Talk:Datafest Scotland 2014

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Datafest 2014 Content and Structure Brainstorming Page[edit]

Let's gather as many ideas as we can. Please sign additions and comments. Please don't delete stuff unless there's a consensus. --Ewan klein (talk) 17:00, 9 February 2014 (UTC)

That's looking good Ewan. Shall we have the conversations up here so that the actual lists don't get messy? Graeme Arnott (talk) 17:28, 9 February 2014 (UTC)

Where are we putting the Open Coalition people/coordinator? Graeme Arnott (talk) 17:59, 9 February 2014 (UTC)

I think we agree that this will be Day 2. Graeme Arnott (talk) 10:29, 15 February 2014 (UTC)

I wonder if there's a Web Literacy aspect to a lot of this. Doug Belshaw of Mozilla is the lead on there project so that might be of interest in terms of UX and local/national govt cpd skilling. Graeme Arnott (talk) 19:47, 9 February 2014 (UTC)

Given the email exchange on Friday I personally think this has become more relevant.Graeme Arnott (talk) 10:29, 15 February 2014 (UTC)

I would recommend that we start with one solid speaker and tutorial from each group, and slowly allocate the spaces out. We have approximately 10 (30min) spaces on Thursday for big names, Friday we have 20 (30min - 45 people) conference room spaces of which we need to allocate about 5 for (unconference) attendee's--Centralamerica (talk) 10:32, 10 February 2014 (UTC)

We have potentially approximately 20 speakers/subjects/teachers that we bring in we have approximately 200 delegates/speakers/subjects/teachers it is important to leverage this resource. We need to strike the balance between Control and empowerment.--Centralamerica (talk) 10:44, 10 February 2014 (UTC)

I've cleaned up the headings a bit on this page, but wasn't really sure where Day 2 ended and day 3 started. I suppose that's a bit metaphorical :-) Graeme Arnott (talk) 22:30, 17 February 2014 (UTC)

Hangout #1 - Notes on discussion (BK, GA, EK, Thurs 13th Feb)

We decided that we don't need BO for Friday. We will ask Glasgow Uni to try to book Atrium for the whole day on Thursday. We will release booking on WA for Thursday.

Constituencies who get to select / recommend Day 1 speakers:

What is the overall theme of the day, how to do we ensure some kind of coherence? BK: There is an awareness of the utility of data for citizens. But they don't know how it will affect them. Popularising data.

  • OSM (e.g. Humanitarian OSM)
  • NLS
  • OKFN (e.g., Jonathan Gray)
  • WMUK
  • Glasgow Future Cities

We're assuming that we won't have funds for these speakers Will this be interesting for Local Authority people? Should we try to explicitly target them, or just assume that they will find things interesting? What do we tell speakers about the audience that they will be addressing?

Bob will draft a text which will give some guidance to NLS and Glasgow Future Cities about what kind of speaker they could suggest, and also draft a template letter to send to potential speakers who are not members of the above groups.--Ewan Klein (talk) 20:45, 13 February 2014 (UTC)

Day 1[edit]

Topics / Speakers for Day 1 Talks[edit]

  • Simon Rogers (Facts are Sacred) or other from Guardian datablog
  • Gapminder / Hans Rosling
  • Jimmy Wales
  • Kate Chapman (Humanitarian OSM)
  • Catherine Bracy or other from Code for America
  • Aral Balkan (Scott Sherwood's suggestion) --Ewan klein (talk) 21:28, 9 February 2014 (UTC)
  • Chris Yiu SCVO

In no particular order we will be requesting that the either the following people or groups connect with us, titles of their talks will change. We will be looking for presentations on open data in the widest sense. We will be looking for popular subjects for a wide audience.

Time Speaker / Group Title
9:30 - 10:00 Registration and introduction
10:00 - 10:30 tbc tbc
10:30 - 11:00 Kate Chapman - Openstreetmap - HOT Humanitarian Openstreetmap Team : Crisis Mapping - Skype
11:00 - 11:30 Access to Research initiative Accessing Journals in Public libraries
11:30 - 12:00 Lightning talks and coffee
12:00 - 12:30 Guardian Newspaper Edward Snowden
12:30 - 1:00 OpenGlasgow Open Glasgow - Technology Stategy Board - Talk
1:00 - 2:00 Lunch
2:00 - 2:30 City Portal San Francisco - Skype
2:30 - 3:00 Guardian Newspaper Data visualisation in the News
3:00 - 3:30 lightning talks and coffee
3:30 - 4:00 Crowdsourcing medical research - Skype
4:00 - 4:30 Final Presentation of the Day Our Datafest Wikipedia/open data Project - Talk

Some suggested topics

  • Building the ‘demand side’ of open data
  • Combining open data with crowd-sourced data
  • Widening participation in Wikipedia and engaging with the interests of communities as well as highly motivated individuals
  • Using open data to stimulate and support dialogue between citizens and public bodies


The Atrium will be available all day. We encourage our speakers if present to go to the Atrium after their talk for the next 30 minutes to extend chat with those interesred in greater depth. The speakers that they miss will be recorded

Day 2[edit]

Topics for Workshops[edit]

Workshop structure: pick a topic and a coordinator, and let them choose speakers. Try to make the workshops interactive, not just a bunch of talks. Are these different from DIWO sessions?

