Lots of open data is focused on place. Whether it’s wards, local authorities or super output areas, open data lends itself to the ability to aggregate data on areas – and then compare and contrast. But what is missing? Whose voice is not represented? As datasets become more important and influential, what happens when community knowledge is not included in data that shapes policy and perspectives? What metrics or data points really help describe if somewhere is a desirable place to live? How can we include the different elements that are important to people and places in data, and how can communities shape this?
Join us for an Open Data Manchester special, focussed on “community” engagement. Together with the Social Action & Research Foundation (SARF) and Voluntary Sector North West (VSNW), we plan to discuss, share and plan.