The Music of the Waters: A Collection of Sea Shanties (1888)

- January 19, 2021 in Uncategorized

Shape My City – Lucerne, the Results!

- January 19, 2021 in Bildung, Daten, Energie, event, Forschung, hackathon, Luzern, smart city

Almost in the same breath, following the Smart city Lab Lenzburg, we were happy to support the student team of the Master of Applied Information and Data Science at the HSLU in their organization of the Shape My City Hackdays – Luzern, a Hackathon revolving around smart city projects for Lucerne and its inhabitants. Around 110 participants gathered online, ready to hear about the 15 so-called challenges awaiting for a solution. Those issues opened by either the industry, civil society or city of Lucerne itself, were prepared in collaboration with group of students who helped defining the framework of the question and to gather and prepare relevant datasets, providing the Hackdays-teams with the material to solve the challenge itself. This event being a fully virtual workshop was not as vividly alive as what we are used to during the HSLU-student Hackdays, (melancholy…), still, the very funny slides and the clear engagement of the teams made for a very good event. Two inputs by Stefan Metzger CDO of the city of Luzern and by Benjamin Szemkus, Program manager of Smart City Switzerland, provided for background information about the strategies and perspective in the field. A lot of open data on the topic of smart cities was gathered, and last but not least and as always astonishing, the plethora of good results convinced us once again of the relevance of such collaborative endeavours. The challenge topics nicely completed or confirmed those issues addressed a few weeks before in Lenzburg. There too it was obvious that those location and user-specific solutions are actually relevant for a much broader public and regions. Nevertheless, implementing them locally still seems to be a meaningful and challenging enough step before exploring those broader fields. Most teams are willing and ready to keep on exploring the challenges with their challenge owners, we are curious to see how far the projects go from there on! Solar Energy in the City of Lucerne
Identifying similar buildings in terms of solar characteristics facilitates the approach to building owners to promote the installation of solar panels. The project group gathered over 15 different datasets, cleaning, preprocessing, analyzing and converting the datasets into desired shapes and Geospatial data formats. The prototype is as desired simply an excel file, containing the necessary information.  Disclaimer: data about the buildings are not publicly available and are to be considered as strictly confidential. Therefore, this part is private, however, the code is public. Consumer Behavior in the City of Lucerne
The project group worked on identifying Personas that will help to address the target groups on the topic of environmentally friendly behaviours. They also worked on analysing datasets to find interesting correlations and patterns concerning existing consumer behaviour. Quantification of Visitors of Cultural Events
The number of visitors from the surrounding municipalities attending events at cultural venues in Lucerne is not available yet. The project-team created a measurement tool that easily and efficiently registers the place of residence of the attendees of a cultural event. Drug Sharing Ecosystem Driven by Blockchain
This group implemented a Blockchain technology to visualizes exchanges and flows of drugs between main health stakeholders, in order to increase transparency, security and automation of drug exchanges. Open Social Spaces
Through the use of a web AR Application, locals can give a shape to their ideas. Users can place and visualize objects directly in a chosen location and vote for creations by others. 360° Stakeholder Feedback Analysis
Large urban transformation projects require thorough analysis of the needs and requirements of all stakeholders involved. This project-team therefore worked on a Dashboard allowing grouping, qualification and prioritization of the stakeholders-related needs and information, in order to make more of the available data and provide decision-makers with a fast overview by project.
2000 Watt Site – Reduction of Energy Consumption
This project-team worked on a gamification model and an app to inform and incentivize the reduction of energy consumption of households and help achieve the 2000 Watt Society goals. The system aims to compares households’ consumption as awareness is one of the motivations for new energy consumption strategies. Reduce Car Rides at Traffic Peak Hours
The project-team worked with an Agent-Based Traffic Modelling and Simulation Approach to predict and analyse the forseeable changes in traffic load for an area in planning.
They produced a SUMO file with a modeled traffic flow integrating the new conditions on the project site, as well as reflected on the tools and incentives for future traffic regulation on the area. Find Energy Inefficient Buildings in the City of Lucerne
As about 45 % energy usage is for buildings this team worked on a building-images database to identify potentially energy-intensive buildings, as well as on a gamified app-prototype to improve the quality oft he image collection, labelling and identifying thanks to collective intelligence. Interactive Visualizationfor Neighbourhood Residents
This team worked on visualizing existing data of small sub-quarters to gain insights about the facts, needs and participation interests of the residents in those neighbourhoods. The insights and visualisation will be integrated in the website to make the findings accessible to all residents. 3D Geovisualization of building energy demands
In order to identify strategic leverage areas of high energy consumption, this team combined 3D data with energy demand data and revealed regions and buildings with potential for energy optimisation. Flat finder for seniors:
This team tackled the issue of the specific needs of the elderly when it comes to finding a suitable house or apartment. They created a housing platform that analyses housing advertisements from existing platforms and filters out those fitting the needs of seniors. Netto- Null in den Quartieren?
The demo created by this group allows to determine the current CO-2 emissions in the districts of Lucerne and to visualise which heating methods the buildings are using. This is a strategic information for decision makers for energy production methods and for the inhabitants to visualize the impact of one or the other heating system on the environment.

