NESTA Birmingham

Friday afternoon was an interesting few hours, Simon Whitehouse of Digital Birmingham had organised an event for anyone interested in putting in a bid for the NESTA Make It Local competition.

I got to meet Hadley Beeman who has been putting together some really exciting ideas on crowdsourcing data conversion for the public data that’s been released recently — hoping to help get the data out of Excel and other tabular formats and into something more flexible.

The NESTA competition is focussed on bringing together local government and local digital media businesses; bids have to be led by a local authority, must use local firms for implementation and must use previously unreleased data. As Simon pointed out, that puts those who gave already released data at a disadvantage to those who haven’t, though helping those who haven’t started releasing data to get going can’t be a bad thing.

Talking with others there brought out some great ideas