That is now changing – a little bit.
We are working with Digital Birmingham and the Cabinet Office transparency team to introduce (in some cases release) a new set of knowledge and skills into the social media surgery movement – skills that will help community groups make better use of data, including open data.
Why do this?
Our focus at the moment is in Birmingham, it will start to spread out later.
Other work going on in Birmingham.
This work is part of the Birmingham Data and Skills Hub which has been drawn together by Digital Birmingham and funded through the cabinet office from the breakthrough fund and release of data fund. The work will “…act as a catalyst to encourage citizens, communities, third sector to understand the value of open data to help solve community issues that matter most to them.”
Working alongside us are…
So it’s the ability to release data more easily, understand it better and two prongs to improving skills: the social media surgery approach is to build up the knowledge in the network so that when people come to us with a problem we can help them use data to solve it – the RAWM approach is develop skills by focussing on a place and the needs in a place.
The idea of open data Surgeries had been included in the smart city plan for Birmingham – and is coming to fruition and all by the end of March!
Wish us luck!