Projects, events and dashboards
The data published on Calderdale DataWorks can be used for a variety of purposes. Find out more about some of the data, use our interactive dashboards and get involved in planned events and innovations using open data.
ODI Leeds host a range of innovations and events throughout the year. some of the latest events include ‘Innovating with Defra’ and ‘#Air Quality Hack’. There is also a regular monthly drop-in for anyone interested in Open Data.
There are other sites that show how projects have used open data:
- Imactivate open data apps and analysis – includes the Calderdale Data Works Explorer and the Ward Explorer ;
- The Great British toilet map ;
- The democracy club – find out who you can vote for;
- Open postcode geo – find out information about your area;
- ODI Leeds – data projects;
- Data Mill North – open data products.
Defra (Department for environment, food and rural affairs) have published some of their many datasets, and wanted to find out how their data is used and what innovation can be done with them. To investigate this, an Innovation day was held in January at Leeds ODI. Picking up some of the challenges identified at the Innovation day. #AirHack, also supported by Defra, used their data alongside data from other organisations to see how these challenges could be addressed.
#AirHack ran over two days. On the first morning after introductions, ideas were pooled to decide on the issues to work on. Several themes emerged which were worked on, refined, merged and tested over the rest of the first day and most of the second day. The presentation at the end of day two focussed on three options that have potential to be developed further to help with air quality:
- Leeds Air – the use of public displays to present localised air quality and to recommend ways to improve this, eg walk, cycle or use public transport;
- Mini car counter – a mobile app that can count vehicles, and could be developed to recognise registration number and match them to emissions to estimate the air quality in that area;
- Thunderclap – using the possible link between noise and air pollution, by developing a portable machine that will do both.
More information on #AirHack, including the available data sets and blogs, can be found at #AirHack .
On Boxing day 2015, Storm Eva caused severe flooding along a large part of the Calder Valley (Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Sowerby Bridge and Brighouse). As part of the council’s response, Calderdale Data Works was used to publish data to help make it accessible to as many as possible involved, both within the council and for all other organisations and individuals.
For the period of the emergency, we used the Flood dataset to provide maps and data on all properties that were potentially affected by the flooding, whether residential or business. This helped in both the organisation of the cleanup operation, and the assessment and payment of grants to all those who qualified.
The Flood dataset now provides a series of infographics detailing the rescue and recovery work carried out, plus a list of the flood relief hubs and a link to Gaugemap (a website providing information on river gauges throughout Calderdale). If another flooding emergency does occur, the dataset is ready to be used again to publish maps and data as part of the operation.
During 2016, ODI Leeds ran a series of events to develop innovative tools to support anyone who has an interest in flooding detection, response, resilience, analysis and recovery through the use of data and technology.
More than 70 data scientists, developers, academics, flood risk management consultants, local authority experts and geographers attended, representing organisations as diverse as Friends of the Earth, Hebden Hack Space, Ordnance Survey, Arup, Bradford, Calderdale and Leeds City Councils.
You can find out more about what happened on the day, and see interviews from key contributors, see:
- #FloodHack 16 – where next? ;
- #FloodHack 16 @ ODI Leeds ;
- FloodHack 16 – building the challenges ;
- Hebden rising .
In August 2016, ODI Leeds used data from Calderdale Data Works and Data Mill North (Leeds and Bradford), plus a data file provided by Kirklees, to produce an interactive map of all the known allotments within West Yorkshire. The map has been created using Open Street Map, for full details see Open allotments.
By working with ODI Leeds, we’re hoping to publish more data in the same format (or schema) to enable more data like this to be aggregated to provide county wide (or larger) datasets. This is also promoted by Local Government (LG) Inform who provide the ability to aggregate date on their site, with the aim of providing data on a national level.
It is hoped that the West Yorkshire allotment map is the first seed in a whole crop of aggregated datasets!
#HighwaysHack took place on 21 and 22 October 2016 at ODI Leeds. The hack was organised by Highways England and ODI Leeds to try to tackle problems and find solutions in transport. Over 100 people attended the hack where there were three challenges:
- Better journeys for everyone;
- Lane availability;
- The future of the network.
Several applications and services were created during the event, including a Highways route rater (allowing preferences to be set by the user), a Journey planner (based on congestion on regular journeys and indicating which times are busiest), a Roads policy data dashboard for new offices, a Little car counter (a simple counter for indicating traffic flow on local roads), and a service for transporting freight using unused space in cars.
For details of the challenges, datasets and the interesting things that happened on the day, see #HighwaysHack .