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COMP6214 Open Data Innovation

Module Overview

Open data, pitched as the raw material of the new industrial revolution, holds great promise, but how do you exploit this new resource? This course is specifically designed to give students a greater understanding on how to innovate with open data. This course introduces the tools, techniques and skills required to rapidly innovate using data and how to pitch these ideas to potential investors. The course balances technical and non technical content throughout allowing development in all skill areas required to make a career in rich applications using open data.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Main current debates within the discipline and theories informing these debates
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Identify innovation opportunities for open data
  • Critically evaluate a large range of Infographics and interaction techniques suitable for different tasks
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Pitching an innovative idea to industry leaders
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate and apply suitable UX and human engagement factors to build a compelling rich application
  • Apply appropriate validation, cleaning and transformation to use, reuse and combine a multitude of complex datasets

Syllabus

Technical content: - Open Data formats (CSV, JSON, XML, RDF) - Web technologies (HTML5, Javascript, JQuery) - Validating and cleaning data (csvlint, jsonlint, open refine) - Visualising data (D3.js) Non-technical content: - Defining open data, benefits and risks - Infographics and interaction - Innovation and opportunities analysis - UX design - Human engagement and addiction - Pitching to investors

Learning and Teaching

TypeHours
Preparation for scheduled sessions12
Wider reading or practice40
Follow-up work12
Lecture24
Completion of assessment task62
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

HTML & CSS: Design and Build Web Sites. 

Interactive Data Visualization for the Web. 

Information Visualization: Perception for Design. 

Information Graphics. 

Managing Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation. 

Semantic Web Programming. 

Contemporary Intellectual Property: Law and Policy. 

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. 

HTML5 Foundations. 

JavaScript & JQuery: Interactive Front-end Web Development. 

Open Business Models: How To Thrive In The New Innovation Landscape. 

Best practices in data cleaning: a complete guide to everything you need to do before and after collecting your data. 

Open Data Now: The Secret to Hot Startups, Smart Investing, Savvy Marketing, and Fast Innovation. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Application 20%
Infographics and Interaction 40%
Innovation Pitch 20%
Report 20%

Repeat

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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