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Datawijs, bridge between young people and open data

- October 27, 2015 in Datawijs, Featured, klynt, online platform, Open Data, Open Data News, projects, Video

Screenshot intro Datawijs Open data is gaining more importance these days. Yet, a lot of young people don’t know what open data is, or how they can benefit from it. That’s where Datawijs comes in. It’s an interactive video series, that introduces teenagers and young adults to the concept of open data. The Belgian platform works with Klynt, which allows the young people to view the videos in the order they want to. Thanks to the non-linear structure, users can learn on their own pace, about what interests them at whatever time they have. Datawijs is developed in a way that every teen and young adult can learn about and experiment with open data, corresponding to their own needs. It has three types of information layers. First of all, there are the animated clips, which tells more about the open data subjects in an introductory way. Secondly, there’s the expert interviews, where experienced persons give more in-depth information on the subject. The third kind of videos are more interactive and encourages users to experiment with open data themselves. Whether it’s taking a quiz on open data or completing a data-search, young people can take their first steps in the open data matter. Datawijs even provides users with coding sites and open data portals, so that they can easily take it to the next level. Datawijs is developed by us, Open Knowledge Belgium, with support of Mediaraven. They chose to focus on teenagers and young adults, age 15-25. Of course, the online platform isn’t exclusively available for that age group, as anyone is free to use it. But why exactly does Datawijs target young people? The digital natives of today are the data literates of tomorrow. On top of that, it’s also an age group that starts to invest their own development and self-actualisation. Today, it can be quite hard for young people to find easy-to-consume information about open data online. Most info on that topic is too technical, static, fragmented or not in their maternal language. To them, open data may look like intangible, too theoretical and seemingly unimportant topic. Yet, non-technical and creative young people can be a great advantage. They can point out problems, select data based on their needs and give creative input on how to transform all this into an application. In order to facilitate this even more, the Datawijs series is in Dutch. This way, the Flemish youth is approached in their maternal language, making sure the language barrier is removed. Addressing teenagers and young adults in a visual, interactive and non-linear manner, is a good way to make open data easy approachable. The clips are designed to engage young people to take their first steps in open data. Not only will they benefit from it, by having the opportunity to create what they need, but also governments most certainly gain advantage by this. Their open data is used in useful applications and visualisations. In the long run, the now well-informed teens and young adults may even ask to open up the data they need. That’s why we consider it a must to transform digital natives into open data literates. The natives themselves and society benefit from it. By making the open data topic lightweight and easy to consume through an interactive video series, more young people might try to cross the open data bridge. It’s important open data becomes truly open to young people, as this will lead towards more and better use of it. Today, Datawijs is only available in Dutch. Luckily, the series is open source. We hope more versions of Datawijs will pop up in the near future, in order to reach out to digital natives everywhere.

Datawijs, bridge between young people and open data

- October 27, 2015 in Datawijs, Featured, klynt, online platform, Open Data, Open Data News, projects, Video

Screenshot intro Datawijs Open data is gaining more importance these days. Yet, a lot of young people don’t know what open data is, or how they can benefit from it. That’s where Datawijs comes in. It’s an interactive video series, that introduces teenagers and young adults to the concept of open data. The Belgian platform works with Klynt, which allows the young people to view the videos in the order they want to. Thanks to the non-linear structure, users can learn on their own pace, about what interests them at whatever time they have. Datawijs is developed in a way that every teen and young adult can learn about and experiment with open data, corresponding to their own needs. It has three types of information layers. First of all, there are the animated clips, which tells more about the open data subjects in an introductory way. Secondly, there’s the expert interviews, where experienced persons give more in-depth information on the subject. The third kind of videos are more interactive and encourages users to experiment with open data themselves. Whether it’s taking a quiz on open data or completing a data-search, young people can take their first steps in the open data matter. Datawijs even provides users with coding sites and open data portals, so that they can easily take it to the next level. Datawijs is developed by us, Open Knowledge Belgium, with support of Mediaraven. They chose to focus on teenagers and young adults, age 15-25. Of course, the online platform isn’t exclusively available for that age group, as anyone is free to use it. But why exactly does Datawijs target young people? The digital natives of today are the data literates of tomorrow. On top of that, it’s also an age group that starts to invest their own development and self-actualisation. Today, it can be quite hard for young people to find easy-to-consume information about open data online. Most info on that topic is too technical, static, fragmented or not in their maternal language. To them, open data may look like intangible, too theoretical and seemingly unimportant topic. Yet, non-technical and creative young people can be a great advantage. They can point out problems, select data based on their needs and give creative input on how to transform all this into an application. In order to facilitate this even more, the Datawijs series is in Dutch. This way, the Flemish youth is approached in their maternal language, making sure the language barrier is removed. Addressing teenagers and young adults in a visual, interactive and non-linear manner, is a good way to make open data easy approachable. The clips are designed to engage young people to take their first steps in open data. Not only will they benefit from it, by having the opportunity to create what they need, but also governments most certainly gain advantage by this. Their open data is used in useful applications and visualisations. In the long run, the now well-informed teens and young adults may even ask to open up the data they need. That’s why we consider it a must to transform digital natives into open data literates. The natives themselves and society benefit from it. By making the open data topic lightweight and easy to consume through an interactive video series, more young people might try to cross the open data bridge. It’s important open data becomes truly open to young people, as this will lead towards more and better use of it. Today, Datawijs is only available in Dutch. Luckily, the series is open source. We hope more versions of Datawijs will pop up in the near future, in order to reach out to digital natives everywhere.

