This post is by Lucy Chambers, Community Coordinator at the Open Knowledge Foundation, and Irina Bolychevsky, Product Owner for CKAN.

On December 3, Open Data Day, for one day only we’ll have a crack-team of coders ready to break data out of its internet and load it into the Data Hub for you to use!

If you have data in non-machine readable formats, i.e. that needs to be extracted from a website, let us know and we will see if we can help you get it out!

This event is open to all, journalists, concerned citizens or tech-geeks-in-training, anyone who needs a helping hand.

How can I join in?

Have a dataset in mind that you need to get hold of in machine-readable format?

Let us know what you are looking for via the Google form. Then, if you are in London, swing by on the day to keep us company with witty chat while we try and get it for you. We’ll try and get as many datasets as possible released in one day.

If we don’t get them all done, we’ll organise a speed-geeking event in the near future to try and complete them.

Coder / Data Wrangler?

We need you! If you can screen scrape or have data wrangling abilities, come along (either virtually or in person) to hang out, drink good coffee and wrangle.

Vital Statistics

  • When: Open Data Day – 3rd December
  • Meet: Foyer of the Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8D
  • Time: 11 a.m. -> Milking time
  • Can’t make it in person?: Join us on (Room: #okfn).
  • Web chat:
  • Hashtags: #seizedata (local) and #odhdLDN (to join the rest of the Open Data Day cities as they work).


  1. Register via the meetup page

  2. Let us know which datasets you would like to see and be able to use via the Google form

Any questions, drop us a line on info [at]

Data wants to be free

Remember that and you’ll never go wrong.

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Lucy is a free range "tech-translator", blogging about her work at

Formerly, Lucy worked for Open Knowledge leading School of Data, co-editing the Data Journalism Handbook and coordinating the OpenSpending community.

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