Astronomia Playing Cards (1829)

- July 29, 2021 in Uncategorized

Transcending the earthly concerns of betting and regal motifs, this pack of cards focuses exclusively on the heavens.

Applications for the CoAct Open Calls on Gender Equality (July 1st, 2021- September 30th, 2021) are open!

- July 28, 2021 in Open Knowledge

CoAct is launching a call for proposals, inviting civil society initiatives to apply for our cascading grants with max. 20.000 Euro to conduct Citizen Social Science research on the topic of Gender Equality. A maximum of four (4) applicants will be selected across three (3) different open calls. Applications from a broad range of backgrounds are welcome, including feminist, LGTBQ+, none-binary and critical masculinity perspectives. Eligible organisations can apply until September 30th, 2021, 11:59 PM GMT. All information for submitting applications is available here: If selected, CoAct will support your work by
  • providing funding for your project (10 months max), alongside dedicated activities, resources and tools
  • providing a research mentoring program for your team. In collaborative workshops you will be supported to co-design and explore available tools, working together with the CoAct team to achieve your goals.
  • connecting you to a community of people and initiatives, tackling similar challenges and contributing to common aims. You will have the opportunity to discuss your projects with the other grantees and, moreover, will be invited to join CoAct´s broader Citizen Social Science network.
You should apply if you:
  • are an ongoing Citizen Social Science project looking for support, financial and otherwise, to grow and become sustainable;
  • are a community interested in co-designing research to generate new knowledge about gender equality topics, broadly defined;
  • are a not-for-profit organization focusing on community building, increasing the visibility of specific communities, increasing civic participation, and being interested in exploring the use of Citizen Social Science in your work.
Read more about the Open Calls here:

Albert Millican’s *Travels and Adventures of an Orchid Hunter* (1891)

- July 27, 2021 in Uncategorized

Millican's memoir of travels and exploits in the budding flower industry.

Picturing Scent: The Tale of a Beached Whale

- July 21, 2021 in Uncategorized

What can visual art teach us about scent, stench, and the mysterious substance known as ambergris? Lizzie Marx follows a “whale-trail” across history to discover the olfactory paradoxes of the Dutch Golden Age.

Welcome Livemark – the New Frictionless Data Tool

- July 21, 2021 in Open Knowledge

We are very excited to announce that a new tool has been added to the Frictionless Data toolkit: Livemark. What is Frictionless? Frictionless Data is a set of specifications for data and metadata interoperability, accompanied by a collection of software libraries that implement these specifications, and a range of best practices for data management. The project is funded by the Sloan Foundation and Open Data Institute. Learn more about Frictionless data here. What is Livemark? Livemark is a great tool that allows you to publish data articles very easily, giving you the possibility to see your data live on a working website in a blink of an eye. How does it work? Livemark is a Python library generating a static page that extends Markdown with interactive charts, tables, scripts, and much much more. You can use the Frictionless framework as a “frictionless” variable to work with your tabular data in Livemark. Livemark offers a series of useful features, like automatically generating a table of contents and providing a scroll-to-top button when you scroll down your document. You can also customise the layout of your newly created webpage. How can you get started? Livemark is very easy to use. We invite you watch this great demo by developer Evgeny Karev: You can also have a look at the documentation on GitHub What do you think? If you create a site using Livemark, please let us know! Frictionless Data is an open source project, therefore we encourage you to give us feedback. Let us know your thoughts, suggestions, or issues by joining us in our community chat on Discord (opens new window) or by opening an issue in the GitHub repo.

John Singleton Copley’s *Watson and the Shark* (1778)

- July 20, 2021 in Uncategorized

American-born Copley made a splash at London’s Royal Academy with this depiction of Brook Watson’s dramatic rescue from Havana harbour in 1749.

Open Data Day 2021 – read the Report

- July 20, 2021 in Open Knowledge

= = = = = = = We are really pleased to share with you our Report on Open Data Day 2021. = = = = = = = We wrote this report for the Open Data Day 2021 funding partners – Microsoft, UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, Mapbox, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, Latin American Open Data Initiative, Open Contracting Partnership and Datopian. But we also decided to publish it here so that everyone interested in Open Data Day can learn more about the Open Data Day mini-grant scheme – and the impact of joining Open Data Day 2022 as a funding partner. = = = = = = = Highlights from the report include:
  • a list of the 36 countries that received mini-grants in 2021
  • a breakdown of the 56 mini-grants by World Bank region. It’s notable that most of the Open Data Day 2021 mini-grants were distributed to Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America & the Caribbean. No mini-grants were sent to North America or the Middle East & North Africa. If you would like to help us reach these two regions in Open Data Day 2022 – please do email us at
  • a chart showing 82% of mini-grants went to Lower, Lower Middle or Upper Middle income countries (by World Bank lending group). We think this is probably about the right kind of distribution.
  • eleven case studies demonstrating the impact of the Open Data Day mini-grant programme.