Quality of Life in Lucerne
This working group focussed on generating new insights from an online questionnaire about Life quality in Lucerne for the city administration. They identified personas, expectations and new variables from the citizens answers.

Smart City Lab – Lenzburg 2020, the results!

- January 18, 2021 in Uncategorized

And there it went!
In the beautiful Aula Blecherain, blended by the october sun, the organizing committee gathered and broadcasted the announcements of the challenges to be worked upon during the Smart City Lab Lenzburg. Meant to take place on site, this collaborative ideation-workshop about the future of how to live together, took place online. An online event actually feels very abstract: a lonely little number at the bottom of a computer screen tells about how many other screens are switched on as well…
But as groups start forming, Slack starts beeping and conversations start resonating through the computer speakers, it suddenly takes a sense of reality: it’s happening!
People are indeed thinking together to solve a problem.
The truth is, the setting itself is a challenge: almost each step of the workshop, from team definition to problem definition, from co-creation to presentation, requires until now a different software. But soon workflows were clear to everyone and the discussions focussed on ideas, processes and results.

During those two intensive days, we were happy to welcome five short presentations and inputs on different aspects of smart city tools and smart sustainability: one smart city tool is the successful „Züriwieneu“ app, presented by its project-leader for the city of Zürich, Christian Gees. Allowing citizens to report damages and issues in the city itself, it harvests collective intelligence and links it to the appropriate services of the city.
The potential of Data Analysis for planning and optimization in cities was presented by Luis Gisler von, introducing us to their data visualization platform.
Interesting insights in a new planning and evaluation tool “Smart Site” were presented by Regina Flury vor Arx from for Energiechweiz. The general development strategy of such areas was introduced by Daniel Kellenberger, Project leader for 2000W Areale in DE-Switzerland for Energieschweiz.
And a team from the University of Bern presented “Smart Town”, an overall concept for a better management of cultural events in small to medium cities. Finally, as Virtual the event was, as Real turned the results to be.
This time again, this collaborative workshop came with a harvest of very promising contacts, collaborations, blueprints and prototypes. The very interesting aspect of the Smart City Lab Lenzburg is the bottom-up movement it involves: while made on measure for very local issues, the projects tackle national or at time even global issues. Smart-Recycling-Station
Presented a concept for a Smart Waste collection station: Solar powered waste bins with RFID & reporting function as well as a gamified interaction with users (App, entry card including a reward system). Belebung Altstadt or the Awakening of the sleeping beauty :
A concept for an App platform allows the different users of the city to find easily what the city has to offer: from everyday needs to leisure and culture, consumers find what they look for and more, while shop owners can identify the best spaces for their offer. Lenzburg electrically independant
Working towards this far vision, the team analysed the present situation in an exhaustive overview and hypothesized scenarios. Photovoltaics /ZEV im Lenz
The team produced an in depth analysis and model of the photovoltaic potential, usage and project feasibility on the roofs of a new buildings group. Energy-counselling of the future
After assessing precisely the needs and potentials of individual/sur-mesure counselling for the stakeholders of the energy sector, the team set a roadmap to create a tool harnessing the new tools (Smart-meters, IOT, AI) for individual consumption analysis in order to enhance service and encourage energy transition. Connecting neighbourhoods
The team created a blueprint for an open, modular city communication and services platform allowing inhabitants, service providers, shops, cultural and social actors to inform and exchange, motivating and enhancing fluid interaction between the city’s diverse neighbourhoods. Toolkit for urban data collection
This team created an easy to use software for a set of low cost sensors in order lower the threshold for more continuous in-stream measurements of a city’s variables (such as traffic flows). Gathering high quality data allows assessing the current situation and supports decision making.

