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Midata hackathon and data donation

From: Adriana
Sent on: Monday, November 12, 2012 10:58 AM

A couple of weeks ago, at the QS meetup #13 I talked about Midata project and the upcoming Midata Hackathon. Midata is a project working on getting personal data out of organisations, business and institutions that interact with us such as utilities, supermarkets etc. My transaction and purchase history, for example, in an open data format, ready for further use and analysis by me.

The objective the Midata Hackathon is to demonstrate what information, insight etc can be extracted from various datasets of personal data and spend this weekend building various analytical applications to try and do so. This is to inspire those who don't necessarily care about data and its collection (yet) and showcase just how interesting and helpful data and its analysis can be for the individual user. Once people understand why their data matters, the

QS community is a natural starting point as it is full of people who already understand the benefits of data gathering and analysis. So a call went out to the community at the last meetup to donate any data sets that you can - for the sole purpose of having a go at analysing them at the Midata Hackathon. The datasets would be anonymised as much as possible and any results would be then shared with the data owner.

Those who already signed up here (, thank you very much. Please follow the instructions in the email you received so your data can be used and help further.

Those who are interested in donating their data sets, please sign up here

I think this is a worthwhile effort, for many reasons, and will very much appreciate any data that can be provided.

Many thanks and hope to see you at the next meetup.


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