Roundup from Sharing Information Digitally event

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Yesterday’s event at Millennium Point looked at the whys and hows of making public data more accessible.

There were also some practical discussions looking at using social media and online tools to improve sharing data and information.

Richard Wilson, from Sandwell PCT and Chair of the Population & Society Group, chaired the day. You can listen to his introduction:

This post rounds up all the main speakers and resources from the event.

Here are the talks by the main speakers.

Michael Cross – Free our Data

Michael Cross spoke about the Free our Data Campaign. Here’s the audio and Michael’s slides:

…and an interview with Michael after his talk:

Dave Harte – Timely Information to Citizens

Here are the slides and audio by Dave Harte, recently of Digital Birmingham and now at Birmingham City University, from his talk on the Timely Information to Citizens project:

…and an interview with Dave after his talk:

Stuart Harrison – Opendata

Stuart Harrison, webmaster of Lichfield District Council, talked about a local authority approach to information sharing and gave us an insight into the opendata initiative in the public sector. Here’s the audio (a small part at the end is missing – apologies, the recorder ran out of memory) and here are the slides:

…and an interview with Stuart after his talk:

Stuart Parker – The digital inclusion agenda

Stuart Parker from the social enterprise We Share Stuff, talked about the digital inclusion. Here are the audio and slides:

Links and resources

Blog posts, links, videos, photos and tweets from the event are gathered on this PageFlakes.

All of the links mentioned at the event are gathered here on delicious.

Many of the videos used in the social media surgeries are on leefeever’s Youtube channel.

You can also replay the liveblog from the day.


The event was busy and we’re very grateful to a number of people who helped to keep things running smoothly – at the venue, on the liveblog and in the workshops (apologies if anyone is missed off).

RegenWM provided the venue.

Dave Harte and his group of MA Social Media students ran the liveblog, took photos, video, interviewed presenters and helped in the surgeries. Thanks:

Digital Birmingham kindly provided laptops and Flip cameras for the day.

Warren Pearce and Nicola Underdown from the regional observatory Intelligence East Midlands, were vocal on the liveblog.

Thanks to everyone who took part in the social media surgeries by sharing ideas and tools with others, the speakers and everyone who attended too. We hope you enjoyed the day and found it useful.

We have a wealth of information from the event. This is the first in a series of posts that will be added to the blog over the next few days.

One Response

  1. Michael Cross (one of the speakers at the event) has published an article about Stuart Harrison (one of the other speakers) on the Guardian website, showcasing Lichfield DC’s approach to information. Read it here:

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