Announcing the launch of the Open Data Day 2020 mini-grant scheme

- January 16, 2020 in Featured, Open Data, Open Data Day, Open Data Day 2020, Open Knowledge Foundation

Open Data Day 2020 We are happy to announce the launch of the mini-grant scheme for Open Data Day 2020. This scheme will provide small funds to support the organisation of open data-related events across the world on Saturday 7th March 2020. Thanks to the generous support of this year’s mini-grant funders – Datopian, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Hivos, the Latin American Open Data Initiative (ILDA), Mapbox, Open Contracting Partnership and the World Resources Institute – the Open Knowledge Foundation will be able to give out 60 mini-grants this year. Applications for the mini-grant scheme must be submitted before midnight GMT on Sunday 9th February 2020 via filling in this form. To be awarded a mini-grant, your event must fit into one of the four tracks laid out below. Event organisers can only apply once and for just one track. Open Data Day 2020 mini-grant tracks Mini-grant tracks for Open Data Day 2020 Each year, the Open Data Day mini-grant scheme looks to highlight and support particular types of open data events by focusing applicants on a number of thematic tracks. This year’s tracks are:
  • 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? A mini-grant is a small fund of between $200 and $300 USD to help support groups organising Open Data Day events. Event organisers can only apply once and for just one track. The mini-grants cannot be used to fund government events, whether national or local. We can only support civil society actions. 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 their event takes place and once the Open Knowledge Foundation team receives a draft blogpost about the event for us to publish on In case the funds are needed before 7th March 2020, we will assess whether or not we can help on a case-by-case basis. 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 tenth Open Data Day will take place on Saturday 7th March 2020. 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 You can also connect with others and spread the word about Open Data Day using the #OpenDataDay or #ODD2020 hashtags. Alternatively you can join the Google Group to ask for advice or share tips. To get inspired with ideas for events, you can read about some of the great events which took place on Open Data Day 2019 in our wrap-up blog post. Technical support As well as sponsoring the mini-grant scheme, Datopian will be providing technical support on Open Data Day 2020. Discover key resources on how to publish any data you’re working with via and how to reach out to the Datopian team for assistance via Gitter by reading their Open Data Day blogpost. 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.

François de Nomé’s Imaginary Ruins

- January 16, 2020 in Uncategorized

Eerie Baroque paintings of imaginary ruins and other fantastic architecture by a proto-surrealist master.

Open Data Day 2020 with OKFI

- January 16, 2020 in Events, Featured

Open Data Day 2020 Time: Saturday 7.3.2020 at 10.00 – 13.00 Place: Helsinki Central Library Oodi, Töölönlahdenkatu 4, Helsinki Saturday 7th March is the official International Open Data Day! For us, it will be a combination of informal discussions and workshops. Topics include Open Data and Wikidata. The day is organised in an unconference way, where the methods and content are decided among the people who are present.  Program (more to be announced later)   International Women’s Day edit-a-thon together with Wikimedia  Group Working Space 3 – from 10.30 – 13.00 For 2020 Open Data Day Wikimedia together with partners invites you to attend the largest International Women’s Day edit-a-thon at Helsinki Central Library Oodi. The event is intended to raise awareness of the unequal coverage of women in Wikipedia. Wikipedia is one of the most important sources of information worldwide and gets millions of visitors and reviews each day, however only one in five biographies are written about a female figure. This means that an uncountable number of women scientists, artists and activists are missing from most popular website. We want to change that. The event is intended to introduce as well as narrow the gap between reading and editing Wikipedia content.   The post Open Data Day 2020 with OKFI appeared first on Open Knowledge Finland.

