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Gustav Wunderwald’s Paintings of Weimar Berlin

- May 31, 2017 in 1920s, Art & Illustrations, Berlin, Featured Articles, flâneur, gustav wunderwald, industrialisation, industry, interwar, neue sachlichkeit, new objectivity, Painting, roaring twenties, walter benjamin, working class

The Berlin of the 1920s is often associated with a certain image of excess and decadence, but it was a quite different side of the city — the sobriety and desolation of its industrial and working-class districts — which came to obsess the painter Gustav Wunderwald. Mark Hobbs explores.

Lab for CITY (Civic Innovation and Technology) – 21. Nov. via Live Stream verfolgen

- November 3, 2014 in Berlin, Deutschland, Featured, Open Transport, smart city, Termine

labforcity Unsere Arbeit bei der Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland ist stets durch die Begeisterung an Technologien und Innovationen gekennzeichnet, die es dem Bürger ermöglichen, komplexe Prozesse zu verstehen und sich an politischen Entscheidungen zu beteiligen. Je mehr Wissen wir teilen, desto mehr Innovationen können entstehen. Das Teilen von Wissen und Ideen ist auch der Schlüssel zu einer kognitiven Umwelt für die Zukunft unserer Städte. Daher veranstalten wir als Partner von allryder ein Open-Space-Programm, wo open data Pioniere, Vordenker, Behörden, politische Entscheidungsträger und technologieorientierte Unternehmen zusammenkommen, um ihre Erkenntnisse im Bereich civic innovation zu teilen und voneinander zu lernen. Das Lab for CITY (Civic Innovation and TechnologY) wird am 21. November in Berlin stattfinden – mit dabei Vertreter von VBB, Citymart, Forum Virium, Waag Society und das internationale Forum der Deutschen Bank: Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft. Verfolgt Vorträge und Diskussionen über unseren eingerichteten Live-Stream. Den Link werden wir zeitnah über twitter und die Lab for CITY-Webseite veröffentlichen: www.labforcity.org Für mehr Infos über das Lab for CITY: Schreibt eine Mail an hello@labforcity.org , folgt uns auf Twitter @lab4city oder besucht unsere Website: http://labforcity.org.

Open Design Definition workshop at OKFestival 2014 in Berlin

- August 5, 2014 in Berlin, definition, event, Featured, OKFestival, Open Design Definition

At the recent OKFestival in Berlin, where over 1,000 open-everything enthusiasts and experts gathered for 3 days in the charming Kulturbrauerei, a workshop was held by the Open Design & Hardware Working Group to expand the Open Design Definition that had been booted in the months leading up to the festival. The idea with the […]

Open Design Definition workshop at OKFestival 2014 in Berlin

- August 5, 2014 in Berlin, definition, event, Featured, OKFestival, Open Design Definition

At the recent OKFestival in Berlin, where over 1,000 open-everything enthusiasts and experts gathered for 3 days in the charming Kulturbrauerei, a workshop was held by the Open Design & Hardware Working Group to expand the Open Design Definition that had been booted in the months leading up to the festival. The idea with the […]

Open Design Definition workshop at OKFestival 2014 in Berlin

- August 5, 2014 in Berlin, definition, event, Featured, OKFestival, Open Design Definition

Photo by autofunk78, CC-BY-SA

At the recent OKFestival in Berlin, where over 1,000 open-everything enthusiasts and experts gathered for 3 days in the charming Kulturbrauerei, a workshop was held by the Open Design & Hardware Working Group to expand the

Open Design Definition workshop at OKFestival 2014 in Berlin

- August 5, 2014 in Berlin, definition, event, Featured, OKFestival, Open Design Definition

At the recent OKFestival in Berlin, where over 1,000 open-everything enthusiasts and experts gathered for 3 days in the charming Kulturbrauerei, a workshop was held by the Open Design & Hardware Working Group to expand the Open Design Definition that had been booted in the months leading up to the festival. The idea with the […]

