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Open Data in Government, Innovation and Research

More data have been collected in recent years than in previous human history, and can be instantaneously communicated – including cancer patient DNA sequences, 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, growth in the private sector is stimulated 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 should have access and why?

A panel of experts bring diverse viewpoints to the debate:Open Data

– 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.