Frictionless Data Tool Fund update: Shelby Switzer and Greg Bloom, Open Referral

- January 15, 2020 in Data Package, Frictionless Data, Open Knowledge

This blogpost is part of a series showcasing projects developed during the 2019 Frictionless Data Tool Fund. The 2019 Frictionless Data Tool Fund provided four mini-grants of $5,000 to support individuals or organisations in developing an open tool for reproducible research built using the Frictionless Data specifications and software. This fund is part of the Frictionless Data for Reproducible Research project, which is funded by the Sloan Foundation. This project applies our work in Frictionless Data to data-driven research disciplines, in order to facilitate reproducible data workflows in research contexts.     Open Referral Logo   Open Referral creates standards for health, human, and social services data – the data found in community resource directories used to help find resources for people in need. In many organisations, this data lives in a multitude of formats, from handwritten notes to Excel files on a laptop to Microsoft SQL databases in the cloud. For community resource directories to be maximally useful to the public, this disparate data must be converted into an interoperable format. Many organisations have decided to use Open Referral’s Human Services Data Specification (HSDS) as that format. However, to accurately represent this data, HSDS uses multiple linked tables, which can be challenging to work with. To make this process easier, Greg Bloom and Shelby Switzer from Open Referral decided to implement datapackage bundling of their CSV files using the Frictionless Data Tool Fund.  In order to accurately represent the relationships between organisations, the services they provide, and the locations they are offered, Open Referral aims to use their Human Service Data Specification (HSDS) makes sense of disparate data by linking multiple CSV files together by foreign keys. Open Referral used Frictionless Data’s datapackage to specify the tables’ contents and relationships in a single machine-readable file, so that this standardised format could transport HSDS-compliant data in a way that all of the teams who work with this data can use: CSVs of linked data.  In the Tool Fund, Open Referral worked on their HSDS Transformer tool, which enables a group or person to transform data into an HSDS-compliant data package, so that it can then be combined with other data or used in any number of applications. The HSDS-Transformer is a Ruby library that can be used during the extract, transform, load (ETL) workflow of raw community resource data. This library extracts the community resource data, transforms that data into HSDS-compliant CSVs, and generates a datapackage.json that describes the data output. The Transformer can also output the datapackage as a zip file, called HSDS Zip, enabling systems to send and receive a single compressed file rather than multiple files. The Transformer can be spun up in a docker container — and once it’s live, the API can deliver a payload that includes links to the source data and to the configuration file that maps the source data to HSDS fields. The Transformer then grabs the source data and uses the configuration file to transform the data and return a zip file of the HSDS-compliant datapackage.  HSDS demo app

Example of a demo app consuming the API generated from the HSDS Zip

The Open Referral team has also been working on projects related to the HSDS Transformer and HSDS Zip. For example, the HSDS Validator checks that a given datapackage of community service data is HSDS-compliant. Additionally, they have used these tools in the field with a project in Miami. For this project, the HSDS Transformer was used to transform data from a Microsoft SQL Server into an HSDS Zip. Then that zipped datapackage was used to populate a Human Services Data API with a generated developer portal and OpenAPI Specification.   Further, as part of this work, the team also contributed to the original source code for the datapackage-rb Ruby gem. They added a new feature to infer a datapackage.json schema from a given set of CSVs, so that you can generate the json file automatically from your dataset. Greg and Shelby are eager for the Open Referral community to use these new tools and provide feedback. To use these tools currently, users should either be a Ruby developer who can use the gem as part of another Ruby project, or be familiar enough with Docker and HTTP APIs to start a Docker container and make an HTTP request to it. You can use the HSDS Transformer as a Ruby gem in another project or as a standalone API. In the future, the project might expand to include hosting the HSDS Transformer as a cloud service that anyone can use to transform their data, eliminating many of these technical requirements. Interested in using these new tools? Open Referral wants to hear your feedback. For example, would it be useful to develop an extract-transform-load API, hosted in the cloud, that enables recurring transformation of nonstandardised human service directory data source into an HSDS-compliant datapackage? You can reach them via their GitHub repos. Further reading: Repository: HSDS Transformer: 

Annual Plan 2020

- January 15, 2020 in Allgemein

Starting this year, we have decided to publish an annual plan in order show what we’re working on, what we aim to achieve and to help you – our community – to get involved. Since this is our very first public version, we’re more than happy to hear your feedback and learn how we might improve accessibility and comprehension. Open Annual Plan 2020 Our annual plan 2020 is set up as an Open Google Sheet. Within this document you can find:
  • one tab called [09.01.29] to which we wont apply any more changes during the year and
  • one tab [living] that we will continuously update and complement.
Alternatively, you can find the annual overview above as jpeg (status: 09.01.2020), or as pdf. You can also reach out to us via if you want the document in another format. Our Highlights & Priorities 2020 We are very much looking forward to the many and diverse projects coming up in 2020. Special highlights for us are:
  • The launch of the Prototype Fund Switzerland: We’ve been aspiring to implement a local version of the Prototype Fund Germany since their start in 2016. This year we can finally start supporting local open-source projects here in Switzerland with the aim of strengthening democratic participation. Our call for projects will start on March 17.
  • A new awareness campaign about the value of data: We want to strengthen awareness and understanding for data in Switzerland in order to get more people involved in shaping our (digital) future. You will soon hear more about this initiative.
  • Taking our Open Hackdays to the next level: As Hackdays become more and more popular, it is important to us to define our Hackdays’ values, open up our guidelines and improve our infrastructure. Thereby we hope to improve your Hackdays experience and increase our impact. If you want to get involved in this endeavour, please reach out to us.

