Introducing the 2018 Class of School of Data Fellows!

Meg Foulkes - June 22, 2018 in announcement, fellowship

School of Data is delighted to announce its sixth class of fellows. From June until January 2019, the programme will allow fellows to deepen their data literacy skills and work alongside local partner organisations to enhance the data literacy network local to them. We were really pleased to receive a large number of applications and would like to both congratulate and wish all our new fellows the very best for their fellowship! Pamela Gonzales is passionate about data visualization and bridging the digital divide for women. She is the co-founder of Bolivia Tech Hub, a collaborative space for tech projects to contribute to the prosperity of an innovative ecosystem in Bolivia. Pamela is also the Regional Ambassador for Technovation, a San Francisco based program that equips girls with the skills needed to solve real-world problems through technology. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Universidad Mayor de San Andres.       Odanga Madung is the co-founder and Data Science Lead at Odipo Dev, a data science and analytics firm operating out of Nairobi Kenya that delivers services to various bluechip companies and NGOs across the country. Odanga’s deepest interest is at the intersection between data and culture and it is through this that Odipo Dev has been able to carry out data analysis and visualisation on various activities for a wide range of clients and occurrences in Kenya and the world.Some of his work has been featured in publications such as Adweek, Yahoo, BBC, CNBC, Quartz, and Daily Nation, just to mention a few. He will be working on Open Contracting in Kenya during the period of his fellowship. You can follow him on Twitter @Odangaring and Odipo Dev @OdipoDev for more information.   Nzumi Malendeja is a Research Associate at an Independent Evaluation and Research Cell of BRAC International in Tanzania, where he leads larger-scale research projects in education, agriculture, and health. Here, he has developed mobile-based data collection platforms (ODK Collect and SurveyCTO), which replaced the traditional paper-based methods. Before this, Mr. Nzumi worked as a Field Monitor and Research Assistant at SoChaGlobal and Maarifa ni Ufunguo respectively, both in education and construction sector transparency projects. Mr. Nzumi has attended a 4 week Summer School Training on Research Methods and Teaching Skills, hosted by Hamburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany, funded by the Germany Academic Exchange Services (DAAD). Presently, Mr. Nzumi is working on his thesis towards the fulfillment of the Master of Research and Public Policy at the University of Dar es Salaam.   Sofia Montenegro A fan of nature and the teachings it hides, Sofia has dedicated herself to research in the social sciences. She studied Political Science at the Universidad Francisco Marroquin and Public Opinion and Political Behavior through a Masters degree at the University of Essex, where she deepened her interest in data methodologies in social research. Sofia is interested in academia only as long as it drives political action. She looks to help other women to be involved freely in data practice and political spaces. Sofia is also interested in network analysis, studying corruption as a social phenomenon, following electoral processes and learning research methods.   Elias Mwakilama is a lecturer at University of Malawi-Chancellor College and Coordinator of Research, Seminar and Consultancies, and Diploma in Statistics programme in the Mathematical Sciences Department, Elias Mwakilama is a computational and applied mathematician in the field of operations research. He lectures and supervises undergraduate students in Mathematics & Statistics fields. His research interests are in working with optimisation models using mathematical statistics techniques integrated with computing skills to offer solutions of industrial related problems in theoretical and practical arena. Elias holds a first upper class MSc degree in Mathematical Sciences from University of Malawi. His website is here. During his fellowship, he hopes to support the “public procurement open contract platform” for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Malawi with Hivos.   Ben Hur Pintor is an open-source and open-data advocate from the Philippines​ who believes in democratising not only data, but ​also ​the means of utilising and analysing data.​ He’s a geospatial generalist and software developer who’s​ worked on projects related to renewable energy, blue carbon ecosystems, and participatory disaster risk mapping and assessment. ​Ben is currently pursuing an MS Geomatics Engineering degree at the University of the Philippines. As part of his advocacy for Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), he’s a co-organiser and active participant of FOSS4G Philippines and MaptimeDiliman — avenues for sharing open​ ​source mapping technologies with the community.   Hani Rosidaini is passionate about how technology can be adopted and applied for people’s needs. She combines her technical skills, especially in information systems and data science, with social and business knowledge, to help companies and organisations in Indonesia, Australia, and Japan. This includes her own ventures. Highly relevant to this year fellowship’s focus of data procurement, Hani has experience as a data specialist for public policy in the Indonesia Presidential Office, where she has analysed the national integrated data platform,, contributed to data-driven policy making, advocated ministries and agencies, as well as engaged with civic and local communities. Flattr this!

