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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.

Festive Greetings and 2016 in review

- December 28, 2016 in 2016, adrian, denis, eugene, Events, flora, ingo, OGP Ireland, Open Knowledge Ireland, salua, shawn

Our warm festive greetings to all friends of Open Knowledge – For the last two years we have been advocating that for open data to make a difference in lives of people it has to be put in use. Open data must be seen as a digital public infrastructure. It must be permanent, linkable and trustful. In the last year we organised and participated in events, tried out new technologies and demonstrated usefulness of open data. Here are some things we did in 2016 to spread this message.   In January, in collaboration with Wikimedia Ireland, we discussed how open health data can save lives and help all of us to make better-informed decisions about health matters. Featured speakers: Round Up Our Slides   In March  Open Government Partnership Mid-term report on the progress with National Action Plan was launched In May we presented Hospital Waiting List project and spoke about importance of preservation of open knowledge for future generations at Knowledge for Health conference  , organised by the Institute of Public Health    In June we held a discussion dedicated to preservation of knowledge created today for generations of the future. 18 Speakers and panelists included:
  • Dr. Rufus Pollock, founder of Open Knowledge International
  • Stanislav Nazarenko, Open Knowledge Ireland core team member and the founder of Nihonto Club, an online community dedicated to appreciation and preservation of Japanese swords and the largest public database of Japanese metalwork artists
  • Dr. Kalpana Shankar, Head of School of Information and Communication Studies, University College Dublin
Photos   In July we were invited to the Isle of Man to share our open data experiences at  #offcamp unconference. We took this opportunity to highlight importance of trust in data. 160730-OffCamp-155 Photos   In September we contributed to the second Irish Open Government Partnership National Action Plan. Our submissions are here   In October we co organised with the Institute of Public Health half-day workshop dedicated to “Open Access: Tackling Health Inequalities”. Best international practices and opportunities which arise from technological advances for making knowledge universally fair, accessible, interoperable and reusable were discussed.   In November our colleague Dr. Ingo Keck delivered a presentation on open data challenges and raised questions about open data sustainability at the event dedicated to the World Usability Day in Berlin.
“Open Data has to be seen in the context of empowering citizens to do informed decisions. Without information, citizen can not decide in an informed way who to vote for, so democracy can not work without open information. But open data is not a cause in itself. It also means that people must be able to understand the data easily, be able to access it without problems and can work with it. Only then people will realise the importance of open data and only then will „opening up“ data be sustainable. Open Data, Usability and Sustainability therefore can not be separated.”

What we are planning to do in 2017? We are going to focus on Healthcare data and planning to run 4 events with support of  DPER’s Open Data Engagement plan and continue to demonstrate….. We have a long to go until Open Data will become a digital public infrastructure: permanent, linked and secure. This infrastructure needs to be designed, built and maintained, which require human and financial resources. Open data must be findable, accessible, interoperable and findable in order to help a real person to make decisions on daily basis. ———– Many thanks to Open Knowledge Ireland colleagues: Flora, Salua, Ingo, Adrian, Shawn, Stan, Eugene and Denis Special Thanks to all supporters and collaborators: TCube, the Science Gallery We wish you happy Christmas and the very best in 2017!

The summer is long gone – a brief look at past months at Open Knowledge Finland

- October 14, 2016 in 2016, Board, Featured, projects, Update, Working Groups

This blog post is a slightly revised cross-post of an posting that was  part of the series featuring chapter updates from across the Open Knowledge Network and was written by the team of Open Knowledge Finland. Summer was a great time in Finland. However, there was no time for extended holidays at Open Knowledge Finland – we had a very busy summer. Here is our update for the Open Knowledge Network, with key news from the last few months.

Open Knowledge Finland has a new board in action since June!

In a bit of old news, one of the most important yeary news  was our annual meeting back in May. OKFFI held its annual meeting on Monday May 30 at the Helsinki office. Nearly 40 people (well over 10% of members) attended face-to-face or online – quite a good number, in fact! finland1 Pic: May 30, 2016 – Annual General Meeting post-celebration Antti ‘Jogi’ Poikola was unanimously selected to continue as the chairman. The new board consists of 3 old members (Jogi, as well as Lilli Linkola and Mika Honkanen) and no less than 5 new members – Susanna Ånäs, Liisi Soroush, Raoul Plommer, Mikael Seppälä and Jessica Parland-von Essen. In its first meeting, each board member was assigned a primary and secondary role as follows: Antti Poikola – chairman and  web communications Mika Honkanen – vice chairman and  2nd treasurer Lilli Linkola – secretary and working group contact Mikael Seppälä – treasurer and working group contact Raoul Plommer – web communications and tools and international relations Susanna Ånäs – internal communications and international relations Liisi Soroush – collaboration networks and member secretary Jessica Parland-von Essen – external communications  and collaboration networks finland3 Pic: New board (+ non-board Teemu and Jaakko), having an open board meeting in September. With the new board, it is nice to see the gender split is at 50-50. It is also a great sign that there are a lot of people who want to apply for the board (13 candidates) and that we have great new people aboard to help steer the community. Congratulations and good luck to the board!

