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Welcome to OK XMAS – workshops, autumn general meeting and party // Tervetuloa yhdistyksen syyskokoukseen

- December 1, 2018 in autumn general meeting, Events, Featured, Official meeting, ok xmas, party, pikkujoulu, pikkujoulut, työpajat, Workshop, xmas

Welcome to the OKFI Super Day on December 15 —Scroll down for Finnish— Welcome to the OKFI Super Day on December 15, consisting of
  • Autumn General Meeting
  • Workshops
  • OK Xmas Party 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/753638621649092/ Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Open-Data-Finland/events/256750653/

Schedule

The tentative timetable is as follows:
  • 13-16.30 Workshops
  • 16.30-17 Break + quick board meeting
  • 17-19 Autumn general meeting
  • 19 -> OK Xmas Party

Workshops

Current workshop plans include at least
  • Mapping the projects and working groups of OKFI in a creative way
  • Opening and crystallizing science for decision-making and citizens: Developing the Knowledge Crystal platform
  • The Future of Copyright (host Wikimedia Suomi)
  • Let’s sketch out Junior Hackathon for 2019!
  • Read more and contribute at http://okf.fi/ok-xmas

Autumn general meeting

We welcome all members of the association to Open Knowledge Finland’s autumn meeting on the 13th December 2018 at 50 PM to Maria 01, 2. floor, Lapinlahdenkatu 16. The meeting will be held mainly in Finnish. Agenda includes 2019 action plan and budget, elections for the chairman and board 2019 and other items in our rules. Comprehensive agenda, materials and e-participation link will be updated on the meeting page: https://fi.okfn.org/about/decision-making/syyskokous-autumn-meeting-2018/ Members can sign up for the meeting via the sign-up form http://www.okf.fi/autumn-meeting-2018-registration Please note that it is necessary to pre-register if you want to e-participate. Sign-up before noon on December 15, 2018.

Join the OKFI board for 2019

Do you want to use your skills for open and just digital society? Apply now to Open Knowledge Finland (OKFI) board and core team 2019! We are looking for candidates with varying backgrounds – techies, youth, activists, researchers, policy & communication people – open society enthusiasts come in many forms! The most important skill is your interest in openness and willingness to contribute to the work of the association. Board members are expected to participate in board meetings once per month. In addition, board members contribute to strategic management and daily activities of the association. Examples of tasks of a board member can include (but are not limited to):
  • Arranging various events.
  • Participating in fundraising and partnership building.
  • Ensuring ethical accountability and supporting projects and organization’s management.
  • Leading policy statements and advocacy work.
  • Participating in communication activities such as writing, social media  and web renewal.
Sign up as a candidate at: http://okf.fi/candidates-signup-for-2019 Warm welcome! On behalf of Open Knowledge Finland board, Susanna Ånäs Puheenjohtaja

Suomeksi

Tervetuloa! OKFI Super Day on December 15: Yhdistyksen syyskokous/Autumn General Meeting, Workshops + OK Xmas Party.  The venue is Maria 01 second floor with event space and meeting rooms. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/753638621649092/ Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Open-Data-Finland/events/256750653/  

Aikataulu

13-16.30 Työpajat 16.30-17 Tauko / hallituksen pikakokous 17-19 Syyskokous 19 -> OK Xmas Party  

Työpajat

Työpajoissa on mm.
  • OKFI-projektien ja työryhmien kartoitus uudella tavalla
  • Tietokide: tietopohj päätöksentekoon ymmärrettävästi ja yhteisöllisesti
  • Tekijänoikeuksien tulevaisuus (host Wikimedia Suomi)
  • Juniorihackathon 2019 – lapset mukaan avoimen tiedon maailmaan!
  • Lue lisää ja osallistu http://okf.fi/ok-xmas

