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Billeder fra Rofus Pollocks oplæg “An Open Information Age”

- December 22, 2016 in begivenhed, event

I samarbejde med Københavns Universitets Digital Social Science Lab kunne Open Knowledge Danmark i slutningen af november præsentere et eksklusivt foredrag med Open Knowledge Internationals grundlægger, Rufus Pollock, som gav et bud på, hvordan fremtidens samfund bør bygges på åbenhedsprincipper og hvilke faldgruber vi skal undgå, hvis vi vil udnytte det store potentiale som eksempelvis åbne data repræsenterer. Foredraget blev overværet af en fyldt sal i KU’s Samfundsvidenskabelige Fakultetsbibliotek i Gothersgade i København, og salen bød efterfølgende ivrigt ind med spørgsmål til den internationalt anerkendte foredragsholder.
Rufus Pollock i København. Billede CC-BY af Ove Larsen

Rufus Pollock i København. Billede CC-BY af Ove Larsen

Rufus Pollock i København. Billede CC-BY af Ove Larsen

Rufus Pollock i København. Billede CC-BY af Ove Larsen

Rufus Pollock i København. Billede CC-BY af Ove Larsen

Rufus Pollock i København. Billede CC-BY af Ove Larsen

Rufus Pollock i København. Billede CC-BY af Ove Larsen

Rufus Pollock i København. Billede CC-BY af Ove Larsen

Rufus Pollock i København. Billede CC-BY af Ove Larsen

Rufus Pollock i København. Billede CC-BY af Ove Larsen

Billeder fra Rofus Pollocks oplæg “An Open Information Age”

- December 22, 2016 in begivenhed, event

I samarbejde med Københavns Universitets Digital Social Science Lab kunne Open Knowledge Danmark i slutningen af november præsentere et eksklusivt foredrag med Open Knowledge Internationals grundlægger, Rufus Pollock, som gav et bud på, hvordan fremtidens samfund bør bygges på åbenhedsprincipper og hvilke faldgruber vi skal undgå, hvis vi vil udnytte det store potentiale som eksempelvis åbne data repræsenterer. Foredraget blev overværet af en fyldt sal i KU’s Samfundsvidenskabelige Fakultetsbibliotek i Gothersgade i København, og salen bød efterfølgende ivrigt ind med spørgsmål til den internationalt anerkendte foredragsholder.
Rufus Pollock i København. Billede CC-BY af Ove Larsen

