Category Archives: Talks

Talk at LIFT 2012

This week I’m at LIFT 2012 to give a talk on Open Data — and also to meet with the great bunch of Swisss Open Data folks!

Update 2012-02-24: Slides up

Open Data: How We Got Here and Where We’re Going


Over the past few years, there has an explosive growth in open data with significant uptake in government, research and elsewhere. Open data has the potential to transform society, government and the economy, from how we travel to work to how we decide to vote. But we have only just begun down this road, and the going, even so far, has not always been easy.

This talk will introduce the idea of open data, explain how, and why, we are where we are today, and, finally, look to the future of the rapidly evolving open data ecoystem.

Speaking on Digging into Open Data at Data Insights Meetup in Cambridge Today

I’ll be talking at Data Insights Meetup today on the topic of Digging into Open Data.




There has been growing interest, especially in government, in ‘open data’. This talk will explain what open data is, why it is important and go on to cover some of the Open Knowledge Foundation’s recent work in this area.

About the Open Knowledge Foundation

The Open Knowledge Foundation has been a pioneer in the field of open data since its inception in 2004. It works in a wide array of areas from sonnets to statistics, genes to geodata. Its open-source CKAN software powers, and dozens of other open data hubs around the world. For more information about the Foundation see and

Institute of Chartered Accountants’ Annual Lecture

Tomorrow evening (Thursday) I will be giving the ICAEW’s (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) IT faculty annual lecture. I will be talking on the topic of “Open Data: What, Why, How” — more info below.

The event is free, but unfortunately invite only due to limited capacity -(email to attend). So, if you don’t have anything planned and would like to find out more about the intersection of accountancy and open data (think OpenSpending) then why not come along!

Open Data: What, Why, How

There has been growing interest in many circles, and especially in government, regarding ‘open data’. In this lecture Rufus will explain what open data is, why it’s of interest to government and others, and finally explain how governments and others can ‘go open’.

Access to government data is essential to many of the webapps and digital services we’d like to see, from planning a journey to work to knowing where your taxes get spent. As well as covering the basic what, why, how of open data this lecture will look at examples of some of the most interesting work in this area and provide a vision for what the nascent open data ecosystem could look like.

Travelling: Brasilia, Amsterdam, Budapest then London

I’m travelling quite a bit over these next few weeks:

If you’re at any of these events (or are just located in any of these places) and are interested in open knowledge (data/content/etc) type stuff please get in touch!

Updates from the events:

Talking at Legal Aspects of Public Sector Information (LAPSI) Conference in Milan

This week on Thursday and Friday I’ll be in Milan to speak at the 1st LAPSI (Legal Aspects of Public Sector Information) Primer & Public Conference.

I’m contributing to a “primer” session on The Perspective of Open Data Communities and then giving a conference talk on Collective Costs and Benefits in Opening PSI for Re-use in a session on PSI Re-use: a Tool for Enhancing Competitive Markets where I’ll be covering work by myself and others on pricing and regulation of PSI (see e.g. the “Cambridge Study” and the paper on the Economics of the Public Sector of Information).

Update: slides are up.

Community, Openness And Technology

PSI: Costs And Benefits Of Openness

Talk at UKSG 2011 Conference

Yesterday, I was up in Harrogate at the UKSG (UK Serials Group) annual conference to speak in a keynote session on Open Bibiliograpy and Open Bibliographic Data.

I’ve posted the slides online and iframed below.


Over the past few years, there has an explosive growth in open data with significant uptake in government, research and elsewhere.

Bibliographic records are a key part of our shared cultural heritage. They too should therefore be open, that is made available to the public for access and re-use under an open license which permits use and reuse without restriction ( Doing this promises a variety of benefits.

First, it would allow libraries and other managers of bibliographic data to share records more efficiently and improve quality more rapidly through better, easier feedback. Second, through increased innovation in bibliographic services and applications generating benefits for the producers and users of bibliographic data and the wider community.

This talk will cover the what, why and how of open bibliographica data, drawing on direct recent experience such as the development of the Open Biblio Principles and the work of the Bibliographica and JISC OpenBib projects to make the 3 million records of the British Library’s British National Bibliography (BNB) into linked open data.

With a growing number of Government agencies and public institutions making data open, is it now time for the publishing and library community to do likewise?

Talking at British Library about Open Shakespeare

This Thursday I and James Harriman-Smith will be heading over to the British Library to give a talk on Open Shakespeare and possibilities for “Open Literature”.

Update: Slides from the Open Shakespeare presentation


This talk will introduce — an innovative new approach to Shakespeare’s works, and, eventually, any literary text. The website is, as far as we know, unique in providing both public domain texts and open tools for the analysis of Shakespeare.

One such tool, the annotator, will be a special focus of the presentation, since it offers the potential for producing the first ever critical edition of Shakespeare compiled by thousands and with no restrictions on how it is used.

As well as exploring the technical challenges presented by such a website and such tools, we will also speak more generally on the open-source movement and its impact on literary studies, the problems posed and opportunities offered by openness, and, finally, the future evolution of the project itself.