ODI Leeds Themes - Why we do what we do
If you've come across our dashboard you will know about our themes. They are fundamental to our business and the pillars of all of our work at ODI Leeds. When we first started our open data mission our theme was simply to be #RadicallyOpen but over the years the guiding principles of our business have expanded to include #OpenDataSavesLives, #DiversityData, #PlanetData, #OpenGovTech, #OpenTransport, and most recently #OpenEnergy.
Our themes cover environmental, community, infrastructure, and healthcare missions which are important to ODI Leeds' sponsors, clients, and friends. And that's why they are important to us! Our community inspires everything we do and our themes are an expression of that.
Another core pillar of our work is#OpenDataSavesLives. We are creating, for the first time, a network of collaborators and resources that people from all areas of health can access to improve wellbeing and #savelives. Our work is delivered through collaboration and innovation. We bring people together to share and learn via our events, and we help organisations innovate and scale by developing tools that help them share and use data in the open, fast.
Book your tickets for the next #OpenDataSavesLives here!
Join the free sessions where health care professionals share their expertise.
#OpenDataSavesLives @ Northernlands3
Mark Farr from Beautiful Information explains the idea and ambition behind #OpenDataSavesLives.
Reviewing the ODSL Goldacre Review Special
Read up on the special, interactive #OpenDataSavesLives session we hosted to collect feedback for the openSAFELY project.
Recently we have spent a lot of time on our #DiversityData work since we believe that fostering inclusion and representation is fundamental and can be enabled through responsible data standards and smart analysis. As a result, what started out as a few events and innovation projects has now become a full-blown theme.
Diversity and Data Event
Have a look our discussions on the challenges and opportunities of publishing diversity data.
Diversity Explorer 2
The latest iteration of the diversity explorer as developed by Tom Forth.
Diversity Data Standard - Draft
We are working on developing a shared data standard to make diversity data more comparable across organisations.
Part of ODI Leeds' mission, right from its inception, has been to focus upon the massive challenges that face us all. Climate emergency is one of those challenges and something that we are passionate about. We want to bring people together to solve the climate crisis through our #PlanetData work.
Rewatch our #PlanetData3 event on its event page.
On the 11th and 12th of March 2016, nearly a hundred people came to ODI Leeds to pool knowledge, share ideas, and build solutions to flooding.
On 24th/25th Feb 2017 we hosted a two day hackathon around air quality with Defra, Leeds Council, Bradford Council, and Highways England.
ODI Leeds is not just about sharing open data but also about sharing tools and processes that are useful across organisations. This is why we developed #OpenGovTech, which is designed to give local organisations and councils a platform to share their own tools and clever ways of working. We're hoping to focus a lot more on this theme in the near future, especially in the context of 'recovery' after the pandemic.
Read up on all things #OpenGovTech, partners, blog posts and resources.
ODI Leeds Toolbox
We've put all of our tools in one spot - easy to find and ready to use! From exploration to analysis and visualisation, our toolbox has something for everybody.
Business Rates As part of the Open Data Collaboration group we looked at business rates data from local councils. This involved agreeing a common standard to publish and making visualisations of the data across councils.
One of our most popular themes is #OpenTransport, which started out through our sponsor relationship with Transport for the North. It is all about using open data to improve transport systems across the North of England and even has its own website. This year we're excited to pick up our #OpenTransport work again to reflect changes following the pandemic.
We hosted four events across England to give local authorities, bus operators, transport data providers, and others the chance to input to the open consultation of the Bus Services Act 2017.
A collaborative project with Deloitte and the Department for Transport delivering a Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG) discovery programme.
We started collating flight emissions data for Leeds and Bradford airport to power our Flight Emissions comparison tool.
Finally, our newest theme is #OpenEnergy. There is a lot of energy data out there and the industry is becoming more analytics-based and ready for the dive into open data. And since we've been floating in those waters for a while we're excited to get started on more energy focussed projects.
We partnered up with Icebreaker One on their Project Cygnus initiative.
Energy Performance Certificate Data is vast and intimidating so we took a dive and explored it for the Leeds region.
Northern Powergrid DFES2020
An interactive visualisation of Northern Powergrid's potential future scenarios (DFES) updated to 2020.
Of course, all of these themes are very ambitious - but that's the point. We strive to make open data count in all areas of life and there's a lot of work to be done so we might as well keep our eyes on the end goal and make every little bit count. Our themes guide us and help us grow and evolve our projects and events into more meaningful work.
So of course there will be more projects in the future and maybe even new themes! A lot of it depends on our community: If you'd like us to work on a project related to our themes, reach out to us - we'd love to look into it. And if it doesn't quite fit into our themes... still reach out! We love finding new passion projects and maybe you'll inspire a new theme.