Rufus Pollock i København. Billede CC-BY af Ove Larsen

Rufus Pollock i København. Billede CC-BY af Ove Larsen

Rufus Pollock i København. Billede CC-BY af Ove Larsen

Rufus Pollock i København. Billede CC-BY af Ove Larsen

Rufus Pollock i København. Billede CC-BY af Ove Larsen

Rufus Pollock i København. Billede CC-BY af Ove Larsen

Rufus Pollock i København. Billede CC-BY af Ove Larsen

Rufus Pollock i København. Billede CC-BY af Ove Larsen

Rufus Pollock i København. Billede CC-BY af Ove Larsen

Danmark glider ned som nummer 3 i Open Data Index 2015

- December 12, 2015 in åben data, internationalt, Open Data Index

Open Knowledge har offentliggjort “Global Open Data Index”, som vurderer hvor langt fremme forskellige lande er med at sikre åbne offentlige data. Danmark ligger stadig i top, men er røget en plads ned ift sidste år og nu nr. 3 i verden. Open Data Index rangerer over 100 lande i verden baseret på tilgængelighed af data i 13 udvalgte kategorier såsom eksempelvis offentlige budgetdata, valgdata og forureningsdata. Indsamlingen af data foretages som crowdsourcing; dvs. at det foretages af civilsamfundet i hvert land via et åbent indsendelsessystem og kontrolleres efterfølgende af dataeksperter for korrekthed og nøjagtighed. I Danmark har vi i Open Knowledge DK, sammen med andre borgere, indsendt en række data, som lægger til grund for den danske rangering. Henover sommeren afholdt Open Knowledge’s hovedorganisation endvidere en offentlig konsultation, hvor alverdens open data communities og en lang række organisationer kunne give input til den nye udgave af indexet, som startede i 2013 og hvert år er blevet udvidet med både nye lande og nye kategorier. Resultatet af denne konsultation blev i år at udvide indexet med vandkvalitetsdata, offentlige indkøb, landejerskabsdata og vejrdata. Endvidere blev det bestemt at fjerne offentlig transport tidstabel-data, eftersom disse data i mange lande ikke forefindes på nationalt niveau, men derimod udbydes på regionalt eller kommunalt niveau. Siden lanceringen i 2013 har indexet endvidere opnået stort autoritet: Flere regeringer rundt omkring i verden har offentligt henvist til Open Data Index som værende en politisk øjenåbner, der sidenhen har sat skred i processer for åbning af datakilder, som hidtil har givet disse lande en dårligere rangering. At der er kraftig udvikling på området for åbne data i hele verden vises endvidere af at nogle lande har lavet imponerende højdespring på listen i forhold til sidste år: Taiwan har eksempelvis overhalet sidste års nr. 1 og 2, Storbritanien og Danmark, og indtager nu listens første plads. Columbia hopper fra en 12. plads op som nr. 4 foran lande som Norge, Sverige og Finland. Se hele listen her (hvor du også kan læse meget mere om de anvendte metoder) og læs flere detaljer om Danmarks rangering her. Læs mere om indsigterne i nedenstående uddrag eller i den officielle lanceringsblogpost fra Open Knowledge’s hovedafdeling. se:

Danmark glider ned som nummer 3 i Open Data Index 2015

- December 12, 2015 in åben data, internationalt, Open Data Index

Open Knowledge har offentliggjort “Global Open Data Index”, som vurderer hvor langt fremme forskellige lande er med at sikre åbne offentlige data. Danmark ligger stadig i top, men er røget en plads ned ift sidste år og nu nr. 3 i verden. Open Data Index rangerer over 100 lande i verden baseret på tilgængelighed af data i 13 udvalgte kategorier såsom eksempelvis offentlige budgetdata, valgdata og forureningsdata. Indsamlingen af data foretages som crowdsourcing; dvs. at det foretages af civilsamfundet i hvert land via et åbent indsendelsessystem og kontrolleres efterfølgende af dataeksperter for korrekthed og nøjagtighed. I Danmark har vi i Open Knowledge DK, sammen med andre borgere, indsendt en række data, som lægger til grund for den danske rangering. Henover sommeren afholdt Open Knowledge’s hovedorganisation endvidere en offentlig konsultation, hvor alverdens open data communities og en lang række organisationer kunne give input til den nye udgave af indexet, som startede i 2013 og hvert år er blevet udvidet med både nye lande og nye kategorier. Resultatet af denne konsultation blev i år at udvide indexet med vandkvalitetsdata, offentlige indkøb, landejerskabsdata og vejrdata. Endvidere blev det bestemt at fjerne offentlig transport tidstabel-data, eftersom disse data i mange lande ikke forefindes på nationalt niveau, men derimod udbydes på regionalt eller kommunalt niveau. Siden lanceringen i 2013 har indexet endvidere opnået stort autoritet: Flere regeringer rundt omkring i verden har offentligt henvist til Open Data Index som værende en politisk øjenåbner, der sidenhen har sat skred i processer for åbning af datakilder, som hidtil har givet disse lande en dårligere rangering. At der er kraftig udvikling på området for åbne data i hele verden vises endvidere af at nogle lande har lavet imponerende højdespring på listen i forhold til sidste år: Taiwan har eksempelvis overhalet sidste års nr. 1 og 2, Storbritanien og Danmark, og indtager nu listens første plads. Columbia hopper fra en 12. plads op som nr. 4 foran lande som Norge, Sverige og Finland. Se hele listen her (hvor du også kan læse meget mere om de anvendte metoder) og læs flere detaljer om Danmarks rangering her. Læs mere om indsigterne i nedenstående uddrag eller i den officielle lanceringsblogpost fra Open Knowledge’s hovedafdeling. se:

