EVENT: Using open data sources

Open data sources

The Royal Statistical Society’s Merseyside Local Group and HiPyLiv are hosting a free joint event this week about open data.

The event , called “Using Open Data Sources” will take place on Friday, 24 June from 10am – 1pm in Seminar Room 6, Life Sciences Building at the University of Liverpool (building 215 in square F8) and will also be available to watch back on the RSS Merseyside Local Group YouTube channel.

This event is primarily aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in reproducibility and furthering their data handling skills, though university staff and members of the public are welcome.

Access to the event is free though all in-person attendees should register. Free refreshments including hot drinks will be provided and available 30 minutes before the start of the event.

What is the event about?

Every minute, there is more open data available than ever before in history. Governments and other public organisations now offer large data on everything from social media use to disease outbreaks. But what are the most effective ways of accessing and filtering them? What is an API? And how can we use them responsibly and reproducibly?

This event will focus on interfacing with open data sources and will feature three talks on the benefits of using open data with some fascinating examples, followed by a short panel discussion, and a hands-on workshop where you’ll have the chance to try accessing and using real open source geographic data in Python for yourself.

Speakers include:

  • Joseph Allen – “Working with Twitter data”
  • Dr Joshua Longbottom – “Open data & vector-borne disease modelling – leveraging remotely sensed data”
  • Prof. Dani Arribas-Bel – “Open by default – Developing reproducible, computational research”

The RSS is a professional network for statisticians and data analysts at any career stage and a charity that advocates for better use of evidence in public decision making. For more information, including training and other membership benefits including free e-student membership please visit the website.

HiPy was started in July 2016 by a group of researchers within the Faculty of Science and Engineering at University of Liverpool. Our mission is simple: build an open, welcome community for anyone who wants to learn coding skills in Python. All of our events are free and everybody is welcome.