Following the success of last month’s launch event, we focussed on the Aberdeen Data scene.

Following the obligatory pizza and beer networking session, we then moved on to a discussion of Open Data in the city led by Ian Watt of ODI Aberdeen. Open Data has the potential for huge economic and social benefit. We also had an update from Martin Murchie of Aberdeen City Council who has not only resurrected their open data programme but gave a commitment to work with the local community. We followed this with a quick exercise in prioritising open data requests. We later compiled this as a list which Aberdeen city will use to start their publication process.

Our next session was by RGU’s  Akinola Ogunsemi who spoke about the challenges of creating holistic, data-driven, service and supply chain optimisation.

We rounded out the evening with a talk (and hands-on demo on the Torry Air Quality Monitoring project by Kevin Mulhern from 57 North. He gave us an overview of the project, the data it is generating and how local data activists can support it and get involved.

Thanks to MBN Solutions and Data Lab Scotland for sponsoring this event.

You can find details of our forthcoming data meet-ups here.