Category Archives: Data

Spotlight Story: Data Quality

Today, MK:Smart Research Associate Shuangyan Liu tells us how she makes data easy to interrogate, share and integrate to build smart applications.   What are you working on right now? I’m currently responsible for the quality of the data stored in the MK Data Hub. Data quality as a term is pretty self-explanatory—it refers to […]

Spotlight Story: Linked Data

As part of our series of interviews with the Data Science Group, today we meet Enrico Daga, Project Officer for Linked Data, who tells us why our understanding data licensing information is so important.   What is linked data? Linked data is a novel approach to publishing information on the World Wide Web in such […]

Spotlight Story: Urban Data Mining

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be introducing members of the Data Science Group and delving deep into their work on the MK Data Hub. Today we talk to Carlo Allocca, a Research Associate in Urban Data Mining, who’s currently working on a solution that will allow users of the MK Data Hub to reformulate the […]

New iteration of MK Data Hub to be developed for Manchester

A data hub similar to that used in Milton Keynes as part of the MK:Smart project is to provide one of the central infrastructure features of the Manchester CityVerve Initiative. MK Data Hub, jointly developed by The Open University and BT as part of the MK:Smart project, brings together data from a range of sensors […]

‘Ground Resistance’ now online!

Ground Resistance is a multi-site installation work by Wesley Goatley and Georgina Voss that creates a multiplicity of critical perspectives on the concept of the ‘smart city’. Drawing on the material in the MK Data Hub, this online component examines how urban open data is often abundant, but unevenly distributed. We invite you to take a […]

Water Monitor trial proves popular in Broughton

Households in Broughton have been signing up to participate in our trial of Water Monitor – a tool that provides them with information about their water use every week.    The Water Monitor trial team announced they were ready to recruit households in Broughton Gate, in May 2016. There was overwhelming response and almost 115 households signed up […]

Legacy opportunities for Milton Keynes’ Business Technology Sector

MK:Smart’s Commercial Manager, Rajinder Sharma, gave the Biztech (Business Technology Forum for Milton Keynes Board) an update on the project at their strategy meeting held at MK College yesterday. This included opportunities arising from current business engagement activities, such as inward investment, smart cities seminars, MK Data Hub networking events, the MK:Smart Graduate Tech Start-Up […]

MK:Smart at MKEX 2016

MKEX returns to Milton Keynes this Wednesday 22 June. This national exhibition, which showcases technology from education to industry, attracts exhibitors and visitors from all over the country. We’ll be on hand to explain how the MK:Smart project aims to improve the lives of Milton Keynes citizens as well as supporting the growth and development […]

MK Data Hub opens to the public

As a data sharing portal that provides free access to a huge variety of Milton Keynes datasets, the MK Data Hub is the beating heart of the MK:Smart project With Milton Keynes being one of the fastest growing cities in the UK and a great economic success story, the MK Data Hub was created by […]

MK:Smart wins Best Commercial Catalyst Award

The latest developments in MK Data Hub capability were shared on the International stage in Nice last week at TM Forum Live!– receiving huge interest and achieving the “Best Commercial Catalyst” award. Geoff Snelson, Director of Strategy at MK Council presented in the Smart Cities Summit, whilst a joint BT and OU  team led by […]

See.Sense wins top prize and an opportunity to work with MKSmart

See.Sense – a technology company based in Northern Ireland – picked up the the BT Infinity Lab SME Awards 2016: Connected Cities  for its ICON intelligent and connected cycle light, which was judged to have the greatest potential to make a difference to the cities of the future. They will now have the opportunity to work […]

MK:Smart meets Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP, visited the MK:Smart team in the Open University’s Knowledge Media Institute to learn more about the project and the OU’s cutting edge research and development of applications.  Led by the OU’s Vice-Chancellor, Peter Horrocks, the MK:Smart team, represented by Alan Fletcher […]