Described by the Open Knowledge Foundation, “Open Data Day is a gathering of citizens in cities around the world to write applications, liberate data, create visualizations and publish analyses using open public data to show support for and encourage the adoption open data policies by the world’s local, regional and national governments.”
For us, it’s an opportunity to get started on our Public Procurement Project. TaxHack will be analysing Manchester City Council spending and looking for companies using tax havens. Are companies receiving public sector contracts – and thus tax payers money – making use of secrecy jurisdictions? On Saturday we’ll seek to find out. If they are, then we can start to question why.
TechHub Manchester are providing the venue for this event. TechHub are located in several places in the UK, and aim to provide an environment for nurturing technology startups. They host events for developers and businesses to meet, and have created an international network of like-minded and focused tech entrepreneurs.
Open Data Day is a great opportunity to meet people and get to work on whatever data project you have. At some point during the day we’ll share our ideas and findings with the international network of researches, statisticians, visualisers, developers and everyone else who is taking part.
As with all Open Data Manchester events, this Saturday is open to all who are interested in the benefits of open data, no matter your technical ability. If you’re going to be in the city centre and want to join in, register on the Eventbrite page below…