Bringing the Ocean Home

Adam Green - June 21, 2018 in anemones, aquariums, Art & Illustrations, Books, fish, inventor of the aquarium, philip henry gosse, Religion, Myth & Legend, Science & Medicine

Bernd Brunner on the English naturalist Philip Henry Gosse and how his 1854 book The Aquarium, complete with spectacular illustrations and a dizzy dose of religious zeal, sparked a craze for the "ocean garden" that gripped Victorian Britain.

Allegorical Maps of Love, Courtship, and Matrimony

Adam Green - June 20, 2018 in allegorical maps, cartography, love, maps, marriage, strange maps, unusual maps

As mapmakers began to get a better and better sense of the earth’s geography, some of the more playful amongst them turned their attentions to charting more ambiguous lands — creating maps that turned ideas into places and the machinations of the mind and heart into a journey. While allegorical maps have been around for […]

Datakansalaisen verkkokoulutusmateriaali – Euroopan tietosuoja-asetus

plommer - June 19, 2018 in blog, New Digital Rights MOOC

New Digital Rights MOOC, eli Datakansalaisen Verkkokoulutusmateriaali opettaa kansalaisille heidän digitaalisia oikeuksiaan nykypäivän tietoyhteiskunnassa. Sen ensimmäinen opetus-moduuli opettaa kansalaisille Euroopan tietosuoja-asetuksesta, eli GDPR:stä (General Data Protection Regulation). Projektia rahoittavat Internet Society sekä Eurooppatiedotus ja sitä työstää Open Knowledge Finland.

Sisältö tulee olemaan kaikille avointa, suomeksi ja englanniksi.

  1. Johdanto – omien tietojen kartoitus
  2. Euroopan tietosuoja-asetuksen tärkeimmät:
    1. Suostumus
    2. Pääsy omiin tietoihin
    3. Datan liikkuvuus
    4. Oikeus tulla unohdetuksi
  3. Digitaaliset oikeudet sosiaalisessa mediassa ja markkinoinnissa
  4. Digitaaliset oikeudet jokapäiväisessä elämässä (liikenne, koulutus, sähkö, vesi)
  5. Erityistapauksia (lapset, kuolema, algoritmit)
  6. MyData – tietosuojaoikeuksien sovellus käytännössä
Sinun oivalluksiasi tarvitaan! Liity keskusteluun Facebookissa tai Slackissa. Projektinhallinta tehdään Trellossa. Jäseneksi Slackiin ja Trelloon pääset lähettämällä sähköpostia – Raoul Plommer tai Teemu Ropponen, osoitteeseen: Hankeasiakirjat Google-Drivessa The post Datakansalaisen verkkokoulutusmateriaali – Euroopan tietosuoja-asetus appeared first on Open Knowledge Finland.

1970: A Vision of the Coming Age (1870)

Adam Green - June 14, 2018 in best of sci-fi and future visions, future history, future technologies, historical predictions of the future, quakerism, quakers, retro-future, retrofuture, retrofuturism, technology, utopia, utopias

A vision of the world hundred years in the future, in which societies have been transformed into Quakerly perfection.

1970: A Vision of the Coming Age (1870)

Adam Green - June 14, 2018 in best of sci-fi and future visions, future history, future technologies, historical predictions of the future, quakerism, quakers, retro-future, retrofuture, retrofuturism, technology, utopia, utopias

A vision of the world hundred years in the future, in which societies have been transformed into Quakerly perfection. & Einladung zu Rundgang & Diskussion am 17. Juni

