March Meeting

Posted on 3rd Mar 2017 by James

Paul, Gregory and Luke talked through their experiences of Open Data Camp. If you’d like to know about any of the talks in more detail, please check out the talk grid – this contains links to information about each talk.


Group Annotation of NECA and Urban Observatory Data Sets

Posted on 2nd Mar 2017 by James

Thanks to Gregory Marler for leading February’s event.

Attendees were invited to dive into the NECA Travel API and Urban Observatory API. Collated notes are available on Hackpad.

NE Data Meetup - December (Grab a Ticket!)

Posted on 7th Nov 2016 by James

Topic: Deciding the direction for 2017!

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November Meetup Presentation – Adrià Mercader (Frictionless Data)

Posted on 7th Nov 2016 by James

Adrià Mercader

Adrià Mercader – Frictionless Data


November Meetup Presentation – Dylan McKee (Parking Fairy)

Posted on 7th Nov 2016 by James

Dylan McKee

Dylan McKee – NEData Parking Fairy presentation [PDF]


November Meetup Presentation – Phil Jackman (Durham County Council)

Posted on 7th Nov 2016 by James


Phil Jackman – Durham County Council [PDF]


NE Data Meetup - November (Grab a Ticket!)

Posted on 28th Oct 2016 by James

Our next meeting will be on Thursday November 3rd meeting at Campus North in Newcastle.


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Website update - Richer data from

Posted on 29th Aug 2016 by James

A little behind-the-curtain structural update, and an update to the front functionality of the site.

We’re now pulling dataset information from all our councils with profiles – lists of data and last update times. That should give a better indication of which data is freshest! Example: Newcastle City Council page.


August Activity Session - Data Roundup

Posted on 5th Aug 2016 by Paul Armstrong

Hi Everyone.

Caught up in my usual inspired frenzy following the meetups I agreed to write a quick post so here goes.

I snapped some photos of the Post-It’s and decided to pick a couple of issues where I know things are happening or data is available to see if this would spark any ideas or even give people the opportunity to get involved in any work currently ongoing. I’ve also tried to include links to peoples’ twitter handles so hopefully you can get in touch.

The three topics I’ve chosen are Pollution, Housing Occupancy and Crime Stats. Obviously I’m happy to expand this out if anyone finds it useful or has any questions or interest in a particular area, I’m thinking litter could potentially be the next.

Post-it Challenges 1
Post-it Challenges 2
Post-it Challenges 3


In March we had a presentation from Phil James who is Academic Lead on the Urban Observatory at Newcastle University. In his presentation Phil introduced the Urban Observatory, what they do and the datasets which they publish via their API.

Phil also described some of the issues they experience, with absolute (rather than relative) air quality being extremely difficult and very expensive to measure. However, he presented some of the innovative ways they are using other related datasets as indicators which can be used to forecast or predict air quality, for example traffic stats and noise levels have direct correlations to air quality.

I would encourage anyone who hasn’t already to check out the Urban Observatory as it really is a great resource. Likewise you can see lots of crossover with the data published by the Urban Traffic Management Control (UTMC) and see how using these two together could result in some really interesting city projects and insights. Some good examples of these datasets being used can be found in the entries to the recent Data Movement competition run by UTMC and the Digital Catapult at Sunderland Software City.

Housing Occupancy

A great example of work that has been done using housing occupancy open data (in Leeds) is the Empties Map created by Tom Forth from Imactivate and ODI Leeds. This shows the number of empty homes in every ward in Leeds, for the last decade, on a map. Leeds has made huge progress on filling empty homes and wanted to make the data they release on it more visible. This view and presentation of the data is also being used to make the case for more housing in Leeds and has acted as a catalyst for Leeds City Council to release more open data on housing.

Crime Stats

All ‘crime’ information for England, Wales and Northern Ireland is currently published by the Police. From this site you can download street-level crime, outcome, and stop and search data as a CSV format. They have an API which gives access to detailed crime data and information about individual police forces and neighbourhood teams. You can also download data on police activity, and a range of data collected under the police annual data requirement (ADR) including arrests and 101 call handling. All the data on this site is made available under the Open Government Licence.

A great example of where this data has been used is the work done by Jamie Whyte from Trafford Innovation and Intelligence Lab. Crime and Safety Profile API is a tool which automatically pulls data from, and counts it according to the selected geography (area). It can provide data to at least LA level for every Local Authority in England and Wales, with some down to ward level and town centres etc.

Just to also take this opportunity to signpost you to the Newcastle library data updated with new metadata as I mentioned at the meeting. We would really love your feedback on this – was it useful, do you think there is anything missing or can you think of a way we can do things better?

Cheers and hopefully see you all next month

Paul (@eighty5uk)

Post-it Challenges 1 Post-it Challenges 2 Post-it Challenges 3

NE Data Meetup – September (Grab a Ticket!)

Posted on 5th Aug 2016 by James

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday September 7th, at Bunker Coffee in Newcastle.

This month, we’re collaborating with Helix Arts HADADi to bring ideas about arts and data together.

Please note the schedule, outlined below, differs from our usual.

HADADi prides itself on informality – participants are welcome to drop in and out as they like. We’d encourage participants to stay for the entirety of the data workshop but will provide a break at 7pm for anyone who is unable to stay later.

5pm – Venue open (Auditorium in Bunker Coffee). Welcome snacks and drinks.

5:30 – HADADi-led show and tell of artistic projects. If you have something you’d like to demo, please let Dominic know at the beginning of the session for a slot (~5-10 minutes). Preference for data-inspired projects.

6:15 – Helix Arts’ Catherine introduces NICAP. Dominic presents an intro to the interface between data and art.

6:30 – NE Data present a brief introduction to open data with an emphasis on the North East scene.

6:40 – Workshop to mix art and data practice on one or more of the civic themes identified by the NE Data community last month:

  • Health and well-being.
  • Skills and jobs.
  • ‘Digital divide’ and data accessibility.

7:30 – Social mixer over light food.

8pm – Venue close.

Please either register here or contact Helix Arts.