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Is Data Driving Your IT Planning?

Posted by Brian Kelly on 9 Jul 2012

Data was highlighted as an area of growing importance at UKOLN’s recent IWMW 2012 event, featuring in the opening plenary talks on Data and the Web ManagerOpen Data Development in the City of Edinburgh CouncilData Visualisation: A Taster and Key Information Sets Data.  The content of these talks will be of interest to others working in the higher education sector beyond those with responsibilities for managing institutional Web service. Our awareness of the broad interest in the content of the plenary talks was one of the reasons we provided live streaming of the talks and subsequently provided access to recordings of the talks. If you have an interest in data we hope the following recordings of the talks and accompanying slides, will be of interest.

I should also add that if you have a responsibility for the planning, implementation or management of a data-driven infrastructure within your institution you may also be interested in the JISC Observatory’s TechWatch report entitled “Preparing for Data-driven Infrastructure“. As described in a post on the JISC Observatory blog this is a preview version of the report for which we invite feedback and comments. The preview version is also available on the JISCPress service which allows you to provide section-by-section comments.

We hope that the “Preparing for Data-driven Infrastructure” report and the recordings of the plenary talks from the IWMW 2012 event will be of interest for several audiences ranging from those who may have responsibilities for managing data through to those with a  general interesting in understanding what the fuss about data is about!

P1: Data and the Web Manager

In the opening talk at the IWMW 2012 event Kevin Ashley, the Director of the DCC (Digital Curation Centre) described the role data has in supporting innovation and provide examples of how institutions are using data to support a variety of institutional activities.
Kevin Ashley
Further Information
See IWMW 2012 abstract and Lanyrd entry (which contains links to additional related resources).
Slides Video

Data and the webmanager

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IWMW 2012: Kevin Ashley from UKOLN on Vimeo.

P2: Open Data Development in the City of Edinburgh Council

With the launch of the Scottish Digital Participation Group open data development has fresh motivation in Scotland. A number of Scottish Councils are working with open data already, and the current NESTA Make It Local Scotland project initiative is a lead innovator in supporting growth. The City of Edinburgh Council is working closely with a number of partners to develop its approach, with a key aim to deliver real value.
Sally Kerr
Further Information
See IWMW 2012 abstract and Lanyrd entry.
Slides Video
IWMW 2012: Sally Kerr & Suraj Kika from UKOLN on Vimeo.

P3: Data Visualisation: A Taster

In 2011 it was estimated that 1.8 zettabytes of data was created, enough to fill 57 billion 32Gig iPads, and estimates that data production would double every two years (see the Digital Universe study). The availability of data opens new opportunities to provide information, intelligence and insight into every aspect of institutional life. In this talk Tony Hirst and Martin Hawksey will a taster of some of the tools and techniques used to explore and communicate some of this data. The talk will also touch upon the ethics and benefits when using these techniques.
Tony Hirst and Martin Hawksey
Further Information
See IWMW 2012 abstract and Lanyrd entry.
Slides Video

IWMW 2012: Tony Hirst & Martin Hawksey from UKOLN on Vimeo.

P4: Key Information Sets Data

The Key Information Set (KIS) is a mandatory UK-wide collection of data that will assist potential students in their decision-making when applying for an undergraduate course. In this talk, Andrew will outline what information is covered, where it comes from, how it gets updated, how it will be integrated into institutions’ websites, how potential students will access the information and how the complete set of data will be available to the general public under an open licence.
Andrew Oakley
Further Information
See IWMW 2012 abstract and Lanyrd entry.
Slides Video

Key Information Sets Data

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IWMW 2012: Andrew Oakley from UKOLN on Vimeo.

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