OKF - June 13, 2018 in Uncategorized

Unser Konzept für ein als Digitalzentrum, Labor und Experimentierfeld in Berlin findet regen Anklang. Am kommenden Sonntag gibt es im Rahmen von kurzfristig einen Rundgang mit anschliessender Projektpräsentation- und Diskussionsveranstaltung. Alle interessierten BürgerInnen und Initiativen sind herzlich eingeladen! Die Gemeinschaftsstiftung Berlin Tempelhof, fixmyberlin, der THF-Beirat und die Open Knowledge Foundation freuen sich auf euer Kommen! Ablauf: 11.00 - 12.00 Uhr Rundgang: H2rund, H2lang (Geschosse über dem Kindergarten), grüner Innenhof, Kantine und Kapelle, Innenhof Zollgarage, Räume um die Zollgarage und Endpunkt Zollgarage.
12.00 - 13.30 Uhr Debatte in der Zollgarage über die Etablierung eines CityLabs im ehemaligen Flughafen Tempelhof
Moderation: E.Bodenmeier
Impulse 12.00 - 13.30 Uhr
Senantsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung: Aktuelle Pläne für Tempelhof (H. Kühne / F. Borch): 15 min
THF Beirat - Jochen Rabe
CityLab - Blick nach außen: Was machen andere Länder und Städte? Beispiele aus: Barcelona, New York und Malmö (plus Taiwan) (Adriana Groh / Constantin Gehrmann): 15 min
Blick nach innen: Umsetzung des CityLabs in Berlin, was brauchen Civic Tech Organisationen in Tempelhof/Berlin (Walter Palmetshofer): 15 min
Konkrete Civic Tech-Anwendungsbeispiele z.B. Mediale Pfade, cadus, Freifunk, FixMyBerlin (Projektvorstellung u.a. Boris Hekele,): 15 min
Updates folgen. Die Location ist der ehemalige Flughafen. Anschliessend geht es noch zur ~.

Copyright Reform – CREATe Resources

Javiera Atenas - June 13, 2018 in communication, copyright, Featured

Guest post by Kerry Patterson CREATe Community Manager Copyright Reform is a few votes away. The European Union may require those who share news to obtain licences first (permissions against payment). The EU may require platforms to filter content uploaded by users (aimed at music files but also applying to new digital expressions, such as memes and parodies). Following the adoption of a position of the Council of the European Union on 25 May 2018, the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) will vote on the proposed Copyright Directive on 20 June. It is extremely rare for a later plenary vote to overturn the lead committee’s position. So, the destiny of the controversial directive may be settled shortly. This is an important junction in copyright policy, as the Copyright Directive could be the most far reaching European copyright intervention since the 2001 Information Society Directive. CREATe is the UK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy, based at the University of Glasgow. The Centre brings together an interdisciplinary team of academics from law, economics, management, computer science, sociology, psychology, ethnography and critical studies. CREATe believes that we can know who is right, and who is wrong. Our resource page [] tracks the progress of the European Commission’s Reform Package through the complex EU process of law making and signposts significant independent scientific research. It also offers a timeline of the policy making process for the Copyright in the Digital Single Market directive, and access to draft documents where they have become available (sometimes as leaks).
Text Kerry Patterson -CREATe Community Manager  Images Davide Bonazzi/Copyright User

Open Knowledge Brasil e outras organizações apoiam substitutivo do PL 4060; leia nota

Isis Reis - June 13, 2018 in acesso à informação, Dados Abertos, dados pessoais, Destaque, Open Knowledge Brasil, participação, privacidade, sociedade civil, transparência

Nesta semana, a Open Knowledge Brasil e dez outras organizações manifestam apoio ao texto substitutivo ao PL 4060, que versa sobre a proteção de dados pessoais no Brasil. O PL foi aprovado no último dia 29 na Câmara dos Deputados e segue em tramitação para o Senado. Leia na íntegra nota publicada no site da ARTIGO 19:

Nota de apoio ao substitutivo do PL 4060 – Tratamento e proteção de dados pessoais

