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Tilinpäätökseni — mitä opin 3 kaudesta OKF:n hallituksesta

- May 22, 2018 in 2015, 2016, 2017, blog, hallitus, ihmiset, jatkuvuus, muistelmat, oppiminen, strategia, talous, tilinpäätös, yhdistys, yhdistystoiminta

Minulta toivottiin yhteenvetoa ja tilinpäätöstä ajastani OKF:n hallituksessa. Toimin hallituksessa kolme kautta:
  • maaliskuu 2015 – toukokuu 2016, rahastonhoitaja
  • toukokuu 2016 – joulukuu 2016, varapuheenjohtaja
  • vuosi 2017, hallituksen puheenjohtaja
Kun aloitin rahastonhoitajana maalikuussa 2015 oli yhdistyksen aiempi hallitus tehnyt päätöksen palkata toiminnanjohtaja ja tehtävässä oli aloittanut Teemu. Toiminnanjohtaja aloitti samaan aikaan kuin uusi hallitus. Aloin uutena rahastonhoitajana vähän ihmetellä, mistä rahat tulisivat toiminnanjohtajan palkkaan. Oli otettu tietoinen riski palkata toiminnanjohtaja. Haastavasta tilanteesta selvittiin hyvin, vaikka meni yli ½ vuotta, että talous saatiin siedettävään kuntoon. Laskujen maksamisen eräpäiviä ei tarvinnut enää sen jälkeen siirtää. Tein työtä aika yksin. Voin sanoa, että opin valtavasti raha-asioista vuoden aikana. Holvi oli beta-vaiheessa (laskujen maksaminen ei aina toiminut). Tilitoimisto Emu oli paljon nykyistä pienempi (tein paljon enemmän itse). Kun johtaa 20 erilaista projektia taloudellisesti ja tietää, ettei voi tehdä tappiota, niin todellakin saa timanttisen kokemuksen hanke-salkun johtamisesta. Kun samaan aikaan “liikevaihto” kasvaa kymmeniä prosentteja vuodessa — tulee kokemuksesta sellainen, että sen jälkeen pärjää missä tahansa sisäisen tai ulkoisen laskentatoimen työssä. Varapuheenjohtajan parasta antia oli Open Knowledge Leadership -koulutus, joka kesti 4 kuukautta. Tähän koulutukseen oli valittu noin 25 ihmistä eri puolilta maailmaa. Maailmanlaajuinen kurssi oli niin raskas, että vain 50% aloitteista vei sen maaliin. Minusta tehtiin kurssille ryhmäpäällikkö, jonka tehtävänä oli saada 4 ihmistä maaliin asti. “Valmistuin ryhmäni kanssa” ja opin, että yrittäminen, ajanhallinta, rajaaminen ja priorisointi ovat elämän tärkeimpiä taitoja, varsinkin aatteellisissa yhdistyksissä 🙂 Opin myös sen, että suurin osa kurssin ihmisistä oli “Open Knowledge” -perhettä. Aktiiveja, jotka ovat olleet pitkään mukana (useimmat yli 10 vuoden ajan). Kansainvälisesti ongelmat ovat samoja kuin Suomessa. Jaettu ilo on kaksinkertainen ilo ja jaettu suru vain puolikas sellainen myös kansainvälisessä toiminnassa. Parasta oli, että tutustuin avoimuuden ihmisiin eri puolelta maailmaa. Ihailin ihmisten osaamista ja halua muuttaa maailmaa, mutta huomasin, että liian moni yrittää tehdä liikaa ja olennaiseen keskittyminen on erittäin tärkeää. Puheenjohtajana opin sen, että yhdistys on yhteispeliä. Edes PJ ei voi määrätä muita, vaan ainoastaan pyrkiä kuuntelemaan hallitusta. Hallituksessa valtaa käyttää enemmistö, ei PJ. On tilanteita, jossa PJ voi olla henkilökohtaisesti eri mieltä, mutta hallituksen enemmistön mukaan mennään eteenpäin. Suuri onni oli se, että Antti “Jogi” Poikola suostui toimimaan rahastonhoitajana. Tiesin, että hän hoitaa tehtävän viimeisen päälle hyvin, eikä minun tarvitse murehtia siitä. Se on tosi iso asia yhdistyksessä, jossa on paljon säännöllisiä menoja, mutta ei säännöllisiä tuloja. Yhtälö on haasteellinen ilman perusrahoitusta. Olen tehnyt edellisen 4 vuoden aikana yli 8000 tuntia töitä ammattimaisesti monen eri työnantajan palveluksessa ohjelmointirajapintoihin, avoimeen dataan ja MyDataan liittyen. Minulla ei ole tarjota oikotietä onneen. Olen halunnut oppia uutta, valmis tekemään paljon töitä, toimimaan itsenäisesti ja luomaan tästä itselleni ammatin. Olen onnistunut tässä. Nyt opiskelen hallitsemaan aikaani paremmin ja keskittymään olennaiseen tarkemmin. Vinkkini uusille jäsenille on, että perehdy itsenäisesti yhdistyksen projektien loppuraportteihin. Niissä on todella paljon arvokasta tietoa helposti saatavilla. Hallituksen tärkeimpiä tehtäviä on pitää yhdistyksen ilmapiiristä huolta, katsoa talouden perään ja ohjata yhdistyksen toimintaa (huomioiden mm. yhdistyksen säännöt ja muut asetukset). Pöytäkirjat tulee laatia niin yksiselitteisesti, ettei niistä voi riidellä monitulkinnallisuuden takia jälkikäteen. Avoimen hallinnon on oltava poikkeuksellisen hyvin hallittu kokonaisuus. Strategian laatiminen ja toiminta on koko jäsenistön vastuulla. Hallitus edustaa parhaimmillaan monipuolisesti jäsenistöä, mutta jäsenistöllä on todellinen valta yhdistyksessä. Tekemällä oppii. Virheitä tekemällä oppii enemmän. Opin paljon niiltä superlahjakkailta ihmisiltä, joiden kanssa sain tehdä tämän 3 vuoden aikana töitä. En olisi voinut kuvitellakaan, että yhdistyksen talous on näin vahvassa kunnossa. Vuoden 2017 hallitus sai eilen yhdistyksen kevätkokoukselta vastuuvapauden. Tuntuu hienolta saada tämä ajanjakso elämässäni päätökseen. Kiitän kaikkia ihmisiä, joiden kanssa sain olla toimimassa näiden hienojen asioiden puolesta. En tiedä, mitä tulevaisuudessa tapahtuu. Olen hyväksynyt sen, ettei minun tarvitse tietää ja luotan paljon enemmän maailman keskeneräisyyteen kuin aiemmin. Minulle jäin näistä kolmesta vuodesta hyvin paljon uusia verkostoja elämääni ja opin todella paljon. Kiitos kaikille! Mika Honkanen The post Tilinpäätökseni — mitä opin 3 kaudesta OKF:n hallituksesta appeared first on Open Knowledge Finland.

