I Can’t Believe It’s Not Data (Open Data Manchester)

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26 March

Do you have a tale of bad stats, strange correlations, malicious intent or plain, downright stupidity?

Toy Story 2’s production famously hit a snag after losing a couple of months worth of work due to an accidental and erroneous command being executed.
In 1999 the Mars Orbiter Climate spacecraft crashed because engineers used computer software which produced output in non-SI units of pound-force seconds (lbf·s) instead of the SI units of newton-seconds

And in 2003, Manchester City Council received a £7,500,000 budget cut due to an error with the census data, which essentially lost 25,000 people.

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Data is a night for sharing YOUR data horror stories.

Similar to Open:Data:Night we’ll have a couple of speakers but we also want to hear from YOU. If you have a story or cautionary tale that you’d like to share, drop an email to sam[at]opendatamanchester[.]org[.]uk. There’ll also be some quick-fire slots on the night.

Join us for a night of data-based cautionary tales and share your stories and experiences.

We’ll also be introducing shout outs – if you have a project, event or anything of interest that you’d like to let people know about then there’ll be an opportunity to stand up and share (or have one of us share for you if you’d prefer!)

Register your place via MeetUp



6.00 Doors, refreshments, etc.

6.30 Event starts.

7.30 Break and shout outs

8.30 Close.


We will provide refreshments, but we recommend you might want to grab something to eat beforehand. There is a co-op supermarket just round the corner, or a number of small, local cafes and restaurants nearby.

Event Details

Location Federation House
Start Tuesday 26 Mar 2019 6:00pm
Finish Tuesday 26 Mar 2019 8:30pm