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A slow, considered start to 2017

- February 22, 2017 in event, Melbourne

There have been a few changes happening over the past two years with the Open Knowledge Melbourne meetup. Some of the founding members have stepped back and stepped away from their roles as organisers; some of our members have stepped into organising roles. And, we have been slack in keeping up with this blog (sorry!). Open Knowledge Melbourne has had a slower start to this year than others. Last week, we ran a planning session to find out from you, the Open Knowledge Melbourne community,  what we could do this year. A big thank you to those that came along – thank you for participating and being really engaged with the discussion. Thank you, also to the people who completed the very short survey – if you missed last weeks meetup and would like to provide us with your thoughts and some feedback, the survey will be open for another week. At the planning session we asked the Open Knowledge Melbourne community what we could learn about, discuss, make, create or do this year. And there were a lot of ideas put forward. Maps, our perennial favourite, featured across all categories, as did themes of data analysis, data visualisation and science. Some of the post-it suggestions are can be seen below:
Post-it note suggestions include speed dating, beta test projects, mini-round table discussions, collaborate on open science projects, maps, digitise areas where people wouldn’t usually use tech, laboratory presenters, open licensing, barriers to open data, open data policies and strategies, and more

PostIt note planning collage

We are working on turning these ideas, suggestions, topics and themes into the schedule of meetup sessions for this year. There are some people to ask come speak, workshops and dojos to put together, and projects to scope. This is shaping to be an interesting year. — Post written by Sally P.

A slow, considered start to 2017

- February 22, 2017 in event, Melbourne

There have been a few changes happening over the past two years with the Open Knowledge Melbourne meetup. Some of the founding members have stepped back and stepped away from their roles as organisers; some of our members have stepped into organising roles. And, we have been slack in keeping up with this blog (sorry!). Open Knowledge Melbourne has had a slower start to this year than others. Last week, we ran a planning session to find out from you, the Open Knowledge Melbourne community,  what we could do this year. A big thank you to those that came along – thank you for participating and being really engaged with the discussion. Thank you, also to the people who completed the very short survey – if you missed last weeks meetup and would like to provide us with your thoughts and some feedback, the survey will be open for another week. At the planning session we asked the Open Knowledge Melbourne community what we could learn about, discuss, make, create or do this year. And there were a lot of ideas put forward. Maps, our perennial favourite, featured across all categories, as did themes of data analysis, data visualisation and science. Some of the post-it suggestions are can be seen below:
Post-it note suggestions include speed dating, beta test projects, mini-round table discussions, collaborate on open science projects, maps, digitise areas where people wouldn’t usually use tech, laboratory presenters, open licensing, barriers to open data, open data policies and strategies, and more

PostIt note planning collage

We are working on turning these ideas, suggestions, topics and themes into the schedule of meetup sessions for this year. There are some people to ask come speak, workshops and dojos to put together, and projects to scope. This is shaping to be an interesting year. — Post written by Sally P.

A slow, considered start to 2017

- February 22, 2017 in event, Melbourne

Open Knowledge Australia board meeting 2016-12-07

- December 12, 2016 in Uncategorized

Open Knowledge Australia board meeting 2016-12-07

- December 12, 2016 in Uncategorized

Following are the brief minutes of our board meeting last week, as well as a link to the YouTube recording. We had some hassles with people in different video chats, but ultimately got done what we wanted to achieve, I think. These minutes are UNAPPROVED currently.