Primeira live do ano vai trazer dicas para organizar um ‘open data day’

- January 13, 2020 in Destaque, Eventos

Já é tradição: o Dia Internacional de Dados Abertos, conhecido como Open Data Day (ODD), é celebrado simultaneamente em todo o mundo e impulsionado pela Rede Open Knolwedge. Este ano, o ODD está marcado para o dia 7 de março e os eventos são descentralizados e podem ser organizados por QUALQUER pessoa, coletivo ou organização. Em 2020, com a nossa Rede de Pessoas Embaixadoras em Inovação Cívica, teremos a oportunidade de levar esse tema fundamental para todo o Brasil. Na nossa primeira live do ano convidamos duas pessoas para falar com a gente sobre dados abertos e dar dicas de atividades para desenvolver em sua cidade. Se interessou? Vem com a gente! CONHEÇA OS CONVIDADOS:
  • Augusto Herrmann Batista Analista de TI no Ministério do Planejamento, Desenvolvimento e Gestão – pioneiro em política de dados abertos no governo federal brasileiro, também estudou e ensinou habilidades de representação do conhecimento e tecnologias semânticas no setor público. É entusiasta de tudo o que é código aberto, governo aberto, dados abertos, IA e gerenciamento de conhecimento.
  • Juliana Trevine Graduanda no IME e com o coração dedicado ao Grupo de Computação Social da USP (Tecs) depois de conhecer o maravilhoso mundo do trabalho voluntário das comunidades graças às PyLadies e RLadies SP. Interessada no encontro da Computação com as Políticas Públicas e entusiasta da cultura de Software Livre. Além de tudo isso, também faz parte da nossa rede de pessoas Embaixadoras.
  • Thays Lavor Jornalista formada pela Universidade de Fortaleza (Unifor), atua como freelancer para veículos nacionais e internacionais, trabalha com jornalismo investigativo e de dados, e tem suas principais coberturas ligadas à área de direitos humanos. Em 2015, foi finalista do Prêmio Roche de Periodismo en Salud, e em 2013, recebeu menção honrosa no 8º Prêmio Sindhrio de jornalismo e Saúde. Atualmente integra a diretoria da Associação Brasileira de Jornalismo Investigativo (Abraji), é mestranda em comunicação da Universidade Federal do Ceará (UFC) e integrante do grupo de pesquisa Praxisjor (PPGCOM/UFC).
  • Fernanda Campagnucci, diretora-executiva da OKBR
  • Mário Sérgio, líder técnico da Serenata e gerente de programa do Programa de Inovação Cívica da OKBR
LIVE: Terça-feira (14/01), das 19h às 20h30 (horário de Brasília) LINK: Divulgaremos o link para acessar no dia da live, uma hora antes do início (posto aqui no Fórum; ficará gravado para assistir depois) PARTICIPE! Nossos bate-papos são ao vivo, online e gratuitos. Todo mundo é bem-vindo! Flattr this!

Of Pears and Kings

- January 9, 2020 in Uncategorized

Images have long provided a means of protesting political regimes bent on censoring language. In the 1830s a band of French caricaturists, led by Charles Philipon, weaponized the innocent image of a pear to criticize the corrupt and repressive policies of King Louis-Philippe. Patricia Mainardi sinks her teeth into the history of this early nineteenth-century meme.

W. W. Denslow’s Illustrations for the Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)

- January 8, 2020 in Uncategorized

The strange, unhappy life of W. W. Denslow, the illustrator of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

George Perkins Marsh’s Man and Nature (1864)

- January 8, 2020 in Uncategorized

Groundbreaking study of humanity’s affect on physical geography by the American statesman, philologist, and conservationist George Perkins Marsh.

Class of 2020: New in the Public Domain today!

- January 1, 2020 in Uncategorized

Our top pick of those whose works on 1st January 2020 enter the public domain in many countries around the world.