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SQL South West User Group

SQL South West is a chapter of the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS)

PASS Chapter

If you are using SQL Server in any way and are interested in meeting other SQL professionals in the South West then please contact us.

We are a group of DBAs and developers from Cornwall, Devon and Somerset who get together in Exeter once a month to talk about anything related to SQL. If you live or work in the South West of the UK or are in the area on business or holiday then we’d be happy to see you; scroll down or contact us for details of upcoming meetings.

The group is for anyone working with SQL Server or anyone interested in starting to work with it. You may be a full time DBA or developer or someone looking to understand SQL Server things more clearly or maybe you are the guy that didn’t run fast enough when the last DBA left.

We are at it again

SQL South West are incredibly proud to announce that your favourite data conference in the South West is scheduled to run again in 2016. SQL Saturday Exeter 2016 will be on Saturday March 12th. We are open for speaker/session submissions and for attendee registration right now. Head over to http://www.sqlsaturday.com/496/eventhome.aspx and get yourself registered right now. We reached capacity last year and the year before so to be certain of getting in don’t delay.

We will be making announcements of our sponsors and the very popular training day running on Friday the 11th in the coming weeks so follow us here, on TwitterYouTube or sign up for the SQL South West user group email to make sure you don’t miss any of our news.

If you want to send us a training day session then please contact us via the user group email.

Open Data training comes to the South West

ODI Devon, the local node of the Open Data Institute, is running a new half-day course to help you get to grips with open data. The course is aimed at anyone who wants to know how open data works, whether it’s just been added to your  job description or if you’d just like to know a bit more for a project.

The course covers:

  • what is ‘open data’ anyway?
  • where do I find open data for my project?
  • what can I do with it?
  • what tools can I use to get started?

By the end of this session you will be able to describe what makes open data open; you will know where to look for useful open datasets to use in your work or personal projects; and you will know how to use simple data presentation tools to share insights from the data.

The next course is at Exeter Central Library on Friday 27th November 2015.

Link: http://devon.theodi.org/courses/introduction-to-open-data/