Uma retrospectiva da Open Knowledge Brasil e os próximos passos

ariel-kogan - July 22, 2016 in Destaque, Open Knowledge Brasil

  ariel-okbr Por Ariel Kogan* A Open Knowledge Brasil (OKBr) vem construindo um caminho autêntico, inovador e desafiante desde 2013. Destaco, aqui, duas frentes. A primeira, com foco em transformar e ajudar a construir uma sociedade mais aberta, transparente, justa e colaborativa. E a segunda, no caminho de um modelo organizacional que dialogue e seja coerente com estes desafios e com a missão da OKBr. Nesse sentido, precisamos agradecer e parabenizar um dos atores principais (pessoalmente, acredito que seja o ator principal dessa construção), o Everton Zanela Alvarenga, conhecido como Tom. Com seus erros e acertos (mais acertos!), ele desenvolveu um excelente trabalho e conseguiu erguer uma organização do zero, que atualmente é reconhecida no Brasil e no mundo. No começo de junho de 2016, Tom decidiu deixar a direção executiva da organização. Foi aí então que ele juntamente com o conselho deliberativo da Open Knowledge Brasil fizeram o convite para que eu assumisse esse cargo. Aceitei o convite, principalmente pelo potencial de transformação e impacto que sempre enxerguei na missão e na estratégia de atuação da organização no mundo, e que estamos construindo no Brasil. Em quase três anos de existência, é importante destacar que tivemos avanços consideráveis nesse processo de construção. Foram criados processos internos de transparência, prestação de contas, participação e colaboração. Contudo, ainda temos um caminho longo para construir esse modelo de organização ideal. Não é fácil conciliar participação e colaboração com execução, resultados e prestação de contas aos financiadores. A OKBr conseguiu participar ativamente de diversas agendas prioritárias para o país, como transparência e governo aberto, construção de portais de dados abertos, padrões abertos para dados de orçamento público, processos participativos no nível local, ciência aberta, lei de acesso à informação pública, Marco Civil da Internet, entre outros. Apesar disso, em muitos momentos, essa participação não tem sido continuada. Precisamos que isso aconteça, principalmente com um acompanhamento dos processos e seus resultados. Temos que construir processos e/ou projetos de médio e longo prazo que permitam avaliar o nosso impacto em determinada causa. Aqueles que já me conhecem sabem que não gosto de falar muito. Prefiro fazer e deixar um bom legado pelos espaços por onde transito. Vou ajudar a construir um planejamento de médio/longo prazo que faça sentido para a organização e para a comunidade em torno dela. Além disso, entre as principais metas, quero estruturar alguns projetos que acredito estratégicos, como o Índice de Dados Abertos no nível local (Open Data Index) e também conseguir recursos que permitam um respiro para a organização se estruturar melhor: uma estrutura enxuta, leve, inteligente, que consiga dar o apoio necessário para os projetos e para a comunidade. … Acompanhe o Planejamento da OKBr 2016-2018, que está em construção. ….
  • Ariel Kogan é diretor-executivo da Open Knowledge Brasil. Engenheiro industrial pela Universidad Nacional de Cuyo (Argentina) e ENISE (França). Foi consultor do AsBoasNovas.com, pesquisador do Programa Cidades Sustentáveis da Rede Nossa São Paulo (Brasil) e membro da Comissão de Indicadores da Rede Latino-Americana por Cidades justas, democráticas e sustentáveis. É membro do conselho deliberativo da Open Knowledge Brasil e utilizador frequente da Wikiversidade. Membro do Conselho Deliberativo do GT de Resíduos do Instituto Ethos. Coorganizador do TEDx Jardins Cidades Sustentáveis. Membro da Rede de pesquisadores do Centre for Research on Direct Democracy (C2D) na Suíça. Membro do Conselho Criativo do Minha Sampa. Palestrante no TEDx Mendoza. Membro do Conselho editorial da Revista Ciudad Sustentable. Participante do coletivo de permacultura urbana em São Paulo. Contato: ariel@ok.org.br
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Announcing IODC Unconference

