Open Education Serbia

Guest - October 5, 2015 in Featured, guestpost, world

Next post on Open Education Around the World comes from Serbia. Serbia is a country on southeast Europe’s Balkan peninsula with vast northern plateaus and mountains with ski resorts to the south. It has connected West with East for centuries – a land in which civilisations, cultures, faiths, climates and landscapes meet and mingle. Capital city Belgrade is home to Kalemegdan Park, site of an ancient fortress held successively by the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. One of the world’s great inventors Nikola Tesla, American scientist of Serbian origin, gave his greatest contribution to science and technological progress of the world.

Ranka Stankovic (BAEKTEL project) and Ivana Madžarević (Wikimedia Serbia) have kindly prepared this post describing the situation of Open Education in Serbia and projects that they are running in this field.

Ranka Stanković (left) Ivana Madžarević (right)

Ranka Stanković (left) Ivana Madžarević (right)

Ranka Stanković is associate professor at University of Belgrade, Faculty of Mining and Geology, where she is teaching several courses related to informatics and geoinformatics. She received her Master’s degree in 2000 and Ph.D. 2009 at the Department for Computer science, Faculty of Mathematics University of Belgrade. Professor Stanković is interested in e-learning, open education, semantic web, information systems, database modeling, geoinformation management and artificial intelligence. Her current research is focused on building custom components that incorporate knowledge from various language  and lexical resources. Ivana Madžarević is a Program and Community Manager at Wikimedia Serbia since January 2014. She’s been involved with coordinating volonteers, leading and organizing programs. From her experience, she can tell that teachers and professors are willing to implement open education resources into classes.

In Serbia, there are several attempts to develop Open Educational Resources (OER) either using well-defined practices in other countries or their own solutions. The videos with translations or synchronization of from Khan Academy are available in Serbian. The Khan Academy in Serbia works on the translation of the Khan platform and interactive exercises. The Belgrade University Library “Svetozar Marković” developed a project “Knowledge for all” of translation of courses and free learning materials into Serbian. The New Media Center, an independent organization that brings together artists, activists within the media, researchers, and the general public in the field of information technology, has been operating in Serbia. The newly formed “Balkan Distance Education Network BADEN” was also created with the aim of hosting resources and information related to open, distance and e-learning. More detail can be found in Report on legal and technological conditions pertaining to OER in WB PC

BAEKTEL project

One of the major projects in the Open Education field in Serbia is BAEKTEL project. The main goal of the BAEKTEL (Blending Academic and Entrepreneurial Knowledge in Technology Enhanced Learning) project ( is to enable technology enhanced knowledge transfer between academia and enterprises. The project is following basic OER principles, is funded by EACEA (Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency) of the European Commission for period 2014-2016.

In the envisaged network of institutions OER materials from both sources will be available on the web for everyone, anytime, which will broaden knowledge acquired within higher education institutions, on the one hand, and foster life-long learning within enterprises, on the other. While at the university, future experts will be offered an insight into expert knowledge gained through practice within enterprises. On the other hand, once they graduate and become employees, they will have an opportunity for life-long learning, through access to state of the art high quality academic courses. By blending academic and entrepreneurial knowledge within one technological framework, the BAEKTEL network, the proposed approach additionally contributes to improvement and enhancement of relations between the academia and the enterprises and integration of creative research potential with industry and academic institutions.

Baektel project

The objective of the project is to produce course materials in several different languages, in various forms such as videos, audio streams and written material. In order to facilitate the use of these materials in a multilingual environment, a language support system will be put in place, consisting mainly of electronic terminological resources and services. Given the composition of the project partners the network will be initially populated by materials from the domains of ICT, geoinformatics, mining engineering and environmental protection, but the other domains will be gradually included.

The initial framework is conceived as a network of six WB universities, two companies and tree universities from EU and other partners ( All of them will develop and publish their OER at common BAEKTEL portal The ICT solution also includes BAEKTEL Metadata Portal (BMP, available at, as a central repository with metadata for all published OER within BAEKTEL. The metadata model for BAEKTEL learning resources was defined based on Doublin Core with addition of some elements from LOM, in order to describe the resources sufficiently well for the user to be able to locate and assess them easily, and to facilitate exchange with other OER systems. Since OER content within the network can be published in different languages, the web application and web services support the network multilinguality, but also offer various features related to query expansion, information retrieval, OER indexing and classification, and the like.