Open Design Definition workshop at OKFestival 2014 in Berlin

- August 5, 2014 in Berlin, definition, event, Featured, OKFestival, Open Design Definition

At the recent OKFestival in Berlin, where over 1,000 open-everything enthusiasts and experts gathered for 3 days in the charming Kulturbrauerei, a workshop was held by the Open Design & Hardware Working Group to expand the Open Design Definition that had been booted in the months leading up to the festival. The idea with the […]

25 Countries in the Same Room: The OKFestival Community Summit

- August 1, 2014 in Berlin, community, Featured, OKFestival, Open Knowledge Foundation Local Groups

OKFestival Community Summit Photo by Heather Leson, CC-BY-SA Two weeks back, over 1,000 people gathered in Berlin to co-create the future of the open knowledge movement. Even before OKFestival had officially kicked off, over 50 people from over 25 countries piled into a crowded, hot room on a glorious Berlin afternoon, to work through the pressing issues, opportunities and challenges facing the Open Knowledge community. Over the course of three hours we talked about how to develop better peer to peer mentorship across our global network, how to ensure the sustainability of emerging local groups and Chapters & took a close look at what exactly we are – are we a movement, are we an organisation, are we a community? These questions could never be completely answered in one three hour session but we did make some exceptional progress and observed quite a few common themes emerging – themes also to be witnessed over the course of the following festival as well!

Sharing Knowledge

As a concept, open knowledge is all about sharing knowledge but it seems that, as a community, we still have some way to go in exemplifying that ideal. During the community summit, we discussed how we could share knowledge about fundraising between Open Knowledge and Local Groups, how our Local Groups could better share their experiences and teach each other. We also were introduced to Open Steps, a fantastic initiative by two community members who spent the past year traveling the world and documenting the open knowledge movement along the way. They are now developing a directory that would allow us to map where people are working on open knowledge activities to facilitate partnerships and knowledge sharing beyond already established networks or country lines. OKFestival Community Summit Photo by Christian Villum, CC-BY-SA

Peer mentoring and skillshares

Another significant topic on the agenda was the discussion of how we could better transfer skills and know-how between newcomers and more experienced members of the community. There are already a series of initiatives pursuing these goals, for instance the series of Community Sessions hosted by Open Knowledge Central – as well as the regional calls organized around the world by members of the community. It was clear though that one of the main missing pieces in the puzzle is the facilitation of more day-to-day based mentoring, peer to peer, perhaps only involving 2 people – the mentor and the mentee – and also something that stretches over a longer period rather than being limited to a single session on Skype or a Hangout. Additionally one barrier that was very clear was the fact that people are living far apart, often having many time zones in between them, therefore prompting a need to rely on online tools – not only for communicating, but also to find each other and identify who to talk to. These are challenges that we, as a community of which Open Knowledge Central is also a part, will look much more into over the coming weeks and months. Lots of ideas are already brewing and a handful of community members have dedicated themselves to sketch out a plan for a mentoring program.

Open knowledge in the Global South

A growing portion of the global community are based in what can be referred to as the Global South and therefore have some additional needs and challenges as compared to countries in more structured environments. As it was noted, some members of the community even operate in areas that can be considered downright hostile. Oppressive governments, corrupt civil servants, failing IT-infrastructure, cultures of domestic oppression, language barriers (highlighted by the high level of anglo-fication characterizing the open knowledge field) and even illiteracy are just some of the factors that make up for a very different playing field for some open knowledge advocates, and in such cases peer support, resource/skill sharing and even funding becomes of increasing value and significance. We need to collaborate to localize key documents across languages, provide toolkits in downloadable and remixable online formats, challenge gender roles, move beyond Internet-driven activism and put international pressure on governments that work actively to hinder the free gathering of people in these regions. OKFestival Community Summit Photo by Christian Villum, CC-BY-SA