Open Knowledge Finland is growing!

Currently, 8 people are employed by Open Knowledge Finland. However, this number will soon decrease slightly as projects are ending. For this year, we have had a number of new people joining us – Emilia Hjelm, John Sperryn, Konsta Happonen. Previously active members like Heidi Laine, Mika Honkanen have received part-time contracts. On average, we have about 4-5 FTE in staff. In terms of finances, we have managed to grow at a good pace – from just under 200k eur in 2014, to about 300k eur in 2015 – and still on the rise, a total of nearly 500 000 eur in total turnover expected in 2016. The funding is short-term, fragmented and diverse – which is both exciting as well as a cause of concern (for longer term planning). Open Knowledge Finland currently has over 350 members – and hosts an Open Knowledge Network of nearly 4000 people in Finland.

MyData 2016 gathered about 700 international people to Helsinki – and accelerated the movement for human-centric personal data

finland4 Pic: Chairman and MyData activist & researcher Jogi Poikola at MyData 2016 introduction. 2016 is the year of MyData. Open Knowledge Finland is all about the free flow of information. Open data, open knowledge, open collaboration – and, we believe this also includes free (user-controlled) flow of personal information. The MyData movement encompasses concepts and tools not only to build more transparent societies – but also to develop effective services and create new business in the digital domain. Actions around the MyData conceptual framework represents the BIGGEST concentration of effort for us this year. In particular, Open Knowledge Finland’s key actions for the fall of 2016 were geared towards the MyData 2016 conference (31 Aug – 2 Sep) and the Ultrahack MyData hackathon running in parallel with the conference. finland7 Pic: Ultrahack 2015 – one of the highlights of that year. Intense hacking on smart cities & civic tech in the picture. We had some 700 visitors in total – over 500 conference visitors, over 100 hackers or hack visitors, over 30 partner organisations involved. Amazingly, we had 140+ speakers, in 40+ sessions. Visitors came from about 30 countries. The feedback has been excellent – a great results for a first-timer conference! Check out the event images on the Flickr pool: https://www.flickr.com/groups/mydata2016. Conference video archive is available at http://goo.gl/gV9r4c . Please stay tuned to www.mydata2016.org and @mydata2016 on Twitter. More wrap-ups and posts to follow. And yes, MyData 2017 is on the drawing board!

That’s not all, folks!

In addition to MyData, many of our 9 working groups have interesting ongoing projects, ranging in size, duration and scope. In a nutshell, here are a few of the active ones: The 3 year EU project “D-CENT” (Democracy WG) is wrapping up soon. D-CENT is a Europe-wide project creating privacy-aware tools and applications for direct democracy and economic empowerment. Together with citizens and developers, we are creating a decentralised social networking platform for large-scale collaboration and decision-making. Contact : Jaakko@okf.fi Yhtäköyttä (Democracy WG), “Common knowledge practices in research and decision-making”,  is our first project for he Finnish Government’s analysis and assessment of research activities (VN TEAS) coordinated by the Prime Minister’s Office (VNK). The aim of the project is to find out what kind of tools and methods could be used in government in order to utilize knowledge management and research data better and to improve evidence-based decision making. This project will involve theoretical study, 30+ interviews and 4 experiments in new tools and methods such as data visualization, open impact assessment, real-time document editing, real-time fact-checking. Contact: raimo.muurinen@okf.fi Cost-effective utilization of open data and basic registers: The research project’s goal is to better understand and measure the impacts of open data and the use of the basic public registers. As an outcome, we expect policy recommendations and suggestions for new methods, processes or technical changes to help improve cost-efficient publishing of open data and increase the impact of the basic registers. Contact ; mika.honkanen@okf.fi Open Citizen Science:  Citizen science has most notably been used as a method for creating observational data for life science research. Against the backdrop of current technological advancement, we need to create Citizen Science v 2.0 – open, diverse, responsible, dialogic and academically excellent. In terms of outcomes, we envision a set of concrete recommendations for national stakeholders; we willcreate understanding, awareness and discussion about citizen science as a scientific method and a community; and we will catalyze a research agenda for a new kind of open citizen science. Contact: heidi.laine@okf.fi Creative Commons Licensing Support: As Creative Commons licenses are the official recommended license for open data in the Finnish governmental sector, awareness and instructions for using them in practice are needed across many sectors of society, including for public open bids, content creation subcontracting, and data purchasing. Contact:  tarmo.toikkanen@okf.fi Other projects…to be updated in the next blog! See also summary of OK Finland projects in a few slides.

Get in touch!

In October, we will also be having an extraordinary general meeting and plan to change our rules to better accommodate for scaling. Stay tuned – more to follow! Want to get in touch? Contact executive director Teemu Ropponen or one of the board members. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook. The post The summer is long gone – a brief look at past months at Open Knowledge Finland appeared first on Open Knowledge Finland.

