From messy data to open knowledge: a social data workshop with Gaia Marcus

Friday, 16 December 2016

11:00 a.m.

ISI Red Room

Gaia Marcus, Youth Homelessness Databank Manager

How many young people are homeless in the UK? How can we collating and opening-up a big amount of messy data to develop open knowledge? Gaia Marcus of Centrepoint will share the experience of the Youth Homelessness Databank in a special workshop at ISI Foundation in Torino, Friday 16th October at 11 am.

The event will focus on the work of the UK's first central source for youth homelessness data. Centrepoint's Youth Homelessness Databank is a partnership/publishing-driven project that displays all government data, data from 80% of local council areas, and is working on adding data from charities and housing providers. Goal of the project is to make sense of a very fragmented picture (in the UK there are over 800 data owners in the youth homelessness data), leading to a simple answer for a simple question (“how many young people are homeless in the UK?”).

The workshop with Gaia Marcus is a natural extension of Data For Social Good and Development, a special project coordinated by ISI Foundation and promoted by Fondazione Cariplo in collaboration with Compagnia di San Paolo and Fondazione CRT, with the ambition of giving the organizations working on social innovation and international cooperation the most advanced tools to extract new value from data and boost their growth.