Ny stor dansk konkurrence om brugen af åbne data

- October 20, 2015 in åben data, Challenges, erhverv, Erhvervsstyrelsen, forretning

Skærmbillede 2015-10-20 kl. 19.32.31 Erhvervsstyrelsen har skudt et nyt initiativ i luften, som skal sætte gang i brugen af åbne data i erhvervslivet. Således har de udskrevet en konkurrence, hvor man med den rette erhvervsidé for brug af åbne data kan vinde 100.000 kroner til at realisere idéen. I flere år har det både i Danmark og i udlandet været en stor ambition, at de offentlige data som udbydes som åbne data – dvs. data som er teknisk og juridisk frit tilgængelige til enhver brug – skal blive brugt til at skabe nye løsninger og service for borgerne. Dette har nu ført til et nyt tiltag i form af en konkurrence med titlen Challenges, hvor man som etableret erhvervsdrivende eller helt ny iværksætter kan deltage og med den rette idé få et økonomisk boost på hele 100.000 kroner. Erhvervsstyrelsen skriver på konkurrencens site:
Hjælp danske SMV’er (Små og Mellemstore Virksomheder) med at udnytte potentialet i Open Data Flere små og mellemstore virksomheder skal have mulighed for at udnytte det massive potentiale, der ligger i at anvende åbne offentlige data i deres forretningsudvikling. Det vil betyde, at flere virksomheder får mulighed for at optimere deres forretning eller skabe helt nye forretningsmodeller. Derfor inviterer vi virksomheder og iværksættere til at udvikle værktøjer, som kan sætte data i spil – også for de små virksomheder. Vær blandt de første i et nyt marked og vær med til at frigøre forretningspotentialet i Open Data for danske SMV’er!

I Open Knowledge Danmark ser vi frem til at følge konkurrencens forløb og ikke mindst vinderens og de øvrige deltageres idéer. Hvis du vil vide mere, så gå ind på konkurrencens hjemmeside eller læs mere hos eksempelvis Computerworld.dk.

Kom og vær med til Nordic Open Data Week!

- May 27, 2015 in #nodw2015, åben data, internationalt, nordic open data week, Workshop

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Fra 29. maj til 7. juni 2015 blændes der op for Nordic Open Data Week 2015: Et ugelangt community-drevet event som med over 30 arrangementer i hele norden, inklusiv Danmark, sætter fokus på åbne data på forskellige niveauer. Open Knowledge Danmark er sammen med søstergrupper i de øvrige lande en del af arrangørgruppen, og har påtaget sig at koordinere og formidle de danske aktiviteter. Nordic Open Data Week er en uge, hvor det nordiske open data community laver workshops og meetups i hele norden (og virtuelt) for at skærpe befolkningens generelle kendskab til åbne data i de nordiske lande, samt tilskynde samarbejde omkring åbne data henover landegrænserne i regionen. Også i Danmark kommer der fuld kog i gryden med events i hele landet.

Dan dig et overblik

Læs mere om Nordic Open Data Week på det officielle site, og hold øje med Open Nordics bloggen, hvor der dagligt offentliggøres updates. Du kan også finde kalender over danske events events her – og følge slagets gang live på Twitter via hashtagget #nodw15. Open Knowledge Danmark bidrager endvidere som medarrangør af en håndfuld events (bl.a. Nordic Open Data Week afslutningsevent d. 7. juni i København) og som paneldeltagere i Data Drinks Exclusive under Internet Week 2015 i Aarhus d. 2. juni. Der finder dog mange flere events sted i Danmark, så tag et kig på listen efter events i din by.

Vær med som arrangør!

Hvis du har spørgsmål eller vil du tilføje events (Nordic Open Data Week er community-drevet, så alle kan være med på arrangørfronten), så kontakt eventets danske koordinator Kim Bach – på Twitter eller via Open Knowledge Danmarks diskussionliste.

