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Start Time: 13 November 2012 17:00
End Time: 13 November 2012 19:00

2012 Cathie Marsh Memorial Lecture
at the Royal Statistical Society

Open Data

Increasing amounts of public sector information are being made available to the public as a result of the UK government's open data initiative. It is hoped that wide availability of such open data will promote transparency of government, improve policy-making, and boost business innovation. This meeting will focus on statistics and data, considering what is available and what could be made available. Progress requires an effort on the part of producers - data needs to be in easily accessible formats and free of restriction on use and redistribution. At the same time, delivery of "open data" also raises some concerns and challenges, such as potential threat to privacy and the need for sound advice on the content and analysis of the data, not to mention resourcing and technology issues. 
The speakers will discuss the benefits and risks of open data, from the points of view of both providers and users of such data.

Iain Bell (Office for National Statistics)
Simon Briscoe
Vanessa Cuthill (Economic and Social Research Council)

John Pullinger (House of Commons Librarian and President-elect of the RSS)

Jointly organised by the RSS Social Statistics Section and the Social Research Association.

Registration & refreshments from 4.30pm

The lecture will be followed by a wine reception.

There is no charge for the lecture but there is usually high demand for places so pre-registration is essential.

Meeting contact: Jouni Kuha

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