Open Knowledge International - July 22, 2016 in Events, network, News

We all know the feeling of the end of a conference, where after long days full of content, you leave with more unanswered questions. Conferences are a great place for networking, learning different topics and sharing achievements (and sometimes even failures), but in their nature, they are organised in a way that is less participatory and more broadcast than an exchange of information. The organising committee of the International Open Data Conference are aware of this, and try to use other ways to share ideas with people without stages and slideshows, that can complement the main event. This is why one of the pre-events to the conference will be an unconference that will give inputs to the main event.
OKfestUn

Post its from the unfestival @okfest

An unconference is an open event that allows its members to propose their own topics for discussion. Just like last year, the unconference will enable people to discuss open data issues that are close to their heart with like-minded peers from across the world. We hope that by having an unconference, we can give voice to a broad range of different experiences and points of view. We believe that this will help us ignite discussions and find new ways to continue the conversation during the conference. So even if you are not part of a panel in the main event, you can influence the IODC’s outcomes by participating in the unconference. This year, Open Knowledge International will lead the efforts of the unconference for IODC, with the support of the IDRC, The Web Foundation, ILDA and Civica Digital, and we want to share with you every step of the way. The goals that we set are:
  • To offer a safe space to promote understanding and experience sharing from the open data movement across the world, to have honest and open reflection on how we create change
  • To initiate new relationships and build solidarity within the open data community.
  • To create an opportunity to dive deeper into topics and issues that are important to the community.
To do so, we want to invite you to take an active role in the running of the event. Firstly, we need to hear from you and to set the mood for the event. We opened this forum category, and we are looking forward to seeing what kind of topics can be explored during the unconference. In the next couple of weeks, we will send more information and registration details. In the meanwhile, save the date: Tuesday, October 4th, at 9.30 at IFEMA, North convention centre. We hope to see you there and share experiences!  

“For the Sake of the Prospect”: Experiencing the World from Above in the Late 18th Century

Adam Green - July 20, 2016 in Airopaidia, Art & Illustrations, cartography, Culture & History, Featured Articles, first aerial view, history of ballooning, hot air balloon, Lunardi, maps, thomas baldwin

The first essay in a two-part series in which Lily Ford explores how balloon flight transformed our ideas of landscape. We begin with a look at the unique set of images included in Thomas Baldwin's Airopaidia (1786) — the first real overhead aerial views.

The Singerie: Monkeys acting as Humans in Art

Adam Green - July 19, 2016 in David Teniers the Younger, Jan Brueghel the Elder, monkeys, Pieter van der Borcht, singerie

Examples of Singerie, from the French for Monkey Trick, a genre of art in which monkeys are depicted aping human behaviour.

The Singerie: Monkeys acting as Humans in Art

Adam Green - July 19, 2016 in David Teniers the Younger, Jan Brueghel the Elder, monkeys, Pieter van der Borcht, singerie

Examples of Singerie, from the French for Monkey Trick, a genre of art in which monkeys are depicted aping human behaviour.

Aus dem Schatten heraus – Entwurf der neuen deutschen Nachhaltigkeitsstrategie

Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland - July 18, 2016 in Uncategorized

Alle UN-Mitgliedsländer stehen derzeit vor einer neuen Aufgabe: Sie alle müssen die im Herbst 2015 verabschiedete 2030 Agenda mit den 17 Zielen für nachhaltige Entwicklung in ihrem Land umsetzen. Die deutsche Bundesregierung wird die Ziele in der nationalen Nachhaltigkeitsstrategie verankern. Dazu gibt es jetzt einen Entwurf, der bis zum 31. Juli 2016 kommentiert werden kann.

