Tuesday saw a collection of data and co-operative enthusiasts come together in Manchester to start the discussion on 'open data' for co-operatives.
An #opencoops morning today with @KatePickering
- anyone else joining us? Give me a shout. #coopsPaul Dale Smith
Co-operative News is supporting the I'm Open campaign with Co-operatives UK and Open Data Manchester. By opening data co-operatives can be more competitive, transparent and much more easily show its co-operative difference.
The special /open
section on www.thenews.coop
starts the conversation with a look at open data, why it's important and a review of the day's meeting:
I'm Open | Co-operative NewsAbout I'm Open In a partnership with Co-operatives UK and Open Data Manchester, Co-operative News is encouraging co-operatives to open th...
The views from the top of Manchester's Co-operative Insurance Tower were awe-inspiringly massive; a perfect scene to tackle the massive picture of opening data for co-operatives. The first attempt collectively by a group of businesses to be more transparent.
Guest speaker Chris Taggart from OpenCorporates
showed what can be done. In four years Chris has created a database of 43 million companies from around the world; if co-operatives can add to this data this will empower users and communities. Chris said that while the amount of open data is increasing; it is worrying that the amount of private/propriety data in climbing at a much faster rate.
"Data can be incredibly powerful but it's only powerful if you can access it and take control of it" @countculture
Interesting #opencoops data event. Huge opportunities ahead. Thanks to all for organising.Graham Mitchell
So, what happened during the day? We posted a brief synopsis:
#coops start to tackle open data http://s.coop/meys
— report from the #opencoops meeting in ManchesterCo-operative News