ODI Summit 2015 took place at London’s BFI Southbank on November 3, 2015. Leyla Arsan, CEO of TAGES, was also there to participate and discuss about innovation and excellence in open data around the World.
With the theme Generation Open: ODI Summit 2015, organized by the Open Data Institute, welcomed innovators and entrepreneurs, customers and citizens, students and parents who embrace network thinking on November 3, 2015 at London’s BFI Southbank. Many influencers were invited to the summit as key-note speakers such as Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Martha Lane Fox, Neelie Kroes and Sir Nigel Shadbolt where Leyla Arsan, CEO of TAGES, was also there as a participant.
The social, governmental, and economic aspects and future opportunities as well as challenges were discussed throughout the day in panels, and by more than 70 speakers from business, government, the arts, start-ups and charities.
In one of the sessions of the Summit, why the cities should open their data to public was discussed. City data provides an incredible resource for digital entrepreneurs. The graph in the picture shows how much and what type of data is open and how much potential they hold. Open data helps cities to get smarter with the help of the public where Istanbul is one of the cities which needs to open its data to public. TAGES, as one of the partners of the CitySDK project, had organized 2 hackathons named HACKATHONIST to solve the transportation problem of Istanbul in 2013 and 2014 by opening Istanbul transport data. Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, as one of the project partners had provided the application developers with Istanbul’s real time traffic related data. The applications developed in the hackathons were awarded. However, Istanbul has more potential for the future opportunities and improvements in the city by keeping its data open and opening new types of data.
When the business data, public data and citizen data is linked to each other, the area they intersect may be called a gold mine for data analysts as the most powerful insights are derived there. For example; Open Sensors, one of the participants in the Summit, is a start-up is an Internet of Things company providing public and private infrastructure for real-time data. Their mission is to make it easy for people to create smart products which actually combine all three types of data together with an open data focus. They believe by embracing open data, they can give individuals and organizations the tools they need to experiment, innovate, research and build better systems and opportunities, ranging from business to art to government. ViziCities, another participant of the Summit, is a 3D geospatial visualisation platform showing real-world cities using open-source web technology to help wider audiences understand urban planning projects, data journalism and much more. Businesses using this type of applications or start-ups can understand the needs or the problems of their customers better, and governments also can spot the pain points of their citizens and improve the standard of living.
The film titled as Human Face of Big Data was also screened during the event. You can watch the trailer here: