Some of the more eagle eyed among you may have noticed a logo appearing next to some of our surgery dates denoting them as an “Open Data Surgery”:
Where you see this logo it means that as well as being able to attend a surgery to find support on social media there will also be someone there willing and able to discuss Open Data with you.
But what does this mean?
Open data is essentially all the facts, figures and statistics government and other public sector organisations release that we as citizens have the right to see and use. This can include things such and local authority spending. census information, road accident data, demographic information etc.
With this data you can do many things such as evidence eligibility for funding bids , campaign for change or show your groups value to an area. You just need to know what it is you’d like to achieve and then start looking for the data to use or support it.
Will this be available at every surgery?
Surgery Managers have the option on whether to offer open data support on a event by event basis, depending on the availability and skills of the volunteer surgeons. So, Surgeons if you have the skills to be able to offer this type of support, be sure to let your surgery manger know when you sign up so they can toggle this option on to the sessions you will be able to attend.
Then all you patients need to do it keep your eye out for the logo and introduce yourself to your surgery manager when you arrive to make sure you are paired up with the right person that’s signed up to offer open data support.