Launching the Open Data Day 2021 mini-grant scheme

- January 15, 2021 in Open Data Day, Open Data Day 2021

Open Data Day 2020: images from round the world We are thrilled to announce that once again the Open Knowledge Foundation is giving out mini-grants to support people hosting Open Data Day events across the world. Open Data Day is an annual celebration of open data taking place for the eleventh time on Saturday 6th March 2021. Everyone can take part as groups from around the globe create local events to show how they use open data in their communities. We are extremely grateful to our partners who have provided funding for this year’s mini-grant scheme. These include Microsoft, UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, Mapbox, Latin American Open Data Initiative (ILDA), Open Contracting Partnership and Datopian. Open Data Day 2021 funder logos How to apply?  The deadline to submit your mini-grant application is midday GMT on Friday 5th February 2021. Use this form to make your application. Who can apply?  Anyone can apply for a $300 USD mini-grant.  This year we are providing mini-grants to both:
  • Real world events in your location, and 
  • Online events to connect with community members and people around the world virtually
We understand that many people sadly will not be able to meet in person for this year’s Open Data Day due to local/national restrictions relating to the Covid-19 pandemic. But we want to help you and open data communities around the world by supporting online events and celebrations. As well as providing mini-grant funds to those running online events, we will be sharing tips and advice for running great virtual sessions. What are the criteria?  Your event or online session must fit into one of the four tracks laid out below to be in with a chance of receiving a mini-grant:
  • Environmental data: Use open data to illustrate the urgency of the climate emergency and spur people into action to take a stand or make changes in their lives to help the world become more environmentally sustainable.
  • Tracking public money flows: Expand budget transparency, dive into public procurement, examine tax data or raise issues around public finance management by submitting Freedom of Information requests.
  • Open mapping: Learn about the power of maps to develop better communities.
  • Data for equal development: How can open data be used by communities to highlight pressing issues on a local, national or global level? Can open data be used to track progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs?
What is a mini-grant? You can only make one application for one event/online session in just one track.   A mini-grant is a small fund of $300 USD to help support groups organising Open Data Day events and online sessions. The mini-grants cannot be used to fund government events, whether national or local.  We can only support civil society activities.  We encourage governments to find local groups and engage with them if they want to organise events and apply for a mini-grant. The funds will only be delivered to the successful grantees after:
  • The event or online session has taken place, and 
  • We receive a written report on your event/online session which must be delivered within 30 days of your event  
In case the funds are needed before 6th March 2021, you can email and we will assess whether or not we can help on a case-by-case basis. Photography and video competition  This year, we will be giving away prizes for the best Open Data Day photographs and videos. These will be used to help promote Open Data Day in the future. Check back soon for more information about how to enter the competition. About Open Data Day Open Data Day is the annual event where we gather to reach out to new people and build new solutions to issues in our communities using open data.  The eleventh Open Data Day will take place on Saturday 6th March 2021. If you have started planning your Open Data Day event already, please add it to the global map on the Open Data Day website using this form. If you are running a free online session open to anyone in the world, we will publish a timetable to promote your online session.  Connect with others and spread the word about Open Data Day using the #OpenDataDay or #ODD2021 hashtags.  Alternatively you can join the Google Group to ask for advice or share tips. To get inspired with ideas for events or online sessions, read about some of the great events which took place on Open Data Day 2020 in our wrap-up blog post. Need more information? If you have any questions, you can reach out to the Open Knowledge Foundation team by emailing or on Twitter via @OKFN. There’s also the Open Data Day Google Group where you can connect with others interested in taking part, share ideas for your event or ask for help.

csv,conf,v6 is going ahead on May 4-5 2021

- January 14, 2021 in #CSVconf, Open Knowledge


Attendees of csv,conf,v4

Save the date for csv,conf,v6! The 6th version of csv,conf will be held online on May 4-5 2021. If you are passionate about data and its application to society, this is the conference for you. Submissions for session proposals for 25-minute talk slots, and a new ‘Birds of a Feather’ track, are open until February 28 2021, and we encourage talks about how you are using data in an interesting way. The conference will take place on Crowdcast, Slack, Spatial Chat and other platforms used for breakout and social spaces. We will be opening ticket sales soon.

Pictured are attendees to the csv,conf,v5 opening session.

csv,conf,v5 was planned to go ahead in May 2020 in person in Washington DC. Due to the Covid-19 situation this was not possible and the organising team made the decision to do the event online. The event was a huge success and most talks had well over 300 attendees. We have written about our experience of organising an online conference with the hope that it will help others ( and are excited to be building on this experience for this year. csv,conf is a much-loved community conference bringing together diverse groups to discuss data topics, featuring stories about data sharing and data analysis from science, journalism, government, and open source. Over two days, attendees will have the opportunity to hear about ongoing work, share skills, exchange ideas and kickstart collaborations. As in previous years, the Open Knowledge Foundation are members of the organising team.