= = = = = = = To find out more, you can download the report here Please do email us at if you would like a high resolution copy. = = = = = = = If you would like to learn more about Open Data Day, please visit, join the Open Data Day forum or visit the Open Knowledge Foundation blog, where we regularly post articles about Open Data Day.

Register to the Energy Data Hackdays!

- July 15, 2021 in Climate, Daten, Energie, event, hackathon, International, National, smart city

We are happy to announce the fourth edition of Energy Data Hackdays! The Hackdays will take place on the 24th & 25th of September 2021 in Brugg, Switzerland.
Energy companies, public administrations and other organisations related to the energy industry will make data available for the development of creative ideas and initial prototypes. The focus will be on industry relevant topics like, among other, the energy grid as an interface to the smart communities, the role of the transmission grid in the decentralisation of the production sector, security of supply with a decentralised production, how to ensure data security or how to link network planning and urban development.
The hackdays are as usual free and open to any person interested in helping to shape the future of energy!
Looking forward to meeting you there!
Registration: (keep an eye open, more info will follow soon on the Energy Data Hackdays website)

Work with us on ‘Promoting some keynote events/lectures during Open Data Day 2022’

- July 12, 2021 in Open Knowledge

Open Data Day 2022 is nine months away – and we are already thinking about how to make it bigger and better than 2021 ! Recently we asked you about your experience with Open Data Day. We wanted to know what worked, what didn’t and how it could be improved. You gave us lots of really useful feedback which we published here. One of things you told us was that we should
    ‘Promote some keynote events/lectures during Open Data Day’.
If you or your organisation would like to discuss working with us on ‘Promoting some keynote events/lectures during Open Data Day’ – please do email us on We think focusing on one topic area, and curating and promoting some key note events, could be a powerful mechanism to show the benefits of open data and encourage the adoption of open data policies by government, business and civil society. There are many possible topic areas that we could focus on – from climate relevant data to open law. From covid spending data to oceanographic data. If the Open Data Day team at Open Knowledge Foundation are going to do this, however, we need to identify partners from around the world with us.
  • We need people or organisations with topic expertise who can help curate events.
  • We need partners with broad community reach to ensure that the work we do together reaches the most people.
  • And we need funding to make it happen
  • If you or your organisation would like to discuss working with us on ‘Promoting some keynote events/lectures during Open Data Day’ – please do email us on

    Calling all legal practitioners – you are invited to an interactive workshop on immigration and automation

    - July 12, 2021 in Open Knowledge

    – Are you a lawyer, campaigner or activist working in the UK immigration system?
    – Do you want to learn how automated decision systems are currently used in the immigration system in the UK ?
    – Do you want to learn about legal strategies for challenging the (mis)use of these technologies?
    = = = = = = = Join the The Justice Programme team for an online 90 minute interactive workshop on August 19th 2021 between 12.00 – 13.30 BST (London time). Tickets for the event cost £110 (inc VAT) and can be purchased online here. = = = = = = = Tickets are limited to 20 people – to ensure that everyone who attends can maximise their learning experience. If you are unwaged and can’t afford a ticket, please email The Justice Programme is offering two places at a 75% discount (£27.50 each). All proceeds from this event are reinvested in the work of The Justice Programme, as we work to ensure Public Impact Algorithms do no harm. = = = = = = = What will I learn ? In this Interactive Workshop on Immigration and automation we will: – explore how AI and algorithms are presently being used and likely to be used in UK and elsewhere
    review an overview of how algorithms work
    – discuss the potential harms involved at the individual and societal levels
    – summarise legal strategies, resources and best practices
    – participate in a group exercise on a realistic case study You will also get access to a guide summarising the key points of the workshop and documenting the answers to your questions. This workshop is brought to you by Meg Foulkes, Director of The Justice Programme and Cedric Lombion, our Data & Innovation Lead.
    Read more about The Justice Programme team here. = = = = = = = About The Justice Programme The Justice Programme is a project of the Open Knowledge Foundation, which works to ensure that Public Impact Algorithms do no harm. Find out more about The Justice Programme here, and learn more about Public Impact Algorithms here.