Lucy Knight • TEDxPlymouthCityCouncil
NOTE FROM TED: TEDx events are independently organized by volunteers. The guidelines we give TEDx organizers are described in more detail here: http://storage.ted.com/tedx/manuals/tedx_content_guidelines.pdf Plymouth is blessed with a great variety of green spaces, from the very formal and high profile places such as The Hoe to the secluded, semi-wild, Derriford Park and Poole Farm. Across Plymouth, individuals, community groups and organisations are taking action to support biodiversity by rewilding grass verges, creating new habitats, planting trees, inspiring connection with nature through art installations and events such as Illuminate and much more. But there isn't always good data about how people use green spaces or what they find most valuable, and this means there are fewer opportunities to improve them – for example with better infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists - especially at a time when money is in short supply. Lucy will talk about the power of open data in fields that have previously been data rich but where that data is not shared effectively. She works with The Data Place, a new and growing social enterprise in Plymouth committed to building sustainable open data ecosystems. It is working with a range of partners, including the ERDF-funded Green Minds project in Plymouth, on multi-year projects that aim to change both the way green and other urban spaces are managed, but also the way they are seen by the public. The team is made up of data scientists, designers, community builders and strategists helping people and places thrive. They work to increase the flow and value of open data in local, regional and national economies.