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TalkScience@BL, March 2013

Open Data: What's the Use?

A discussion with Prof. Nigel Shadbolt, 19 Mar 2013

Our 20th TalkScience event, Open Data: What’s the Use?, welcomed Professor Nigel Shadbolt to the British Library for a discussion around the potential of open data to spur innovation, ideas and new knowledge. Discussion points included:

  • What is open data and what is its potential for scientific research and innovation?
  • What are the economic, social and legal considerations for open data and do they matter?
  • What will motivate organisations and individuals to make available their data for all to use?
  • What are the areas where open data is already making an impact?

Nigel Shadbolt is Professor of Artificial Intelligence, Head of the Web and Internet Science Group at the University of Southampton and Chairman and co-founder of the UK Open Data Institute. He has a wide range of publications in fields ranging from computational neuroscience to the semantic web. A pioneer in web science and Director of the Web Foundation, in 2009 he was appointed by the Government to improve access to the public sector information, leading to the open data portal data.gov.uk.

 If you couldn't make it on the night, there is a podcast of the event available here, and photos are also available online.