Import•io is supporting the ODI Midata Hackathon this weekend the 17th and 18th of November 2012. It is the first Midata Hackathon organised by the Open Data Institute (ODI) and the aim is to explore the future of personal data. A future in which consumers will have easy access to information collected about them by businesses. If you’re a developer, designer, or data expert, this event will be very interesting for you.
Rich Wilson from import•io will be running a workshop on how to search, collect, and mix data sources, as well as how to extract data from online sources in minutes, without coding! He will also be mentoring teams and demonstrating how to use code snippets to integrate the import•io API into applications, as well as use the Microsoft Excel plugin, but attendees will also be able to ask him for any data that they need.
More and more data is being generated online which contains information about the consuming choices that are made. Businesses use this data to develop new products and services, and approach consumers by using alongside advertising when they visit their favourite websites. So far consumers have not been able to access or use these datasets.
By giving consumers the ability to obtain their data electronically, Midata gives power back to consumers. Accessing data about purchasing and consumption behaviour can help consumers to make better decisions in the future.
by Eleni Velonaki