Telling stories with data[edit]

For example, Tactical Technology Collective

Derelict Glasgow, Stalled Spaces, Commons[edit]

Open Education[edit]

  • Greg Singh has been instrumental in putting together the What I Know Is symposium at Stirling. and is interested in doing something with us. I will speak to him about interaction. Graeme Arnott (talk) 17:46, 9 February 2014 (UTC)

Health and Wellbeing[edit]

It might be good to get input here from Andy Hyde / ALISS Project, Leah Lockhart / Project Ginsberg and Kirsten Leath. --Ewan klein (talk) 21:31, 9 February 2014 (UTC)


Searching and browsing data: alternatives to Google[edit]

Time Conference Room 1 Conference Room 2 Large Room Small Room Open Area
10:00 - 10:30 Speaker 1 OKFN Introduction to Openstreetmap Floor 5 Area 3
10:30 - 11:00 Speaker 2 Openstreetmap
11:00 - 11:20 Speaker 3 Wikipedia
11:20 - 11:40 Coffee/Tea Coffee/Tea
11:40 - 12:00 Speaker 4 Open Coalition
12:00 - 12:30 Speaker 5 Subject 5
12:30 - 1:00 Speaker 6 Subject 6
1:00 - 2:00 LUNCH
2:00 - 2:30 Speaker 7 Editing Openstreetmap
2:30 - 3:00 Speaker 8 Subject 8
3:00 - 3.30 Speaker 9 Subject 9
3:30 - 4:00 Speaker 10 Subject 10

Topics for Tutorials[edit]

Tutorials should have a clear pedagogical goal, and should provide participants with hands-on experience. Ideally there should be supporting materials which participants can use after the event.



Editing OpenStreetMap[edit]

School of Data: finding, cleaning, combining, visualising data[edit]

Editing Wikipedia[edit]

  • We've got a number of people in place to do this. I will check with Ally Crockford and confirm who'll be doing this. Graeme Arnott (talk) 17:52, 9 February 2014 (UTC)
  • Ally is confirmed. I've added her name to the Google Sheet. Graeme Arnott (talk) 08:11, 12 February 2014 (UTC)

Linked Data[edit]

Tools for with CSV files[edit]

More advanced[edit]

  • Data visualisation tools
  • Layering data onto maps (Mapbox, TileMill)
  • Querying Linked Data with SPARQL
  • Querying OSM data

Topics for DIWO Sessions[edit]

DIWO sessions are intended to be more participatory, open ended, and learning from each other. Sharing knowledge, experience and problems.

  • Issues and problems in adopting & implementing an OGD policy: the view from digital government
  • Extending CKAN
  • How to run an OSM Mapping Expedition

Topics / Speakers for Lightning Talk (5 min) or Pecha Kucha (20 slide) Sessions[edit]

Most people don't actually have enough interesting content or charisma to talk for more than about 10 minutes. These sessions place very strict limits on each speaker. Each session should be thematically coherent, and allow time for discussion and mixing. Eg. [4 * 5 min talks + 10 mins break], repeated two or three times. This would be an opportunity to give a platform to a wide variety of people, including students.

  • Open Data and Co-design / Co-production
  • Open Data and Cultural Heritage
  • Open Data and Civic Participation
  • Bringing together Open Glasgow hackathon talent with relevant community groups Graeme Arnott (talk) 10:29, 15 February 2014 (UTC)
  • Open Rights Group (there are branches in Glasgow and Edinburgh) Graeme Arnott (talk) 16:54, 15 February 2014 (UTC)

Datafest Scotland: plans?[edit]

Hi all - hadn't heard much about this for a while now and I've been getting some questions about it from Wikimedia UK's end as they are ramping up for Wikimania 2014 in London next month. We're having a meetup in Glasgow on 26 July at the Saramago Cafe in the CCA (details here) and I thought it would be great if some of the organisers were able to come along and chat about where things stand? Would be ideal to tie in with Wikimania 2014 and EduWiki 2014, which is being held in Edinburgh on 31 October, if possible. Perhaps Wikimedia would have some ideas for support if that's been an issue? ACrockford (talk) 13:50, 22 July 2014 (UTC)