Syyskokous

Kutsumme kaikki yhdistyksen varsinaiset jäsenet yhdistyksen syyskokoukseen keskiviikkona 15.12.2018 klo 17:00 Maria 01, 2. krs, Lapinlahdenkatu 16 Syyskokouksessa käsitellään ja hyväksytään mm. vuoden 2019 toimintasuunnitelma, talousarvio sekä valitaan vuoden 2019 hallitus ja puheenjohtaja, sekä muut sääntömääräiset asiat. Koko esityslista, materiaalit ja etäosallistumislinkki päivitetään kokoussivuille: https://fi.okfn.org/about/decision-making/syyskokous-autumn-meeting-2018/ Jäsenistö voi osallistua kokoukseen joko tulemalla paikan päälle tai etäosallistumismahdollisuutta käyttäen. Pyydämme ilmoittautumaan kokoukseen etukäteen, jos mahdollista. Ilmoittautuminen etukäteen ei ole pakollinen paikan päällä osallistuville, mutta toivottavaa tarjoilun kannalta. Huomaa, että ilmoittautuminen viimeistään 15.12.2018 klo 12 on edellytys äänestysoikeuden saamiselle etäyhteyden yli. Ilmoittautumiset: http://www.okf.fi/autumn-meeting-2018-registration.

Mukaan hallitukseen?

Haluatko käyttää osaamistasi hyödyksi, avoimen ja reilun tietoyhteiskunnan puolesta? Hyvä, tule ehdolle hallitukseen! Etsimme innostuneita henkilöitä eri taustoista mukaan – teknologisteja, nuoria, aktivisteja, tutkijoita, vaikuttajia, viestijöitä – avoimuuden sankareita on monenlaisia! Tärkeintä on kiinnostuksesi avoimuutta kohtaan ja halu osallistua yhdistyksen toimintaan. Hallituksen jäsenet osallistuvat hallituksen kokouksiin tyypillisesti kerran kuussa. Tämän lisäksi hallituksen jäsenet osallistuvat strategiseen päätöksentekoon, ja joihinkin käytännön aktiviteetteihin. Esimerkkejä hallitukse jäsenen tehtävistä ovat mm.
  • Tapahtumien järjestäminen
  • Osallistuminen rahoitushakemuksiin ja yhteistyökuvioiden solmimiseen
  • Yhdistyksen toiminnan seuranta ja kehittäminen
  • Leading policy statements and advocacy work.
  • Osallistuminen viestintään eri muodoissa
Ilmoittaudu ehdolle hallitukseen: http://okf.fi/candidates-signup-for-2019   Lämpimästi tervetuloa! Open Knowledge Finlandin hallituksen puolesta, Susanna Änäs, puheenjohtaja The post Welcome to OK XMAS – workshops, autumn general meeting and party // Tervetuloa yhdistyksen syyskokoukseen appeared first on Open Knowledge Finland.

Welcome to OK XMAS – workshops, autumn general meeting and party // Tervetuloa yhdistyksen syyskokoukseen

- December 1, 2018 in autumn general meeting, Events, Featured, Official meeting, ok xmas, party, pikkujoulu, pikkujoulut, työpajat, Workshop, xmas

Welcome to the OKFI Super Day on December 15 —Scroll down for Finnish— Welcome to the OKFI Super Day on December 15, consisting of
  • Autumn General Meeting
  • Workshops
  • OK Xmas Party 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/753638621649092/ Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Open-Data-Finland/events/256750653/

Schedule

The tentative timetable is as follows:
  • 13-16.30 Workshops
  • 16.30-17 Break + quick board meeting
  • 17-19 Autumn general meeting
  • 19 -> OK Xmas Party

Workshops

Current workshop plans include at least
  • Mapping the projects and working groups of OKFI in a creative way
  • Opening and crystallizing science for decision-making and citizens: Developing the Knowledge Crystal platform
  • The Future of Copyright (host Wikimedia Suomi)
  • Let’s sketch out Junior Hackathon for 2019!
  • Read more and contribute at http://okf.fi/ok-xmas

Autumn general meeting

We welcome all members of the association to Open Knowledge Finland’s autumn meeting on the 13th December 2018 at 50 PM to Maria 01, 2. floor, Lapinlahdenkatu 16. The meeting will be held mainly in Finnish. Agenda includes 2019 action plan and budget, elections for the chairman and board 2019 and other items in our rules. Comprehensive agenda, materials and e-participation link will be updated on the meeting page: https://fi.okfn.org/about/decision-making/syyskokous-autumn-meeting-2018/ Members can sign up for the meeting via the sign-up form http://www.okf.fi/autumn-meeting-2018-registration Please note that it is necessary to pre-register if you want to e-participate. Sign-up before noon on December 15, 2018.