Community Identity & Re-branding

During the discussions we also revisited some of the discussions had earlier in the year around some of the branding/visions/values/strategy-related updates brought about by the central Open Knowledge organisation. It’s clear that more community consultation is needed around changes in such basic foundations, but what appeared during these face to face chats was also an understanding that some of the discontent and frustration put forward by parts of the community was rooted not only in these concrete issues, but also in some of the more deeper challenges of the community and organisation: For instance, how do we perceive ourselves as the community grows and grows at an almost explosive rate? What is our identity? The small family is growing into the thousands and the dynamics that used to be are clearly being replaced by others. Does it need to be that way? Can we avoid it? And if not, how do we cope with it and ensure the same level of transparency across the community and the organisation? We also need to define more clearly what the role of the Local Groups, the Working Groups and the Chapters – the most formal part of the community – is in this new reality of an increasingly larger body of people all associating themselves with our shared cause. This is clearly a conversation that will continue way beyond this community summit, and rightfully so! We are currently writing up all the notes and will put them on the wiki as soon as we have collated them all. Jump on board and comment if you have thoughts or ideas!

Kæmpe Open Knowledge festival i Berlin – med stort nordisk community-møde

- July 28, 2014 in begivenhed, Berlin, event, internationalt, OKFestival, open Knowledge Festival, organisation

 

14736538812_bdbe0780e5_kFoto: Gregor Fischer (gfischer-photography.com), CC-BY

I forrige uge, 15.-17. juli 2014, var repræsentanter for Open Knowledge Danmark i Berlin for at deltage i den store OKFestival side om side med mere end 1.000 andre deltagere fra mere end 60 lande verden over. Temaet var “Open Minds to Open Action” og foregik rent praktisk i over 70 såkaldte sessions bygget op som workshops, debatter og foredrag – crowdsourced fra mere end 300 forslag og idéer indsendt af det globale open knowledge community bestående af fagfolk, aktivister og entusiaster fra alle 4 verdenshjørner. Samtidig var der også plads til masser af netværksdannelse og sociale stunder i det 2,5 dag lange program i det atypiske konferencecenter Kulturbrauerei; et tidligere bryggeri i hjertet af bydelen Prenzlauer Berg.

14550152220_874c0cb151_kFoto: Gregor Fischer (gfischer-photography.com), CC-BY

Programmet var særdeles bredt og favnede områder sådan open government, open science, open education, open culture, open design og meget, meget andet. Selv en workshop med gadekunstnere fra Kenya var på dagsordenen, hvor man som deltager kunne lære om street art som politisk værktøj for frihedsaktivister. I den mere konventionelle ende af spektret kunne man også opleve keynote-oplæg fra nogle af den digitales sfæres sværvægtere i form af selveste EU-vicekommisær Neelie Kroes (én af hendes sjældne konference-optrædender), Patrick Alley fra Global Witness, Beatriz Busaniche fra bl.a. Wikimedia Argentina og Eric Hysen der er Head of Politics & Elections hos Google. Specielt sidstnævnte var genstand for en del diskussioner, idet Google putter store resourcer i at skabe infrastruktur for åbne data, men samtidig som privat virksomhed (og iøvrigt medsponsor af festivalen) jo også har en mere kommerciel interesse der står i kontrast til motiverne hos en stor af Open Knowledge’s globale community, der i langt højere grad ser åben viden som et værktøj for mere politisk transparens, økonomisk lighed og frem for alt bedre og mere retfærdig fordeling af menneskehedens vidensbank. Netop den begejstrede, men samtidig pragmatiske og kritiske vinkel er siden blevet fremhævet i store medier som værende ét af de stærkeste træk ved festivalen.

