Weather is projected to be cool and dry this weekend thanks to our friends at the Norwegian weather bureau so if you’ve been waiting on the weather forecast to book your tickets then book now.
What can you do with open data?
With enough of it and with enough processing power you can predict the future. Much of this useful data is often locked away in government departments or publicly funded institutes. If only people could get to it and exercise their creativity we might be able to predict the onset of crop disease or plan harvest times better.
ODI Devon will be at Hacklands to explain how you can harvest information from these large data sets and put it to good use.
A bit of background
Open data has to have a licence that says it is open data. Without a licence, the data can’t be reused. The licence might also say:
- that people who use the data must credit whoever is publishing it (this is called attribution)
- that people who mix the data with other data have to also release the results as open data (this is called share-alike)
For example, the Department for Education makes available open data about the performance of schools in England. The data is available as CSV and is available under the Open Government Licence, which only requires reusers to say that they got the data from the Department for Education.
We have a couple of these coming to Hacklands for you to play with. They have a mile range, are somewhat artificially intelligent – they can find their way home and take hi resolution video which can be streamed to the Internet. Maybe we can hack the Samsung Oculus VR headsets so you can experience the world as a bird does – in first person.