Follow BAEKTEL project activities on

Programs of Wikimedia Serbia

Wikimedia Serbia in a non-profit, non-governmental organization whose goals are creating, gathering and multiplication of free content in Serbian language, as well as promoting the idea of equal access to free knowledge for all people.

200px-Wikimedia-SerbiaActivities of Wikimedia Serbia aim to promote Wiki projects (Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, Wiktionary, Wikisource, Wikibooks, Wikiquote and others) as free education platform. Among our activities, the most important and the most developed one is our Education program, that has been developing since 2007. This is also the oldest EDU project in worldwide Wiki movement. The idea is using Wiki platforms in education and establishing cooperation with education institutions (high schools, faculties). Students and pupils have аn opportunity to write their seminal papers directly on Wikipedia. It’s free, it’s easy and, most importantly, someone’s effort will not be forgotten. It is instantly visible and useful for others. From 2007 to 2015, EDU project has grown and evolved. Community has established the rules for Wiki Student and Wiki Gymnasium. Over the years, Wikimedia Serbia has cooperated with more then 20 educational institutions such as Faculty of Mathematics, Faculty of Organizational Sciences, Faculty of Mining and Geology, Faculty of Geography, School of Electrical Engineering, The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Applied Studies, but also with high schools: Third Belgrade Gymnasium, Fifth Belgrade Gymnasium, Seventh Belgrade Gymnasium, Gymnasium in Ivanjica, Gymnasium in Užice, Gymnasium in Knjaževac, Mathematical Grammar School and others. Similar, global program involves other Wikimedia chapthers. In order to learn about other chapter’s experiences, we have organized EduWiki conference in March 2014. Program was consisted of sessions that were presented by speakers from abroad but also by professors from Serbia who presented successful projects. Students have recognized the importance of this type of education and some of them have become Wiki ambassadors.

Beside Wikipedia, there are other Wiki projects that have the potential to be used in education. One of them is Wikibooks, which was edited by students from Faculty of Mining and Geology. They have created manual for AutoCAD usage.

We cooperated with interested librarians as well. Goals of Wiki Librarian are  informing and training librarians for participation in creating articles on Wikipedia, uploading photo material on Wikimedia Commons but also improving Wiki projects with digitized books. The examples for that are:

Over the years, these projects have proved to be successful and recognized by educational and cultural institutions as well as by students and high school pupils. We have encountered and overcame numerous challenges over the years. Our focus was on learning from each of them. Still, we are aware that there are many more to come,  but we are willing to face them, in order to improve our endeavors.

You can follow Wikimedia Serbia on Facebook and their blog.

Next Open Science MeetUp ‚Open Science for a Better Collaboration‘

mvignoli - October 5, 2015 in event, Featured, Open Science, Planet

We decided to organise our next Open Science Meetup in the context of the upcoming Open Access Week 2015. We are proud to announce our special guest, who will join us in our MeetUp: Puneet Kishor (Creative Commons) will give a short talk and give us the opportunity to exchange with him about Open Science and Citizen Science.

We plan to have a rather informal community meeting with additional lightning talks on current activities, projects and events by the Open Science working group as well as other interested people from the Austrian Open Science Community. We kindly invite you to submit your idea for a lightning talk or any other contribution. The more the merrier! :) If you are interested in giving your contribution to the meeting, please contact us.

At the end of the meeting you will have the opportunity to network and exchange with the community. We are looking forward to the MeetUp and to a large group of attendees!

The meeting will take place on Monday, 19.10.2015 from 18:00 CET at Raum D, Museumsquartier, Museumsplatz 1, Vienna. See you there!

We also have a MeetUp page, and it would be nice if you register there.

링크드 데이터 구축을 위한 오픈 소스 모음 공개

Jangwon Gim - October 5, 2015 in github, OKF, Open Source, 소식

Open Knowledge Korea (OK-Korea) 에서는 Linked Open Data (beta) 프로젝트를 공개 한 이후, 지속적으로 해커톤 및 오픈 데이터 활동을 하고 있습니다.

최근, 국내에서는 정부 3.0이라는 새로운 정부운영 패러다임에 맞춰 공공정보의 개방 및 공유가 활발하게 진행되고 있으며,
데이터를 보다 효율적으로 공개하고 활용하기 위한 노력들이 계속되고 있습니다.

이에 Open Knowledge Korea 에서는 여러 도메인에서 활용되고 있는 데이터를 보다 손 쉽게 공유하고 연결하기 위한 방법의 하나로,
링크드 데이터 구축을 위한 오픈 소스들공개합니다.