Gæsteindlæg: Open Energy Days – Hackathon med åbne energidata

Niels Erik Kaaber Rasmussen - July 15, 2016 in åben data, begivenhed, dataworkshop, energi data, hackathon, offentlige data

Dette er et gæsteindlæg af Matti Bugge, der er digitaliseringskonsulent hos Kultur og Borgerservice i Aarhus Kommune og tidligere blandt andet har arbejdet med initiativet Open Data Aarhus.
Open energy Days

Open energy Days

Der sker i øjeblikket meget på energidataområdet. Flere kommuner er i gang med at udvikle systemer, der kan vise information om deres bygningers energiforbrug, der kortlægges forbrugsmønstre i private husstande og der findes adskillige forskningsprojekter, der arbejder med adfærd og ny smart teknologi. Til september bliver der åbnet op for nogle af disse data til hackathonet Open Energy Days, der afholdes i Aarhus af Open Data DK og Erhvervsstyrelsen. Det bliver muligt at se på kommunernes data om forbrug i egne bygninger, husstande og der arbejdes på også at få adgang til energidata fra flere private firmaer. Formålet med arrangementet er, at der bliver skabt nye bud på innovative måder at udnytte de enorme mængder data på området, til at skabe nye samfundsrelevante løsninger og services. Deltager man til arrangementet bliver det altså muligt at få adgang til et hidtil relativt lukket datafelt. Derudover er der en flot iværksætterpræmie til vinderne af Open Energy Days, som modtager rådgivning fra en række firmaer til at omsætte ideen fra hackathonet til et reelt start-up. Heriblandt fx Systematic, BIIR og WElearn. Det er gratis at deltage, og arrangørerne sørger for fuld forplejning hele weekenden. Alle kan deltage uanset baggrund, og der ledes især efter studerende, iværksættere og virksomheder, der har interesse for åbne data, energiområdet, innovation eller iværksætteri. Open Energy Days finder sted fra d. 22. – 25. september på Dokk1, Hack Kampmann’s Plads 2, 8000 Aarhus. Læs mere på: Open Energy Days.

From Publication to Award – The story of the missing information in the tender cycle

Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland - July 15, 2016 in Uncategorized

Billions of euros are spent on procuring for public goods. Our research shows that some of the procurement could be done more efficient and hence cheaper. Here, having information on the whole public procurement cycle is essential to evaluate the process and monitor it properly. Without information on contract implementation such as the final price paid and completion date, any assessment is incomplete hence can be misleading.

Progress report: OpenTrials – linking clinical trial data

Ben Meghreblian - July 15, 2016 in Featured Project, OKI Projects, Open Trials, opentrials

Since last year Open Knowledge has been developing OpenTrials, an open, online database linking the publicly available data and documents on all clinical trials conducted – something that has been talked about for many years but never created. The project is funded by The Laura and John Arnold Foundation and directed by Dr. Ben Goldacre, an internationally known leader on clinical trial transparency. Having an open and freely re-usable database of the world’s clinical trial data will increase discoverability, facilitate research, identify inconsistent data, enable audits on the availability and completeness of this information, support advocacy for better data, and drive standards around open data in evidence-based medicine. The project is currently in its first phase (which runs until March 2017), where the focus is on building and populating the first prototype of the OpenTrials database, as well as raising awareness of the project in the community and getting user involvement and feedback. The progress that has been made so far was presented last month at the Evidence Live conference in Oxford, which brought together leaders across the world of Evidence Based Medicine, including researchers, doctors, and the pharmaceutical industry. This was an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the project and speak to both researchers who want to use the platform as well as people with a general enthusiasm for its impact on medicine. Around 40 people attended our talk which explained why OpenTrials is an important infrastructure project for medicine, covered some of the technical aspects of the platform, details of what data we’ve imported so far, and lastly a quick demo. If you’re feeling impatient, here are the slides from the talk, or scroll down for a summary. OpenTrials at Evidence Live

Ben Goldacre and Vitor Baptista present OpenTrials at Evidence Live 2016 (photo by benmeg / CC BY)