And what are your plans for Transparency Camp Europe?

- May 2, 2016 in 2015, Featured, ondia Open Data Summit, Open Access, Open Data, Open environment, Open GLAM, Open governance, Open Knowledge, Open Knowledge India, Open Science, open-education, subhajit ganguly

This post was written by our friends at Open State Foundation in the Netherlands.  tcampEU Let’s face it. When it comes to relevant open data and transparency in European decision-making, we have a lot to do. Despite growing open data portals, and aggregating European data portal, if you want to make sense of European decision-making and public finance, it takes a lot of efforts.

Dieter Schalk / Open State Foundation

The time is ripe. With the Dutch referendum on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement and Brexit, debates around immigration and refugees, new bailout talks between the EU and Greece, decisions by the EU affect millions of citizens living and working within its member states and people around the world. As everyone has the right to information, people need to know how these decisions are taken, who participates in preparing them, who receives funding, how you can make your views known, and what information is held or produced to develop and adopt those decisions.  In the wake of the Panama Papers, renewed calls for open company registers and registers on beneficial ownership, the need for open spending, contracting and tenders data, require us to come together, join efforts and help to make the EU more transparent. TransparencyCamp Europe comes at the right moment. This unconference on open government and open data, to be held on June 1 in Amsterdam will bring together developers, journalists, open data experts, NGOs, policymakers, and activists. In the run-up, an online European-wide open data App Competition (deadline for submissions May 1) and a number of local events or diplohacks are organized. This will all come together at TransparencyCamp Europe, where apart from numerous sessions organized by participants themselves, developers will present their open data app to a jury.

