Can I help? Can you help?


image: Help by Patrick

One great thing about open data camp is the number of non-“data geeks”. This is important. Seeing yourself reflected in the lens of someone outside your community can bring fresh insight.

For example, asking for help. Personally, I’ve struggled to get help on certain topics. Even with a great community in Leeds and on twitter,  it can be like shouting into the wind.

So I shouldn’t have been surprised by this: “where can we go for help if we don’t know what we want, we aren’t techies, but we can define our problem?”. This came out of a discussion by FutureGov’s Marc Barto, Devon County Council’s Martin Howitt and myself called “How to release impossible data? Open discussion on #govdata #socialcare data”.

I don’t have all the answers but I can do something. I can help.

Let’s also manage expectations here: I don’t know everything nor everyone. I can’t promise that my help with be …helpful. I can’t promise to take on your problem or solve it. What I can do is point you in the right direction (if I know what that is!) or to the right people (same caveat) or to some helpful resources (same again).

I’m just one person, so if you’d like to do the same, no matter your expertise, let me know, let others know. Let’s have a conversation, lend a hand and pay it forward.

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