Digital Futures – Day 2

Ramine Tinati (Les Carr, Susan Halford, Catherine Pope): Exploring the Impact of Adopting Open Data in the UK Government

How is the web growing? Can we apply models to this to understand how the web is growing?

The web as a network of networks.

Looking at the UK Govt Open Data Community.

Consists of multistakeholders (govt, academics, civic society, lobbyists, developers, citizens). Active both online and offline.

What Ramine is doing:

How is the community established? how is it developing? what are the implications for adopting Open Data in the UK?

Mix of quanitative and qualitative data: including: interviews, harvesting data, etc.

There were previous open data, open source, open knowledge communities; Academic research groups involved in Web Technologies and Knoweldge Representation; Civic Society involved in transparency; Public Sector Information committees in Government.

Ramine talked about the structure of the Open Government Data community. National level, regional level, local councils and authority stakeholders. And there are movements joining these. Such as the Open Govt Data Blog.

Open Data Communities have been active since 2009. Growth since then.

National level impacts:

  • Cabinet Office Transparency Board
  • National Datastore (
  • New Open Government Data License
  • Mobile apps and web services breaking down barriers between people and Government.

It looks from the slides Ramine is showing that all of the above have been increasing since 2009.

City and council level impacts:

  • data portals being developed (examples of Greater Manchesters, Kent, Warwickshire, London)
  • cost benefits to the LAs.Resulting in less FOI requests, and reduction in internal depatment costs.
  • general change within the LAs. 25% of UK councils are Open Data councils, using Open Government License.

Impacts on other communities:

  • Open Data Institute
  • mobile apps development
  • data journalism increase


Very little of the Open Data is published as 5 star data. Less than 1%!

Data needs to be of value.

[That word keeps coming up here at DE2012.]

Bridging the gap between government actions and citizen knowledge.

Needs to be sustainable: Socially, technically, economically.

Poster Lightning Talks

Dickinsons: 6th Senese Transport. Visualising Network Opportunities to Enable Fluid Tourism Destination Travel.

Tony Stockman: Using Low-cost devices to support non-visual interaction with diagrams.

Allowing visually impaired people use a haptic device to interact with a diagram software. But very expensive. Looking for an alternative, the team compared a falcon device (the hand-pen tool) with a Wacom pad.

Ruth Aylett: Heriott Watt University. Protoyping 3D smart textile surfaces for pervasive computing environment.

Interactive dance environmnet with smart costumes. Using a 3D printer to make thermochromic dyes in shoulder pads. 3D surfaces that can change colour, reacting differentially depending on the light on them. Now working on an environment which will allow you to coreograph the effects on the textile.

Caroline Leygue: Horizon, Nottingham: Changing energy Use Habits Through Implementation Intentions

Used mobile phones to monitor and change peoples energy use habits. To postpone energy to off-peak times. Two groups. 35 participants. The intentions technique made poeple specify how, when and where people were going to use things at off peak times. And the second group just said they were going to use off-peak times. The first group made a change.

 Mark Davies: Nottingham: The Rural Digital Economy: the local market as an arena for digital economic consideration and design. 

Developing an IT intervention.  Doing initial ethnographic work.  Plan is to develop an online market portal.  Designing systems in the wild with the users. Building a trusts relationship with the community, market organisers and stall holders.

Missed the name! Brunel (Horizon): Open Design meets Open Science

How can the design world interact with the making community?  Open design is a product where the design itself is open for anyone to use. But not everyone can be a designer of things (quotes Chris Anderson). So this research explores tools and techqniues so that a non-designer can participate in the design process. Citizen Science is a key.

Chris Phethean: Southampton: Measuring the Megaphone: How are charities using social meida for marketing?

What are charitable orgs doing on social media? But before you can measure something, you need to know what constitutes success. So this poster covers how orgs are using social media. And what the tools are that are being used. Triangulating what they think they’re doing, with what they’re actually doing on social media. The measurements are based on a framework of metrics that Chris is making. i.e. likes on Facebook. But this isn’t enough. So what metrics can provide an accurate measurement of engagment from a compaign. And of course the nature of the organsiation will affect the base line.

Will Fyson: Southampton: Dissemination through Disintermediation

Affect of the web on scholarly publishing. But there are still paper articles being shifted round (but as PDFs). Alot of scientific output isn’t covered by the academic peer-review journal system.  But there are issues to consider such as knowledge sharing being very time consuming, and IP theft. The poster looks at what we can do to look at these concerns.

Phil Waddell: Southampton: The role of the web in the formation of political activists.

Going to look at how web technologies are being used in a live contest by going to protests.  This uses qualitative methods, not just the more conventional apparoach of analysing the quantative data post-event. Aim is the identify what kinds of things are useful to get a sense of the global network of activists that are forming online. e.g. how can social media create instances of solidarity during a protest between people at the protest, and people in a different country?

Personal Containers Project

Connecting your web histories. Now collecting data in houses.

Name? Aberdeen: Towards an Ecosystem for Social Computation on the Web.

Using data. Provenance, policy, quality, linked to data, trust and reputation, workflow, surrounded by user, services, and crowd.

Eleonora Oreggia: Queen Mary and BBC: Touch-controlled panoramic video stremaing for film directing.

Stageview: A 360 degree view to support the interaction between film director and camera operator. Allows for remote direction. A film director can therefore be in a separate city, and instead of just seeing a frame, the director can see all around. ‘Sterams from a Linux system to an iPad. Unwrapping the image to a rectangle.

Aberdeen: WiSE: Wireless Internet Sensing Environment.

Camera traps to record wild animals. Based on sensors for movement. The data is retrospective, the researcher goes onto tthe site to collect the data. Often triggers wrongly. The idea is to develop a way to record stuff in the environment using a digital sensing platform – for internet enabled remote moitoring. This could be used for environment monitoring generally.  Could also then be available for the public to see.

A. Sathiaseelan: Cambridge: PAWS: Public Access WiFi Service

Digital inclusion is a problem. People need access to the internet. There are lots of initiatives to provide superfast broadband connections. But there are infrastructural barriers.  And socio-economic barriers. Why: Can’t afford it, can’t access it (i.e. don’t know how), see no use for it.  This addresses access to essential public services. The solution involves multistakeholders.

End of session. Phew!


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