Big Data – Open Data available from government institutions

Discover what data is already available from within government funded organisations

20th August 2014, Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

This unique day is aimed at any personnel within government departments that have an interest in the Open/Big Data agenda.

Its goal is to show, in one day of short sessions, the huge amount of data, scientific and general, that is already available for use through Open Data agreements.  This data is already available for government, commercial, academic and third sector users to access and interrogate but its availability is largely unknown by the wider public.

This event will have speakers from a number of government funded/owned entities that hold large amounts of interesting data.

To come to this event, please email


Programme of Events:

Time Organisation Speaker
Dep 08:51

Arr 09:37

Train from Paddington to Didcot Parkway Please purchase your own tickets
~09:45 Bus from Didcot railway station to RAL (if miss the mini-buses, taxis are available ~£15/trip) Bus to be arranged by STFC.  If you arrive on a later train, please take a taxi
10:00 – 10:20 Reception and coffee Conference Room 12 and 13,


10:20 –


Introduction and scoping summary Chris Fleming,

Head of Data and Analytics

Government Office for Science

10:30 – 10:45 Welcome and introduction to STFC


John Womersley,

Chief Executive


10:50 –


Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Andrea Sharpe,

Knowledge and Innovation Manager (Environmental Data),


11:10 – 11:25 Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) Lee Beniston, Senior Business Interaction Manager (Technology Industries)


11:30 – 11:45 Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) TBC
11:50 – 12:05 Hartree Centre, Science & Technology Facilities Council(STFC)


Lee Hannis, Big Data Innovation Manager Hartree Centre,


12:05 –


Tour of RAL site


Details to come
13:15 –


14:00 – 14:15 Land Registry Lynne Nicholson, Senior Product Manager, Land Registry
14:20 – 14:40 Met Office Alex Bailey – Strategic Relationship Manager, Met Office
14:45 – 15:00 Ordnance Survey TBC


15:05 – 15:20 Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Wendy Matcham

Portfolio Manager, Creative Arts and Digital Humanities, AHRC

15:25 – 15:40 Companies House

by video conference

Lynn Lynch, Head of Customer Insight, Companies House
15:45 – 16:00 Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) – by video conference Professor Philip Treleaven, Director of the UK Centre for Financial Computing &

Analytics and Professor of Computing.




Kelly Ryan

Research Facilitator


Department of Computer Science

University of Oxford

Wolfson Building

Parks Road





Tel:    +44 (0) 1865 610691

Fax:    +44 (0) 1865 273839