Honouring the memory of leading Open Knowledge community member Subhajit Ganguly

- April 17, 2015 in community, india, subhajit ganguly

It is with great sadness that we have learned that Mr. Subhajit Ganguly, an Open Knowledge Ambassador in India and a leading community member in the entire region, has suddenly and tragically passed away. Following a short period of illness Subhajit Ganguly, who was only 30 years old, passed away on the morning of April 7, local time, in the hospital in his hometown of Kolkata, India. His demise came as a shock to his family and loved ones, as well as to his colleagues and peers in the global open data and open knowledge community. Subhajit was known as a relentless advocate for justice and equality, and a strong proponent and community builder around issues such as open data, open science and open education, which were all areas to which he devoted a large part of both his professional and personal time. Most recently he was the main catalyst and organiser of India Open Data Summit and he successfully contributed as project lead for the Indian Local City Census as well as being a submitter and reviewer of datasets in the Global Open Data Index, a global community-driven project that compares the openness of datasets worldwide to ensure another most pressing issue for him: Political transparency and accountability. Subhajit was also instrumental in building the Open Knowledge India Local Group over the past two years, alongside also volunteering his time to coordinate other groups and initiatives within the open data landscape. Just last summer he attended the Open Knowledge Festival in Berlin to join his fellow community leaders to plan the future of open knowledge and open data in India, regionally in AsiaPAC, and globally. Ever since the news passed across the globe during the last few days, messages and praise of Subhajit’s being and work have been pouring in from community leaders and members from near and far. He will be tremendously missed, and we join the many voices across the world mourning his loss. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and loved ones. We hope that his work and vision will continue to stand as a significant example to follow for people around the world. May Subhajit rest in peace.
Subhajit (holding the sign) among his Open Knowledge community peers at OK Festival in Berlin, 2014 (Photo: Burt Lum, CC BY-NC-ND)

Subhajit (holding the sign) among his Open Knowledge community peers at OK Festival in Berlin, 2014 (Photo: Burt Lum, CC BY-NC-ND)

Open Data Day report #2: All of Europe pushing open data

- March 13, 2015 in Europe, Events, Featured, Open Data Day, Open Knowledge

germany1 In our follow-up series about Open Data Day 2015, which tooks place on February 21 across the world, we will now highlight some of the great events that took place across the European continent. To see the first blog post, which covered Asia-Pacific, go here.

Portugal

portugalThis year’s event was the 4th consecutive Open Data Day for the Transparência Hackday Portugal community, all of which have taken a “show-and-tell” approach to ensure an inclusive, community-building programme for the general public. For this year’s event the goals were to invite the general public with an interest in open data to get together, and also become interested in joining hackdays during the rest of the year – as well as showcase the work done at Transparência Hackday Portugal and elsewhere for collective inspiration. The programme was divided into two parts: in the morning, there was a 2-hour workshop around the subject of linked open data; in the afternoon, there was a set of 3 talks, followed by discussion about the current state of open data in Porto and Portugal, which lead into setting possible next steps. Overall, the event was successful and productive and attracted a mixed audience of over 20 technologists, programmers, hackers and students. While the group did not engage in hack sessions (as they usually do in other meetups), the event was an energetic moment and formed a great space for interested people to get in touch with the existing community. More over, the linked data workshop turned out to be a great way to get people engaged with the goals and virtues of open data and the necessary steps to get there. A sentiment that was also emphasized in the projects that were showcased during the talks: They provided good topics for discussion, as well as an effective pathway for newcomers to learn of what the Portuguese open data hacker community has been producing.

Austria

AustriaWe got two working groups here at Open Data Day 2015 Vienna. A group of 10 People analyzed and visualized all subsidies given by the City of Salzburg in the year 2012 and 2013. This full and complete dataset will be published in the near future, to bring full transparency into Salzburg’s subsidy regime. Another group of 15 started a new citizen sensor data project. We built first seven sensor boxes based on Arduino which measure sun­hours, traffic density, noise, NOx and respirable dust, alike. Together with the city wide public sensors owned by the city administration, this new citizen sensor network bring more local and more frequent data to be used in APPs and analysis. It’s planned to present the running citizen sensor dashboard at viennaopen.net (April 2015). See a photo gallery here.

