The next reading group will take place on Wednesday the 10th December, at 7.30pm at the Bell pub, and this time we’ll be thinking about Open Data and its role in the energy debate. I’ve assembled a series of shorter readings and articles to give a flavour for some of the applications of open data.
As a bit of a primer on open data, the foreword to the Government’s White Paper on Open Data is a good starting point, along with the glossary that follows it.
In response to much better availability of government open data, AMEE, a company that helps businesses become more energy efficient, has analysed governmental supply chains for their environmental impact.
A great source of open data on energy efficiency is the NEED database, which collates data on energy usage and efficiency measures across the UK, down to local level. It’s worth having a quick nose around the site to see what parameters are included within the data. Data is also available on renewable energy generation across the UK, which enabled this website, Low Carbon Councils (still in development).
The Open Data Institute is a key player working towards better use of open data, and have worked with NESTA to run a series of open data challenges. Community Energy Manager is one example of a service that they have helped to kickstart. Carbon Culture is another.
Hope that gives a bit of a taster of what’s going on around open data, and I look forward to some good discussions at the next meeting! Feel free to post further links in the comments below.