WikiData for GLAM

- October 14, 2021 in Uncategorized

As part of the Friends of Open GLAM’s Sum of all Swiss GLAMs initiative, we are organizing free introductory courses to WikiData for GLAM institutions. This initiative is supported by Wikimedia Switzerland. The courses in German will take place on location at the Berner Fachhochschule in Bern while the courses in English will take place online via MS Teams. 20. Oktober: 13:30 – 15:15 Einführung in WikiData für GLAM institutionen Teil 1 Deutsch, an der BFH (Brückenstrasse 73, 3005 Bern, Raum H031, EG Hauptgebäude) In diesem Kurs lernen Sie die Grundlagen von WikiData für GLAM-Institutionen kennen und wie sie WikiData für Ihre Institution nutzen können. Anhand einfacher Übungen wird das Gelernte vertieft. Inhalt des Kurses:
  • Einführung in WikiData
  • WikiData Syntax (RDF Triple)
  • Einfaches Erfassen von Daten
  • Einfache SPARQL-Abfragen 
Es gelten die aktuellen Corona Regeln der BFH: GGG. Kursleitung: Nicolai Wenger (BFH) Anmeldung per email an: 27. Oktober: 17:30-19:15 Introduction to WikiData for GLAM institutions part 1 Englisch (online; MS-Teams) In this course, you will learn the basics of WikiData for GLAM institutions and how you can use WikiData for your institution. Simple exercises are used to reinforce what you have learned.
  • Introduction to WikiData
  • WikiData syntax (RDF Triple)
  • Simple data entry
  • Simple SPARQL queries 
The current Corona rules of the BFH apply: GGG. Course leader Nicolai Wenger (BFH) Registration by email to 10. November: 13:30 – 15:15 Einführung in WikiData für GLAM institutionen Teil 2 Deutsch, an der BFH (Brückenstrasse 73, 3005 Bern, Raum H031, EG Hauptgebäude) In diesem Kurs lernen sie wie sie WikiData noch besser für Ihre Institution nutzen können. Falls Sie bereits Kenntnisse in WikiData haben können sie den Kurs auch ohne vorherigen Besuch des ersten Teiles besuchen.  Inhalt des Kurses:
  • SPARQL Abfragen kreieren
  • Einführung in Linked Open Data
  • Batch upload
Es gelten die aktuellen Corona Regeln der BFH: GGG. Kursleitung Nicolai Wenger (BFH) Anmeldung per email an 17. November: 17:30-19:15 Introduction to WikiData for GLAM institutions part 2 Englisch (online; MS-Teams) In this course, you will learn how to use WikiData even better for your institution. If you already have knowledge of WikiData, you can attend the course without having attended the first part.  Content of the course:
  • Creating SPARQL queries
  • Introduction to Linked Open Data
  • Batch upload 
Course leader Nicolai Wenger (BFH) Registration by email to

OKFI -DAY 6.11.2021

- October 14, 2021 in Events, Featured

We welcome all OKFIans to the 2021 OKFI DAY – hopefully live, face 2 face, in 3D at our mostly unused offices in Urban3, part or Maria01, in Lapinlahdenkatu 16, Helsinki. Online participation is also possible! Schedule: 12.00-13.30: Workshops at Urban3. Topics are worked out beforehand, but range at least to plans for 2022, strategic goals, and other relevant topics in Finnish open society. Open for all interested people! 14:00-15:00: Annual Autumn General Meeting (Yhdistyksen syyskokous), members only. At Urban3 and online. Decisions on 2022 action plan, budget, and board composition. 16:00: Social event somewhere in Helsinki Face to face meeting depends on the covid-19 situation – we may have to move to a fully online event depending on how things develop. Signup here The post OKFI -DAY 6.11.2021 appeared first on Open Knowledge Finland.

The Dust That Measures All Our Time

- October 13, 2021 in Uncategorized

From the mythical Sandman, who participates in dream and vision, to an irritating grain lodged in the beachgoer’s eye, sand harbours unappreciated power, however mundane. Steven Connor celebrates this “most untrustworthy” type of matter.

Lithographs from M. E. Descourtilz’s *Atlas des Champignons* (1827)

- October 12, 2021 in Uncategorized

Set of prints which sort mushrooms found in France and elsewhere into three classes: edible, suspect, and poisonous.

A new CEO for Open Knowledge Foundation – Renata Ávila

- October 12, 2021 in Open Knowledge

Beyond Open Data, our new CEO will start a conversation about the future of our global knowledge commons. Today we are delighted to announce that the Board of Directors of Open Knowledge Foundation has appointed Renata Avila to be the new CEO of Open Knowledge Foundation – effective from October 4th 2021. Board Chair, Vanessa Barnett, said that Renata was selected after a long and extremely competitive process, over many months.
    ‘Renata is an outstanding choice for CEO of Open Knowledge Foundation, bringing a wealth of experience that will be invaluable to achieve our mission’, Vanessa said. ‘This appointment marks a new chapter for Open Knowledge Foundation and the open movement. We are delighted to have her on board’.
Renata Avila (1981, Guatemala) is an international Human Rights lawyer and digital rights advocate. Throughout her career, Renata has successfully built a global network of networks advancing a decolonial, peoples-centric approach to open technologies and knowledge, as tools to advance rights and create stronger communities.  She comes to the Open Knowledge Foundation to challenge the prevalent narrative and invite our network and extended community to advance a positive vision to bring back open to the most pressing challenges of our times We welcome Renata Avila as the CEO of Open Knowledge Foundation and look forward to working with her to achieve our mission. Commenting on her appointment, Renata said 
     ‘I am honoured to be appointed as the new CEO of Open Knowledge Foundation, which plays such an important role in the international open knowledge movement. Without openness, global actions against climate change cannot scale. Without removing the barriers to accessing knowledge, no real solution against misinformation will be ever found. Without including everyone, and equipping people with skills to transform data into actionable knowledge, open data is just an enabler of the powerful.  Never before was our mission more urgent than today.’ 
She went on to say:
    ‘My goal in the upcoming months is to work together with our global network in designing the open knowledge ecosystem of tomorrow, with tools, strategies, governance structures and communities that are both shielded from abuses, exclusion and data extractivism, and enabled to create, connect and advance our positive agenda.  Our vision for an open future.’ 
Please do join us in welcoming Renata to the Open Knowledge Foundation team. More about Renata here

