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Data Workshop – 15 September 2015@ Impact Hub Birmingham

Presentations from the session are now available below:

Birmingham’s Smart City Commission invited key individuals with a keen interest in all things ‘Data’ and ‘Health’ to their share knowledge and expertise which will be key to enabling Birmingham to become an‘Open by Default’ city.

The work follows on from June’s Smart Commission meeting and the recommendation from Cllr Lisa Trickett for a Data Workshop to shape the development of the Open Data and wider Data agenda of the Birmingham region with a view to producing a briefing paper for wider circulation and adoption.

Smart City Commission Data Workshop
Hierarchy of Data Needs

Hosted by Impact Hub Birmingham and Facilitated by Robin Daniels, Managing Director of Redpill Group, the day included a case study contribution from Atos and Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council/Public Sector partners on their Multi Agency Data Sharing:  Vulnerability Intelligence Project (VIS); and participants were asked to help determine the challenges/pain points, service engagement and data interactions in a ‘Day in the Life’ of an archetype citizen (focusing on the ‘Health of Older People’).

The workshop details can be viewed on Eventbrite.

Please post your comments and perspectives here as we would welcome your input.

Net Squared Midlands – global network connecting technology and social impact

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Immy Kaur, Impact Hub Birmingham co-founder, speaks to Net Squared Midlands members and guests, May 2015

Net Squared Midlands, the local branch of the global Net Squared network which organises events for anyone interested in the connection of technology and social impact, held its first event in the Midlands at the Impact Hub Birmingham on Wed May 6 2015 as part of the Hub’s launch festival Demo B.

Members and guests heard about Net Squared and its global mission, and the other local branches in the UK. Immy Kaur, Hub co-founder, also gave an insight into how the Hub was started and the success of their crowdfunding campaign.

Local Net Squared Midlands co-organisers, Pauline Roche of social enterprise RnR Organisation from Birmingham and Paul Webster digital connector from Mansfield, gave short talks about some of the work they do around tech for good in the voluntary sector. As well as the pair co-organising the national VCSSCamp unconference for infrastructure organisations, Pauline spoke about open data and her involvement with networks and events Open Mercia, West Midlands Open Data Forum and Open Data Camp while Paul spoke about his work on the LASA Connecting Care project.

Local Birmingham techy members recommended that the organisers publicise Net Squared Midlands on the new Birmingham discussion forum for all techy people Birmingham IO which Pauline has done. Her post there has had 41 views already.

Paul and Pauline explain that whether you are a not for personal profit organisation in the traditional sense, a venture capitalist, a programmer, an individual with a great idea, or a social changemaker, NetSquared Midlands is here to help you make connections and add to the community around innovating for good in the Midlands.

They say that these events are great opportunities to learn what others are trying, see successful projects and platforms, hear about developing technologies, make new friends and collaborate on new projects.

The next event is being planned for September 2015 but in the meantime, members and others are being encouraged to use the Net Squared Midlands meetup page for dialogue and suggestions.

Action H1: Energy data (open data) and visualisation

To source and release data about energy consumption as public open data where possible on Birmingham’s open data portal. Starting with BCC’s own data the next step will be to influence external data owners to release their data. Secondly to help individuals and organisations better understand their own energy usage, particularly how and when energy is used and comparison with that of similar households or buildings through energy dashboards and visualisation, with appropriate protection of individuals’ privacy. With this understanding we can identify solutions, generate new solutions and provide advice for change.

Stakeholders identified

  • BCC Digital Birmingham and Climate Change and Sustainability Team
  • Birmingham City University

Potential stakeholders

  • Aston University and University of Birmingham
  • Birmingham Metropolitan College and University College Birmingham
  • Energy providers

What makes this approach smart?

Releasing open data and joining it up with data from other sectors to create new solutions

Short-term actions

  • Publish BCC data on Birmingham Open Data portal
  • Work with the Climate KIC-Transition project led by to create new building information for selected buildings in Eastside
  • Work with the Smart City Alliance and the Smarter Greener Eastside initiative to gain greater access to energy usage data in Eastside and make this available as open data
  • Clarify the scope of the Birmingham Energy Savers Resource Centre and what data will be published regarding progress of domestic retrofit, and connect this to BCC’s open data portal.

Future actions

  • Develop a citywide data / systems architecture for resource data (gas, electricity, heat, fuel, water, waste)
  • Engage with and encourage citywide public and private organisations to release energy data, review feasibility of gaining access to commercial data

Action G5: Visualisation of health and social care data to enhance knowledge and information and promote health & wellbeing

There is an opportunity to provide greater visibility and use of data and information in its widest forms, e.g. social data, medical outcomes data, public health data, patient experience data, hospital admissions data to enhance knowledge and information and promote health & wellbeing to citizens as well as wider stakeholders. Making high level data available to the public also encourages greater patient and public participation in health and social care issues, self-management of health and care and stimulating behaviour change. The latter is regarded as essential to the long-term sustainability of public health and social care provision. Digital platforms for capturing patient data and experience, and enabling peer-to-peer and professional sharing can be readily developed and used to share knowledge and understanding on issues like the management of long-term conditions.

