The Open Source Communications Analytics Research (OSCAR) Development Centre has been funded by the College of Policing, Home Office and HEFCE to build the evidence and skills base of police and public safety agencies in respect of open source data (Click here for more information).

As part of this funding, staff from the Centre partners with an interest in open source methods are invited to attend the Centre's 3 day 'Evidence Camp'. Participants in the Evidence Camp will:

  • Learn about evidence based policing methods and techniques from leading academics and subject matter experts;
  • Find out about leading-edge developments in the use of open source methods to deliver policing and public safety outcomes;
  • Engage in practical exercises to increase their experience with new tools that can be used to collect and analyse open source materials.

Sessions will be delivered by leading national and international experts. There will be a mixture of lectures, participative seminars and skill development sessions.

Each partner can nominate up to eight members of staff to participate in the evidence camp, with all accommodation and travel costs funded.

Partners in the OSCAR Centre are: National Counter Terrorism Functions Command; South Wales Police; Surrey Police; Sussex Police; West Midlands Police; Cardiff Council; Safer Sutton Partnership.

In addition, those attending and completing the Camp will be eligible to be selected for an overseasassignment, where they will be funded to visit an international Cente of excellence to identify best practice in open source working.

The dates of the Evidence Camp are 9th to 11th February, commencing at mid-day on day one and finishing at around mid-day on day 3. Given the Home Office funding delegates are expected to attend for the whole of the scheduled event. Accommodation will be provided at the Jury's Inn Cardiff.

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