On June 28, 9:00am–19:00, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is hosting a full day #DataMarket event to discuss uses and benefits of their OpenDefra Data programme. This event is part of the final month of their move to make 8000 of the datasets from its reserves available as open data. These cover geographical features, natural phenomena, agricultural activities and much more.
Although the data release schedule is paused in the build up to the EU referendum, it will soon continue, and 5366 new open datasets have already been published. These data sets can be accessed, used and shared for any purpose, for free.
The day will be part unconference, part showcase, and part networking event for data users and custodians. There will be a variety of sessions running throughout the day, including soapbox showcase, a data café and more. Tickets can be booked here.
There will be keynote talks from Defra’s Permanent Secretary and Secretary of State, and the day will also include an innovation workshop, and stalls showing off the best data innovation ideas.
In releasing this data, Defra is allowing groups with more specific expertise to use that data in the development of solutions for current challenges. There is a huge opportunity for Big Data and data Analytics, and IoT to take advantage of this, exploring innovative ways in which the value of data can be unlocked, and finding the IoT applications.
Earlier this year techUK held an event on the Value of Big Data and IoT to the UK Agriculture sector at which Defra spoke and you can read more about that session here.
If you want to browse what Defra are releasing and how the data is being used, and would like to discuss the role of Defra in enabling the UK data industry to evolve, come along to our first #DataMarket event.
To book tickets, please go to the event page and click on ‘REGISTER’.