Czech Republic

CzechRepCzech community celebrated Open Data Day with a hands­ome gathering aimed at solving specific data problems. One of the groups worked on improving an API for government contacts, while others discussed the state of openness of Prague’s data. Thanks to the presence of one of the municipal representatives, the working group managed to draft a basic concept for opening the datasets of the Czech capital. The organiser is very happy with the results and would thank brmlab hackerspace, which hosted the event and all the hardworking participants. See photos here.

Denmark

Denmark_photoIn Denmark two seperate events took place. In Aarhus students were competing in creating the most innovative open data solutions at the Open Culture Days, organized among other by the Open Data Aarhus initiative. In the capitol city of Copenhagen 35 open data enthusiasts met for multiple workshops: a dataworkshop on electoral data, introduction to data analysis and an attempt to map different actors involved in the field of open data and “open” in generel. As a pre-­event a group of people went for a data-­walk in the area to learn about Mapillary, the crowdsourced open-source equivalent of Google Street Maps.

Spain

With around 40 participants coming from 9 countries, past 21st of February it we be hold the II OKFN AWARD to open knowledge, open data and transparency. Winners include,for its involvement with citizens and society to Concurso datos abiertos Junta de Castilla y León, best sustainable initiative Open Food Facts, best use of open data for transparency Aragón Open Data, best open science initiative Open science training initiative, best non public initiative for transparency to Openkratio and El BOE nuestro de cada día and for support to entrepreneurship based on open knowledge to Medialab Prado. Our president Rufus Pollock close the event, and last but not least thanks to the main collaborator, Google and the jury members coming from local groups of Argentina, Belgium, Ecuador, El Salvador, Germany, Paraguay, Spain and UK. Read more in this blog post

Germany

germany2In Germany the OK Labs from Code for Germany once again participated in Open Data Day and organized hackathons and workshops in their cities across the country. Leipzig, Münster, Munich, Cologne, Heilbronn (Mannheim), Berlin and Ulm were all among the cities where events took place. Open data enthusiasts in Frankfurt, Jena, Magdeburg and Karlsruhe even used the occasion to launch new OK Labs groups! At all events the community hacked, discussed, welcomed new members and developed numerous projects. You can find an Storify-overview about the Open Data Day in Germany.

Bulgaria

With a varied and very interesting spectrum of participants covering both civil society, servants from government bodies and gov-related businesses (including the Head of Cabinet of Deputy Prime Minister Rumyana Bachvarova) as well as representatives from TechnoLogica (one of the top companies in Bulgaria that are executing e-government public tenders), Open Data Day in Bulgaria was kicked off really well and ran over 2 days. Activities included automatic data pushing to the national CKAN instance and the creation of a data visualization with data from the energy sector. Furthermore there were several discussions during the event as well and talks about topics such as what to be aware of when working for opening government administration data. The event also got into concrete chats about the ongoing government data project: The Bulgarian government has prioritized 119 datasets to be published in open format and are now working on putting them on the CKAN data portal that volunteers from Obshtestvo.bg developed last year. They also talked about potentially organising a larger event when there is data in the portal, in which they’ll attempt to engage other organisations like the British Council, universities and venture funds. Lastly, a group created a project on github that reads data from a specified datasource (currently only a file) and submits it to the configured datastore in CKAN. The configuration has a GUI with data validation and it’s meant to be used by local administrations to automate data publishing. The team has agreed to continue working on it and started a facebook group where progress will be posted.

Romania

Also in Romania the organisers, Coalition for Open Data and its partners, ran their event over 2 whole days to celebrate Open Data Day. The event, run by Coalition for Open Data in collaboration with the Romanian Government and supported by State Embassies of United Kingdom and the Netherlands in Romania, was held at the National Library and on the first day included debates about transparency, justice, culture and business, all from an open data perspective.
On the second day a programming activism marathon was organised at the Academy of Economic Studies, Faculty of Cybernetics and Economic Statistics. Participants included developers, activists, journalists as well as many others, who all got together to build applications that promote good governance. Read about the event in more detail on the Open Government blog.

