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Počátkem října v Praze přivítáme zahraniční odborníky na otevřená data

- August 30, 2013 in event, linked data, Meetup, Open Data Census, Události

Linked Open Cities coat of arms Fond Otakara Motejla spolu s členy projektu LOD2 připravuje další setkání české open data komunity, tentokrát zaměřené na téma otevírání a propojování dat měst. Na setkání vystoupí odborníci z organizací sdružených v evropském projektu LOD2 i čeští průkopníci transparentních radnic. Událost se uskuteční v neděli 6. 10. od 19hod v pražském Node5 (Radlická 50, Praha 5, mapa). Program proběhne v angličtině. Můžete se těšit na následující vystoupení:
  • Sören Auer (University of Bonn): Why Open Data should be linked
  • Thomas Thurner (Semantic Web Company): A policy of small steps: Open Government Data becomes mature Linked Open Government Data – the Vienna example
  • Sander van der Waal (Open Knowledge Foundation): How the Open Data Census helps citizen hold their governments to account
  • Pavla Brady (1st Deputy of the Mayor of Opava): Open Data in Opava
  • Roman Řípa (Rozpočet obce): Explore & Influence Your Municipality Budget, start at your doors to improve the whole country
Po prezentacích bude následovat neformální diskuse. Vstup volný, po předchozí registraci. K události se také můžete přidat na

Recycle public sector data with the Big Clean on November 3rd 2012 in Prague

- September 17, 2012 in Events, OKF Czech Republic, Open Data, Open Government Data

Public sector data lives a short life. Its life spans the life of applications that are hidden deep inside of public bodies. Tied to application-specific data formats, the data dies with the application that hosts it. During its lifetime the data stays within the public sector, serving a few predetermined purposes, while the ability to access and make effective use of the data is often restricted to civil servants only. The Big Clean is a conference for those who want to change that. Its goal is to empower its participants with the skills to recycle public sector data, so that it is open to anyone who wants to put it to use. Its goal is to share the knowledge how to make the life of public sector data longer and richer. Recycling public sector data makes its life-cycle longer. The Big Clean will focus on the techniques that prevent the data used in the public sector to be wasted. The public may acquire the data by the means of screen-scraping, improve its quality by data refining and use it as a source for data-driven stories that journalists and other can write. These are the key topics of the Big Clean:
  • Screen-scraping — the skill of distilling data out of web pages and other poorly structured sources
  • Data refining — the techniques of transforming raw data into usable data
  • Data-driven journalism — the craft of telling stories with data
The idea of the Big Clean builds on the past. It dates back to the Open Government Data Camp in the fall of 2010, when its concept, originally conceived by Antti Poikola, was shaped during one of the camp’s workshops. This year’s Big Clean follows up on the topics laid out by the previous Big Clean in 2011. You can read about the experiences from the Big Clean on the OKFN blog. Unlike the Big Clean in 2011, this year’s Big Clean is meant to be a truly international event. Based on the popularity growth of the Big Clean’s core topics, we want to make it bigger and better. We invited leading experts and important voices to talk about the key aspects of recycling public sector data from the viewpoints of screen-scraping, data refining, and data-driven journalism. To keep the event open to a wider audience, the event’s language will be English and no admission fee will be charged.

Practical Details

Do you want to know more? Read up on the Big Clean on its web site or follow @BigCleanCZ on Twitter.

Workshop o práci s daty v neziskovém sektoru, 31. 5. 2011

- May 23, 2012 in Události

Kolaborativní prostor HUB

Kolaborativní prostor Hub (fotografie Pavel Farkaš)

Jak pracovat s daty v neziskovém sektoru

O práci s veřejně dostupnými daty v neziskovém sektoru se můžete dozvědět na workshopu pořádaném Fondem Otakara Motejla. Účastníci se dozví, jak veřejně dostupná data nalézt a využít například v datové žurnalistice nebo jak lépe propagovat svou organizaci s pomocí sociálních sítí. V závěru bude připraven prostor pro diskusi a prezentaci projektu Náš stát. Na workshopu vystoupí: Vstup na workshop, podmíněný registrací do 29. 5. 2012 na emailu miroslav.hyrman [at], je zdarma. Úplnou pozvánku naleznete zde.


