Opening Up University Energy Data

Knowing how much energy a building uses is often the first step towards reducing it’s energy footprint, so here’s a quick round up of the university open data initiatives I know of that are based around energy data. (If you know of more, please let me know via the comments.)

First up, via @lncd, here’s a heatmap showing change in energy building usage compared aross the last two days:

Lincoln - 2-day energy data utilisation comparison

This visulisation (built on top of Lincoln U’s open data feeds (http://data.lincoln.ac.uk/)) charts energy usage over a calendar month:

Lincoln U - energy usage over time

Read more about Lincoln’s energy data hacks here: University of Lincoln Energy Data …. an update!.

Over in Oxford, there’s a tool called OpenMeters that displays charts of energy usage by building:

Oxford opne energy data

The Oxford data is available as Linked Data from http://data.ox.ac.uk/datasets/, err, I think… As ever, it’d probably take me an hour or two to find out how to make my first query that returns anything meaningful to me in a form I could actually do anything with!;-) I also wonder whether the Oxford project feeds into another Oxford initiative: iMeasure?

(By the by, I misread the title of this place from the other place to Oxford as “A Linked Data Model Of Building Energy Consumption”: A Limited-Data Model Of Building Energy Consumption, which explores a model “targeted at practical, wide-scale deployment which produces an ongoing breakdown of building energy consumption”.)

Whilst I don’t think Warwick University’s energy monitoring page is based on exposed open data, it does have some dials/gauges on it:

Warick U - energy monitoring

(By the by – that page doesn’t have a Warwick favicon associated with it in my browser; should it?)

So – a quick round up (and huuuuuuge displacement activity from what I should have been doing this afternoon), but I think it’s worth tracking and reporting on these early demonstrations…

See also: JISC Green ICT projects (which I note don’t seem to return popular Google results for queries relating to university energy data, even when searches are limited to the .ac.uk domain…) and the Greening ICT Programme Community Site; Govspark, which compares energy usage across government departments; Innovations in Campus Mapping for a review of how open data is being used to support enhanced interactive campus maps; and Open Data Powered Location Based Services in UK Higher Education.

PS given Lincoln are publishing all manner of open data, I wonder whether there is enough there to do an ad hoc version of the Heat and light by timetable project using data they’re producing just anyway?!