Russia

In Moscow, the international Open Data Day was supported by the OP Information Culture and the Russian branch of Open Knowledge. The event was attended by over 40 people who represented a variety of skills. Among the participants were representatives of the humanities (PR, advertising, journalism etc), as well as developers, programmers and data analysts. Were presented not only reports the presentations, but also stories, announcements of upcoming events in the free form. The activities included presentations, among other on open science, data visualisations, plain language and Leaflet.js. This was followed by a hackathon, which resulted in four prototype applications. Lastly, some of the participants participated in the Open Science Labs project, which focuses on the discoveries of science and is designed to popularize and promote the concept of open science in Russia. To join in, simply go here

Highly inspiring Open Data Day activities across the Asia-Pacific

- March 9, 2015 in Bangladesh, community, Featured, india, indonesia, nepal, Open Data Day, Tajikistan

kathmandu1 Following the global Open Data Day 2015 event, which tooks place on February 21 with hundreds of events across the globe, we will do a blog series to highlight some of all the great activities that took place. In this first post (of four in total) we start by looking at some of the great events that took place across the Asia and Pacific. Three more accounts will bring similar accounts from the Americas, Africa and Europe in the days to come.

Indonesia

indonesiaIn the Philippines, Open Knowledge Philippines and the School of Data local grouping celebrated the International Open Data Day 2015 with back to back events on February 20-21, 2015. The extensive event featured talks by Joel Garcia of Microsoft Philippines, Paul De Paula of Drupal Pilipinas, Dr. Sherwin Ona of De La Salle University and Michael Canares of Web Foundation Open Data Labs, Jakarta – alongside community leaders such as Happy Feraren of BantayPH (who is also one of the 2014 School of Data Fellows) and Open Knowledge Ambassador Joseph De Guia. The keynote speaker was Ivory Ong, Outreach Lead of Open Data Philippines, who rightly said that “we need citizens who are ready to use the data, and we need the government and citizens to work together to make the open data initiative successful.” Talks were followed by an open data hackathon and a data jam. The hackathon used data sets taken from the government open data portal; General Appropriation Act (GAA) of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). The students were tasked to develop a web or mobile app that would encourage participation of citizens in the grass root participatory budgeting program of national government. The winning team was able to develop a web application containing a dashboard of the Philippine National Budget and a “Do-It-Yourself” budget allocation.

Nepal

nepal2Another large event took place in Kathmandu, where Open Knowledge Nepal had teamed up with an impressive coalition of partners including open communities such as Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Nepal Community, Mozilla Nepal, Wikimedians of Nepal,CSIT Association of Nepal, Acme Open Source Community (AOSC) and Open Source Ascol Circle (OSAC). The event had several streams of activities including among other a Spending Data Party, CKAN Localization session, a Data Scrapathon, a MakerFest, a Wikipedia Editathon and a community discussion. Each session had teams of facilitators and over 60 people tooks part in the day.

Bangladesh

bangladeshIn Dhaka an event was held by Bangladesh Open Source Network (BdOSN) and Open Knowledge Bangladesh. The event featured a series of distinguished speakers including Jabed Morshed Chowdhury, Joint Secretary of BDOSN and Bangla administrator of Google Developer Group, Nurunnaby Chowdhury Hasive, Ambassador Open Knowledge Bangladesh, Abu Sayed, president of Mukto Ashor, Bayzid Bhuiyan Juwel, General Secretary of Mukto Ashor, Nusrat Jahan, Executive Officer of Janata Bank Limited and Promi Nahid, BdOSN coordinator – who all discussed various topics and issues of open data including what open data is, how it works, where Bangladesh fits in and more. Moreover those interested in working with open data were introduced to various tools of Open Knowledge.

Tajikistan

Tajikistan An community initiative in Tajikistan took place in partnership with the magazine ICT4D under the banner of “A day of open data in Tajikistan”. The event was held at the Centre for Information Technology and Communications in the Office of Education in Dushanbe, and brought together designers, developers, statisticians and others who had ideas for the use of open data, or desires to find interesting projects to contribute to as well as learn how to visualize and analyze data. With participants both experienced and brand new to the topic, the event aimed to ensure that every citizen had the opportunity to learn and help the global community of open data to develop. Among the activities were basic introductions to open data and discussions about how the local government could contribute to the creation of open data. There were also discussions about the involvement of local non-profit organizations and companies in the use of open data for products and missions, as well as trainings and other hands-on activities to participants actively involved.

