The numbers that govern our lives: ONS, new APIs and the stories we tell

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There are some numbers which mean more than others. GDP rising, prices falling, the average cost of a house. Numbers tell us stories about the lives people are leading, whether they have jobs, how much they are earning and how that's changed year on year.

Access to these numbers governs how we understand and tell those stories, and who we hold accountable for the choices that have lead us there.

The Office for National Statistics has done a spectacular job in recent years of moving us to a position where we can do more.

Come to this Citizen Beta to hear about that journey, and how it's changing the lives of people everywhere.

We'll also be joined by Full Fact who will talk through their automated checking using ONS data.

As well as stories of data and data visualisations from the BBC Data Editor, John Walton.

We're also lucky enough to be joined by Simon Rogers from Google who will talk through their new data discovery tool.

Doors open at 7.00pm, talks start at 7.30pm


Andrew Dudfield, Service Owner, Office for National Statistics
Andy is responsible for the running and ongoing development of all Office for National Statistics websites. He has played a significant role in organisational wide service design and has been instrumental in creating the culture for a radically open team.

Mevan Babakar, Head of Automated Factchecking, Full Fact
Mevan has worked at the UK's leading independent factchecking charity, Full Fact, since 2014. There she leads a tech team that aims to build tools to scale the work of factcheckers around the world. She'll be sharing how they use ONS data to check statistics against primary data, in real-time.

Simon Rogers, Data Editor, Google
Simon is a data journalist, writer and speaker. He is the author of ‘Facts are Sacred’, published by Faber & Faber. He is the data editor at Google in California and formerly at Twitter, San Francisco. He is director of the Data Journalism Awards 2015.

John Walton, Data Journalism Editor, BBC
John Walton is the data journalism editor in the BBC’s Visual & Data Journalism team. John leads a team of award-winning data journalists, whose recent projects have covered the health service, crime, house prices and life expectancy . In 2017 John contributed a chapter to the book, Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.


7.00pm – Drinks
7.30pm – Welcome and intro
7.40pm – ONS
7.50pm – Full Fact
8.00pm – Short Break
8.10pm – Google
8.20pm – BBC
8.30pm – More drinks and chat

See you there!



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133 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 7DG, UK

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