I attended a briefing this week on the Open Data Challenge Series (formerly the Immersion Programme) which is being jointly run by The Open Data Institute and Nesta. As the programme is still fairly new the session was primarily an opportunity to introduce the three current themes (crime and justice, energy and environment, and midata) and to get people talking about how they might want to get involved. The Open Data Challenge Series intends not only to create impact – using open data to create innovative solutions to real world problems – but to increase awareness, use and availability of open data. It’s a really exciting programme and one I’m sure Horizon will be continuing to engage with as it develops.
Some other interesting snippets from around the open data world this week include:
As you can see privacy remains a hot topic in the world of open data – something which I think is likely to continue to develop as more and more people become aware of the benefits and pitfalls of increased openness. It’s also an issue that continues to be contentious whenever the midata programme is discussed. What are your thoughts – are open and big data innovators doing enough to safeguard personal privacy?