I’m Open

In a partnership with Co-operatives UK and Open Data Manchester, Co-operative News is encouraging co-operatives to open their data with the ‘I’m Open’ campaign. This special section highlights the advantages for opening data and what this can be used for.

WHAT IS OPEN DATA?

Open data is the idea that certain data should be freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control. The goals of the open data movement are similar to those of other “Open” movements such as open source, open content, and open access. The philosophy behind open data has been long established, but the term “open data” itself is recent, gaining popularity with the rise of the Internet and World Wide Web and, especially, with the launch of open-data government initiatives such as Data.gov. (source: Wikipedia)

Can the co-operative model help to open data?

As part of the I’m Open campaign, co-operators and open data experts came together to discuss if co-operatives could be used as business models for publishing open data. 

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Twitter: Open data meeting sparks conversation

Friday saw the second meeting of open data and co-operative enthusiasts coming together to discuss co-operatives and open data in Manchester.

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Continuing the conversation about Open Data

Co-operators will get a second chance to discuss how co-operatives can use begin to use ‘open data’.

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Openness is key - the Open Knowledge Foundation

Rufus Pollock, Director and Co-Founder of the Open Knowledge Foundation
The Open Knowledge Foundation was set up in 2004 as a non profit organisation and now has projects and partnerships all across the world. 

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Co-operative conversation to open data starts here

Tuesday saw a collection of data and co-operative enthusiasts come together in Manchester to start the discussion on 'open data' for co-operatives.

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Data is the currency of democracy

Delegates taking part in the open data discussion
“Data is the currency of democracy”, explained an open data advocate who encouraged co-operatives to open up access to its data.

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Co-operatives start to tackle open data

Chris Taggart from OpenCorporates discusses how co-operatives can take advantage of open data
People from across the co-operative sector came together today to discuss the benefits and pitfalls of co-operatives opening up their data.

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Opening co-operative data

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Co-operatives strive for openness and transparency; and compared to their corporate counterparts the Movement now has an opportunity to take a major step ahead.

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What is open data?

Open data is the idea that certain data should be freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control. 

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An example of open data

Open data has many uses. As well as being able to analyse data, it can be used to create online/offline apps and can help enhance existing websites.

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