the day are:

  • Investigating the availability of data from your local city or council – are they publishing their accounts, tax rates, planning permissions?
    • Skills wanted: the ability to use a search engine!
  • Flood data and analysing the impact of floods around the UK. Can we get the data from the Environment agency, can we use it to predict the risk and impact of floods in the future?
    • Skills wanted: ability to use a search engine; data scraping; visualization; writing
  • Finding out where government is spending your taxes using Where Does My Money Go and OpenSpending
    • Skills wanted: ability to use a search engine; spreadsheets; data scraping and SQL (for advanced users)


Should I bring anything?

We recommend bringing a device that will allow you to access and browse the internet (via wifi – wifi will be provided). A laptop or tablet would be perfect.

If you plan to code, design or write quite bit of content we recommend bringing a laptop rather than just a tablet as it will be easier to write with.

Do I need specific skills to participate?

No – you don’t need any special skills (technical, data or otherwise) to get involved. Interest and enthusiasm are recommended :-)

I’m a journalist, can I cover the event?

Yes, absolutely – there will be plenty of people to talk to. If you want to get in touch to arrange please email press [at] okfn [dot] org.



  • When: Saturday 22nd February – 10:30 to 18:30 (GMT)
  • Where: Centre for Creative Collaboration, 16 Acton Street, WC1X 9NG, London – Map
  • Who: anyone interesting in making apps and insights with open data (no tech or data skills needed – just interest!)
  • Scratchpad: scratchpad for notes and ideas (before and on the day)
  • Signup: sign up in form below

Eventbrite page


Organised by Iain Emsley and Jenny Molloy

  • When: Saturday 22nd February – 9:30 to 17:00 (GMT)
  • Where: Oxford e-Research Centre, 7 Keble Road, Oxford, WC1X 9NG, OX1 3QG;
  • Who: anyone interesting in making apps and insights with open data (no tech or data skills needed – just interest!)
  • Signup: sign up in form below


Organized by Jag Goraya and Open Data Sheffield


Organized by Open Mercia and RnR Organisation


Organized by Open Data Manchester and TaxHack

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