The collection and analysis of data is disrupting every industry and academic field. Problems faced with datasets that have user entered data, centred around locations such as names and addresses are largely the same for everyone: incomplete data and data in different formats.
Resident Entrepenuer Stacey Grigolava is developing a data source with connected location based open data that can be used to easily normalise inconsistent datasets and enrich existing data with census demographics or climate information, making it easier for users to segment and analyse data.
Documentation is a key barrier to access for less experienced users, so Stacey is developing clear, example driven documentation so that even those not in a technical field can access and gain value from the data.
The main focus of her Resident Entrepreneur project is to establish what data points are the most valuable to prospective users and to develop them into a beta service. In addition she’ll be researching and developing a community space that will not only provide technical support but encourage users to share projects and ideas that have been built with the data source.
Stacey said: “I hope to explore how to best connect with academic institutions and students with the data source to enhance and compliment their learning. Having learned to code in the last five years, I am a big advocate for making the profession more accessible, particularly for underrepresented groups and I need to understand (through user interviews and analysis) how best we would serve those groups”.