What we’ve imported into the OpenTrials database so far

  • 331,999 deduplicated trials, collected from nine clinical trial registries:
    • ANZCTR 11,645
    • ClinicalTrials.gov 205,422
    • EU CTR 35,159
    • GSK 4,131
    • ISRCTN 14,256
    • Pfizer 1,567
    • Takeda 1,142
    • UMIN 20,557
    • WHO ICTRP 298,688
Imported trials

Current functionality

  • Basic search (by keyword)
  • Searching for trials with publications
  • Uploading missing data/documents for a particular trial
  • Showing trials with discrepancies (e.g. target sample size)

What we’re importing next

Feedback and get involved

If you attended the talk and have any questions or feedback, please email us. And generally if you’re interested in contributing to OpenTrials, get in touch. Want to get early access to the data and be a user tester? Sign up and we’ll be in touch soon.  

Open Access: Why do scholarly communication platforms matter and what is the true cost of gold OA?

Danny Lämmerhirt - July 15, 2016 in Featured, Open Access, Open Research, Open Science, openmaccess, Our Work, PASTEUR4OA, Policy

During the past 2,5 years Open Knowledge has been a partner in PASTEUR4OA, a project focused on aligning open access policies for European Union research. As part of the work, a series of advocacy resources was produced that can be used by stakeholders to promote the development and reinforcement of such open access policies. The final two briefing papers, written by Open Knowledge, have been published this week and deal with two pressing issues around open access today:  the financial opacity of open access publishing and its potential harmful effects for the research community, and the expansion of open and free scholarly communication platforms in the academic world – explaining the new dependencies that may arise from those platforms and why this matters for the open access movement. 

Revealing the true cost of gold OA

financing“Reducing the costs of readership while increasing access to research outputs” has been a rallying cry for open access publishing, or Gold OA. Yet, the Gold OA market is largely opaque and makes it hard for us to evaluate how the costs of readership actually develop. Data on both the costs of subscriptions (for hybrid OA journals) and of APCs are hard to gather. If they can be obtained, they only offer partial but very different insights into the market. This is a problem for efficient open access publishing. Funders, institutions, and individual researchers are therefore increasingly concerned that a transition to Gold OA could leave research community open for exploitative financial practices and prevent effective market coordination. Which factors contribute to the current opacity in the market? Which approaches are taken to foster financial transparency of Gold OA? And what are recommendations to funders, institutions, researchers and publishers to increase transparency? The paper Revealing the true costs of Gold OA – Towards a public data infrastructure of scholarly publishing costs, written by researchers of Open Knowledge International, King’s College London and the University of London, presents the current state of financial opacity in scholarly journal publishing. It describes what information is needed in order to obtain a bigger, more systemic picture of financial flows, and to understand how much money is going into the system, where this money comes from, and how these financial flows might be adjusted to support alternative kinds of publishing models.
 

 Why do scholarly communication platforms matter for open access?

Over the past two decades, open access advocates have made significant gains in securing public access to infrastructuresthe formal outputs of scholarly communication (e.g. peer reviewed journal articles). The same period has seen the rise of platforms from commercial publishers and technology companies that enable users to interact and share their work, as well as providing analytics and services around scholarly communication.
How should researchers and policymakers respond to the rise of these platforms? Do commercial platforms necessarily work the interests of the scholarly community? How and to what extent do these proprietary platforms pose a threat to open scholarly communication? What might public alternatives look like?
The paper Infrastructures for Open Scholarly Communication provides a brief overview of the rise of scholarly platforms – describing some of their main characteristics as well as debates and controversies surrounding them. It argues that in order to prevent new forms of enclosure, it is essential that public policymakers should be concerned with the provision of public infrastructures for scholarly communication as well as public access to the outputs of research. It concludes with a review of some of the core elements of such infrastructures, as well as recommendations for further work in this area.