Aberdeen Data Community

New Aberdeen Data Meet-up Launched

Today we celebrated world Open Data Data by launching the new Aberdeen Data Meet-up. Our launch group included people from academia, business, the charity sector, the public sector and more – all supportive of a regular monthly meet-up for data community in Aberdeen. We’ll be meeting on the first Tuesday evening of every month. We’ll […]

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Peer to peer accommodation: the Scottish situation

Introduction The ODI, our parent body based in London, are researching how the Peer to Peer Accommodation sector works, looking at data, policy and regulation. As part of that study they asked ODI Aberdeen to run a workshop in Scotland. We settled on Dundee as an easily-reachable location. Similar workshops ran in Cardiff and London. […]

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Open Data Aberdeen – Part 3

Some 14 weeks ago, having heard that Aberdeen City Council were cancelling their Open Data programme, I set out to uncover what the position was – and if possible to change their minds on this. History I wrote two blogs about the experience: Part 1 (12 August 2017) and Part 2 (20 October 2017) Since […]

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Aberdeen City Council – open data – none the wiser

Introduction As I wrote in a previous ODI blog post in the middle of August,  I was alerted to the fact that Aberdeen City Council were on the point not only of cancelling their own open data programme but also withdrawing from the Scottish Cities Alliance’s national programme for all seven Scottish Cities. Setting aside my […]

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What is happening with Open Data in Aberdeen?

Aberdeen City Council is considering axing its participation in Scotland’s biggest ever Open Data programme. Staff there are alarmed that a review of projects may be used to cancel ones such as this in a short-sighted, cost-saving drive  conducted by managers who don’t necessarily understand the value of Open Data nor the project’s significance at […]