Dieter Schalk / Open State Foundation

EU decision making is quite complex, involving national governments and parliaments, the European Commission and the EuropeanParliament, the European Council and the many EU institutions and agencies involved.  Still, there is already quite some open data available, differing in quality and ease of use. Definitely, you want to know more about the EU’s institutions, who work there and how you can contact them. Although the information is available at the EU Whoiswho website, the data is not easily reusable. That is why we scrapped it and had made it available to you on GitHub as CSV and JSON. And if you’re crawling through information on EU budgets, finances, funds, contracts and beneficiaries, you’ll notice there is much room for improvement.
So, there you go, join us and help to make the EU more transparent as TransparencyCamp Europe comes to Amsterdam. Registration for the unconference is free, follow us on Twitter and subscribe to the newsletter.

What was the School of Data Network up to in 2015?

- December 28, 2015 in 2015, community, Data Journalism, fellowship, impact, Roundup, school of data network

The School of Data Network is formed by member organisations, individuals, fellows and senior fellows around the world

The School of Data Network is formed by member organisations, individuals, fellows and senior fellows around the world

We just can’t believe it’s already the end of the year! I mean, every year you see people saying the months passed by so fast, but we really mean it! There was a lot going on in our community, from the second edition of our Fellowship Program to many exciting events and activities our members organised around the world. Let’s start with folks at Code4SA. They coordinated the activities of three open data fellows and are organising the first physical Data Journalism School of the continent! Isn’t that amazing? They’re actually creating a space for people to work together with on-site support on data journalism skills. This is the first time this happens in the School of Data network and we’re really proud Code4SA is taking the lead on that! But they didn’t stop it there. They also participated in the Africa Open Data Conference, coordinated trainings and skillshares with NU & BlackSash and ran two three-day Bootcamps (Cape Town and Johannesburg). “One of our biggest challenges this year has been establishing a mandate to work with the government”, said Jennifer Walker, from Code4SA. “On the Data Journalism School, the challenge is really getting everything in place, the newsroom, the trainer etc.”
The group will pursue the project of setting up the first data-journalism agency in Macedonia (Dona Dzambaska - CC-by-sa 3.0)

In Macedonia, this group will pursue the project of setting up the first data-journalism agency in the country (Dona Dzambaska – CC-by-sa 3.0)

In Macedonia, our friends at Metamorphosis Foundation had their second School of Data Fellow, Goran Rizaov. Together with Dona Djambaska, senior School of Data Fellow (2014), they organised four open data meetups, and two 2-day open data trainings, including a data journalism workshop with local journalists in Skopje. They also launched a call for applications that resulted in Goran supporting three local NGOs in open data projects. They also supported the Institute for Rural Communities and the PIU Institute with data clinics. And if that was not enough, Dona and Goran were special guests speakers at the TEDxBASSalon. Open Knowledge Spain and Open Knowledge Greece also were busy coordinating School of Data in their respective countries. In Spain, Escuela de Datos participated in a data journalism conference leading workshops for three days and a hackathon. They also ran monthly meeting with people interested in exploring data; they call it “open data maker nights” and also our own “data expeditions.” They will have a couple of meeting early January to set the goals for 2016. Greece organised an open science training event and also servers as the itersection between open data and linked data, coming from people working at the University of Greece. In France, Ecole des Données has organised three activities in Paris: a local urban data laboratory, a School of Data training and the Budget Democracy Laboratory, both for the city hall. They also developed a DatavizCard Game and coordinate a working group around data visualisation. Our French friends also took part in a series of events, such as workshops, conferences, debates and MeetUps. You can check out the list here. In 2016 they want to do more collaboration with other countries and will participate in the SuperDemain (digital culture for children and families) and Futur en Seien 2016 events.
Camila Salazar & Julio Lopez, 2015 School of Data Fellows, organised a series of workshops in Latin America

Camila Salazar & Julio Lopez, 2015 School of Data Fellows, organised a series of workshops in Latin America

