The annual Scottish Open Data Unconference returned on 5-6 November for its third year. This time we were hybrid with the bulk of attendees joining us physically at the ONE Tech Hub, Aberdeen

Over the two days attendees, primarily from civic society, participated in 31 themed discussions. These covered diverse topics such as Open Data’s contribution to the economyPolicy, Strategy and LegislationThe Technology behind Open Data Scotland; and The Ownership of Properties in Aberdeen City Centre. The organisers and participants wish to thank The Data Lab for their generosity in sponsoring the event, and ONE Tech Hub for providing the venue for the unconference.

screenshot of part of the Saturday session grid

You can download a PDF containing the notes captured on Miro from almost every session.

The final session on Sunday was an opportunity for participants to identify what we would like to announce from the weekend – eg the importance of open data; the current state of open data in Scotland; and what our ‘asks’ are of government and other bodies. We’ve created a statement from that session and which we have posted on our website, issued to government and the press, shared on mailing lists and social media. We hope that this acts as a positive spur to draw more attention to the importance of open data and get it more attention from all sectors.

Get involved

If you care about open data and want to get involved in conversations, or to help develop Open Data Scotland further we suggest joining the ODS Slack Community as a first step. There are lots of committed people there from many backgrounds with whom you can interact. See you there!