이번에 공개되는 오픈 소스들을 통해 여러분들도 가지고 계신 데이터를 이용하여 링크드 데이터를 직접 구축할 수 있습니다.
또한, 링크드 데이터 구축의 편의성을 위해 ‘사용 가이드’ 및 ‘시스템 개요도’ 등을 함께 공개합니다.

  • 참고 사이트 : 공공 데이터와 링크드 데이터의 만남 첫 번째 사례

그리하여, 향후에는 여러분들의 다양한 데이터들이 모여 ‘Open Knowledge’ 생태계를 만들 수 있을 것이라고 생각합니다.

이번에 공개되는 오픈 소스들은, Linked Open Data (beta) 허브 중에서 Connected Data Hub를 만들기 위해 사용된 오픈 소스들이며, 누구나 함께 참여하실 수 있도록 깃허브(Github)를 통해서 공개합니다. 깃허브 주소는 추후 업데이트 예정입니다.

궁금하신 것이 있으면 댓글 또는 페이스북 그룹에 남겨주세요. ^^


Notes from Open Definition Call August 2015 - October 5, 2015 in Uncategorized


  • Herb Lainchbury
  • Rufus Pollock
  • Aaron Wolf
  • Mike Linksvayer


  • OD 2.1 final draft
  • AOB
    • Open Definition Badges
  • Other Issues?


  • Public domain: maybe some small clarification in the preamble
  • General
    • Discussions of principle vs pragmatic application.
      • e.g. raw source for everything vs pragmatism around e.g. video (requiring raw source for all of that)
    • Shared goal both of something powerful clear but also widely used and adopted - we care about this being practical for publishers and others.
  • 1.3 Machine Readability
    The work must be provided in a form readily processable by a computer and where the individual elements of the work can be easily accessed and modified.
    Comment from Aaron: I feel uncomfortable with having zero written guidance about the interpretation of “individual elements”. What if we removed “individual”? seems excessive and redundant anyway…

  • 1.4 Open Format
    The work must be provided in an open format. An open format is one which places no restrictions, monetary or otherwise, upon its use and can be fully processed with at least one free/libre/open-source software tool. The work should be provided in the form preferred for making modifications to it.

  • 1.4 Machine Readability - old one
    _The work should be provided in "machine-readable" form, that is one in which the content can easily be accessed and processed by a computer, and which is in form in which modifications to individual data/content elements can easily be performed._

    The work must be provided in “machine-readable” form, that is one in which the content can easily be accessed and processed by a computer, and which is such that access and modification to individual data/content elements can easily be performed.
    RP’s wording: “…appropriate for working with and/or modifying the individual data or content elements.”

Suomalaiset ohjelmistoyhtiöt kehittävät yhteistyössä avoimen potilastietojärjestelmän

Jaakko - October 5, 2015 in Featured, My Data

Lehdistötiedote, vapaa julkaistavaksi ma 5.10.2015 klo 13:15

Suomalaiset ohjelmistoyritykset ovat muodostaneet konsortion edistääkseen sosiaali- ja terveydenhuollossa käytetyn tietotekniikan markkinoiden avoimuutta. Konsortio luo avoimen vaihtoehdon sosiaali- ja terveydenhuollon asiakas- ja potilastietojärjestelmäksi.

Perustajajäseninä konsortiossa ovat Open Knowledge Finland, NurseBuddy, Reaktor, Codecontrol, Solita, Vincit ja Gofore. Jäsenet ovat Suomen johtavia toimijoita modernissa palvelujen kehittämisessä. Konsortio hyödyntää kokemuksia niin terveydenhuollosta kuin laajasti eri toimialoilta.

ASTE, eli Avoin sosiaali- ja terveydenhuolto, -konsortio on muodostettu vastaamaan julkisella sektorilla tunnistettuihin vakaviin ohjelmistokehityksen haasteisiin. Konsortio on ottanut tehtäväkseen tarjota käyttäjälähtöisen, ketteriin menetelmiin perustuvan, hukkaa ja hallinnollista taakkaa vähentävän sovelluksen. Avoimuutta korostava tietojärjestelmäratkaisu sallii asiakkaan valita omiin tilanteisiinsa sopivimmat ratkaisut ja toimittajat.

