Friday 30 April 2021, 2.00pm - 3.30pm
Know your place: visualising the invisible with open data and free software with Tim Kershaw
Numerical data can tell us unexpected stories about the places where we work. This workshop focuses on the use of free software to view what would otherwise be invisible.
This workshop is intended for third sector professionals who are looking to gain a better understanding of how they can analyse data and gain insight into the people who are interacting with their organisation.
What you will take away from this workshop:
- A greater awareness of free software platforms and open data sources.
- Skills in visualising geo-referenced data in an easy to use and free online platform.
- Confidence to explore and learn more about how numerical data can become new knowledge.
To get the most out of this workshop, you will need:
- An internet browser (ideally Google Chrome) and Microsoft Excel.
- To be comfortable with using an internet browser and basic Excel skills.
This session is open to any charity sector employees and volunteers across the UK. Where spaces are limited priority will be given to grant holders of The William Grant Foundation, The Robertson Trust, Inspiring Scotland, The National Lottery Community Fund and The RS MacDonald Charitable Trust.
About the trainer
Hi, I’m Tim Kershaw. I trained and practiced as an architect before developing an interest in the use of open data for making informed decisions and building strong narratives to support good causes. In late 2019 I founded Place and Purpose CIC to help community organisations across England and Wales to deliver on their goals through the use of data specific to their place. Place and Purpose also provides a platform for sharing knowledge and experience more broadly (a critical friends network), and support in finding affordable and high quality professional services.
On this personal journey, I have learned a lot about the huge amount of open data available, where to find it, and how to use it without paying for software or employing experts. I have converted this learning into a practical course that I have delivered in the private sector, and have now adapted to three sessions for The Curve 2021. Each workshop is designed to build on the others (so there is very little repetition), but also to work in isolation so that there is no need to have attended previous sessions.
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