Join the OKFI board for 2019

Do you want to use your skills for open and just digital society? Apply now to Open Knowledge Finland (OKFI) board and core team 2019! We are looking for candidates with varying backgrounds – techies, youth, activists, researchers, policy & communication people – open society enthusiasts come in many forms! The most important skill is your interest in openness and willingness to contribute to the work of the association. Board members are expected to participate in board meetings once per month. In addition, board members contribute to strategic management and daily activities of the association. Examples of tasks of a board member can include (but are not limited to):
  • Arranging various events.
  • Participating in fundraising and partnership building.
  • Ensuring ethical accountability and supporting projects and organization’s management.
  • Leading policy statements and advocacy work.
  • Participating in communication activities such as writing, social media  and web renewal.
Sign up as a candidate at: http://okf.fi/candidates-signup-for-2019 Warm welcome! On behalf of Open Knowledge Finland board, Susanna Ånäs Puheenjohtaja

Suomeksi

Tervetuloa! OKFI Super Day on December 15: Yhdistyksen syyskokous/Autumn General Meeting, Workshops + OK Xmas Party.  The venue is Maria 01 second floor with event space and meeting rooms. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/753638621649092/ Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Open-Data-Finland/events/256750653/  

Aikataulu

13-16.30 Työpajat 16.30-17 Tauko / hallituksen pikakokous 17-19 Syyskokous 19 -> OK Xmas Party  

Työpajat

Työpajoissa on mm.
  • OKFI-projektien ja työryhmien kartoitus uudella tavalla
  • Tietokide: tietopohj päätöksentekoon ymmärrettävästi ja yhteisöllisesti
  • Tekijänoikeuksien tulevaisuus (host Wikimedia Suomi)
  • Juniorihackathon 2019 – lapset mukaan avoimen tiedon maailmaan!
  • Lue lisää ja osallistu http://okf.fi/ok-xmas

Syyskokous

Kutsumme kaikki yhdistyksen varsinaiset jäsenet yhdistyksen syyskokoukseen keskiviikkona 15.12.2018 klo 17:00 Maria 01, 2. krs, Lapinlahdenkatu 16 Syyskokouksessa käsitellään ja hyväksytään mm. vuoden 2019 toimintasuunnitelma, talousarvio sekä valitaan vuoden 2019 hallitus ja puheenjohtaja, sekä muut sääntömääräiset asiat. Koko esityslista, materiaalit ja etäosallistumislinkki päivitetään kokoussivuille: https://fi.okfn.org/about/decision-making/syyskokous-autumn-meeting-2018/ Jäsenistö voi osallistua kokoukseen joko tulemalla paikan päälle tai etäosallistumismahdollisuutta käyttäen. Pyydämme ilmoittautumaan kokoukseen etukäteen, jos mahdollista. Ilmoittautuminen etukäteen ei ole pakollinen paikan päällä osallistuville, mutta toivottavaa tarjoilun kannalta. Huomaa, että ilmoittautuminen viimeistään 15.12.2018 klo 12 on edellytys äänestysoikeuden saamiselle etäyhteyden yli. Ilmoittautumiset: http://www.okf.fi/autumn-meeting-2018-registration.

Mukaan hallitukseen?