India

indiaOpen Knowledge India, with support from the National Council of Education Bengal and the Open Knowledge micro grants, organised the India Open Data Summit on February, 28. It was the first ever Data Summit of this kind held in India and was attended by Open Data enthusiasts from all over India. Talks and workshops were held throughout the day, revolving around Open Science, Open Education, Open Data and Open GLAM in general, but also zooming in on concrete projects, for instance:
  • The Open Education Project, run by Open Knowledge India, which aims to complement the government’s efforts to bring the light of education to everyone. The project seeks to build a platform that would offer the Power of Choice to the children in matters of educational content, and on the matter of open data platforms, [CKAN](/) was also discussed.
  • Opening up research data of all kinds was another point that was discussed. India has recently passed legislature ensuring that all government funded research results will be in the open.
  • Open governance not only at the national level, but even at the level of local governments, was something that was discussed with seriousness. Everyone agreed that in order to reduce corruption, open governance is the way to go. Encouraging the common man to participate in the process of open governance is another key point that was stressed upon. India is the largest democracy in the world and this democracy is very complex too.Greater use of the power of the crowd in matters of governance can help the democracy a long way by uprooting corruption from the very core.
Overall, the India Open Data Summit, 2015 was a grand success in bringing likeminded individuals together and in giving them a shared platform, where they can join hands to empower themselves. The first major Open Data Summit in India ended with the promise of keeping the ball rolling. Hopefully, in near future we will see many more such events all over India. Watch this space for more Open Data Day reports during the week!

Velbesøgt Open Data Day i København

- March 8, 2015 in Workshop

Open Data Day i København var velbesøgt med ca. 35 deltagere.

Open Data Day i København var velbesøgt med ca. 35 deltagere. Billede af Niels Erik Kaaber Rasmussen frigivet under CC-BY licens.

  Som en del af den globale Open Data Day 2015, hvor mere end 300 events fandt sted i hele verden, inviterede Open Knowledge Danmark, Wikimedia Danmark og det danske Open Street Map community til en dag i de åbne datas tegn i København – og det valgte lidt over 30 mennesker at deltage i. Dagen startede med en “Mapillary walk”, hvor deltagere blev introduceret til app’en Mapillary, det crowdsourcede open source alternativ til Google Street View. Gruppen af deltagere gik en data-motions-tur rundt i kvarteret på Nørrebro og fik uploadet flere hundrede billeder til Mapillary til gavn for alle borgere. Næste aktivitet var henlagt til Café Mellemrummets lokaler, der venligt var blevet lånt til os fra Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke. Her var der “datasprint”, dvs. en dataworkshop med crowdsourcede folketingskandidat-data som omdrejningspunkten. Deltagerne fik først en kort introduktion til basal dataanalyse efterfulgt af gruppearbejde med dataene: En oversigt over samtlige opstillede kandidater til det kommende folketingsvalg, som en gruppe frivillige har lagt kræfter i at samle i ugerne op til Open Data Day (læs mere om det på vores blog her og her). Resultatet af gruppearbejdet var bl.a. visualiseringer og kvalitative analyser – samt diskussion om de overordnede perspektiver det giver at have adgang til dataene i åben form. Sidst, men ikke mindst, arbejdede en gruppe af deltagerne med at lave en kortlægning af de danske “åben”-miljøer. Således blev der brainstormet og lavet en indeksering af aktører og organisationer, der arbejder med forskellige aspekter af “åbenhed” i Danmark. Idéen med kortlægningen var at skabe grobund for øget samarbejde på tværs af de gode kræfter, der allerede findes – og eftersom kortlægningen kun blev begyndt, men langt fra blev færdiggjort, skal der hermed lyde en opfordring til læsere af denne blog på at bidrage til listen, som kan findes her. Øvelsen viste iøvrigt at det danske “open data miljø” som er ganske omfattende, og indikerer således at “open” er ved at få fodfæste og det lover godt for fremtiden.