Parhaiden käytäntöjen jakaminen on toiminnan ytimessä. Konsortion myötä perustetaan lähiaikoina avoin kehittäjäyhteisö, johon alan toimijat toivotetaan tervetulleeksi.


Lisätietoja: tuotepäällikkö Jaakko Korhonen,, 0503285285

The post Suomalaiset ohjelmistoyhtiöt kehittävät yhteistyössä avoimen potilastietojärjestelmän appeared first on Open Knowledge Finland.

Finnish software companies join efforts to develop an open healthcare system

Jaakko - October 5, 2015 in Uncategorized

Press release, free for publishing Mon 5.10.2015 13:15

Finnish software companies have established a consortium, to endorse the openness of technology solutions used in social and welfare. Consortium creates an open alternative for an electronic health record system.

Establishing members in the consortium are Open Knowledge Finland, NurseBuddy, Reaktor, Codecontrol, Solita, Vincit and Gofore. Members are the leading Finnish suppliers in designing modern services. Consortium utilises experiences in both welfare as well as  other industries.

ASTE-consortium was established to face the serious software development problems recognized in the welfare industry. Consortium’s mission is to provide a solution that is user-oriented, based on agile methods and removes waste, as well as administrative burden. An information system that emphasises openness enables customers to choose the best solutions and suppliers to face their needs.

Sharing best practices is in the core of the established community. Consortium is to launch a developer community, where actors in the field will be welcome.


More information: Product Manager Jaakko Korhonen,, 0503285285

The post Finnish software companies join efforts to develop an open healthcare system appeared first on Open Knowledge Finland.


OKFN Taiwan - October 5, 2015 in 公告

Excellent translation by Crystal Tu. This whole new book is originally available through, but now in Traditional Chinese.




數位遊戲書 將一系列的遊戲從公私兩方的成功實踐的最好方法列出,如果照著進行,將能協助政府建立更有效的數位服務。這些遊戲概要列出一個途徑,讓交付服務這件事對我們來說有更大彈性、遞迴地進行,以及更重要的—關注服務使用者的需求。



1. 了解人們需要什麼
2. 從開始到完成,傳達完整經驗
3. 讓事情簡單、直覺
4. 採用敏捷、遞迴方式以開發服務
5. 框定預算和合約以支持交付
6. 指派一位領導者,並且要求其負責
7. 導入有經驗的團隊
8. 選擇現代的技術堆棧
9. 佈署在彈性的托管環境
10. 自動化測試和佈署
11. 以可重複使用的程序來管理安全與隱私
12. 運用資料決策
13. 預設就是開放

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De l’open data à l’open law : le droit vecteur de communs

sylviafredriksson - October 3, 2015 in Evenement

Dans le cadre du festival Le Temps des communs, Open Knowledge France organise, avec le soutien de VECAM, une table ronde visant à débattre des données en biens communs au prisme du droit.

Avec : Pierre Chrzanowski (Open Knowledge Foundation), Lionel Maurel (SavoirsCom1, La Quadrature), Jérome Giusti (Open Law), Manon Molins (FING), Bertil de Fos (Chronos, Auxilia)

L’open data met en circulation des données qui sont pour l’heure essentiellement de source publique. Peut-on considérer ces données comme des communs ? Existe-t-il des conditions juridiques (choix des licences) qui permettent de les protéger en tant que communs ? Peut-on imaginer d’étendre l’open data au delà du secteur public, soit par des données contributives volontaires soit par des données venant des entreprises mais qui répondraient à des critères d’intérêt général ? Comment la démarche « Europa Open Law » à l’initiative de la DILA, tente de regrouper, dans une démarche de co-création, des grands éditeurs juridiques avec des « startups du droit » en vue de créer et partager à cette occasion des communs possiblement réutilisables et/ou exploitables par la communauté ou chacun d’entre eux, ainsi que de concevoir, ensemble ou séparément, des services aux usagers nés de cette mise en commun ? Quelle gouvernance des données imaginer pour que la valeur d’usage soit véritablement partagée ?

Date et horaire :
Le samedi 10 octobre 2015, de 14h à 16h.

Lieu :
Le CRI, Centre de Recherche interdisciplinaire
8-10 Rue Charles V – 75004 Paris
Métros : Sully-Morland ou Saint Paul

Inscription :
Inscription en ligne gratuite nécessaire ici.

Plus d’informations :
> Festival Le Temps des communs.
> Une journée consacrée aux communs en Île-de-France. 20 ateliers, 3 tables-rondes, un repas à partager, une assemblée pour le futur.
Samedi 10 octobre 2015,de 9h00 à 17h00 au CRI, Centre de Recherche interdisciplinaire, 8-10 Rue Charles V, 75004 Paris.
Programme complet

Mitä jos kaupungin esityslistoja voisi kommentoida verkossa?

raimom - October 2, 2015 in avoin demokratia, deliberaatio, deliberatiivinen demokratia, demokratia, Featured, helsinki, joukkoistaminen, kansalainen, Open Democracy, osallistuminen, vaikuttaminen

Trolliarmeija paraativarustuksessa marssimassa kohti pahantekoa.

Trolliarmeija paraativarustuksessa marssimassa kohti pahantekoa.

Lue alkuperäisblogaus täältä.

Mitä seuraisi, jos valtuuston, hallituksen ja lautakuntien esityslistat olisivat verkossa kommentoitavina? Pystyisikö syntyvää keskustelua hyödyntämään mitenkään? Tulisiko paikalle muita kuin pahantahtoinen trolliarmeija? Minkälaisen teknologisen ratkaisun keskustelu vaatisi toimiakseen? Miten ratkaistaan ristiriita viranomaisasioinnissa vaaditun vahvan tunnistautumisen ja verkkokeskustelukulttuuriin kuuluvan nimimerkkien käytön ja anonymiteetin välillä? Miten keskustelu tulisi ajoittaa suhteessa luottamuselimen kokoukseen? Miten keskustelu pitäisi järjestää eri vaiheisiin?

Näitä kysymyksiä pohditaan Deliberatiivisen demokratian instituutin ja Helsingin kaupungin Avoin ja joukkoistava kaupunki -tapahtumassa. Esityslistojen kommentointi -työpaja haastaa keskustelijat etukäteen verkossa ja paikan päällä tunnistamaan ongelmia ja ratkaisuehdotuksia esityslistojen verkkokommentoinnista. Osallistu keskusteluun tämän alustuksen pohjalta.

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Invitation: Refugee Hack Vienna, 9.-11. October

Sonja Fischbauer - October 2, 2015 in Data Journalism, event, Featured, GuteDaten, Open Data, Open Data News, Politik, Transparenz

gutetaten iconJoining forces to help with the refugee crisis

We’re glad to announce that we’re partnering up with the team to bring the community together for the Refugee Hack Vienna next weekend, on 9.-11. October.

The Refugee Hack is a two days and one evening contest where developers, graphic/web/UX designers, project managers and all other interested individuals come together and build software to help refugees either directly or indirectly. It will take place at the coworking spaces Stockwerk and Sektor5. The launch event will be on Friday evening, 9. October, at Stockwerk.

You can find more infos on and the hackathon’s newsletter.

We’ll also keep you updated here on our blog regarding the exact starting date.

10 Free Open Community Tickets

There will be an admission fee of 10 Euros (as a contribution towards food and drinks at the event), but we offer 10 free tickets for both the members of Open Knowledge Austria and people who want to contribute, but can’t afford the entry fee.

A short email to sonja.fischbauer -et- is enough, and we’ll get you a ticket!

The #GuteDaten team will join the hackathon with – of course – an open data project. You’re welcome to join us, or any other team!

Our project idea:

Open Data for an Open Mind

We will raise public awareness for the current refugee crisis with the help of open data (open data = openly accessible, machine-readable data). Our project will encourage an informed public discussion that’s based on the actual facts and numbers rather than on misinformation and political propaganda.

We think it’s of vital importance of any society to be as open and transparent as possible, without compromising the privacy of any individual.

We will scrape data sets of interest on a national and european scale, analyse and interpret the data with help of visualizations. These data sets can be anything from development aid budgets, weapon export reports, data on (granted) asylum, unemployment rates, national budgets, and many more.

Our project will be helpful for data journalists and investigative journalists, transparency and refugee activists, for developers as well as for the general public.

This idea is part of  Gute Taten für gute Daten (Good Deeds for Good Data), a project by Open Knowledge Austria that’s funded by We will offer both technical and content-related expertise.

Whether you’re a developer, a designer, communications/ marketing expert, journalist, activist, with a migration/refugee background or none of the above – if you’re interested in the subject, please join us!

The #GuteDaten team has already freed some data sets. You can download them from GitHub.

Wir danken der Internet Foundation Austria (IPA) für die Unterstützung durch das Förderprogramm
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