The first meeting of the Open Data User Group today heralded the announcement of the names of its 13 members.
The group met in London’s Tech City under the chairmanship of Heather Savory, who was appointed in May. The Government cites the group as being made up of "open data experts drawn from the worlds of business (including a significant SME representation as well as large national companies such as Sainsbury’s and Experian), civil society, academia and local government".
Amongst these members is Robert Barr, a member of the AGI Council and a former AGI chair. Also Gesche Schmid, Programme Manager, Transparency, Local Government Association, who is also a member of the AGI Council. Several other members of the GI community are also included, including Mick Corey of the UK Location User Group.
The complete member list is as follows:
- Heather Savory, Open Data User Group Chair
- Robert Barr, Chairman, Manchester Geomatics
- Jennie Campbell, Managing Director, MeteoGroup Ltd
- Mick Cory, Chair, UK Location User Group
- Sarah Hitchcock, Head of Network & Planning, Sainsbury’s
- Dominique Lazanski, Head of Digital Policy, Taxpayers’ Alliance
- Andrew Mackenzie, Open Mercia, and freelance consultant
- Paul Malyon, Product Manager, Experian QAS
- Christopher Royles, CTO, Pitney Bowes Software
- Gesche Schmidt, Programme Manager, Transparency, Local Government Association
- Jacqui Taylor, CEO, Flying Binary
- Roger Taylor, Director of Research and Public Affairs, Dr Foster
- Jeni Tennison, Director of Jeni Tennison, Consulting Ltd
- Adam Tickell, Pro Vice Chancellor, University of Birmingham
The official announcement that "the group will advise the Government on what public sector data it believes will have the greatest economic and social benefits for the UK and should therefore be released as open data".
To see the official announcement click HERE.
The GI Customer Group, Public Weather Service Customer Group and the Open Data Group are part of the Data Strategy Board (DSB).
The four BIS Trading Funds: Companies House, Land Registry, Met Office and Ordnance Survey are represented on the Public Data Group (PDG).