Open Knowledge Australia board meeting

7 December 2016 7:30 pm EDST Present: Matthew Cengia, Fiona Tweedie, Rosie Williams, Helen Ensikat, Ann-Marie Elias, Nicholas Gruen, Markus Buchhorn
  1. Welcome
  2. Report on Open Knowledge Melbourne (Matt Cengia)
    1. Going well; weekly meetups etc. only support necessary is release of funds for weekly meetups.
  3. Report on Health Hack 2016 (TBC)
    1. Follow up with Mike Imelfort about HH financials, especially Sydney expenses
  4. Financial status
    1. Markus has asked Steven for a ‘full year’ version of the reports
  5. Grant Application process
  6. Tax concession charity registration
    1. Yes investigate further, FT to look at the forms
  7. Board composition
    1. FT resigning, nominates Matt Cengia
    2. Rosie Williams replacing Alysha Thomas
  8. Any other business
    1. Zoe Phillips at Data 61 to offer advice and support
  9. Close
Ginny, Markus and Nic are all in a hangout – on our own??? Original link to agenda/minutes is here. The YouTube recording is below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GED_n05ifI0

Open Knowledge Australia board meeting 2016-12-07

- December 12, 2016 in Uncategorized

Following are the brief minutes of our board meeting last week, as well as a link to the YouTube recording. We had some hassles with people in different video chats, but ultimately got done what we wanted to achieve, I think. These minutes are UNAPPROVED currently.

Open Knowledge Australia board meeting

7 December 2016 7:30 pm EDST Present: Matthew Cengia, Fiona Tweedie, Rosie Williams, Helen Ensikat, Ann-Marie Elias, Nicholas Gruen, Markus Buchhorn
  1. Welcome
  2. Report on Open Knowledge Melbourne (Matt Cengia)
    1. Going well; weekly meetups etc. only support necessary is release of funds for weekly meetups.
  3. Report on Health Hack 2016 (TBC)
    1. Follow up with Mike Imelfort about HH financials, especially Sydney expenses
  4. Financial status
    1. Markus has asked Steven for a ‘full year’ version of the reports
  5. Grant Application process
  6. Tax concession charity registration
    1. Yes investigate further, FT to look at the forms
  7. Board composition
    1. FT resigning, nominates Matt Cengia
    2. Rosie Williams replacing Alysha Thomas
  8. Any other business
    1. Zoe Phillips at Data 61 to offer advice and support
  9. Close
Ginny, Markus and Nic are all in a hangout – on our own??? Original link to agenda/minutes is here. The YouTube recording is below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GED_n05ifI0

Open Knowledge Australia board meeting 2016-12-07

- December 12, 2016 in Uncategorized

Following are the brief minutes of our board meeting last week, as well as a link to the YouTube recording. We had some hassles with people in different video chats, but ultimately got done what we wanted to achieve, I think. These minutes are UNAPPROVED currently.

Open Knowledge Australia board meeting

7 December 2016 7:30 pm EDST Present: Matthew Cengia, Fiona Tweedie, Rosie Williams, Helen Ensikat, Ann-Marie Elias, Nicholas Gruen, Markus Buchhorn
  1. Welcome
  2. Report on Open Knowledge Melbourne (Matt Cengia)
    1. Going well; weekly meetups etc. only support necessary is release of funds for weekly meetups.
  3. Report on Health Hack 2016 (TBC)
    1. Follow up with Mike Imelfort about HH financials, especially Sydney expenses
  4. Financial status
    1. Markus has asked Steven for a ‘full year’ version of the reports
  5. Grant Application process
  6. Tax concession charity registration
    1. Yes investigate further, FT to look at the forms
  7. Board composition
    1. FT resigning, nominates Matt Cengia
    2. Rosie Williams replacing Alysha Thomas
  8. Any other business
    1. Zoe Phillips at Data 61 to offer advice and support
  9. Close
Ginny, Markus and Nic are all in a hangout – on our own??? Original link to agenda/minutes is here. The YouTube recording is below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GED_n05ifI0

