This year’s first Geovation open data master class took place on Thursday 16 October in Tech Hub Swansea. We partnered with Ordnance Survey to host the event, with support from IT specialists Software Alliance Wales.

Our data masters (experts), along with data experts from Ordnance Survey helped data enthusiasts download, edit, visualise and combine different datasets. We worked through tutorials and offered best practice tips to the attendees who came from a range of backgrounds – there were biochemists in the room, along with students and geographers, who were unsurprisingly delighted to see the information could be displayed geographically!

The GeoVation master classes offer prospective GeoVation challenge entrants an opportunity to gain a better understanding of how they can use our data and Ordnance Survey mapping data in their solution. By talking to attendees throughout the day, it was apparent that they also valued the chance to learn from and network with data users from different backgrounds.

For Land Registry, taking part in these events gives us the chance to hear about the wide range of ways our data is being used, and how seemingly unrelated datasets can be combined for geographic applications.

Not only have attendees provided us with feedback on our current data offerings, but they are also helping us to learn about new requirements for future data releases. That’s important because we’re continuing to support open data and we plan to release all our licensable datasets by 2018 as part of our digital journey – LR Connect.

If you missed out on the first event don’t worry, there are still spaces available in the Liverpool, Newcastle and Birmingham classes. Check out the links below to learn more about the GeoVation challenge or to sign up for a masterclass:

Lorna Jordan
By Lorna Jordan,
Product Manager at HM Land Registry, UK House Price Index