Across the Atlantic we arrive in the Latin American Escuela de Datos, coordinated by SocialTIC, in Mexico. Camila Salazar and Julio Lopez, two fellows from the class of 2015 did amazing things in the region, such as organasing 23 training events in four different countries (Ecuador, Costa Rica, Chile and Mexico), reaching out to more than 400 people. Julio is working with the Natural Resource Governance Institute on a major project about extractives data (stay tuned for news!) and Camila was hired by Costa Rica’s biggest data journalism team at La Nación, on top of developing a project about migrant data in the country. They’re on fire! You will hear more from them on our annual report that’s coming out early next year. “Our biggest challenge now will be having more trainers comming out of the community”, said Juan Manuel Casanueva, from SocialTIC.
Escola de Dados (Brazil) instructors and participants in a workshop about data journalism and government spending data, in São Paulo

Escola de Dados (Brazil) instructors and participants in a workshop about data journalism and government spending data, in São Paulo

Heading down to South America we see that brasileiros at Escola de Dados, in Brazil, are also on fire. They organised 22 workshops, trainings and talks/events reaching out to over 760 people in universities, companies and even government agencies. Two of their intructors were invited by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas to organise and run the first 100% in Portuguese MOOC about Data Journalism, with the support from the National Newspaper Association and Google. In total, 4989 people enrolled for the course which was a massive success. They also organised a data analysis course for Folha de S.Paulo, biggest broadsheet newspaper in the country. Next year is looking even better, according to Natália Mazotte, Escola de Dado’s coordinator. “We will be offering more courses with the Knight Center, will create data labs inside Rio de Janeiro favelas and will run our own fellowship program”. Outstanding! We have so much more to share with you in our annual report that’s coming up in a few weeks. 2015 has been a great year for School of Data in many, many aspects and we are eager to share all those moments with you! Flattr this!

2015, our year in review

- December 24, 2015 in 2015, Featured, General, Open Data

Since 2016 is approaching rapidly, we decided to look back on 2015. We collected a few highlights from 2015, some from the Belgian Open Data scene and some that were important to us, as Open Knowledge Belgium. Will you join us on our trip through 2015? We wish you a happy New Year and an open 2016!

2015, our year in review

- December 24, 2015 in 2015, Featured, General, Open Data

Since 2016 is approaching rapidly, we decided to look back on 2015. We collected a few highlights from 2015, some from the Belgian Open Data scene and some that were important to us, as Open Knowledge Belgium. Will you join us on our trip through 2015? We wish you a happy New Year and an open 2016!

2015, our year in review

- December 24, 2015 in 2015, Featured, General, Open Data

Since 2016 is approaching rapidly, we decided to look back on 2015. We collected a few highlights from 2015, some from the Belgian Open Data scene and some that were important to us, as Open Knowledge Belgium. Will you join us on our trip through 2015? We wish you a happy New Year and an open 2016!

Tervetuloa Open Finland Challenge -lanseeraukseen 1.6.2015!

- May 25, 2015 in 2015, Apps4Finland, avoin data, event, Events, Featured, innovation contest, launch, Open Data, Open Finland Challenge