Melbourne Shut Up and Hack Night

- July 15, 2015 in Uncategorized

This weeks OK Melbourne Meetup saw a dozen or so attendees working on various Open Knowledge related projects, products and ideas. 20150715_193619 (1) Matt and Ling made an enthusiastic start on collecting attributes of current http://data.vic.gov.au/ datasets to gauge machine-readability and bulk accessibility as a resource for the community.  The plan is to extend this to get an idea of what if any issues exist for access to and processing of available datasets, with a view to providing feedback to data owners. The GovHack organisers made good progress deciding on their judging criteria and put together a tech panel. Steve found himself 34 thousand new trees in Burnside South Australia and went through the process of adding them to http://www.opentrees.org/, showing newcomer Riza exactly what needs to be done when new datasets are released. He is the map guy after all! Sarah and Nic took on the OK website to see whether it can be updated and improved! We look forward to seeing their suggestions. Meanwhile, Bozo and The Clown (Lachlan and Fiona, I asked who was who, but they refused to tell me!) hacked on some funding applications for OpenGLAM initiatives. Thanks to post author, Ben Lyall, one of Open Knowledge Melbourne’s new attendees.  

Melbourne Shut Up and Hack Night

- July 15, 2015 in event, Melbourne

This weeks OK Melbourne Meetup saw a dozen or so attendees working on various Open Knowledge related projects, products and ideas. 20150715_193619 (1) Matt and Ling made an enthusiastic start on collecting attributes of current http://data.vic.gov.au/ datasets to gauge machine-readability and bulk accessibility as a resource for the community.  The plan is to extend this to get an idea of what if any issues exist for access to and processing of available datasets, with a view to providing feedback to data owners. The GovHack organisers made good progress deciding on their judging criteria and put together a tech panel. Steve found himself 34 thousand new trees in Burnside South Australia and went through the process of adding them to http://www.opentrees.org/, showing newcomer Riza exactly what needs to be done when new datasets are released. He is the map guy after all! Sarah and Nic took on the OK website to see whether it can be updated and improved! We look forward to seeing their suggestions. Meanwhile, Bozo and The Clown (Lachlan and Fiona, I asked who was who, but they refused to tell me!) hacked on some funding applications for OpenGLAM initiatives. Thanks to post author, Ben Lyall, one of Open Knowledge Melbourne’s new attendees.  

Assessing government data accessibility and usability

- July 15, 2015 in Uncategorized

One of the ideas that we at Open Knowledge Melbourne had as an activity for our weekly meetups was to set aside some time for people to browse the various Australian open data portals and assess the quality of the data sets they hold. The purpose for this being to make the community aware of whether the data set they’re looking to download would be immediately machine readable, or whether it would require some cleaning up, as well as how easy it is to download the data. This goal became a larger deal for me when I tried to download some geospatial data from DELWP on the GovHack weekend, only to find that I had to download it via the Spatial Datamart, which was sporadically inaccessible, and which had a delay on delivering the link to the downloadable data to my email inbox (Apparently the Data Vic custodians made this clear via Twitter several days in advance, but I guess I missed the memo). This would have been a fine platform when the data was being used almost exclusively by internal government departments who were happy to wait a couple of days for the data to appear, but for somebody starting a hackathon and needing access to the data right now to start his project, this is somewhat of a pain. To be clear, I don’t blame the data owners for not providing a better access to the data; they’ve got limited resources, and anything they can give us is better than nothing, but I think it’s important to make clear to the community that they’ll have to deal with these hurdles so they know ahead of time, and also highlight which data owners it’s most worthwhile offering help to in order to make their data more accessible. Anyway, with all the amazing speakers we’ve had at our meetups, as well as the preparation for GovHack, this plan kind of fell by the way site. Now though, we’ve got some time, and I suggested that in future we could perhaps allocate just 10 or 15 minutes of most nights to each picking a data set or two, trying to download it and having a quick look to decide on its integrity. So in an attempt to just get the ball rolling, I’ve created a Google Docs Spreadsheet to start listing some of the slightly more tricky data sets. Ideally the findings from this spreadsheet can, and should, be added as comments to each data set, but I figured a central location for us to contribute to to begin with was a good start. Currently the document requires specific permission for users to edit it; I’m not sure whether it’s worth allowing the entire world to make edits to it. In any case, if you want access, you can click the Share button in the top-right corner and press the Request Access link in the bottom-right of the pop-up to request edit access from me. This is a best-effort work in progress, and I’ve no idea how it’ll go, but let’s give it a shot!