It offers advice on how to be strategic in your use of open
data, guidance on making the case for open data within your institution, and provides
a set of activities for building data skills. The guide is based on training workshops
run by the Open Data Institute (ODI) for the ‘Creating value from open data’ project.
The project was led by Universities UK in partnership with the ODI and Jisc. It set
out explore the value of open data in UK higher education and promote a better
understanding of how universities can benefit from it.
We ran a series of workshops with professional groups and universities to examine
the opportunities and challenges associated with open data in higher education. We
learned that open data could potentially be applied to better utilisation of space,
student engagement via learner analytics and sharing research equipment. However,
a clear focus emerged on the role open data could play in providing services to
With this in mind, we ran an Open Data Mashup Day on 17 November 2015 bringing
together university managers, student developers and data experts to explore how
open data can enhance the student journey. The day culminated in an award by Jisc
of support for the development of the winning ‘BookMart’ app pitched by John Lacey,
a graduate trainee at Lancaster University.