January 2016 meetup at the National Library of Scotland

Cross-posted from This evening I’m at Open Knowledge Edinburgh Meet Up 19, at the National Library of Scotland on George IVth Bridge, organised by OK Scotland. I’ll be liveblogging so, as usual, any corrections, tweaks, comments etc. are very much welcome. Tonight’s event has seven lightning talks: Gill Hamilton (NLS): Welcome Pippa Gardner (Urban Tide): Scottish Government more »

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Heat map of air quality in Glasgow, 2013

Getting the Measure of Scotland’s Air Pollution Problem

Air Pollution in Scotland Air pollution concentrations are so high they are breaking national safety standards and damaging health in many parts of Scotland. Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen, and even less likely places such as Inverness, all have Pollution Zones where toxic air levels regularly break Scottish regulatory standards — standards which were due to be more »

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Semantic Web views from EKAW 2014

Last week (24th to 28th of November 2014) I attended the the 19th International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management (EKAW2014). Set in Linköping, a charming (and chilly) city in Sweden, the conference had a strong focus on Semantic Web related areas, such as Description Logics, OWL and Linked Data. For tweets about the more »

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Scottish Linked Data Interest Group workshop

The School of Informatics hosted the 3rd Scottish Linked Data Interest Group Workshop on the 10th September 2014, following on from two successful workshops earlier in the year organised by Jeff Pan in the University of Aberdeen. The event brought together a diverse set of about 30 people with different interests and perspectives on Linked more »

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Open Licensing at the National Library of Scotland

New Metadata and Digital Content Licensing Policy Post by Gill Hamilton, Digital Access Manager, National Library of Scotland The National Library of Scotland is working on procedures and guidance to support a new and developing Metadata and Digital Content Licensing policy. As part of this work the Library has released collection metadata associated with the First World War Official Photographs under a CC0 license more »

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FoC design spec

Coders of the future, and Open Data

Way back in August, cities all over the UK played host to Young Rewired State Festival of Code, the national hackathon for under 19s. Edinburgh was no exception, and every day for a week around 16 young people — mostly regulars from the Prewired coding club took up residence in the University of Edinburgh’s Appleton more »

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Gill Hamilton and NLS Award

Edinburgh September Meetup at SCVO

Our September OpenDataEDB meetup was kindly hosted by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) at their offices in Lauriston Street. We are also grateful to 1partCarbon for generously sponsoring refreshments for the meet-up. Edinburgh Living Lab First off, we heard from James Stewart about a new collaboration between several departments in the University of more »

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Discussion at Scottish Parliament Meetup

Our Open Data Meetup at the Scottish Parliament

We were honoured and excited to have been hosted by the Scottish Parliament, who took the opportunity to announce their new open data page at The page is just a starting point and Parliament is looking for suggestions and feedback on how information is presented and what type of data should be included over more »

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Open Council Tax

After rent and utilities, council tax is often the greatest expense in keeping a roof over my head. When I was last looking for a flat in Edinburgh, I wanted to see a map of council tax rates across the city to help me choose an affordable place to live. Unfortunately, the City of Edinburgh more »

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OSM Gorbals Close-up by Gary C Martin is licensed under CC-BY-2.0

Our first Open Data Maker Night

Open Knowledge Scotland’s first Open Data Maker Night at TechCube had a good turn out with a great variety of people from different backgrounds and with different interests in making with data. After throwing up some ideas, several groups were formed and here is what came out:  Some people came along to learn more about more »

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Screenshot of Scotland's Open Data Portals

Scotland’s Open Data

I recently spent a couple of hours throwing together a list of resources about open data for an informal tutorial targeted at undergraduate students involved in the Smart Data Hack. Part of my input was a list of Scottish public data and vocabularies compiled in 2010 by Peter Winstanley. Since then, I’ve been wondering about more »

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