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The Data and Public Services toolkit: a hands-on introduction

March 12 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

The workshop will take place in a venue in or close to Edinburgh Old Town. Please note that the venue is currently unconfirmed, but if this application is successful, then we will book a venue in this location.

The target audience for this event is people who work in roles in local authority that have a responsibility or involvement in the design or delivery of public services.

The target audience size is around 20-30 people.

Event summary:

Local authorities provide essential citizen services but are often swamped by demand in an environment of increasing populations, budget cuts and limited resources. Better use of data can streamline processes, provide information to citizens, and make data available to innovators and service providers.

At the Open Data Institute (ODI), we want to support designers and managers of public services to make better use of data in their work. We believe that even in times of uncertainty, good use of data can help people to design and create services that are more cost-effective, more efficient and more accessible to citizens.

In order to help service designers and managers, we have created the Data and Public Services toolkit, a set of free, collaborative, non-technical tools which aim to help people identify what data is available, what it can be used for, and how to do that well. During this workshop, we will highlight examples of forward thinking local authorities that are making a difference with data, and provide a hands-on introduction to how the toolkit can help attendees to make better use of data too.

The ODI is a mission driven, non profit organisation. We work with companies and governments to help build an open and trustworthy data ecosystem, where data works for everyone.