Haluatko käyttää osaamistasi hyödyksi, avoimen ja reilun tietoyhteiskunnan puolesta? Hyvä, tule ehdolle hallitukseen! Etsimme innostuneita henkilöitä eri taustoista mukaan – teknologisteja, nuoria, aktivisteja, tutkijoita, vaikuttajia, viestijöitä – avoimuuden sankareita on monenlaisia! Tärkeintä on kiinnostuksesi avoimuutta kohtaan ja halu osallistua yhdistyksen toimintaan. Hallituksen jäsenet osallistuvat hallituksen kokouksiin tyypillisesti kerran kuussa. Tämän lisäksi hallituksen jäsenet osallistuvat strategiseen päätöksentekoon, ja joihinkin käytännön aktiviteetteihin. Esimerkkejä hallitukse jäsenen tehtävistä ovat mm.
  • Tapahtumien järjestäminen
  • Osallistuminen rahoitushakemuksiin ja yhteistyökuvioiden solmimiseen
  • Yhdistyksen toiminnan seuranta ja kehittäminen
  • Leading policy statements and advocacy work.
  • Osallistuminen viestintään eri muodoissa
Ilmoittaudu ehdolle hallitukseen: http://okf.fi/candidates-signup-for-2019   Lämpimästi tervetuloa! Open Knowledge Finlandin hallituksen puolesta, Susanna Änäs, puheenjohtaja The post Welcome to OK XMAS – workshops, autumn general meeting and party // Tervetuloa yhdistyksen syyskokoukseen appeared first on Open Knowledge Finland.

Be an open hero, run for the Open Knowledge board!

- December 1, 2018 in Board, changemaker, Events, Featured, hallitus, Official meeting

Do you want to use your skills for open and just digital society? Apply now to Open Knowledge Finland (OKFI) board and core team 2019! We are looking for candidates with varying backgrounds – techies, youth, activists, researchers, policy & communication people – open society enthusiasts come in many forms! The most important skill is your interest in openness and willingness to contribute to the work of the association. Board members are expected to participate in board meetings once per month. In addition, board members contribute to strategic management and daily activities of the association. Examples of tasks of a board member can include (but are not limited to):
  • Arranging various events.
  • Participating in fundraising and partnership building.
  • Ensuring ethical accountability and supporting projects and organization’s management.
  • Leading policy statements and advocacy work.
  • Participating in communication activities such as writing, social media  and web renewal.
Sign up as a candidate at: http://okf.fi/candidates-signup-for-2019 The new board is elected on December 15, 2018, at the autumn general meeting. See: The post Be an open hero, run for the Open Knowledge board! appeared first on Open Knowledge Finland.

Paris Peace Forum Hackathon: A new chance to talk about open data

- November 27, 2018 in Events, Open Data, Open Government Data, open-government, paris peace forum

A few weeks ago we had the chance to attend the first edition of the Paris Peace Forum. The goal of this new initiative is to exchange and discuss concrete global governance solutions. More than 10,000 people attended, 65 Heads of State and Government were present, and 10 international organizations leaders convened for those three days at La Grande Halle de La Villette.   In parallel, the Paris Peace Forum hosted a hackathon to find new approaches to different challenges proposed by four different organizations. Hosted by the awesome Datactivist team, during these three days we worked on: Transparency of international organizations budgets, Transparency of major international event budgets, Transparency of public procurement procedures and Communication of financial data to the public. We had an attendance of about 80 participants, both experts in different topics, students from France and people interested in collaborating on building solutions. The approach was simple: Let’s look at the problems and see what kind of data will be useful. Day one The first day of the hackathon we got to hear the challenges that each organization had for us. Then we form teams based on the interests of the participants. This left us with smaller teams that would get to work on their projects along with the mentors. On that first day we also had the presence of two Heads of State to talk about innovation and technology. The first day concluded with a few ideas of what we wanted to do as well as a better understanding of the data that we could use. Day two Day two was the most intense. The teams got to decide what their solution would be and build it, or at least get to a minimum viable product. This was no simple task. Some teams had a hard time deciding what kind of solution they wanted to build. Some teams made user personas and user stories, some authors looked at data and built their solutions from there and some others started from a very specific set of problems related to their challenge. By the end of this day the teams had to present their projects to the other teams as well as to the mentors with at least some advances on their final projects. ​Day three Day three was a day full of excitement, but also for the mentors since we had to take one final project to present on the main stage of the Paris Peace Forum. During the morning the teams tweaked and fixed their projects and prepared their pitches, then presented to the mentors. Selecting only one final project for each of the challenges was a challenge by itself. But in the end we ended up with four really great projects:
  • Contract Fit selected by Open State Foundation
  • Tackling Climate Change – selected by the World Bank
  • LA PORTE – selected by the Open Contracting Partnership
  • Know your chances – selected by ETALAB
Each of these teams presented their projects at the main stage of the Paris Peace Forum. You can see the video here. This was a really interesting first edition of a hackathon in such a high level event covering such important topics. I was really happy to see so much engagement from both participants and mentors. It was also great to see the amazing job that our hosts made at putting all this together. We expect to see this exercise of innovation become a crucial part of future instances of the Peace Forum.  