14736852725_57ad90df6b_kFoto: Gregor Fischer (gfischer-photography.com), CC-BY

14734453564_20f456e9d6_kFoto: Gregor Fischer (gfischer-photography.com), CC-BY

Blandt festivalens deltagere var en ganske stor delegation fra de nordiske lande, og vi havde i forvejen aftalt (og offentligt annonceret) et såkaldt meetup
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– altså et uformelt møde hvor alle nysgerrige kunne møde op og deltage – under titlen “OKFN Nordic Meetup: For friendly vikings and everyone else”.
Dette havde vi fastlagt til den nærliggende café St. Oberholz, men måtte snart sande at pladsen var alt for trang! Mere end 25 deltagere fra Sverige, Finland, Norge og Danmark mødte op, og eventet blev hurtigt flyttet til en nærliggende volkspark, hvor solen, græs og afslappede Berlinere dannede en ualmindeligt hyggelig ramme om det egentlig ret historiske møde for open knowledge fællesskabet i Norden. Eneste land som uheldigvis var forhindret i at deltage var Island, som ellers også er en aktiv del af den nordiske sandwich når der skal diskuteres åben viden online.

2014-07-16 19.56.50Foto: Christian Villum, CC-BY-SA

Henover 2 timer blev alle introduceret og der blev snakket om fælles prioriteter, fælles projekter, samarbejdsværktøjer og generelt hygget, som vi jo har for vane under de nordlige himmelstrøg. Specielt når solen skinner og der kan hentes en kold øl ved nærmeste spätkauf. Miska Knapek fra Open Knowledge Finland, som iøvrigt var hovedinitiativtager til mødet, tog nogle fine noter, som kan findes her. De gode takter fra det nordiske møde vil blive fulgt op i de månedlige online møder (via Google Hangout og Skype) som grupperne i fællesskab afholder. Disse møder er åbne for alle, og det tilskyndes alle nysgerrige læsere af denne blog at deltage hvis man gerne vil høre mere. Næste møde er 6. august kl. 12.00 middag – for at deltage skal man blot skrive lidt på listen her. Hvis du vil læse mere om festivalen kan du besøge hjemmesiden, hvor specielt bloggen bugner af idéer, projekter og perspektiver med udgangspunkt i programmet. Du kan også se oversigten over online pads fra alle festivalens sessions (med noter fra hver session) – og denne Storify giver et godt overblik over meget af det der foregik undervejs. Hvis du er til den mere visuelle vinkel, så tjek det officielle fotogalleri på Flickr.    

OK Festival 2014 – Das internationale Festival für offenes Wissen kommt nach Berlin

- June 17, 2014 in Berlin, Deutschland, Events, Konferenz, offene Daten, Offene Kultur, offenes Wissen, Open Knowledge Foundation, Termine

OKFestival Orga 2012

OKFestival Orga 2012

Die internationale Open-Community trifft sich zum Open Knowledge Festival in Berlin. Vom 15. bis 17. Juli wird in der Kulturbrauerei gelernt, gehackt, gemacht, diskutiert, erkundet und gefeiert. Offenes Wissen, offene Daten, offene Politik und eine offene Gesellschaft – dafür setzen sich Gruppen und Initiativen von Argentinien über Südafrika bis Japan ein. Sie alle treffen sich einmal jährlich, diesmal in Berlin.

Neben Keynotes, von renommierten Persönlichkeiten wie Neelie Kroes, der EU-Kommissarin für digitale Agenda, reicht das Programm von Themen wie dem verantwortungsbewussten Umgang mit offenen Daten über Talks und Workshops zu Tools und Themen der Community bis hin zu künstlerischen Themen wie der Produktion von Nahrungsmitteln aus Daten. Das Festival verspricht so groß und vielfältig zu werden wie noch nie.

Mit dem unFestival gibt es außerdem noch die Möglichkeit im Barcamp-Style eigene Ideen einzubringen.

Am Rande des OKFestivals gibt es eine Reihe von Veranstaltungen, wie der Hands-on Konferenz csv,conf zum Hacken, Coden und Daten Visualisieren. Die Reise nach Berlin lohnt sich!

Weitere Infos gibt es auf der englischen Website, Twitter: @OKFestival und Facebook. Tickets gibt es noch auf der Website.