Last week MadLab hosted Manchester’s Young Rewired State 2012. We provided data  to the Manchester Local Image Collection, details can be found here, the previous post #YRS2012: Open, Is Better serves as an introduction to our Open Data journey and we’ve also created a Storify documenting the highlights. Potential was unearthed, ideas generated and coffee drank. Two young and very talented programmers used our data…

First up we have Imageception, making images out of images. Using the Flickr API it incorporates tagging and creative commons, when you select an image it matches pixels against colour to create a collage, watch the video for more information from Matt;

Next up we have the Manchester Image Archive; using Google Street View users are able to pinpoint the longitude and latitude positions of exactly where the item was taken and rate views on a scale on 1 -5. Interestingly, it identified a flaw in our data; the keywords which accompany the collection vary in strength, the crowdsourcing/user generated aspect to this project is therefore very interesting. Judges at the show and tell in the Custard Factory, Birmingham nominated it for the Best in Show Category and gave it a Special Mention. Watch the video for more information from Jack;

Colleagues from Manchester Libraries, MDDA and ourselves were lucky enough to watch the practice pitches on Thursday. We were all astounded by creativity and complexity of the products developed.

All in all a fantastic, informing and inspiring experience to be a part of. See you in 2013…

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