Open Knowledge Festival 2019 planning kickoff Thu 22.10.

- November 9, 2018 in Events, OK Festival

Welcome to join us for the Open Knowledge Festival 2019 kickoff at Maria 01, door 5E, room Nudist on Thu 22.10. 17-18:30! Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/870128053377047/ Finland hosted the Open Knowledge Festival back in 2012 and it was one of the igniting moments from Open Knowledge Finland. The event featured talks, tracks and workshops on a diverse range of issues related to openness such as Open Data, Open GLAM, Open Democracy, Open GIS to name just a few. Since our good friends at the MyData conference decided to go global with it’s own organization this year perhaps 2019 might be the year we highlight the other cool stuff related to openness that is in the works and bubbling under to reinvent what Open Knowledge and Open Knowledge Finland is all about. The conference is just an idea now but let’s explore what we’d like to make out of it! Join the #okfest2019 channel on the Open Knowledge Finland Slack to continue the discussion: https://okfi.slack.com/messages/CE1APPXE2/ In case you’re not yet on the OKFI Slack, you can get an invite here: https://okfi-slack.herokuapp.com/ The post Open Knowledge Festival 2019 planning kickoff Thu 22.10. appeared first on Open Knowledge Finland.

Collective Intelligence: Solving Problems at Scale 23.10.2018

- October 22, 2018 in Events, Featured, ResponsiveOrg Finland

Tuesday 23.10.2018 16:30-18:30 Maria 01/Classroom: https://www.facebook.com/events/321675121922917/
Professor Thomas Malone from MIT, author of the book Superminds – The Suprising Power of People and Computers Thinking Together, defines Collective Intelligence as “the result of groups of individuals acting together in ways that seem intelligent.”
Collective Intelligence is nothing new. In nature we see superorganisms like ant colonies that are able to coordinate their collective efforts without centralized overview. Humanity has developed their own models of Collective Intelligence that have, according to Malone, taken for example the forms of hiearchies, democracies, markets, collectives and ecosystems. However, with the rise of connected technologies based on the Internet, data, AI, IoT and Blockchains to start with, the issue of creating new forms of Collective Intelligence has risen. As Thomas Malone puts it:
“How can people and computers be connected so that—collectively—they act more intelligently than any person, group, or computer has ever done before?”
We are starting to have very diverse examples of this phenomenon ranging from Open Source communities, Amazon’s Mechanical Turk that organizes crowds to work on repetitive tasks, Google’s search engine which uses AI and clicks done by humans to prioritize search results and the largest encyclopedia ever made in Wikipedia. But what we don’t have yet is a general understanding on what makes people and machines work together in the best possible ways and how to harness that knowledge to solving problems at scale. I was privileged to be invited to and participate in Nesta’s event Designing collective intelligence – Mobilising humans and machines to address social needs which sought to bring together the community of people working around the topic. You can check out the presentation materials here:
How might we promote the advancement of Collective Intelligence here in Finland?

