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Jeni Tennison, Technical Director of the Open Data Institute

Jeni Tennison

Biography: Jeni Tennison

Jeni Tennison is the Technical Director of the Open Data Institute. As a developer, she specialises in open data publishing and consumption, including XML, JSON and linked data APIs. She trained as a knowledge engineer, gaining a PhD in collaborative ontology development. Jeni was the technical architect and lead developer for legislation.gov.uk and worked on the linked data aspects of data.gov.uk. She is author of several technical books and was appointed to the W3C’s Technical Architecture Group in 2011. She is also a member of the Open Data User Group and of the Government Linked Data Group.

Twitter: @JeniT

Presentation: The Why, What and How of Open Data

Track: Building Web APIs: Opening & Linking your Data / Time: Thursday 11:30 - 12:20 / Location: Fleming Room

Open data can be used to improve collaboration between organisations; it can support the maintenance of your organisation's datasets, improving its decision making; and it can even increase sales. But to realise these benefits, you need a strategy for using open data that is embedded into your processes and applications. In this session, Jeni will talk about the different reasons organisations have for adopting open data, and how these reasons translate into different technical approaches for opening up that data on the web. She will discuss how to evaluate your organisation's data assets as potential sources of open data, and how to deal with the thorny issues of derived and personal data. She will also highlight how, just as in open source development, engaging with a community is often the difference between success and failure.