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Open Data, Mashups and Social Enterprise – 2nd March 2012

Once considered a fringe interest, open source software and free data are now dominating government thinking around the world and increasingly offered by large corporations such as Enel ( or SNCF.

Indeed much of web is dominated by companies that appear to be giving away free services such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, OpenStreetMap, TripAdvisor and Linkedin with advertising, marketing, crowdsourced and freemium business models.

When the European Commission selected the free release of Public Sector Information as a key driver of growth in the European Single Market and a confident united response to default domination of the digital economy by Silicon Valley, the open data movement turned mainstream overnight.

The event will be held at the Claremont hotel on Friday 2nd March 2012. The programme is as follows:

5:00 PM Doors open for introductions, networking opportunities, etc. with complimentary light refreshments
5:45 PM Introduction
6:00 PM The business case for “open data”.
Professor Robert Barr OBE, Manchester Geomatics and University of Liverpool
— break —
6:45 PM Local Updates followed by Panel Debate
— break —
7:30 PM Demonstrations, discussions with the speakers, drinks at the bar, etc

Please note that the event is on Friday evening due to speaker availability.


Professor Robert Barr OBE, Manchester Geomatics and University of Liverpool

Bob is a geographical information systems specialist with 30 years experience at the University of Manchester, Manchester Geomatics and the University of Liverpool, including a year in the USA as a Harkness Fellow, and he has delivered keynote presentations all over the world.

He will explore the pros and cons of trading data by benchmarking British Irish Council member countries and highlight lessons learned to maximise the value to the private sector and non-profits in the Isle of Man. He is the only person to receive an OBE from the Queen for services to mashups.

A council member and past chair of the Association for Geographical Information.
A member of the UK Ministry of Justice Advisory Panel for Public Sector Information.
Chairman of Manchester Geomatics, a commercial spin out from the University of Manchester labs and a market leader in dataset quality, that overcame 2001 census limitations and supplied the National Address Register for the UK 2011 census. Clients include the Land Registry, Thales and the Landmark Information Group and contributions to the IBM START programme.

Tickets can be purchased below


One Response to “Open Data, Mashups and Social Enterprise – 2nd March 2012”

  1. […] Isle of Man branch of the British Computer Society had a fascinating presentation on open data and mash-ups on Friday. The talk was given by Prof. Robert Barr OBE, and the gist of the session was that data should flow […]

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