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Open Finland Challenge 2015

Apps4Finland uudistuu. Suomen suurin digitaalisen avoimuuden innovaatiokilpailu on nyt Open Finland Challenge. Paikka: HUB13, Kaisaniemenkatu 13, 00100 Helsinki Aika: Ma 1.6.2015 klo 16:00 – 18:00 Toivotamme sinut lämpimästi tervetulleeksi Open Finland Challengen (ent. Apps4Finland) lanseeraustilaisuuteen maanantaina 1.6., klo 16.00-18.00. Tämä seitsemättä kertaa järjestettävä avointa dataa ja avointa tietoa hyödyntävä innovaatiokilpailu on edelleen pohjoismaiden suurin laatuaan. Vuosien varrella kilpailun kautta on syntynyt satoja sovelluksia, visualisointeja ja muita kisatöitä – ja Suomen avoimen datan yhteisöstä on kasvanut tuhansien ihmisten asiantuntijaverkosto.   Tänä vuonna kisa uudistuu – avoimen datan lisäksi kaikki  “civic tech” ja avoimuus  -aiheiset haasteet ovat nyt mahdollisia. Visionamme on tehdä Suomesta Euroopan johtava digitaalisesti avoin yhteiskunta.   Ohjelmassa mm.
  • Ville Peltola, IBM, Innovaatiojohtaja – Avoin data, avoimet APIt ja liiketoiminta
  • Taneli Heikka, toimittaja ja yrittäjä – Civic tech ja avoimuus – kansainvälinen näkökulma
  • Risto Kaikkonen, Terveyden ja hyvinvoinnin laitos (THL), Tietovarantopalvelut-yksikön päällikkö
  • Open Finland Challenge uudistuu! Uudet säännöt, uudet sarjat – kunnianhimoiset tavoitteet
  • Open Finland Challenge -aluekilpailujen esittely
  • Open Finland Challenge -kilpasarjojen haasteiden esittelyjä
  • Q & A
Tilaisuuden jälkeen virvokkeita ja verkostoitumista. Tilaisuus on maksuton, mutta vaatii ilmoittautumisen 30.5.2015 mennessä alla olevasta linkistä. Paikkoja on rajoitetusti. Ilmoittaudu: http://digiumenterprise.com/answer/?sid=1312988&chk=NMWZJHUG Lanseeraustilaisuus Facebookissa: https://www.facebook.com/events/1595371340703498/ Ilmoittautuminen on sitova. Esteen sattuessa ilmoitathan siitä osoitteeseen: info@forumvirium.fi. Open Finland Challenge -kilpailun pääjärjestäjät ovat  Open Knowledge Finland ry ja Forum Virium Helsinki. Tilaisuus on osa Pohjoismaiden avoimen datan viikon ohjelmaa. Kysy lisätietoja: Teemu Ropponen Toiminnanjohtaja Open Knowledge Finland 040-525 5153 teemu.ropponen@okf.fi @troppone, @okffi, @openfinland   Fb kansikuva event 4 The post Tervetuloa Open Finland Challenge -lanseeraukseen 1.6.2015! appeared first on Open Knowledge Finland.

Meet the 2015 School of Data fellows!

- April 22, 2015 in 2015, fellowship program, Open Knowledge, School of Data

This is a cross-post from the School of Data blog, written by their Community Manager Cédric Lombion. See the original. We’re delighted to announce that after much difficult deliberation, our Class of 2015 School of Data Fellows have now been decided! We ended up with nearly 600 applicants from 82 different countries – so it was no mean feat to pick just 7 from this group – we wish we had more resources to work with many more of you! A huge thanks to our local partners SocialTIC and Metamorphosis, who put in much of the hard work in the selection process for fellows from their respective areas. Their fellowships will run from now until the end of December, and they’ll be working with civil society, and journalists, in their areas. A key part of the fellowships is building the data literate community in their local areas – so, if you’re based nearby and you’d like to take part in trainings, sign up to our newsletter to be kept up to date with news of upcoming workshops and training sessions that they’ll be running! All of our 2015 fellows, along with a number of our key community members from our local instances, will be attending the International Open Data Conference in Ottawa at the end of May, so we look forward to seeing many of you there. Without further ado: here are our 2015 fellows! Camila Salazar, Alajuela, Costa Rica camila_salazarCamila studied journalism at the University of Costa Rica and is currently finishing her bachelor degree in Economics. Since 2009 she has worked in TV, print and digital media. In the past years she has used data and quantitative tools to write journalistic stories that encourage people to question their reality and participate in an informed public debate. In 2013 she worked in the first political factchecking project in Central America. This project was a finalist in the Global Editors Network Data Journalism Awards of 2014. More recently she worked in a data journalism project called DataBase, in one of the most prestigious digital media in Costa Rica. You can follow Camila on Twitter at @milamila07   David Selassie Opoku, Accra, Ghana david_dopoku

David Selassie Opoku is a graduate of the United World College Costa Rica, Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Biology and the New Jersey Institute of Technology with an M.S. in Computer Science. His interest in data stems from an academic background in science and passion as a technologist in various civic and social contexts.

