What is Open Data?
Open data is data that anyone can access, use and share. For sport and physical activity session this involves publishing open data about what, where and when activities are taking place to make it easier for people to find and book sessions around them. This data is likely to include session descriptions including locations, times, prices and availability but will never include personal or commercially sensitive details.
How does it work?
The Moving More Activity Finder uses open data to advertise physical activity opportunities to people in Hertfordshire. Open data is about making your activities and sessions easier for participants to find, in the same way that it's simple to search and book a flight, hotel room, or order a takeaway. It involves activity deliverers sharing details on such as class times, locations and costs within systems that are Open Active compliant, then the Activity Finder pulls that information into one place so that everyone can find out what is available local to them. Potentially sensitive details, such as names, emails and payment information, are not involved in open data and will not be requested.
Opening your data simply means making it easier for people to find out about your activity. The more people know about you and your opportunity, the more people are likely to join in!
The video below explains a lot more about how open data works and the potential benefits it can bring:
Who is OpenActive?
OpenActive is a community-led initiative with the ambition to help people in England get more physically active using open data. The initiative is hosted by the Open Data Institute and run by a community of volunteers from across the physical activity sector backed by grant funding from Sport England and DCMS. Together, OpenActive set the national standards and strategy for use of open data in the physical activity sector.
Below is another video produces by OpenActive to explain further: