Introducing “The Sense of Openness”

belkinsa - April 24, 2015 in Blog Related, News, Open Science, Planet, Ubuntu

As I said in this post, I renamed “The Ubuntu Sense”, to (drum roll please) to “The Sense of Openness”. I started with voluteering in the Ubuntu in July 2013 and within six months, I recieved my Ubuntu Memebership. But I started to extend invoulment into Open Science, since I’m a biologist. I noticed that I started to post/talk about non-Ubuntu things on my everything-Ubuntu-related blog and decided to open up a “new” (I imported my old one) one that emcompasses everything that is Open * related. Also, I’m keeping the “sense” theme.

To accomplish this, before exporting the old content from the old blog, I organized the categories into six main ones (that may change, as I have some that I’m not sure of) and within the categories, I have sub-categories that relate to the groups that I’m in (Ubuntu Women in Ubuntu and Center of Open Science in Open Science are two examples). This will allow me to only use categories for RSS feeds for the Planets in order to stay on topic.

Also, I broke down my “About” page into three pages, one that explains who I am, one for FOSS, and one for Open Science.  These pages will explain what the topic is, what groups that I am in, and what roles, that I take up, in those groups are.  These pages will act like my “resume” because I want to show the world what I have done within the communities and my skills, as it’s scattered around the web.

I want to thank Rafael Laguna for creating me the logos (wordless and with words) below:

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Prague Hacks – the City’s Biggest Ever Open Data Hackathon

Michaela Rybičková - April 24, 2015 in blog, city data, civic hackers, Featured, hackathon, open city, Open Data, Prague, Události

Between June 12th and June 14th, 2015, in a marathon creative hacking session, local hackers, programmers, entrepreneurs, and creative people of all stripes will be invited to come together on a single mission: to improve life in the City of Prague, using the city’s own open data. The event, dubbed “Prague Hacks: Improving City Life,” is a non-profit event; the largest of its kind, and will be held at the popular open working space Node5 as well as being live streamed online.

The City of Prague, through its  Institute of Planning and Developent, will provide reams of data, including geodata, data on transport, crime and safety, elections and government, as well as land use and more.

The event is for anyone with an interest in the city- not just programmers. More information and registration:

“Prague’s data have a great potential and the hackathon is a chance to unlock it,” says Jiří Knitl of Otakar Motejl Fund. “When we organized a similar event last year we were amazed by the results – in less than 48 hours, 6 new apps and visualisations were created. “We believe that Prague Hacks will bring even more ideas and insights which would help to improve quality of life in our capital,” he added.

Sponsors Vodafone Foundation, Microsoft and IBM will provide hundreds of thousands of Czech Crowns worth of sponsorship in the form of software licenses and hosting for new projects that result from the Hackathon, and eligible participants will be invited to present their results to the reSITE conference, taking place June 18th and 19th in Prague. Eligible non-commercial projects will be invited to join the Vodafone Foundation Accelerator, and eligible commercial projects will be fast-tracked for the StartupYard Acceleration program with up to EUR 280,000 of seed investment available.


खुल्ला ज्ञान समुदायका सदस्य शुभजित गांगुलीको सम्झनामा

Yas García - April 23, 2015 in comunidad

La comunidad Open Knowledge se encuentra triste tras el fallecimiento del intengrante de Open Knowledge India, Subhajita Ganguly. En lo personal no tuve el gusto de conocer a Sbhajita más que por  medio de la cadena de mail por la que estamos conectados todos los integrates de OKI. Pero lo que de lo que sí estoy al tanto es que fue y será en nuestras memorias un gran activista por el conocimiento abierto y un contribuidor a la transparencia global.

Quiero compartir la traducción del post original que se encuentra en el sitio de Open Knowledge Nepal donde Nikesh Balami, como miembro, escribió en honor a la memoria de Sbhajita.

Subhajita Ganguly conocido como un luchador de los derechos. En su tiempo lobre de ha dedicado a ser un defensor de los datos abiertos, la ciencia abierta y los datos abiertos en el ámbito de la educación. También ha sido uno de los impulsores de la “Cumbre de datos abiertos de India”.

Además, su principal tema: la transparencia política y rendición de cuentas para garantizar los indicadores globales de datos abiertos, un conjunto de datos estaba trabajando como presentador y crítico y llevó a cabo el Censo de Datos de India, una iniciativa global de Open Knowledge Internacional.

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The PSI law ready before the summer

Pieter Colpaert - April 22, 2015 in Uncategorized

At our conference Open Belgium 2015, Theo Francken and Alexander De Croo announced that they’re going to work together to implement the European PSI directive, and where necessary, even go further than what Europe tells us to do. Today, we got the great news that NMBS/SNCB is not going to be an exception to the PSI law in Belgium any longer.

The Belgian railway company just recently decided to stop supporting RailTime. An app which was perceived as being better than the official NMBS/SNCB app

PSI stands for Public Sector Information. It’s a European directive (which means that member countries have to implement it, otherwise there will be a sanction) that obliges Public Sector Bodies to open up policy documents and data under an open license. Of course there is a list of exceptions (the most obvious one being privacy sensitive data).

Read the PSI Directive:

The news was officialy announced by Alexander De Croo over here

This is great news for open transport data in Belgium.

Forgotten Failures of African Exploration

Adam Green - April 22, 2015 in africa, colonialism, congo river, Culture & History, expedition, exploration, John H. Tuckey, Major William Gray

Dane Kennedy reflects on two disastrous expeditions into Africa organised by the British in the early-19th century, and how their lofty ambitions crumbled before the implacable realities of the continent.

Another intern joins the open team!

sandermeert - April 22, 2015 in General

Hey, Day 8: Cutting and pastingI’m Sander and I’m the newest addition to the intern team of Open Knowledge Belgium. With me as a new recruit our intern workforce has been increased by 100%! Which means we can do at least twice as much work. I will be spending the next 8 weeks at Open Knowledge Belgium, working on various projects such as the open Summer of code preparations and

So who am I?

I’m a 3rd year bachelor student in Graphical and Digital Media – Multimedia Production – ProDEV at Arteveldehogeschool, which is a mouthful, but basically means that I learn how to design and program in various environments, mostly aimed at websites or mobile applications.

I’m also an ex-oSoc-er, I spent the summer of 2014 at oSoc working on EduCal, so I have already worked with quite a few of the people of the organisation and have a rough idea of what to expect around here.

Apart from being a student and temporary minion at Open Knowledge Belgium, I’m a pretty relaxed guy. I like to hang out with my friends, play some games, be it board games or anything digital, and enjoy some good music.

What’s my job?

oSoc15 InfographicThe very first day I already got plenty of work to keep me occupied for a while. I was assigned as Lara’s minion to help her with the oSoc15 website, as well as make an infographic which we can send to students who would be interested. In the picture it shows me cutting and pasting the various infographic tidbits.

The next day Pieter (the big boss) showed me the other projects that could use some helping hands.

Basically I already have more potential work than I would be able to do in a mere 8 weeks. But Pieter told me that it’s important that I learn to say “No”, even to him. If I simply don’t have the time to do something, I shouldn’t accept more tasks. Because of this I have to learn how to balance my workload, and be able to estimate how much I can handle at any given time.

I had already learned a lot from the 3 weeks I spent at #oSoc14, so I’m sure I’ll learn even more during my internship. I’m looking forward to all the things that are waiting for me the next few weeks.


The Anxious Type” by JDHancock is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Meet the 2015 School of Data fellows!

Guest - April 22, 2015 in 2015, fellowship program, Open Knowledge, School of Data

This is a cross-post from the School of Data blog, written by their Community Manager Cédric Lombion. See the original.

We’re delighted to announce that after much difficult deliberation, our Class of 2015 School of Data Fellows have now been decided! We ended up with nearly 600 applicants from 82 different countries – so it was no mean feat to pick just 7 from this group – we wish we had more resources to work with many more of you!

A huge thanks to our local partners SocialTIC and Metamorphosis, who put in much of the hard work in the selection process for fellows from their respective areas.

Their fellowships will run from now until the end of December, and they’ll be working with civil society, and journalists, in their areas. A key part of the fellowships is building the data literate community in their local areas – so, if you’re based nearby and you’d like to take part in trainings, sign up to our newsletter to be kept up to date with news of upcoming workshops and training sessions that they’ll be running!

All of our 2015 fellows, along with a number of our key community members from our local instances, will be attending the International Open Data Conference in Ottawa at the end of May, so we look forward to seeing many of you there.

Without further ado: here are our 2015 fellows!

Camila Salazar, Alajuela, Costa Rica

camila_salazarCamila studied journalism at the University of Costa Rica and is currently finishing her bachelor degree in Economics. Since 2009 she has worked in TV, print and digital media. In the past years she has used data and quantitative tools to write journalistic stories that encourage people to question their reality and participate in an informed public debate. In 2013 she worked in the first political factchecking project in Central America. This project was a finalist in the Global Editors Network Data Journalism Awards of 2014. More recently she worked in a data journalism project called DataBase, in one of the most prestigious digital media in Costa Rica. You can follow Camila on Twitter at @milamila07


David Selassie Opoku, Accra, Ghana


David Selassie Opoku is a graduate of the United World College Costa Rica, Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Biology and the New Jersey Institute of Technology with an M.S. in Computer Science. His interest in data stems from an academic background in science and passion as a technologist in various civic and social contexts.

David is a developer and aspiring data scientist currently at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) in Accra, Ghana where he teaches and mentors young entrepreneurs-in-training on software development skills and best practices. He has had the opportunity to work with the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, the Eugene Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility, the UNICEF Health Division and a tech startup in New York City. In the past year, he has helped organize and facilitate several hackathons and design thinking workshops in Accra. You can follow David on Twitter at @sdopoku


Goran Rizaov, Skopje, Macedonia

Goran Rizaov

Goran Rizaov, data-journalist based in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, with several years of experience in investigative journalism. Goran was a Professional Development Year fellow in 2011/2012 studying data journalism, precision journalism and online media at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, ASU, Phoenix, Arizona.

He was also a part of the 2013 Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence. Worked for six months on an investigative story about corruption in the communication sector in Macedonia and for the first time published the names of the officials that were part of the court process that is under way in USA. Did this mostly by obtaining data from the US PACER system and other civil organizations like Transparency International.

He works with online data analyzing tools and loves to prepare inphographics.

Goran has a Bachelor degree in journalism from the St Cyril and Methodious University in Skopje, Macedonia and more than seven years of experience in working as a reporter. You can follow Goran on Twitter at @goxo


Julio Lopez, Quito, Ecuador


julio_lopezJulio is currently finishing a Master’s Degree in Energy and Resources Management at University College London (UCL), Australian campus. He became interested in open data after joining “Extrayendo Transparencia“, which translates to “Extracting Transparency”, a Grupo FARO’s initiative that promotes the dissemination of citizen-oriented government data to improve the accessibility and use of information from the oil and mining industries in civil society organisations and local governments in Ecuador. Julio graduated in Economics in 2010 and has conducted studies and supervised training on fiscal policy, public finance and the governance of the oil and mining industries in Latin America. As part of his fellowship, he is interested in promoting open data initiatives in the energy sector in Ecuador and Latin America. You can follow him on twitter at @jalp_ec


Nirab Pudasaini, Kathmandu, Nepal

Nirab Pudasaini

Nirab is the lead mobile application developer at Kathmandu Living Labs. Working with the team at Kathmandu Living Labs Nirab has been championing the OpenStreetMap and Open Map data movement in Nepal.

By training and mobilizing volunteers they have been successful to make OpenStreetMap as the most detailed map data source for Kathmandu. His team is involved in application of Open Data and OpenStreetMap in different sectors like disaster resilience, governance, agriculture, food security, water health and sanitation. Nirab has experience in training very diverse groups ranging from undergrad geo informatics engineering students to map illiterate farmers.

Nirab has deployed the site Map My School and is developer of apps like Mero Bhada Meter – An app to help citizens find taxi fares using government provided rates and OpenStreetMap data and Citizen Report – An app that allows citizens to report problems in their locality. Nirab is a huge RMS fan and loves playing bamboo flute. You can follow him on Twitter at @NirabPudasaini.


Nkechi Okwuone, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria


Nkechi is the Open Data Manager of the Edo State Open Data portal in Nigeria, the first sub-national Open Data portal in Africa. She is an alumnus of Federal Government Girls College, Ibusa and the University of Port Harcourt, where she received her B. Eng in Electrical Electronics Engineering.

She leads a team of professionals who implement, promote the Governments agenda of transparency, collaborative and participatory governance. she has worked on various data driven projects for the past 2 years ranging from building applications/visualization with data, training/seminars on data to organizing/participating in data driven hackathons.

Nkechi is also a director in SabiHub, a not for profit organization with a vision to solve social problems using technology where she mentors entrepreneurs and open data enthusiast to. She recently organized the first open data hackathon on Agriculture in her state that saw the attendance of journalists, developers, CSOs and students.

She is well respected in the open data community of Nigeria and has been recognized as the youngest Open Data Manager in Africa and nominated for the Future Awards Africa prize in Public Service (2014). You can follow her on Twitter at @enkayfreda


Sheena Carmel Opulencia-Calub, Makati City, the Philippines

Sheena Carmel Opulencia-Calub Photo

Sheena has managed projects on gender-based violence and protection of the rights of women and their children in the Philippines funded by the European Union and set-up online monitoring systems on cases of GBV and VAWC. She worked with ACF International and UNICEF as the National Information Manager of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene cluster co-led by UNICEF and the Department of Health (DOH) where she provides support to communities, non-government and government agencies in managing and establishing information management systems during emergencies such as Typhoon Pablo in 2012, Zamboanga Crisis, Bohol Earthquake, and Supertyphoon Yolanda in 2013. She is assisting DOH in setting-up a national database on zero open defecation, training local government staff to use mobile-based technologies to collect data. You can follow her on Twitter at @sheena.orlson



Delivery partners The Fellowship Programme is developed and delivered with Code for Africa, Social-Tic (Mexico), Metamorphosis (Macedonia) and Connected Development (Nigeria).

Funding partners This year’s fellowships will be supported by the Partnership for Open Development (POD) OD4D, Hivos, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Macedonia.

ওপেন নলেজ কমিউনিটি সদস্য শুভজিত গঙ্গোপাধ্যায় স্মরনে

Hasive Chowdhury - April 22, 2015 in blog, india, subhajit ganguly

এটা খুবই দু:খজনক খবর আমরা জেনেছি, ওপেন নলেজ ভারতের অ্যাম্বাসেডর এবং এ অঞ্চলের কমিউনিটির অন্যতম একজন শীর্ষ কর্মী শুভজিত গঙ্গোপাধ্যায় হঠাৎ মারা গেছেন।

শুভজিত গঙ্গোপাধ্যায়

শুভজিত গঙ্গোপাধ্যায়

অসুস্থ অবস্থায় খুব সংক্ষিপ্ত সময়ে মাত্র ৩০ বছর বয়সে মারা গেছেন শুভজিত গঙ্গোপাধ্যায়। গত ৭ এপ্রিল, স্থানীয় সময় সকালে তাঁর নিজের বাড়ি ভারতের কলকাতার একটি হাসপাতালে মারা যান তিনি। তার এ চলে যাওয়া তার পরিবার এবং প্রিয় মানুষদের পাশাপাশি তার সহকর্মী এবং আন্তর্জাতিক ওপেন ডেটা এবং ওপেন নলেজ কমিউনিটির কাছে প্রচন্ড দু:খজনক ঘটনা।

নিজের কাজের এবং ব্যক্তিগত সময়ের মধ্যেই ওপেন ডেটা, ওপেন সায়েন্স এবং ওপেন এডুকেশন, বিষয়ে কাজ করার পাশাপাশি কমিউনিটিতে এ বিষয়ে সচেতনতা এবং কমিউনিটি তৈরির ক্ষেত্রে পরিচিত মুখ ছিলেন। অতি সম্প্রতি তিনি সফল ভাবে মূল আয়োজক হিসেবে করেছেন ইন্ডিয়া ওপেন ডেটা সামিট  এবং ভারতের স্থানীয় শহরের জরিপে প্রকল্প প্রধান  হিসেবে কাজ করার পাশাপাশি গ্লোবাল ওপেন ডেটা ইনডেক্সে, তথ্য প্রদান এবং রিভিউয়ার হিসেবেও অবদান রেখেছেন। সারা বিশ্বে কমিউনিটি দ্বারা পরিচালিত এ ধরনের এ কার্যক্রমে বিভিন্ন ধরনের ডেটা সাধারণ ব্যবহারকারীদের জন্য কতটা উন্মুক্ত সেটি তুলে ধরা হয়েছে। এর বিষয় ছিলো: রাজনৈতিক স্বচ্ছতা এবং জবাবদিহিতা।

গত দুই বছর ধরে ওপেন নলেজ ভারতের স্থানীয় গ্রুপ তৈরি এবং স্বেচ্ছাসেবী হিসেবে সমন্বয়কের কাজ করে আসছিলেন। পাশাপাশি ওপেন ডেটা নিয়ে কাজ করছেন এবং বিভিন্ন গ্রুপের সঙ্গেও যৌথভাবে সমন্বয়ের কাজ করছিলেন তিনি। গত বছর তিনি ফেলো কমিউনিটি নেতা হিসেবে জার্মানির বার্লিনে অনুষ্ঠিত ওপেন নলেজ উৎসবে  যোগ দেন এবং ভারতের পাশাপাশি এশিয়া প্যাসিফিক অঞ্চল এবং গ্লোবালি ওপেন নলেজ এবং ওপেন ডেটা সংক্রান্ত কাজে যুক্ত থাকা এবং নেতৃত্ব দেয়ার বিষয়েও আলোচনা করেছিলেন।

তার আকস্মিক মৃত্যুর খবর জানার পর থেকেই গত কয়েক দিন ধরেই নানা ধরনের বার্তা পাচ্ছি আমরা। শুভজিতের কাজ নিয়ে কমিউনিটির নেতা এবং সদস্যরা নিজেদের নানা মতামত এবং তাকে স্মরণও করছেন। তার এমন চলে যাওয়াটা সত্যিকার অর্থেই দারুন এক শূন্যতা সৃষ্টি করেছে এবং আমাদের সারা বিশ্বের  এ কমিউনিটির জন্যই এটা বড় একটা ক্ষতি।

আমাদের এ স্মরণ এবং চিন্তাধারা তার পরিবার এবং প্রিয় মানুষদের জন্য। আমরা আশা করছি তার কাজ এবং লক্ষ্য সারাবিশ্বের এ কার্যক্রমগুলোর সঙ্গে জড়িত সকলের জন্য একটা দারুন উদাহরণ হয়ে থাকবে। শুভজিতের আত্মা শান্তিতে থাকুক।

শুভজিত ( স্বাক্ষরযুক্ত ব্যানার ধরে আছেন) ওপেন নলেজের অন্যান্য অ্যাম্বাসেডরদের সঙ্গে ২০১৪ সালে অনুষ্ঠিত ওপেন নলেজ ফেস্টিভাল উৎসবে। (ছবি: বার্ট লুস, সিসি বাই-এনসি-এনডি)

শুভজিত ( স্বাক্ষরযুক্ত ব্যানার ধরে আছেন) ওপেন নলেজের অন্যান্য অ্যাম্বাসেডরদের সঙ্গে ২০১৪ সালে অনুষ্ঠিত ওপেন নলেজ ফেস্টিভাল উৎসবে। (ছবি: বার্ট লুস, সিসি বাই-এনসি-এনডি)

২০১৪ সালে অনুষ্ঠিত ওপেন নলেজ উৎসবে শুভজিত (বাঁ থেকে প্রথম), ওপেন নলেজ বাংলাদেশের দূত নুরুন্নবী চৌধুরী হাছিব, নেপালের দূত প্রকাশ নেউপানি এবং ভারতের সুভাশিস পানিগ্রাহি

২০১৪ সালে অনুষ্ঠিত ওপেন নলেজ উৎসবে শুভজিত (বাঁ থেকে প্রথম), ওপেন নলেজ বাংলাদেশের দূত নুরুন্নবী চৌধুরী হাছিব, নেপালের দূত প্রকাশ নেউপানি এবং ভারতের সুভাশিস পানিগ্রাহি

Welcome to our new Community Manager

Milena Marin - April 22, 2015 in News





We are very excited to announce that School of Data has a new Community manager.

Cédric is based in Bordeaux, France, and joined Open Knowledge in March. He will be supporting the School of Data community along with managing the external communication of the project.

Before joining the team Cédric has been working as a project and community coordinator for Open Knowledge France for one year. He discovered School of Data there and has dedicated his time to the project ever since, working with the community and facilitating data workshops.. He studied Public and Political Communication with a focus on open data and digital public services.

You can follow on him on Twitter at @clombion

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Participaremos en Encuentro de datos universidad alicante

maestro - April 22, 2015 in Uncategorized

Desde OpenData4U (proyecto de portal de datos abiertos y reutilización de la información de la Universidad de Alicante), estamos organizando un “Encuentro de Datos Abiertos” en nuestra universidad que se celebrará el próximo martes 28 de abril. OKFN Spain estará presente en las ponencias (el programa del evento está disponible en

Este encuentro tiene como objetivo dar a conocer el concepto de apertura de datos y de reutilización de la información del sector público, no sólo a la comunidad universitaria (estudiantes, PDI y PAS) sino a la ciudadanía en general, a través de una serie de charlas temáticas divididas en tres bloques:
1- Apertura de datos, incluyendo portales de datos abiertos en universidades, datos abiertos de investigación, legislación en la apertura de apertura de datos y reutilización, etc.
2- Emprendimiento “basado en datos” entre los estudiantes de la Universidad de Alicante, incluyendo un “pitch elevator” de estudiantes que han participado en el concurso de aplicaciones que reutilizan datos abiertos de la Universidad de Alicante (además, mostrarán sus prototipos funcionales y se procederá a la entrega de premios a las mejores aplicaciones).
3- Reutilización de la información del sector público, incluyendo una mesa redonda donde publicadores y reutilizadores de datos debatiremos acerca del potencial de la economía de los datos.

Nos gustaría invitaros a asistir a este encuentro, ya sea de manera “física” o a través de streaming en
También estaremos activos a través de Twitter en @UAdatos