Meet our expert judging panel

We’re delighted to have five illustrious judges who have kindly agreed to review the entries for the Open Data Competition. They’re looking forward to sifting through your fabulous ideas and applications, before meeting early 2013 to choose the winning entries.

Professor Shadbolt

Professor Nigel Shadbolt, Open Data Champion

Nigel is a Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Deputy Head of the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton. He is a champion for open data, in 2009 along with Sir Tim Berners-Lee he was appointed as Information Advisor to the UK Government where they led a team who developed “I’m delighted to be chairing the judging panel for the Open Data Competition and look forward to being inspired by people’s ideas for the transformational power of data.”

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Professor Hugh Davis

Professor Hugh Davis, Director of CITE

Hugh Davis is Professor of Learning Technologies, the University Director of Education with responsibility for Technology Enhanced Learning, and the Director of CITE. He has been interested in the uses of technology to enhance learning since the early 198O’s and has interests in the applications of hypertext for learning, personalisation, Web service frameworks for e-Learning, personal learning environments, educational repositories (EdShare) and semantic applications in education. He is a passionate believer in the importance of sharing and open data. He has led many projects focusing on the use of technology to support leaning and teaching. In his teaching in ECS he tries to practice what he preaches.

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Dr Tony Hirst

Dr Tony Hirst, Department of Communications and Systems at Open University

Tony Hirst is an academic in the Department of Communication and Systems at the Open University. He has worked on courses relating to artificial intelligence, robotics and information skills. His most recent course is on digital culture and game design. Through his blog, Tony provides a regularly commentary on new technologies and how they might be useful in an educational context, one day. He is also active in exploring forms of citizen engagement with science and technology matters, originally with a schools based robotics outreach programme with The Open University, and more recently through online engagement with government consultations and open data sets.

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Simon Rogers

Simon Rogers, Editor of

Simon Rogers is editor of the, an online data resource which publishes hundreds of raw datasets and encourages its users to visualise and analyse them. He is also a news editor on the Guardian, working with the graphics team to visualise and interpret huge datasets.

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Colin R Williams

Dr Colin R Williams, Open Data Application Developer

Colin is the lead developer of, a web application which uses many of the data sources of the University's Open Data Service to assist staff, students and visitors in finding their way around the university. He recently completed his PhD in the Agents, Interaction and Complexity (AIC) group of the School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) at the University of Southampton. His thesis focused on the design of agent-based negotiation strategies and he has presented his papers on this subject at several international conferences.

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