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Announcing A New Architectural Roadmap for OpenSpending

- April 15, 2015 in #contribute, Technical

  At the 2015 Open Data Day a proposal for a new vision for the approach and architecture of OpenSpending was approved. It opens up an exciting opportunity for open budget initiatives around the world to work more closely together, whilst remaining independent. In a nutshell:   We want to centralize data but decentralize ‘presentation’ […]

Announcing A New Architectural Roadmap for OpenSpending

- April 15, 2015 in #contribute, Technical

  At the 2015 Open Data Day a proposal for a new vision for the approach and architecture of OpenSpending was approved. It opens up an exciting opportunity for open budget initiatives around the world to work more closely together, whilst remaining independent. In a nutshell:   We want to centralize data but decentralize ‘presentation’ […]

Thank you for joining us at Open Knowledge Festival 2014!

- July 28, 2014 in #contribute, #get involved, #theory of change, community, News and Info, Open Knowledge, open movement

Thank you for joining us in Berlin and helping to shape OKFestival and the future of the open knowledge movement! We hope that the event provided you with the opportunity to learn, to share and to connect with open knowledge advocates from around the world. While we were excited and inspired by the collaborations and […]

A specification for Budget Data: Introducing the Budget Data Package

- July 17, 2014 in #contribute, Releases

As we descend into the buzz of the biggest week of the open calendar at OKFestival, the OpenSpending team wanted to quickly drop you a line about a piece of research we have been collaborating on together with the International Budget Partnership, Omidyar Network, and Google: a draft specification for budget data. As members of […]

OKFestival streams – concept and how to get help!

- March 6, 2014 in #call for proposal, #contribute, #get involved, #hangouts, #planning, #streams, News and Info, Programme

At the Open Knowledge Foundation, we aspire to create environments that connect diverse audiences, thus enabling a diverse groups of thinkers, makers and activists to come together and collaborate to effect change. This year, the Open Knowledge Festival is fuelled by our theory that change happens when you bring together knowledge – which informs change - tools – which enable change – and society – which effects change. Whether you’re building better, cooler tech, creating stronger ideas for the open movement or aiming to shift the gears of society, this year’s OKFestival is the place for you; a place of diverse interests and learning experiences, highlighted by this year’s emphasis on collaboration across these three streams.

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In the past, Open Knowledge Foundation events have been organised around topical streams. This has enabled us to grow the movement across communities as diverse as science, transparency, development and linguistics.

However, topical streams have a tendency to further entrench topical silos. Researchers working to open up academia, for example, could almost certainly benefit from learning about the experiences of their colleagues in other fields and from teaching others about their area of expertise. Everyone could benefit from some facetime with a maker who builds cool, useful technology in their sleep! At OKFestival 2014 we want to ensure this type of knowledge sharing in order to offer everyone the chance to cross-collaborate in meaningful, impactful ways. We can all recognise that issues such as privacy, data protection and net neutrality affect all domains within the open space, and we want to ensure that these issues are addressed and worked through from a diversity of perspectives to produce truly global solutions. In order to build an impactful open coalition which can effect change around the world, we need to draw on and incorporate the experiences and knowledge of multiple local communities. Only by avoiding such topical silos and building a cross-topic network of understanding and collaboration can we inform inclusive and context-appropriate open practices.

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This year, we are mixing things up to achieve all of this and more! We are promoting cross-domain collaborations and urging you to collectively work through the complex problems that keep resurfacing. The individual sessions which are being submitted and proposed as we speak are pieces of this global puzzle, and this year’s Programme Team is responsible for putting that puzzle together. It’s a tough job, and we don’t want to do it alone, so if you want to start piecing it together before you submit your proposal, then collaborating with your colleagues who work in different spaces is a sure-fire way to create an interesting and attention-worthy session. We fully encourage you to reach out to those colleagues who you believe may hold a piece of your puzzle, and we’ve set up this mailing list for you to do just that.

We understand that by mixing things up, questions are sure to arise. That is why we have put together this handy page with tips and tricks for organising your session, booted that aforementioned mailing list for session organisers to discuss their proposals and foster new collaborations, and even organised two hangouts (Friday and Monday – pick one!) to give you the opportunity to ask questions and be inspired.

Finally, we need your help. We believe that at the heart of the open movement are values such as diversity and inclusivity. We need you to make sure that your OKFestival is as diverse and inclusive as possible, because as we all know, there’s so much more to learn that way. If you know awesome people who have something key to say about sharing knowledge, building amazing tools and stirring up society to make an impact, then send them our way. If that’s you, then what are you waiting for?! Start thinking about a collaborative, interactive and powerful session for OKFestival!

Announcing the narrative streams at this year’s OKFestival and the call for session proposals

- February 20, 2014 in #call for proposal, #contribute, #theory of change, News and Info, Programme

Now that the OKFestival website is live and tickets are on sale, we can share more details about the narrative streams that will run through the event. We’re also pleased to open the call for session proposals at this time. 7794720388_0b22282e1b_z

A Theory of Change

The programme for the 2014 edition of the festival is fuelled by a theory of change. Using this theory as our outline, the event provides an ideal opportunity for the open movement to come together to co-create the roadmap that will guide its next steps. Our Theory: we believe that Knowledge, Tools and Society are the levers of Change. As such, Knowledge, Tools and Society will be the three streams that form the architecture of the programme. Knowledge: Knowledge informs change. At OKFestival we’re keen to discuss ways of unlocking, expanding and sharing knowledge through open access, open research data, open educational resources, open science, data journalism and campaigning, data visualisation and literacy. Tools: Tools enable change. We’ll be discussing facilitating the flow of knowledge through non profit technology, open source software, open hardware, design, architecture and urban planning. Society: The group(s) who effect change.  Topics may include designing institutions, building communities and protecting environments. Additionally, powering economies through open government, transparency, open tech businesses, open development, open education, open culture, open sustainability and open economy will feature on the programme. Security and privacy-related topics also fit into this stream. The festival will weave together these three streams of open knowledge innovation and impact. Each session will go deep within its realm as well as identifying interdisciplinary features that span different domains or disciplines. okfest-old1

Submit your proposal

Never facilitated a session at an event before? Don’t let that stop you! We encourage proposals from folks who don’t often attend events and we’re ready to support you to run an awesome session. All you need to do is complete the form here by March 16, 2014, 23:59 CET. We will be hosting two information hangouts on Proposing OKFestival Sessions in March. Follow us on TwitterFacebook, or sign-up for our newsletter to learn more about them. Please share this call far and wide!

The selection process

Once the deadline for proposals has passed, all submissions will be reviewed by the Programme Team. The proposals that we’ll select will consider:
  • Does the proposal advance the overall goal of the event and agenda (see the festival’s theory of change)?
  • Does the proposal give concrete value to participants via its proposed outcome?
  • Does the proposal offer unique benefit to the agenda?
  • Is the proposal interactive? Hint: slides and lectures strongly discouraged
  • Does the proposal value and build on OKFestival’s principles of inclusivity and diversity?
If you’d like some more guidance, check out our Programme FAQs. You can also find out more about the Programme team under the Programme tab. Looking forward to hearing your ideas about how to shape the programme at this year’s festival!

Key details at a glance

  • Event: OKFestival 2014: 15 – 17th July in Berlin.
  • Deadline: The deadline to submit your session proposals is March 16, 2014, 23:59 CET.
  • Tickets: Earlybird tickets are currently on sale. Session coordinators will need to purchase a ticket to attend the festival so don’t miss out on the limited number that are on sale at the reduced price!