This is the topic of our Collective Intelligence – Solving Problems at Scale event. You’re welcome to join in on Tuesday 23.10.2018 16:30-18:30 at Maria 01/Classroom. Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/321675121922917/ You might have stumbled into a competition where people are asked to guess the amount of candy in a large jar. Mysteriously, the average of all the people guessing turns out to be pretty close. You’ve heard the old phrase: the smartest person in the room is the room. On the other hand, computers beat humans in simple, repetitive tasks at scale but humans tend to be more creative. What a combination it would be if we had the ability to harness crowds and operate both at scale and in a creative manner? Nowadays drones are used in humanitarian crises such as hurricane relief to help with mapping areas in need of human assistance. A global, internet-enabled network of digital humanitarians is then used to do analysis of the footage to help with coordination efforts. What if we could create organizations that were able to describe the tasks that need to be done to fulfil a purpose and distribute those tasks to a global network of freelancers that never sleeps? Welcome to an evening of an intro into Collective Intelligence: Solving Problems at Scale hosted by Open Knowledge Finland’s Mikael Seppälä. Learn what it is and discuss where we might see the first examples of it in Finland. Collective Intelligence is one of those rising multidisciplinary approaches that seeks to utilize different types of crowds, machines and enable collaboration that far exceeds the forms of collaboration we see today. You can be a social scientist, a facilitator, a designer, a data scientist or just someone interested in budding forms of collaboration. Sources: Geoff Mulgan: Big Mind: How Collective Intelligence Can Change Our World Nesta: Designing collective intelligence – Mobilising humans and machines to address social needs (event) SAGE Publication’s new journal on Collective Intelligence Collective Intelligence 2018: From Open Knowledge and Network Organizations to Technology-enabled Intelligence Tietoasiantuntija 2-3/2018: Inhimillisyyden ja teknologian liitto johdattaa työn uudelle aikakaudelle The post Collective Intelligence: Solving Problems at Scale 23.10.2018 appeared first on Open Knowledge Finland.

Enlivening the Community at Open Knowledge Finland Retreat 2018

- October 19, 2018 in blog, Events

A merry gang of 17 people got together on 12-13.10.2018 for our annual Open Knowledge Finland 24h retreat at Kisakeskus near Raasepori, about 90 km from Helsinki. The weekend featured talks, good food including Tapola’s black sausage, booze an evening at the sauna where Mika lost his glasses and a bunch of bonding. Art of Hosting: Circles for Participatory sensemaking and Open Space Since some of our members had participated in a Art of Hosting event during the summer that many others were also interested in, we decided to try out some of the methods during our retreat. We set up our chairs in a circle for participatory sensing and governance about our general experiences, consent-based decision-making for taking everybody into account and Open Space Technology to host open discussions on the topics that people are interested in. Even though openness has been a core value for Open Knowledge Finland since it’s beginning in 2012, we are still just beginning to learn the self-management methods that might support us support being diverse in opinions, inclusive in accepting the variance and simultaneously be efficient enough in moving forward. It’s not only about using the methods but also about growing together with a shared mindset, which is difficult in our decentralized organization that is based on mostly fleeting meetings with each other. Discussion topics OKRs – Objectives and Key Results What is Open Knowledge Finland? A mapping exercise We have so many things going on in Open Knowledge Finland that it’s hard for any of us, and especially newcomers, to get a good idea of who we are. We did a quick exercise in mapping some of our communities that can generally be divided into two categories: the Open Knowledge folks and those focusing on Open Collaboration. You can see our result here: Strategy Communications & Marketing What is Teal? ResponsiveOrg/Participatory Team Practices On Saturday we looked into the Open Collaboration practices (they can be seen here: http://okf.fi/opencollab) that we’re exploring in Open Knowledge Finland. We have introduced just a few of them and are looking to try out some new ones. We don’t really have a process for introducing them and they are not actively in use everywhere. One of the new ones we started discussing is organizing in circles and a “Talkootarjotin”, exposing microtasks to volunteers. Starting a Circle for Website Renewal & Talkootarjotin We decided to discuss organizing in circles and the Talkootarjotin in a separate session. We started discussing how we might start a circle for the renewal of our website. We decided to look into Sociocracy 3.0 patterns on Defining Agreements (https://patterns.sociocracy30.org/defining-agreements.html) to explore how we might use participatory circles to organize in both static and temporary ways. Here’s what a Website Circle might look like: We also ended up ideating and creating a new community of Open Knowledge Allies to participate by volunteering to help us with microtasks. You can read about it here: https://fi.okfn.org/open-knowledge-allies-lets-get-sht-done/ General Feelings on the Weekend We had new people initiated into eating the Finnish delicacy, Tapola’s black sausage: Jelena got inspired to write poetry that included Mika’s lost glasses: Ansku & Zizi “found” some footage in which the crew gets latino: Key takeaways from a newcomer’s perspective Attended 4 open sessions in total, Open Knowledge / OKFI in a nutshell Going back into the basic question of what, why and how of OK/OKFI has taught me about the fundamental principles of OK as a whole and its impact to the community. Learned about the difference between workgroups and projects which I assumed to be of similar in function prior to participating the session. Gained insights about the various domain-specific groups (workgroups) and how each groups are interwoven around the OK sphere. Open collaboration in OKFI Learned about how OKFI is selecting, testing and applying different methodologies when collaborating with others in areas such as, project development, brainstorming, workshops and etc. Some open colab practices were even used during the retreat such as, circles and Consent over Consensus OKRs Learned on how to evaluate and set realistic / achievable and actionable goals (objectives) and how or steps to achieve it and measured. Circles It was amazing to witnessed how the session started from looking into the theoretical side of circles and immediately applying it into practical means, in this case for website revamped circle. This was my first time to participate in a retreat that has utilized open space sessions and in my opinion it turned out be a success. The culture of openness and respectfulness was also observed throughout the retreat, where everyone was given a chance to speak and to be heard. Overall, the OKFI one day retreat was an invaluable experience for me, lots of learning, amazing people and awesome sauna session. How to Participate Next? Join Open Knowledge Allies & let’s get sh*t done! Want to contribute your time to the purpose of creating a fair and open digital society by means of Open Knowledge and Open Collaboration? We have a bunch of initiatives, tasks and roles we might need YOUR help with. Join Open Knowledge Allies to help us out and collaborate with us! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/okallies Join the Open Knowledge Finland Slack for the discussion, you can get an invite here: https://okfi-slack.herokuapp.com/ And join the #OKAllies channel: https://okfi.slack.com/messages/CDEKT7M55/ The post Enlivening the Community at Open Knowledge Finland Retreat 2018 appeared first on Open Knowledge Finland.