Datawijs, bridge between young people and open data

- October 27, 2015 in Datawijs, Featured, klynt, online platform, Open Data, Open Data News, projects, Video

Screenshot intro Datawijs Open data is gaining more importance these days. Yet, a lot of young people don’t know what open data is, or how they can benefit from it. That’s where Datawijs comes in. It’s an interactive video series, that introduces teenagers and young adults to the concept of open data. The Belgian platform works with Klynt, which allows the young people to view the videos in the order they want to. Thanks to the non-linear structure, users can learn on their own pace, about what interests them at whatever time they have.
Datawijs is developed in a way that every teen and young adult can learn about and experiment with open data, corresponding to their own needs. It has three types of information layers. First of all, there are the animated clips, which tells more about the open data subjects in an introductory way. Secondly, there’s the expert interviews, where experienced persons give more in-depth information on the subject. The third kind of videos are more interactive and encourages users to experiment with open data themselves. Whether it’s taking a quiz on open data or completing a data-search, young people can take their first steps in the open data matter. Datawijs even provides users with coding sites and open data portals, so that they can easily take it to the next level. Datawijs is developed by us, Open Knowledge Belgium, with support of Mediaraven. They chose to focus on teenagers and young adults, age 15-25. Of course, the online platform isn’t exclusively available for that age group, as anyone is free to use it. But why exactly does Datawijs target young people? The digital natives of today are the data literates of tomorrow. On top of that, it’s also an age group that starts to invest their own development and self-actualisation. Today, it can be quite hard for young people to find easy-to-consume information about open data online. Most info on that topic is too technical, static, fragmented or not in their maternal language. To them, open data may look like intangible, too theoretical and seemingly unimportant topic. Yet, non-technical and creative young people can be a great advantage. They can point out problems, select data based on their needs and give creative input on how to transform all this into an application. In order to facilitate this even more, the Datawijs series is in Dutch. This way, the Flemish youth is approached in their maternal language, making sure the language barrier is removed. Addressing teenagers and young adults in a visual, interactive and non-linear manner, is a good way to make open data easy approachable. The clips are designed to engage young people to take their first steps in open data. Not only will they benefit from it, by having the opportunity to create what they need, but also governments most certainly gain advantage by this. Their open data is used in useful applications and visualisations. In the long run, the now well-informed teens and young adults may even ask to open up the data they need. That’s why we consider it a must to transform digital natives into open data literates. The natives themselves and society benefit from it. By making the open data topic lightweight and easy to consume through an interactive video series, more young people might try to cross the open data bridge. It’s important open data becomes truly open to young people, as this will lead towards more and better use of it. Today, Datawijs is only available in Dutch. Luckily, the series is open source. We hope more versions of Datawijs will pop up in the near future, in order to reach out to digital natives everywhere.

Let’s talk Datawijs

- May 19, 2015 in Datawijs, interactive, Open Data, projects, Video

Datawijs For the past few weeks, we’ve been bombarding you with tweets about Datawijs. So, we thought it was time to shine some light on the Datawijs matter. In short, our new project aims to get youngsters, age 15-25, to know more about Open Data. Not only by telling them what Open Data is about, but also by letting them experiment with it themselves, giving them the possibility to create visualisations or even apps based on Open Data. That’s why we chose to work with interactive videos, because it enables active learning in an online environment.

In order to bring this to a successful conclusion, we teamed up with Mediaraven. We provided them with our knowledge about Open Data, they provided us with their media skills. It was clear from the beginning we wanted to work with short-form video format, as youngsters nowadays prefer things to be visual and brief. In our search to the ideal medium, we caught sight of the interactive video platform Klynt. This seemed perfect for Datawijs, since we’ve been wanting to engage youngsters in our videos. Klynt allows us to add links to other videos, open databases, articles, websites so we can keep our videos up to date at all times. We’ll also give viewers the possibility to watch the clips in the order they want, since we’ll construct the videos to be non-lineair. This means everyone can go their own way. Datawijs working group

A couple ideas, a platform, some fine video expertise. We were getting close, but yet had a long way to go. What were we going to show in our videos? How could we keep our youngsters engaged? Together with a advisory board of several adolescents, we managed to figure that out. Our advisory board guided us towards our goal. They told us what they found interesting, what was unclear to them, what they missed in our approach. All of this to find the right content for Datawijs. After we had scripted the entire content of our videos, we could start creating them. We came up with a multilayered scheme, having introductory videos, more in-depth ones and even a few containing tasks to fulfill. They’re about different Open Data themes. Subjects as what Open Data is, where to find it and what to do with it are dealt with. We decided to let experts do the talk in our in-depth videos. Filming them with a GoPro camera, combined with typical vlog jump cuts, gives the videos a vibrant look and feel. On top of that, we were able to shoot at some unique locations, such as the Kruidtuin in Leuven and the Boekentoren of Ghent. It sure is hard to keep your feet on the ground when you’re filming at a height of 64 metres!
Having everything on tape now, we’re busy editing the videos and searching for interesting content to link with our videos. In July, we’ll have Datawijs pre-screened by #oSoc15 students, in order to fine-tune the last bits and pieces. But the thing we’re the most looking forward to, is Datawijs’ grand première by the end of October, beginning of November. Datawijs is definitely an unique project, with an open license making it available to everyone. Anyone is free to do with it what they want, learn what they want, whenever they want.

Want to know more about who we’ve filmed and where? Take a look at out ‘behind the scenes’ Storify!