David is a developer and aspiring data scientist currently at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) in Accra, Ghana where he teaches and mentors young entrepreneurs-in-training on software development skills and best practices. He has had the opportunity to work with the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, the Eugene Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility, the UNICEF Health Division and a tech startup in New York City. In the past year, he has helped organize and facilitate several hackathons and design thinking workshops in Accra. You can follow David on Twitter at @sdopoku

  Goran Rizaov, Skopje, Macedonia Goran Rizaov Goran Rizaov, data-journalist based in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, with several years of experience in investigative journalism. Goran was a Professional Development Year fellow in 2011/2012 studying data journalism, precision journalism and online media at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, ASU, Phoenix, Arizona. He was also a part of the 2013 Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence. Worked for six months on an investigative story about corruption in the communication sector in Macedonia and for the first time published the names of the officials that were part of the court process that is under way in USA. Did this mostly by obtaining data from the US PACER system and other civil organizations like Transparency International. He works with online data analyzing tools and loves to prepare inphographics. Goran has a Bachelor degree in journalism from the St Cyril and Methodious University in Skopje, Macedonia and more than seven years of experience in working as a reporter. You can follow Goran on Twitter at @goxo   Julio Lopez, Quito, Ecuador   julio_lopezJulio is currently finishing a Master’s Degree in Energy and Resources Management at University College London (UCL), Australian campus. He became interested in open data after joining “Extrayendo Transparencia“, which translates to “Extracting Transparency”, a Grupo FARO’s initiative that promotes the dissemination of citizen-oriented government data to improve the accessibility and use of information from the oil and mining industries in civil society organisations and local governments in Ecuador. Julio graduated in Economics in 2010 and has conducted studies and supervised training on fiscal policy, public finance and the governance of the oil and mining industries in Latin America. As part of his fellowship, he is interested in promoting open data initiatives in the energy sector in Ecuador and Latin America. You can follow him on twitter at @jalp_ec   Nirab Pudasaini, Kathmandu, Nepal Nirab Pudasaini

Nirab is the lead mobile application developer at Kathmandu Living Labs. Working with the team at Kathmandu Living Labs Nirab has been championing the OpenStreetMap and Open Map data movement in Nepal.

By training and mobilizing volunteers they have been successful to make OpenStreetMap as the most detailed map data source for Kathmandu. His team is involved in application of Open Data and OpenStreetMap in different sectors like disaster resilience, governance, agriculture, food security, water health and sanitation. Nirab has experience in training very diverse groups ranging from undergrad geo informatics engineering students to map illiterate farmers.

Nirab has deployed the site Map My School and is developer of apps like Mero Bhada Meter – An app to help citizens find taxi fares using government provided rates and OpenStreetMap data and Citizen Report – An app that allows citizens to report problems in their locality. Nirab is a huge RMS fan and loves playing bamboo flute. You can follow him on Twitter at @NirabPudasaini.

  Nkechi Okwuone, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria nkechi Nkechi is the Open Data Manager of the Edo State Open Data portal in Nigeria, the first sub-national Open Data portal in Africa. She is an alumnus of Federal Government Girls College, Ibusa and the University of Port Harcourt, where she received her B. Eng in Electrical Electronics Engineering. She leads a team of professionals who implement, promote the Governments agenda of transparency, collaborative and participatory governance. she has worked on various data driven projects for the past 2 years ranging from building applications/visualization with data, training/seminars on data to organizing/participating in data driven hackathons. Nkechi is also a director in SabiHub, a not for profit organization with a vision to solve social problems using technology where she mentors entrepreneurs and open data enthusiast to. She recently organized the first open data hackathon on Agriculture in her state that saw the attendance of journalists, developers, CSOs and students. She is well respected in the open data community of Nigeria and has been recognized as the youngest Open Data Manager in Africa and nominated for the Future Awards Africa prize in Public Service (2014). You can follow her on Twitter at @enkayfreda   Sheena Carmel Opulencia-Calub, Makati City, the Philippines Sheena Carmel Opulencia-Calub Photo Sheena has managed projects on gender-based violence and protection of the rights of women and their children in the Philippines funded by the European Union and set-up online monitoring systems on cases of GBV and VAWC. She worked with ACF International and UNICEF as the National Information Manager of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene cluster co-led by UNICEF and the Department of Health (DOH) where she provides support to communities, non-government and government agencies in managing and establishing information management systems during emergencies such as Typhoon Pablo in 2012, Zamboanga Crisis, Bohol Earthquake, and Supertyphoon Yolanda in 2013. She is assisting DOH in setting-up a national database on zero open defecation, training local government staff to use mobile-based technologies to collect data. You can follow her on Twitter at @sheena.orlson     Delivery partners The Fellowship Programme is developed and delivered with Code for Africa, Social-Tic (Mexico), Metamorphosis (Macedonia) and Connected Development (Nigeria). Funding partners This year’s fellowships will be supported by the Partnership for Open Development (POD) OD4D, Hivos, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Macedonia.

