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SWUX Goes to Somerset - Talk: 'The UX of Open Data'

This 1st Talk in Somerset is from: Dr Ian Dickinson, Lead Designer and Senior Engineer with Epimorphics Ltd., Portishead

We're really keen to start talks/workshops in Somerset - we know there are creatives/UX folk based in the area who'd love to meet. If any of you based in Bristol would be interested in coming along, we'll try to facilitate car/transport sharing.

'The UX of Open Data'
Great user experiences are founded on a clear understanding of the users of a service, and their needs, but what happens when the central aim of the service is to let users discover their own uses? This is one of the dilemmas of open data publishing.

Organisations, including many government departments and public sector bodies, are moving towards making their data assets open and accessible to allow users to find their own uses for the data. While very welcome, this move presents challenges to designers trying to make access to that data as open and straightforward as possible.

Drawing on a recent project with the Land Registry of England and Wales, and other open datasets, this talk looks at the user experience of open data. What are the challenges, and how can we begin to address them?

Speaker's Bio
Dr Ian Dickinson, Lead Designer and Senior Engineer with Epimorphics
Ltd. Epimorphics, a software company based in Portishead, specialising in linked open data technology and applications. He has worked with a variety of clients to create bespoke applications to make datasets open, accessible and understandable.

Venue Info: The Studio, Langport, central Somerset

This unique venue is a hub for creatives in the central Somerset area providing for:

co-working, events and meeting space located in Langport, central Somerset.
Become part of the local co-working community, attend or host an event or workshop to share and learn new skills and enjoy focussed and efficient meetings in our meeting space, or come along to our Wake Up Wednesday Networking breakfasts (every Wednesday morning 8am-9am).

The Studio is a well-facilitated open space that encourages collaborative working amongst freelance professionals, micro-businesses and start-ups.

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