Data Brew is a process that uses open data to encourage conversation between community stakeholders and then create projects that looks to solve social issues that affect the neighbourhoods they work with.
Civic activists, third sector organisations and local authorities can also set up their own data campaigns for free on the Data Brew platform.
Why did we make the tool?
For practices such as open data to really take hold it's important we communicate correctly to the community. Ask yourself this, does the term 'open data' mean anything to your next door neighbour?
The reason it's important is because as the movement continues to grow, it will eventually become more politicised. This has actually happened fairly recently in the UK when a major UK political party used future tech as something we should be looking to only to be lambasted by the press and stating that person was talking nonsense.
So, Data Brew is a platform that hopes to communicate open data with easy to understand language via workshops and events. Third sector and Government staff can also launch their own data campaigns for free on the website to help them learn more about it and give themselves a basic idea of how useful it can be, and then hopefully take that culture into their relative institutions.
You can take a look around the prototype here: www.databrew.org.uk