LinkedGov – live at OpenTech 2011!

We’ve just posted a video (well, slides and audio) so you can recreate every scintillating moment of our OpenTech talk.

For audio from the full session (we followed Francis Irving of ScraperWiki and Paul Makepeace talking about Google Refine), you can check out Session 3 of the Opentech programme.

Thanks again for the warm reception and all the feedback. It was a great day for us!

LinkedGov celebrates as Chancellor prioritises open data

At LinkedGov we’re very pleased to have George Osborne reaffirm the government’s commitment to and backing of open public data. With mentions of hackcamps, public apps and the power of transparency in this morning’s speech by the Chancellor, the Treasury is demonstrating an appreciation for linked government data.

Underscoring the wisdom of crowds approach the Chancellor’s announcement about the recruitment of Beth Noveck to forward this agenda will add renewed focus to LinkedGov’s work. Beth Noveck’s work on public participation and collaboration is both well known and well regarded and we are excited to welcome her to our community.

It’s not yet clear whether Beth will be joining the Treasury, Cabinet Office or No 10 (or another dept) in her work but we look forward to what she’s bringing to the UK.

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May 2011
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A few words from our sponsors. Obesity and risk of hearing loss

Background & aims

The existing yet limited prospective studies reported conflicting results about obesity and hearing loss. We investigated the prospective association between obesity and hearing loss in a large-scale Japanese working population, as well as the association between metabolic phenotype and hearing loss. Read more about clinical trial services for drug development.

Methods

The study included 48,549 employees aged 20–64 years and free of hearing loss at baseline. Pure-tone audiometric testing was performed annually to identify hearing loss at 1 and 4 kHz. Cox proportional hazards regression was used to investigate the risk of hearing loss associated with body mass index (BMI) and metabolic phenotype (based on a BMI of ≥25.0/<25.0 kg/m 2 and presence/absence of ≥2 components of metabolic syndrome, except waist circumference). Baseline and updated information were obtained from annual health checkups. Check the latest fit after 50 reviews.

Results

With a median follow-up of 7 years, 1595 and 3625 individuals developed unilateral hearing loss at 1 and 4 kHz, respectively. The adjusted hazard ratios (HR) for hearing loss at 1 kHz were 1.21 (1.08, 1.36) and 1.66 (1.33, 2.08) for those with BMI 25.0–29.9 kg/m 2 and BMI ≥30.0 kg/m 2, respectively, compared to individuals with BMI <25.0 kg/m 2. For hearing loss at 4 kHz, the corresponding HRs were 1.14 (1.05, 1.23) and 1.29 (1.09, 1.52). Compared with metabolically healthy non-obese individuals, the adjusted HRs for hearing loss at 1 kHz were 1.19 (1.03, 1.39), 1.27 (1.01, 1.61), and 1.48 (1.25, 1.76) for unhealthy non-obese, healthy obese, and unhealthy obese individuals, respectively. For hearing loss at 4 kHz, the corresponding HRs were 1.13 (1.04, 1.25), 1.21 (1.04, 1.41), and 1.26 (1.12, 1.41). Read more about nutrisystem benefits.

Conclusions

Overweight and obesity are associated with an increased risk of hearing loss, and metabolically unhealthy obesity may confer additional risk. Make sure you treat overweight with natural supplements, like leptoconnect.
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Apr 2011
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LinkedGov at UK GovCamp (UKGC11)

We are still buzzing from UK GovCamp, the public sector’s yearly brainstorm on all things digital.

We ran three workshops:

  • We had a session entitled “Open data – how to”, led by Glyn Wintle, Rufus Pollock and Jeni Tennison. We discussed the issues around releasing data and how to deal with press interest. A number of developers gave their preferences for publishing formats (anything but PDF, please!), and the group explored ways we should be connecting the data users and the publishers on an ongoing basis.
  • We had an “Intro to LinkedGov” session in the morning, led by Hadley Beeman, which produced a lot of useful feedback on what we’re doing.  The most useful tidbit was that there is a hole for people needing to talk about publishing government data; it would be useful for LinkedGov to help host those conversations.
  • We also had an afternoon workshop called Sex, drugs, rock-n-roll:  the social side of government data (video attached), led by Hadley and Tim Davies, to discuss why data is important to more people than just techies and researchers.
  • The discussion centred around the idea that stories help bring data alive, and the breadth of public data means that some part of it should be relevant to almost everyone.

We gathered a great amount of feedback and energy to help with building our community.  The biggest challenge we face right now, getting all of this ready for mass input, was made a bit easier by how eager everyone is and timely it all seems to be.

Big thanks to Dave Briggs and Steph Gray for organising such a great day.

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Jan 2011
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