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Join us in Supporting the Open Data Community in 37 Countries around the World

- December 16, 2020 in Open Knowledge

Join us in Supporting the Open Data Community in over 37 Countries around the World Every year, the team at Open Knowledge Foundation works with the global open data community to deliver Open Data Day Open Data Day is an annual celebration. Groups around the world create local events to learn about open data, and to encourage the adoption of open data policies in government, business and civil society. The next Open Data Day is Saturday March 6th 2021.  Last year Open Knowledge Foundation and our Partners provided 67 mini-grants of US$300 to support events in 37 different countries ! 90% went to countries in the Global South. You can read more about who we supported in our blog post Open Data Day 2020. It’s a wrap! Or check out our Executive Summary Report on Open Data Day 2020
>> if your organisation wants to become a Partner for Open Data Day 2021, check out the Open Data Day 2021 Partnership prospectus. >> if you want to make a financial donation to support Open Data Day 2021, donate here. Put the words ‘Open Data Day’ in the ‘Write a Note (optional)’ field. $300/£225/€250 donation supports one mini-grant. $50/£40/€45 donation supports one photography prize.

We are so grateful to our Open Data Day 2020 partners and want to thank them on behalf of everyone at Open Data Day. Without their generous support, many of the events that make Open Data Day so impactful would not be possible.
>> if your organisation wants to become a Partner for Open Data Day 2021, check out the Open Data Day 2021 Partnership prospectus. >> if you want to make a financial donation to support Open Data Day 2021, donate here. Put the words ‘Open Data Day’ in the ‘Write a Note (optional)’ field. $300/£225/€250 donation supports one mini-grant. $50/£40/€45 donation supports one photography prize.

 

Thank you for your feedback about Open Data Day. Here’s what we learned.

- November 17, 2020 in Open Knowledge

Open Data Day is an annual celebration of open data all over the world facilitated by the Open Knowledge Foundation. Each year, groups from around the world create local events on the day where they will use open data in their communities. It is an opportunity to show the benefits of open data and encourage the adoption of open data policies in government, business and civil society. With Open Data Day 2021 less than four months away, we asked the Open Data community to tell us how you think we can better support Open Data Day. It’s not too late to have your say. Just visit the survey here.   The responses we had were very encouraging. We received lots of feedback – both positive and negative. And many of you offered to help with Open Data Day 2021. Thank you so much! We’ve gone through all the feedback and… Here is a summary of what we learned You told us that Open Data Day 2021 will be better if we …
  • present all the events together in a searchable directory, to show the amazing scale and variety of Open Data Day events
  • focus less on the geographic location of the events because some events are online and can be attended by anyone with an internet connection
  • give more mini-grants to more Open Data Day events 
  • confirm who has won the mini-grants at an earlier date – to help with event planning
  • focus on one data track – not four. Recommendations included climate change data, disaster risk management data, gender data, election data and Covid 19 data
  • give support, advice and opportunities for Covid Safe events and activities 
  • get better press coverage of Open Data Day events, and better connections with data journalists 
  • publish reports on Open Data Day events on the Open Data Day website, with more photos and videos
  • improve the mini-grant methodology to increase the measurable impact of Open Data Day mini-grants 
  • reduce bank changes by using innovative money transfer systems 
  • helped funding partners create better connections with event organisers and attendees
Here at Open Knowledge Foundation we will spend the next few weeks digesting all these great ideas and working out how best to respond to make sure Open Data Day 2021 is better than ever. Thanks again to everyone who already responded to our survey! 

Tell us how you think we can better support Open Data Day

- November 4, 2020 in community, Events, Open Data Day, Open Data Day 2021, Open Knowledge

This year has been such an eventful year for all of us. As 2020 nears its end, here at Open Knowledge Foundation we are starting to think about Open Data Day 2021. I checked my calendar this morning – and it’s only 4 months away ! Open Data Day is such a great opportunity for the entire open data community to come together to show the benefits of open data. Last year over 300 Open Data Day events took place over 50 countries. Our (OKF’s) role is facilitation As we start to make plans, we would like you to have your say on how we (OKF) can best support Open Data Day. Do you have any ideas? Or comments? Advice? Tell us how you think we can better support Open Data Day  We want to know 
  • The good stuff. What worked at Open Data Day last year? What did you enjoy most? Which events really stood out? Did you meet someone at Open Data Day 2020 that changed the way you work for the better?
  • The bad stuff. What didn’t work last year? What could we have done differently? How would you like Open Data Day to improve? How can we achieve more impact? Are there other data tracks we should focus on?
  • How can we help each other? Open Data Day brings people together from around the world to celebrate open data. Are you interested in volunteering to help the global event happen? We are thinking of running a live online event and maybe some global competitions. And perhaps doing some fundraising for the whole open data community. Do you want to help ?
We’d love it if you can take 3 minutes to share your thoughts in our survey and tell us how you think we can improve Open Data Day.   We want to make Open Data Day 2021 better than ever, and we can only do that with your help !

Protected: Launching a new collaboration in Macedonia with Metamorphosis and the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office

- September 18, 2014 in Open Data

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