Mike Page

British Red Cross

Mike Page is a data scientist on the Strategic Insight and Foresight team at the British Red Cross. Here, he helps to develop a suite of open source tools and dashboards including the Vulnerability Index and Resilience Index . Mike is also the author of several R packages including mortyr and newsrivr. In his spare time you can find him rock climbing around the Alps.

12:15 - 12:40

Tuesday 11 May

British Red Cross on Open source: why it matters in the social sector

What is open source and why it is important in the social sector? Mike will demonstrate British Red Cross’s adoption of a suite of open source tools, which analyse and publish data in the public domain under open source licenses. He’ll show the benefits this brought to the charity, including helping to secure grants and receive analytical contributions - and to the broader community, such as improving access to data, insights, and resources. You'll take away pragmatic steps to adopt an open source model in an organisation while addressing common barriers such as personal data and security concerns. Open source tools and dashboards including the Vulnerability Index and Resilience Index will be explored.