India Open Data Summit, 2015

- March 1, 2015 in 2015, Featured, ondia Open Data Summit, Open Access, Open Data, Open environment, Open GLAM, Open governance, Open Knowledge, Open Knowledge India, Open Science, open-education, subhajit ganguly

994790_792827910770782_4512490031029888224_nOpen 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. The event was held at Indumati Sabhagriha, Jadavpur University. Talks and workshops were held throughout the day. The event succeeded in living up to its promise of being a melting point of ideas. The attendee list included people from all walks of life. Students, teachers, educationists, environmentalists, scientists, government officials, people’s representatives, lawyers, people from the tinseltown — everyone was welcomed with open arms to the event. The Chief Guests included the young and talented movie director Bidula Bhattacharjee, a prominent lawyer from the Kolkata High Court Aninda Chatterjee, educationist Bijan Sarkar and an important political activist Rajib Ghoshal. Each one of them added value to the event, making it into a free flow of ideas. The major speakers from the side of Open Knowledge India included Subhajit Ganguly, Priyanka Sen and Supriya Sen. Praloy Halder, who has been working for the restoration of the Sunderbans Delta, also attended the event. Environment data is a key aspect of the conservation movement in the Sunderbans and it requires special attention. DSC_0061 The talks revolved around Open Science, Open Education, Open Data and Open GLAM. Thinking local and going global was the theme from which the discourse followed. Everything was discussed from an Indian perspective, as many of the challenges faced by India are unique to this part of the world. There were discussions on how the Open Education Project, run by Open Knowledge India, can complement the government’s efforts to bring the light of education to everyone. The push was to build up a platform that would offer the Power of Choice to the children in matters of educational content. More and more use of Open Data platforms like the CKAN was also discussed. 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 as 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. Subhajit Ganguly 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. A workshop was held to educate researchers about the existing ways of disseminating research results. Further enquiries were made into finding newer and better ways of doing this. Every researcher, who had gathered, resolved to enrich the spirit of Open Science and Open Research. 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.

India Open Data Summit, 2015

- March 1, 2015 in 2015, Featured, ondia Open Data Summit, Open Access, Open Data, Open environment, Open GLAM, Open governance, Open Knowledge, Open Knowledge India, Open Science, open-education, subhajit ganguly

994790_792827910770782_4512490031029888224_nOpen 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. The event was held at Indumati Sabhagriha, Jadavpur University. Talks and workshops were held throughout the day. The event succeeded in living up to its promise of being a melting point of ideas. The attendee list included people from all walks of life. Students, teachers, educationists, environmentalists, scientists, government officials, people’s representatives, lawyers, people from the tinseltown — everyone was welcomed with open arms to the event. The Chief Guests included the young and talented movie director Bidula Bhattacharjee, a prominent lawyer from the Kolkata High Court Aninda Chatterjee, educationist Bijan Sarkar and an important political activist Rajib Ghoshal. Each one of them added value to the event, making it into a free flow of ideas. The major speakers from the side of Open Knowledge India included Subhajit Ganguly, Priyanka Sen and Supriya Sen. Praloy Halder, who has been working for the restoration of the Sunderbans Delta, also attended the event. Environment data is a key aspect of the conservation movement in the Sunderbans and it requires special attention. DSC_0061 The talks revolved around Open Science, Open Education, Open Data and Open GLAM. Thinking local and going global was the theme from which the discourse followed. Everything was discussed from an Indian perspective, as many of the challenges faced by India are unique to this part of the world. There were discussions on how the Open Education Project, run by Open Knowledge India, can complement the government’s efforts to bring the light of education to everyone. The push was to build up a platform that would offer the Power of Choice to the children in matters of educational content. More and more use of Open Data platforms like the CKAN was also discussed. 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. Subhajit Ganguly 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. A workshop was held to educate researchers about the existing ways of disseminating research results. Further enquiries were made into finding newer and better ways of doing this. Every researcher, who had gathered, resolved to enrich the spirit of Open Science and Open Research. 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.