Čtvrtek 31. 5. 2012, od 13:15 do 17:30


Hub Praha


Po workshopu bude následovat afterparty zasvěcená diskusi o otevřených datech v Česku a dalších krocích české pobočky Open Knowledge Foundation. Více informací k události naleznete na Meetupu.


Čtvrtek 31. 5. 2012, od 17:30


Jihočeský dvůr

Applying Austrian Open Data Experiences in the Czech Republic

- March 16, 2012 in Chapters, Events, Featured, OKF Austria, OKF Czech Republic, Open Government Data, WG EU Open Data, WG Open Government Data

Open data in Austria enjoys support from various levels of the public administration, and as a result Austria is one step ahead of the Czech Republic. Last month, we held a seminar to learn from each other’s experiences. Austrian initiatives promoting greater openness of government data, such as the Open Knowledge Forum Österreich, have managed to involve a wide array of stakeholders ranging from politicians to activists, and the country now hosts quite a number of related events, such as the Open Data & Business or the recently established Open Government Data Conference. Still, is has to face the same challenges other countries encounter on their way to open up data. Given the Austrian headstart in open data activities compared to the ones in the Czech Republic, a seminar was held under the title “Open Data and Public Sector: applying Austrian experience in Czech Republic” so we could learn from Austrian practical experiences of taking first steps towards better availability of such public data. Czech Republic and Austria The seminar took place on February 28th, 2012, in the centre of Prague in the Chamber of Deputies, under the auspices of Jan Farský, a member of parliament. The main target group of the seminar consisted of Czech politicians and civil servants, who came to hear from their Austrian peers. The event was organized by together with OKFN-CZ and was supported by the LOD2 Project and Open Society Fund Prague. The programme was opened by Jan Farský, who went through the reasoning that led him to support open data. This overview provided a perspective of a politician, who realized that the public sector is not able to make applications for citizens in a cost-efficient way. However, as various evidence suggests, it often suffices to provide the public sector data and the applications will follow, for free. The main part of the seminar consisted of presentations by the Austrian guests. Martin Kaltenböck from the Semantic Web Company kicked off, introducing the key concepts of open data and how they are underlying the vision of open government. A perspective of the Austrian federal level was brought to the fore in the next talk by Daniel Medimorec from the Austrian Federal Chancellery, emphasizing the vast, yet not insurmountable challenges that governments decided to put open data principles into practice face. What followed was the talk discussing view of the city Linz by Stefan Pawel representing the Linz Open Commons initiative. Of the applications shown, the one that caught the most attention was probably Linz Linien, a visualization based on streaming open data showing Linz public transportation in real-time. The Austrian session was finished by Marco Schreuder, who shared his views as politician from the Green party. To complement the Austrian side, the ongoing open data activities in the Czech Republic were presented. First, Jakub Mráček from the Open Society Fund Prague announced the publication of Open data in the public sector: new era of decision making (in Czech), and provided information about the recently launched portal Náš stá, that offers a guide to the Czech projects and applications that build upon public sector data. Jan Kučera from the University of Economics, Prague, presented the as-yet unofficial Data catalogue of Czech Republic. The session was dedicated to open data business cases, that were “commissioned” by Jan Farský to provide him with strong arguments in favour of open data. For instance, a case for a price map of cycle paths or an application showing time slices through the legislation in force were suggested. In the final part of the seminar, three applications using Czech public sector data were demonstrated by their authors. This showcase featured Budování státu visualizing government spending, Váš majetek aggregating notices about auctions of public property, and Map of Public Contracts that explores the public contracts that were tailored to the suppliers. Not only did the seminar provide a chance to learn from the Austrian experiences and to follow their lead in the Czech Republic, it also served as a meeting opportunity for the representatives of Open Knowledge Foundation’s local chapters, as the members of Czech, Austrian, and Italians chapters were present. Hopefully, it resulted in a useful knowledge sharing about overcoming the initial difficulties when starting with open data in the public sector. To find out more about the seminar, please see its website. The slides and the links to the applications that were presented can be found there. Community Note: The Czech Republic hosts one of our incubating OKFN:LOCAL groups and its organisers have held several regional open knowledge meetups in Prague to date. They are currently looking for more collaborators to join the community – introduce yourself on the OKFN CZ discussion list to get involved. Footnote: All photos accompanying this blog post were kindly provided by Martin Kaltenböck under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Austria License.