IODC 2018: The hard questions for the future of open data

- September 24, 2018 in Events, Featured, IODC, iodc18

The latest edition of  the International Open Data Conference (IODC) is just around the bend. We’ll be discussing open data during the entire week in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Through a series of pre-events, including symposiums, discussion panels and workshops as well as the main conference, we will discuss with open data practitioners, advocates, and researchers about the future of open data. This type of conference is important since it allows us to engage with people in different contexts, who may think differently from us and it allows us to learn  through all the discussions.

Our hope: being constructively critical and don’t fear to talk about what does not work

There are some questions like, who does open data work for? Is it really for “everyone”? And if it is not, how do we serve people who are not necessarily interested in open data data but could benefit from it? These questions are not new – in fact some have been around from the very beginning of open data. In order to advance we want to discuss if those are indeed the right questions. We acknowledge that there may be many views about this. As an example, some may think of the ‘open’ in open data as just a mechanism of sharing data. To us, open is much more than that: ‘open’ is a key value of the societies that we strive for, while being balanced appropriately with concerns around privacy and security.  We will grasp the opportunity of having these great minds in one place and gather different voices from the open data space present at the conference. We will start asking some of the uncomfortable questions that will let us know if open data is actually heading into the future – or are we doing business as usual since 2008? Do we frame and think about societal problems in the right way? Has discourse around empowerment, transparency, accountability run out of steam? Must the political side of open data (fiscal transparency) become ‘more political’? We suggest questions that are not straight-forward to answer. We acknowledge this and want to gather the variety of points of view before drawing conclusions.

Where we from Open Knowledge International will be

Open Knowledge International is represented at IODC by Sander van der Waal (@sandervdwaal), Danny Lammerhirt (@danlammerhirt) and Oscar Montiel (@tlacoyodefrijol). We want to join the discussions about the future of open data, engaging in the following debates (among others): From our point of view, these spaces will start addressing some of the larger questions of the open data space. We feel like these debates are critical in their approach to the discourse of openness. It is crucial that look beyond open data for data’s sake, overlooking the political issues of this work. We will also be helping facilitate workshops and present about our work on Fiscal Transparency, School of Data and Frictionless Data. Join us at the Open Contracting in Practice workshop on Tuesday morning, the refresh of the Open Data Principles workshop on Tuesday afternoon,  and the Data Standards Day on Wednesday. So, if you’re in Buenos Aires as well we look forward to hearing from you; please come find us and discuss these questions! Or attend one of our sessions. If you’re not attending, please reach out on Twitter to @okfn or to one of us directly.  

