Big Data – Open & free data available for use by businesses

Join the big data revolution

The UK boasts vast data sets open for public use, generated through world-class research activity and as a consequence of data-intensive public sector organisations.

The UK government and research community is committed to making this big data available for the benefit of our society and economy.

This unique day aims to remove the barriers for companies to access this open data, revealing how to extract value and insight for the benefit of your company- of all sizes and sectors. You will be equipped with expert guidance on how to take advantage of the data sets on offer, as well as introduced to enabling funding schemes and organisations that can help you to take raw data and make it into something valuable.

Exploit the UK’s research strength to create multiple opportunities

  • Provide insight into customer needs
  • Enable new products and services
  • Gain competitive advantage
  • Drive innovation and R&D


The Hartree Centre, a collaboration between STFC and IBM, is offering companies attending the event on voucher prizes to obtain access to Big Data facilities and resources to run data analytics Proof of Concepts (PoCs) projects. The vouchers, to be spent within the Hartree Centre, will be awarded to organisations who best articulate clear business objectives, future growth potential within their sector and use of publically available data presented on the day.

Announcement of voucher competition, with more detailed description of the terms and conditions, will be described at the event.

Hosted by the Big Innovation Centre there will be presentations from the UK’s Research Councils, the Public Data Group companies, the Technology Strategy Board and the Connected Digital Economy Catapult. There will also be a panel session and networking lunch, providing an opportunity to discuss your needs, potential projects or collaborations with peers and experts.

To view the day’s programme, click here.

Meet the Experts

The UK’s Research Councils spend £3 billion a year on research, across seven disciplines from science and technology to the natural environment, focusing on societal and economic impact. The Public Data Group of companies, including the Met Office, Ordnance Survey, Companies House and Land Registry collects huge amounts of data through their everyday operations. This is an opportunity to see directly and clearly what dataset they offer that are available for use by industry.

Big Data: one of the government’s eight great technologies

The British government estimates that by 2017 the big data marketing will have increased the UK economy by £216 billion and created 58,000 new jobs. In February 2014 the UK government announced £73 million in new funding to assist the use of big data, with a commitment to the game-changing data revolution. Data infrastructure in the UK is supported by £189 million of investment derived from the 2012 Autumn Statement, much of which went to the UK’s Research Councils, which operate high levels of industrial capabilities.

The day benefits from the setting of Harwell Oxford, one of the UK’s national science and innovation campuses, a thriving eco-system of research, innovation and collaboration between academia, government and industry.

To register for this free event please visit the Eventbrite page.

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