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Storytelling with Infogr.am

- October 21, 2014 in Community Session, Events, infogram, Interviews, skillshare

infogram As we well know, Data is only data until you use it for storytelling and insights. Some people are super talented and can use D3 or other amazing visual tools, just see this great list of resources on Visualising Advocacy. In this 1 hour Community Session, Nika Aleksejeva of Infogr.am shares some easy ways that you can started with simple data visualizations. Her talk also includes tips for telling a great story and some thoughtful comments on when to use various data viz techniques.
We’d love you to join us and do a skillshare on tools and techniques. Really, we are tool agnostic and simply want to share with the community. Please do get in touch and learn more: about Community Sessions.

Matchmakers in Action – Help Wanted

- September 11, 2014 in community, Community Session, Events, Ideas and musings

Do you have a skill to share? Want to host an online discussion/debate about an Open Knowledge-like topic? Have an idea for a skillshare or discussion, but need help making it happen? Some of you hosted or attended sessions at OKFest. Why not host one online? At OKFestival, we had an Open Matchmaker wall to connect learning and sharing. This is a little experiment to see if we can replicate that spirit online. We’d love to collaborate with you to make this possible. photo by Gregor Fischer

How to help with Online Community Sessions:

We’ve set up a Community Trello board where you can add ideas, sign up to host or vote for existing ideas. Trello, a task management tool, has fairly simple instructions. The Community Sessions Trello Board is live. Start with the Read me First card. Hosting or leading a Community Session is fairly easy. You can host it via video or even as an editathon or a IRC chat.
  • For video, we have been using G+. We can help you get started on this.
  • For Editathons, you could schedule it, share on your favourite communications channel and then use a shared document like a google doc or an etherpad.
  • For an IRC chat, simply set up a topic, time and trello card to start planning.
We highly encourage you to do the sessions in your own language.

Upcoming Community Sessions

We have a number of timeslots open for September – October 2014. We will help you get started and even co-host a session online. As a global community, we are somewhat timezone agnostic. Please suggest a time that works for you and that might work with others in the community. In early October, we will be joined by Nika Aleksejeva of Infogr.am to do a Data Viz 101 skillshare. She makes it super easy for beginners to use data to tell stories. The Data Viz 101 session is October 8, 2014. Register here.

Community Session Conversation – September 10, 2014

In this 40 minute community conversation, we brainstormed some ideas and talked about some upcoming community activities: Some of the ideas shared including global inclusiveness and how to fundraise. Remember to vote or share your ideas. Or, if you are super keen, we would love it if you would lead an online session. (photo by Gregor Fischer)

Bonding with Hong Kong and upcoming Open Spending

- May 16, 2014 in Community Session, Events, Featured, OKF Hong Kong, Open Spending

Learning and sharing across the global Open Knowledge community are the two core purposes of our regular Community Sessions. odhk - logo This week Mart van de Ven and Bastien Douglas joined us to share all about the Open Data Hong Kong community. Some of the key lessons they advised are: ask your community for help more, have regular events, translation is key and be ready for longer term engagement. Mart, Bastien and the ODHK folks: Have a great Longitudinal Hack! See more about Open Data Hong Kong.

Next Community Session: All about OpenSpending

Around the world, citizens are getting involved in OpenSpending. So, far there are OpenSpending activities in 66 countries resulting in 735 datasets and 25207863 entries. Join Anders Pedersen, Community Manager for OpenSpending to learn more about this project and how you can get involved.
  • Date: Wednesday, May 28. 2014
  • Time: 10:00 – 11:00 EDT/14:00-15:00 UTC (See worldtimebuddy.com for your timezone)
  • How to Register (G+)
Join the OpenSpending community See some Spending Stories. We will record this. NOTE: We are booking June 2014 Community Sessions. Contact heatherDOTleson AT OKFN DOT org if you have an idea, discussion or skillshare. Talk soon!

Take a CKAN Tour

- May 1, 2014 in ckan, Community Session, Events, OKF Projects

From baby name datasets and apps via the South Australian government to new City of Surrey, B.C., (Canada) site, there are many instances of CKAN around the world. CKAN is the data management system that makes data accessible – by providing tools to streamline publishing, sharing, finding and using data. It is used by various levels of governments, civil societies and organization to make their data transparent and available. In this 1-hour video hangout Irina Bolychevsky, Services Director gives us an overview of CKAN with live demo’s of several CKAN sites including data.gov.uk, publicdata.eu and data.glasgow.gov.uk. She also answered community questions.
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Get Involved
CKAN has a wide community of contributors working to remix and extend the software. Two examples of code that folks have contributed includes Ckanext-spatial and ckanext-realtime (github links). The CKAN core committers host regular online developer meetings. These are every Tuesday and Thursday 13:00 – 14: 00 EDT reviewing pull requests and discussing architecture. We meet up on ckan developer mailing list, being on the #ckan irc channel in freenode (to the the google hangout link for meetings!) and commenting on github tickets. All welcome. Community questions tend to be asked on StackOverflow using the CKAN tag on Stack Overflow. You can also file issues/contribute code on github.
Contact us
If you want to talk about CKAN development, please come and say hi on the ckan-dev mailing list or the #ckan IRC channel on irc.freenode.org. If you have service inquiries, you can reach out to the team: services at ckan dot org