*The Ascent of Mont-Blanc* (ca. 1855)

- October 7, 2021 in Uncategorized

John MacGregor’s four “views” of Mont Blanc, printed in color by George Baxter, reveal a different side of the mountain when compared to well-known Romantic depictions.

A Monster in the Heart: Edward May’s *A Most Certaine and True Relation* (1639)

- October 5, 2021 in Uncategorized

This 17th-century medical treatise still puzzles researchers centuries after it was written. Was it a serpent in John Pennant’s heart? Or something more mundane?

Smart Regio Lab Lenzburg

- October 5, 2021 in Daten, Energie, hackathon, Kantonal, Lenzburg, smart city, Tourism

Keine Stadt ist perfekt… aber du kannst sie perfekter machen! Sprudelst du vor Ideen, wie man Städte und ihre Region optimieren und reibungsloser gestalten könnte? Bist du auch der Meinung, dass grosse Veränderung mit einer Idee und einem Prototypen beginnt?  Dann ist das Smart Regio Lab in Lenzburg genau das Richtige für dich! Während zwei Tagen werden wir uns mit hochaktuellen Herausforderungen wie der Wasserstoffproduktion für den Hausgebrauch, koordiniertem Hochwasserschutz oder partizipativer Raumplanung auseinandersetzen. Industriepartner und öffentliche Einrichtungen werden am Smart Regio Lab Lenzburg ihre Daten teilen, um die Entwicklung kreativer Ideen und Prototypen zu unterstützen. In Teams werden die Lösungsvorschläge dann auf lokaler Ebene erprobt und anschliessend vorgestellt.  Das Region Lenzburg-Seetal fördert viele spannende Innovationen, die einen direkten Einfluss auf unsere Umwelt und Lebensqualität haben werden.  Du kannst dazu beitragen! Sei dabei vom 15. bis 16. Oktober am Smart Regio Lab in Lenzburg! Die Anmeldung sowie weitere Informationen findest du hier. ———————– No city is perfect… but you can make it more perfect! Are you bubbling with ideas on how to optimize and make cities and their region run smoother? Do you agree that great change starts with an idea and a prototype?  Then the Smart Regio Lab in Lenzburg is just the thing for you! During two days we will grapple with highly relevant topics such as cutting-edge small-scale hydrogen production, coordinated flood prevention or participatory spatial planning. While the challenges will be tested at a local level, the resulting solutions will be scalable towards many other cities. Industry partners and public institutions will share their data at the Smart Regio Lab Lenzburg to support the development of creative ideas and rapid prototypes.  The Lenzburg-Seetal region is fostering many exciting innovations that will have a direct impact on our environment and quality of life.  You can contribute! Join us on October 15th -16th at the Smart Regio Lab in Lenzburg!
For more detailed information and registration click here.

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Hear a developer’s view on algorithmic decision-making! Justice Programme community meet-up on 14th October

- October 4, 2021 in Open Knowledge Justice Programme

Last month, the Open Knowledge Justice Programme launched a series of free, monthly community meetups to talk about Public Impact Algorithms. We believe that by working together and making connections between activists, lawyers, campaigners, academics and developers, we can better achieve our mission of ensuring algorithms do no harm. For the second meet-up, we’re delighted to be joined for an informal talk by Patricio del Boca, who is a senior developer at Open Knowledge Foundation. He is an Information Systems Engineer and enthusiast of open data and civic technologies. He likes to build and collaborate with different communities to disseminate technical knowledge and participate as a speaker in events to spread the importance of civic technologies. Patricio will share a developer’s perspective on AI and algorithms in decision-making, the potential harms they can cause and the ethical aspects a developer’s work. We will then open up the discussion for all. Whether you’re a new to tech or a seasoned pro, join us on 14th October 2021 between 13:00 and 14:00 GMT to share your experiences, ask questions, or just listen. = = = = =
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Help us make Open Data Day more impactful – strategic thinker needed.

- October 1, 2021 in Open Knowledge

Open Data Day is a community event where everyone is invited to contribute. Each year over 300 groups organise activities around the world to show the benefits of open data and to encourage the adoption of open data policies in government, business and civil society. As the stewards of Open Data Day, Open Knowledge Foundation is committed to ensuring that Open Data Day has the support it needs to thrive in a rapidly changing world. This is why we recently asked you about your experience of Open Data Day. We wanted to learn what worked and what could be improved. You gave us lots of fantastic ideas – which we published here. This is also why we decided to publish our ‘Open Data Day 2021 Report’. This report describes (from our perspective) our stewardship of Open Data Day – what we did, who we worked with, and what happened. Please do download a copy of this report and share it with your contacts.
    In the next stage of our stewardship plan, Open Knowledge Foundation plans hire an expert to help us engage with the whole Open Data Day community, to provide insights into the long-term impacts of Open Data Day, and to help us identify new ways to achieve them.

    The world is changing rapidly, and like any organisation, we need to make plans to ensure our work remains relevant into the future and that the work of the Open Data Day community continues to achieve impact. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity – please email
Learn more about Open Data Day here, and join the discussion here.