Stakeholders identified

  • Birmingham City Council
  • Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Boilerhouse
  • Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospitals Birmingham
  • Birmingham City University, Aston University
  • Healthwatch
  • Links to Healthy Villages initiative

Potential stakeholders

  • Health organisations
  • Digital solution providers
  • Developers and data analysts, health informatics experts
  • Patient / health communities

What makes this approach smart?

Integration sources of data and information across multiple organisations

Short-term actions

  • ERC bid on predictive preventative healthcare
  • Scope project activity and partners
  • Workshop with data owners

Future actions

In development

Action C1: Birmingham City Council Open data Portal

Following the sign off of BCC’s Open Data Policy and Strategy, the first step will be to create a simple open data portal initially for BCC data. The main function will be to provide a data catalogue where citizens and developers alike can view and download open data. In a phased approach, the portal can then be developed further in line with user needs and it will be open to host/link to data from other Birmingham organisations.

Stakeholders identified

  • BCC / Digital Birmingham
  • Birmingham City University, Aston University
  • WM OD Forum

Potential stakeholders

  • Data owners in Birmingham and WM
  • Health care providers
  • Police
  • Data users / developers
  • Other local authorities in WM
  • Other academic institutions
  • Community & Voluntary sector
  • Hyperlocal blogs and citizen activists

What makes this approach smart?

Making data and information openly available for reuse will create new insights and create economic value.  Internally it will progress data sharing and integration efforts.

Short-term actions

  • Identify preferred solution and supplier, arrange procurement
  • Develop and implement first version of portal
  • Identify a list of preferred datasets and negotiate release

Future actions

  • Work with Service Birmingham to create a mechanism for automated publication of data from BCC systems
  • Build up a collection of applications and outputs created with the data
  • Add more functionality to the portal
  • Grow the number of datasets published beyond BCC

Action C2: Future City Platform (FCP)

To create a data platform that can host, process and trade data, which includes commercial or confidential data and reuse available public open data. The aim of the FCP is to create a vehicle that can stimulate wider economic activity and become a commercial venture. The functionality is much enhanced compared to the BCC Open Data portal. The FCP will engage data owners in Birmingham and the wider region and be linked to a business engagement / support programme.  It will learn from the success or failure of existing open data portals and be developed through an iterative approach in consultation with data users and information providers.

Stakeholders identified

  • BCC / Digital Birmingham
  • Birmingham City University; Aston University

Potential stakeholders

  • Developers, data analysts
  • Other academic and research institutions
  •  Commercial data users
  • Open data communities in other UK, European and International cities

What makes this approach smart?

  • Smart cities maximise the use of data for planning and monitoring city operations
  • Creating the infrastructure that allows all market participants to make use of and commercialise data will add economic value.

Short-term actions

  • Create business case and develop business model for a self-sustainable service
  • Develop funding mechanisms and bid(s) for grant funding to pump prime development
  • Identify relevant data sources including through crowd-sourcing and negotiate release
  • Exchange experience with other cities 

Future actions

Potentially explore commercial venture

Action C3: Creating a Vibrant Data User Community

To create economic, environmental, social and democratic benefit from open data and the use of data, it is not enough to simply make data available. Understanding that data analysis can be used to improve business performance, create new services that are based on information, and help people with choices and decisions is still fairly limited to ‘data specialists’ , e.g. data analysts and performance managers. We therefore aim to engage the wider community of potential data users and data owners and link to events, business support and existing networks.

Stakeholders identified

  • WM Open Data Forum
  • BCC / Digital Birmingham
  • Birmingham Science City

Potential stakeholders

  • Innovation Birmingham
  • Aston University, Birmingham City University
  • Other WM local authorities
  • The third sector

What makes this approach smart?

Engaging a wide range of stakeholders early on and building the skills of the wider community

Short-term actions

  • Launch the WM Open Data Forum as the organisation to pull together data users in Birmingham and the wider region
  • Work with WMODF and investigate the opportunity to support a regional Open Data Institute node
  • Deliver the Share-PSI 2.0 project, which is building a network of open data experts across Europe, organising events and developing open data standards
  • Develop interventions to help people gain value from the market place, e.g., training how to use data, how to do analysis and coordinate interaction with Birmingham’s business support programmes, for instance, ‘train the trainer

Future actions

Establishing a growing community of data users that network and interact with open data portals across the region