29 February 2016

Conversations with leading international open data experts will kick off this year’s Open Government Data Programme.

Joel Gurin, author of bestseller Open Data Now and President and Founder of the Center for Open Data Enterprise, pioneering open government expert Beth Noveck, and the Open Data Institute’s International Director Richard Stirling, will all take part in a series of Google Hangouts over the next six weeks.

“Open data is data that anyone can access, use or share. Simple as that,” says Rochelle Stewart-Allen from the Open Government Information and Data Programme at LINZ.

“When big companies or governments release non-personal data, it enables small businesses, citizens and researchers to develop resources which make crucial improvements to their communities.”

“Open Data is the world's greatest free resource - freely accessible public data that can drive entrepreneurship, business growth, scientific innovation, and programmes for the public good.

“We’re really excited to be able to bring world leaders in this space together for online engagement with the New Zealand open data community. Joel Gurin’s book Open Data Now was the first plain English book explaining the power of open data for people, and he’s going to be our first speaker.

“Anyone can register to take part in these hangouts, and be a part of the open data conversation for New Zealand. Open data has the power to do so much public good, and we really want to public to get on board and understand the value for them,” says Rochelle.

Google Hangout schedule:

Friday 26 February 9:00am – Joel Gurin
Joel is a leading international expert on open data, and author of Open Data Now - a book that has helped define the emerging field of open data.
View Joel Gurin's hangout

Saturday 5 March 11:30am – Beth Noveck
Beth Noveck is considered one of today's most innovative thinkers on government reform using digital technologies. Beth's vision of collaborative democracy includes utilising the power of open data to improve collaboration between government and citizens.
​View Beth Noveck's hangout

Friday 11 March 10:30am – Richard Stirling
Richard Stirling is the International Director of the Open Data Institute. Based in London, the institute was founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Sir Nigel Shadbolt in 2012 to connect, equip and inspire people around the world to promote innovation with open data.
​View Richard Stirling's hangout

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