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Open Data Event – 21st March at RSE

Open Data in Government, Innovation and Research

Electronic access to all kinds of data is possible in this ‘information age’; including cancer patient DNA sequences, civil servant salaries, traffic accident reports, academic publications, or the contents of your inbox. Indeed, data sharing has the potential to touch every aspect of our lives, simultaneously raising concerns and offering huge benefits. For example, economic growth in the private sector is energised by access to public data. Where and how do openness and concealment meet? What makes large datasets a gold-mine or landfill? How can Open Data work for business? Who holds the keys to information about you?

A panel of experts bring diverse viewpoints to the debate:Flyer

– Geoffrey Boulton OBE, FRS, FRSE, DSc, PhD, Chair, Royal Society Policy Report on ‘Science as an Open Enterprise’

– David Carr, Policy Adviser, The Wellcome Trust

– William St. Clair FBA, FRSL, PhD, Chairman of the Board at Open Book Publishers

– Roger Halliday, Chief Statistician at the Scottish Government

– Donald Taylor, Lead Software Specialist at Selex ES



6:45 for 7pm until 8:30pm on 21st March 2014 at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, George St., Edinburgh, EH2 2PQ

This is a free ticketed public event, hosted by the RSE Young Academy of Scotland Open Data Working Group. To reserve a place please contact Sam Webb: or write to the above address.