International Open Data Day Stockholm 2016: Från fysisk till digital insyn och transparens!

- February 25, 2016 in 2016, event, FrittOrd250, Offentlighetsprincipen, Open Data Day, stockholm, Tryckfrihetsförordningen

International, Open Data Day, STHLM, Stockholm Hur kan Offentlighetsprincipen utformas digitalt för insyn i offentlig sektor, fungera effektivare, smartare och skydda medborgares integritet i vårt digitala samhälle? Genom korta presentationer, workshops och deltagarbaserade samtal kring digitalisering av Offentlighetsprincipen och öppna data kan du få lära dig mer och dela tankar, kunskap och åsikter kring hur Sverige kan bli bäst på att nyttja offentlig information och data! Alla typer av bakgrunder och färdigheter är välkomna att delta! Var med under en varierad, interaktiv och rolig eftermiddag! Kom och lär dig hur du kan ta hjälp av Offentlighetsprincipen, öppna data och information för att skapa demokratisk insyn i offentlig sektor i Sverige! Vad du som deltagare behöver veta:
Ta med: – Dina färdigheter samt vilja att lära, skapa och förbättra demokratisk insyn i Sverige genom Offentlighetsprincipen och Öppna Data!
– En mobil eller bärbar dator med internetuppkoppling (vi bekräftar om wi-fi finns till anmälda deltagare i samband med besked om lokal) Förtäring: Vi bjuder på dryck och tilltugg.
Plats: Stockholm (lokal meddelas snarast via evenemangs-hemsidan och via mejl till anmälda deltagare)
Tid: 13.30-17.00 Datum:
Lördag 5/3
Obs: Begränsat antal platser till 25 personer
OSA: Senast torsdag 3/3 Programmet kommer presenteras här löpande, lätt inledning startar 13.30. Anmäl dig via genom ett e-postmeddelande till mattias@okfn.se (e-postkryptering möjlig via PGP-nyckel) Eller anmäl dig via https://open-data-day-stockholm-2016.confetti.events/ Vänligen ange i anmälan om eventuella allergier! FrittOrd250Open Knowledge Sverige står tillsammans med fler aktörer bakom initiativet Fritt Ord 250 för att uppmärksamma 250-årsjubiléet av Tryckfrihetsförordningen och Offentlighetsprincipen 1766-2016.

Festive Greetings From Open Knowledge Ireland

- December 31, 2015 in 2016, christmas, Events, Hospital Waiting List, new year, OKFN Ireland, Open Knowledge Ireland

We, Open Knowledge Ireland, would like to send all our supporters a big “Thank you” for your help in the last year. By participating in our events, speaking up in support for openness and transparency, and even by donating time, effort or money to us, you helped to make a difference. 2015 has brought some important new developments to Ireland. After years of lobbying, even going up as high as the EU, Ireland government finally started changing the  public sector information re-use licenses to open ones [http://www.per.gov.ie/en/minister-howlin-signs-regulations-to-enhance-the-rights-of-citizens-and-businesses-to-re-use-public-sector-information/].
News and Events
Featured Events 
Open Health Data Nigth @Science gallery
Important Dates
Wednesday, 20th January
While up until some months ago, commercial re-use of public data was widely prohibited, now everyone can create exciting new stuff based on the data that we all helped to pay for with our taxes, making Ireland’s public data real Open Data. We will of course continue our efforts to guide and counsel the public authorities on this topic, helping (and sometimes pushing them) forward to open up more data that is of importance for Ireland’s citizens. [http://openknowledge.ie/irish-open-data-wishlist-ireland-falling-behind-its-open-data-promises-and-international-best-practice/]Speaking of Open Data, we must admit that we have not been successful enough with our fight re-establish trust in Ireland’s charity sector by opening up Ireland’s charity data in 2015. While we still believe that it is the wrong way to spend millions of euros in a private company to digitize and re-sell charity budget data [http://openknowledge.ie/open-data-ireland-charity-transparency/], instead of simply creating an open and easy to use data base for a small percentage of these costs [http://openknowledge.ie/opening-up-charities/], we accept that the Irish media may not seem this topic important enough to pick it up.We will continue with our efforts to open up more Irish Health Data [http://openknowledge.ie/projects/open-hospital-waiting-list/]. We were able to join forces with Wikimedia Ireland to bring to you a special Open Health Data evening in the science gallery this January 20th. Please join us for discussions there:

OPEN HEALTH DATA NIGHT @ SCIENCE GALLERY

JANUARY 20th (18:30-20:00), doors open at 18:00 REGISTER ON https://ti.to/open-knowledge-ireland/OPEN-HEALTH-DATA-NIGHT-at-SCIENCE-GALLERY

Support us!

Please help us continue our work in 2016! We accept all kind of help, giving us your time and participation in our events, hosting space for events or virtual space for our web pages. We also accept bitcoins and various kinds of money, so supporting our fight for openness and transparency is just a click away: http://openknowledge.ie/donate/ That leaves us just one more thing to wish for:

Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year 2016!