Hi, I’m Scott and I’m an atmospheric scientist working around the world on air pollution projects. My work at the moment is spread between China, Saudi Arabia and the UK. I’m based in Glasgow, Scotland. I am a keen data scientist and many long days are spent developing pollution models and data visualisation platforms in R, Python and various GIS suites.
I’d like to see the UK and more specifically the Scottish Government, Local Government, and NGOs completely open up any datasets that have potential for third parties to add societal or commercial value. My gut is that there is a vast amount of data that could be generating wealth, employment and more importantly opportunities for developing public understanding of our environment.
My firm belief is that if the public paid for it, the data should be open- and that this should apply evenly to governments, academia, and the private sector working on public sector contracts.