Expect the return of the comma llama!

First launched in July 2014, csv,conf has expanded to bring together over 2,000 participants from 30 countries with backgrounds from varied disciplines. If you’ve missed the earlier years’ conferences, you can watch previous talks on topics like data ethics, open source technology, data journalism, open internet, and open science on our YouTube channel. We hope you will join us  in May to share your own data stories and join the csv,conf community! We are happy to answer all questions you may have or offer any clarifications if needed. Feel free to reach out to us on, on Twitter @CSVConference or our dedicated community Slack channel We are committed to diversity and inclusion, and strive to be a supportive and welcoming environment to all attendees. To this end, we encourage you to read the csv,conf Code of Conduct. csv,conf,v6 is a community conference that is in part supported by the Sloan Foundation through our Frictionless Data for Reproducible Research work. The Frictionless Data team is part of the organising group.

The Art of Whaling: Illustrations from the Logbooks of Nantucket Whaleships

- January 13, 2021 in Uncategorized

The 19th-century whale hunt was a brutal business, awash with blubber, blood, and the cruel destruction of life. But between the frantic calls of “there she blows!”, there was plenty of time for creation too. Jessica Boyall explores the rich vein of illustration running through the logbooks and journals of Nantucket whalers.

Partnering with ODI to improve Frictionless Data

- January 12, 2021 in Frictionless Data, funding, News, Open Data

In the framework of  the Open Data Institute’s fund to develop open source tools for data institutions, the Open Knowledge Foundation (OKF) has been awarded funds to improve the quality and interoperability of Frictionless Data. In light of our effort to make data open and accessible, we are thrilled to announce we will be partnering with the Open Data Institute (ODI) to improve our existing documentation and add new features on Frictionless Data to create a better user experience for all.  To achieve this, we will be working with a cohort of users from our active and engaged community to create better documentation that fits their needs. Our main goal is to make it easier for current and future users to understand and make use of the Frictionless Data tools and data libraries to their fullest potential. We know how frustrating it can be to try and use existing code (or learn new code) that has incomplete documentation and we don’t want that to be a barrier for our users anymore. This is why we are very grateful to the ODI for granting us the opportunity to improve upon our existing documentation. 

So, what will be changing?

  • We will have a new project overview section, to help our users understand how to use Frictionless Data for their specific needs.
  • We will improve the existing documentation, to make sure even brand new users can quickly understand everything.
  • We will have Tutorials, to showcase real users experience and have user-friendly examples.
  • We will add a FAQ session.

And when will all of that be ready?

Very soon! By the beginning of April everything will be online, so stay tuned (and frictionless)!

Call for user feedback

Feedback from our community is crucial to us, and part of this grant will be used to fund an evaluation of the existing documentation by our users in the format of user feedback sessions. Are you using our Frictionless Data tools or our Python data library? Then we want to hear from you! We are currently looking for novice and intermediate users to help us review our documentation, in order to make it more useful for you and all our future users. For every user session you take part into, you will be given £50 for your time and feedback. Are you interested? Then fill in this form.

More about Frictionless Data

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.

Samuel G. Szábo’s Rogues, A Study of Characters (1857)

- January 12, 2021 in Uncategorized

An artful rogues’ gallery compiled by a mysterious Hungarian photographer during his decade in America.

New board and action plan

- January 11, 2021 in Blog post, Featured

OKFI autumn general meeting was held on 7.12. Meeting decided, among other things, action plan, budget and board for 2021. Action items for 2021 include a new webinar series, participating in Open Data Day, Open Education Week and Open Access Week, initiating and hosting openness related projects and of course continuing and developing collaboration with a wide range of organisations. Take a look at the action plan: Board for 2021
  • Chair: Jouni Tuomisto
  • Timo Väliharju
  • Tero Toivanen
  • Teemu Ropponen
  • Susanna Ånäs
  • Mehalet Yared
  • Rupesh Vyas
  • Mikko Lampi
  • Julia Brungs
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Twenty-eight Years of Co-partnership at Guise (1908)

- January 7, 2021 in Uncategorized

An admiring account of Jean-Baptiste Godin’s factory, social housing, and workers’ co-operative in the French town of Guise.