pens and post-its

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. […]

Postits and sharpies

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 […]

A diagram of open models

Review: Open Models

“Open Models – Business Models of the Open Economy” (published by Without Model, 2016, and coordinated by Louis-David Benyayer). Introduction While you can buy physical copy of this book – and I would encourage you to do so – you can also freely access the entire contents which have been published under a creative commons […]

Carlisle LIDAR data rendered into 3D in Unity

Virtually exploring England — Scotland will have to wait for now

For a very long time, well since my ZX Spectrum days back in the early 1980s, I’ve wanted to be able to explore virtual places on my computer. Nowadays I can, and not just made up places but real places too. My recent virtual adventure took me exploring the area around Carlisle — once I’d first built […]

Who owns the global data infrastructure?

Who owns our data infrastructure?

Data is the raw material that will help us meet 21st century challenges: to reduce friction in our economy, increase our sustainability and create opportunities to innovate. Our data infrastructure is as important as our physical infrastructure. A strong data infrastructure will increase interoperability and collaboration, efficiency and productivity in public and private sectors, nationally […]

What are ODI Nodes: Creating a global network

The ODI Nodes are an important part of our global network. The last year has seen significant growth: we have welcomed Rio, Devon, Queensland and Athens to the community; our first group of nodes have become ODI registered trainers; our community of nodes have collaborated with us to deliver global projects; and the network is […]