City as a Platform 2011

Author: Andy Hartwell

Today Andy and I schlepped down to the City as a Platform conference, which was hosted by Screen West Midlands and held at Aston University Business School. It featured panels and breakout sessions by a number of great minds from the likes of Digital Birmingham, Mudlark, In Cahoots, the Library of Birmingham and loads more. Oh, and um, me!

I gave a talk on Urban Lens, our massively exciting new geodata project, tying it in with our exploration of open data, as part of a breakout session of that name. Nick Booth of Podnosh chaired the panel which included Adam McGreggor from Rewired State, and Rattle‘s James Boardwell. We talked about the value of open data – culturally and financially – and explored some of the challenges around helping people fall in love with data.

Other discussions included procurement, the NESTA Make it Local fund and a resulting project, and new developments with the Library and its archive. There’s more info and a live blog on a Posterous site setup by Chris at Meshed Media, and Alex Jones of Meshed also took a whole bunch of photos:

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Thanks to everyone who emptied their brains throughout the day, and asked me questions on my panel.