No último dia 29, a Câmara dos Deputados aprovou o substitutivo ao PL 4060, que versa sobre a proteção de dados pessoais no Brasil. O tema já está em discussão há alguns anos e o debate se intensificou com as recorrentes notícias de uso indevido de dados pessoais de clientes e cidadãos no Brasil e no mundo. O PL segue agora para o Senado e a sociedade civil organizada engajada nas pautas de acesso à informação e transparência pública se vê na necessidade de manifestar-se diante desse debate, defendendo a aprovação desse projeto. Na Lei de Acesso à Informação (Lei Federal 12.527), há um importante instrumento que garante a chamada transparência passiva dos órgãos públicos: os pedidos de informação. Através de uma plataforma online ou um guichê físico, qualquer cidadão pode solicitar uma informação pública ao Poder Público mediante sua identificação com nome, documento de identidade e contato para resposta. Se certamente este mecanismo é um avanço louvável na concretização do direito à informação no Brasil, ainda há importantes lacunas em sua execução que nos fazem pensar que ele deva ser aprimorado, aqui abordaremos especificamente dois pontos. O primeiro deles é que a maior justificativa para que esses pedidos de informação não sejam respondidos é justamente a existência de dados pessoais em documentos públicos. Assim, entendemos que a futura lei de dados pessoais é urgente para reforçar o tratamento adequado aos dados pessoais nos documentos públicos e possibilitar acesso à informação da parte pública desses documentos. O segundo ponto se refere à identidade do solicitante de informações. É frequente que os dados pessoais dos requerentes de informação circulem entre diferentes servidores dos órgãos públicos, o que tem sido um obstáculo ao acesso à informação. Em estudo recente da organização ARTIGO 19, foram coletados casos das cinco regiões do Brasil que evidenciam a ocorrência desse tipo de situação. Ao obter acesso aos dados pessoais de quem pedia informações, alguns servidores públicos atuaram de maneira discriminatória, respondendo os pedidos de maneira incompleta (por acreditar que o requerente iria utilizar a informação para fazer uma denúncia ou notícia, por exemplo), contactando o requerente de maneira indevida (via telefone, Facebook ou pessoalmente, por exemplo), ou intimidando, ameaçando e constrangendo os requerentes de informação, entre outros. Esse cenário se repete apesar de o princípio da impessoalidade da administração pública preconizar que a identidade não deveria influenciar no provimento de informação. Em especial nos contextos mais sensíveis, nos quais a informação requerida busca auferir uma irregularidade ou violação cometida num órgão público, a identificação do cidadão pode acarretar um risco significativo para sua integridade física ou profissional. Todos esses problemas inibem o uso dos mecanismos de acesso à informação e desincentivam a prática democrática do controle social e da participação dos cidadãos na vida política. Neste sentido, o PL 4060, aprovado na Câmara dos Deputados e que agora segue para apreciação do Senado, é uma oportunidade importante de proteger os dados pessoais dos requerentes de informação. Em seu Artigo 23, o PL refere-se diretamente a esse problema, determinando que esses dados devem ser protegidos e preservados, sendo vedado seu compartilhamento dentro do poder público e com entes privados. Além disso, o projeto estabelece que seja determinado apenas um encarregado para fazer o tratamento desses dados, o que inibiria igualmente o acesso a esses dados por parte de outros servidores. Dado o contexto apresentado, as organizações saúdam a aprovação do PL 4060 e esperam que os debates futuros de formulação de uma lei de dados pessoais leve em conta a segurança do requerente de informação e que, nesse sentido, coopere para efetivação do direito à informação no Brasil. Para nós, é imprescindível que esse instrumento seja aprovado no Senado em concordância com os padrões nacionais e internacionais de proteção de dados pessoais e que esteja em harmonia com a Lei de Acesso à Informação. Assinam esta nota: Agenda Pública ARTIGO 19 Associação Brasileira de Jornalismo Investigativo (ABRAJI) Associação dos Especialistas em Políticas Públicas do Estado de São Paulo (AEPPSP) Colab-USP (Grupo de Pesquisa Colaborat[orio de Desenvolvimento e Participação) Datapedia Instituto Sou da Paz Open Knowledge Brasil Programa Cidades Sustentáveis Rede Nossa São Paulo Transparência Brasil Flattr this!

Η Ανοικτή Επανάσταση: Ξαναγράφοντας τους κανόνες της εποχής της πληροφορίας

Χριστίνα Καρυπίδου - June 13, 2018 in Featured, Featured @en, News, ανοικτή γνώση, Νέα

Ο Ρούφους Πόλοκ, ιδρυτής της Ανοικτής Γνώσης, με ιδιαίτερη χαρά ανακοινώνει τη δημοσίευση του νέου του βιβλίου για το πώς μπορούμε να κάνουμε μία επανάσταση σχετικά με την ιδιοκτησία των πληροφοριών και την πρόσβαση σ’ αυτές στην ψηφιακή οικονομία. Σχετικά με το βιβλίο Ξεχάστε ό,τι νομίζετε ότι ξέρετε για την ψηφιακή εποχή. Δεν αφορά την […]