Open Summer of Code is growing beyond the Belgian borders!

- August 2, 2018 in belgium, Events, network, OK Belgium, open Summer of code

Authors: Dries van Ransbeek and David Chaves To some of you, Open Summer of Code – also known as osoc – is a name that rings a bell, to others this is a new concept. So, for the latter group: osoc is an originally Belgian summer programme organised by Open Knowledge Belgium which has been around since 2011. Ever since that first summer, osoc has been breathing life into 62 open innovation projects.

More open innovation than ever before

Open Summer of Code is an annual summer programme. Several teams of students have four weeks to give shape to real-life open innovation projects. This July, Open Summer of Code welcomed 74 students who got paid to work on 17 open innovation projects as summer job: a record in osoc’s history. To make this happen, Open Summer of Code partners up with external partners: two examples of this edition were, amongst others, Informatie Vlaanderen and Brussels Mobility. This summer, the 8th edition took place. 17 projects were developed, start to finish, in just one month. Every team consisted of driven multi-disciplinary students and coaches who brainstormed, coded and tested out their applications together. The fruits of their labour were presented at the Demo Day on the 26th of July in Brussels with more than 300 attendees. Find an overview of all osoc18’s projects here: http://2018.summerofcode.be/2018.

Open innovation with Open Source and Open Data

Open Summer of Code builds open source applications based on open data, which is data that can be freely (re)used and can be distributed by everyone. Open data has many different uses and brings about innovation time and again. Every single one of the 17 projects benefits our society as a whole. Toon Vanagt, chairman of Open Knowledge Belgium explains: “At osoc, we aim to illustrate the advantages of open data with clear applications in addition to giving an enriching learning experience to motivated students. We pass on the result of that effort to society transparently through open source. Our students work on these innovation projects in small teams and with a deadline. The goal of osoc is to deliver as much functionality as possible at the end of the month. To reach this goal, the teams are supported by experienced coaches. This year, we can count on the support of 24 partners from both government and business sector. In return for their contribution, they submit projects themselves that can be further developed after Open Summer of Code”.

Open Summer of Code goes international

For the first time, this year, osoc turned as international with a parallel event in Spain. A collaboration between the Open Knowledge Belgium and the Ontology Engineering Group (from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) made possible that during two weeks in July, 8 international students developed 3 innovation projects in the city of Madrid. The three partners for this 1st edition of osoc in Spain were: the innovation department of the pharmaceutical company Lilly, the astronomical observatory of the UPM and the EU project CEF-OASIS. The whole program was celebrated with the support of the open laboratory for innovation project of the Madrid’s council, Medialab-Prado, and similar to the Belgium edition, the outcomes of the project were presented during the Demo Day on the 20th of July with more than 30 external attendees.

What’s next? osoc19 in multiple countries

With its first international edition, Open Summer of Code has put its first steps towards its goal to pursue more international impact. In 2019, it aims to have students making open innovation projects happen across multiple countries. Therefore, it’s looking for local Open Knowledge chapters or other partner organizations who want to take the lead in their country. As Open Knowledge Belgium has 8 years of experience within its team with organizing Open Summer of Code, feel free to drop an email to dries@openknowledge.be to get started and receive more information about setting up your local summer programme. Happy summer of open innovation!

More information about Open Summer of Code and this year’s projects:

Closing feedback loops for more & better open data in Switzerland

- July 10, 2018 in Events, OK Switzerland, Open Data, Switzerland

Last week, the annual open data conference in Switzerland took place in St. Gallen. In this post, Oleg Lavrovsky, activist for Open Knowledge and board member of the Swiss Chapter, shares a look back at the event showcasing the latest developments in the country, with results of the first Open Data Student Awards. For more coverage, photos and links visit Opendata.ch/2018. The #opendatach conference is, for the dedicated, a 24 hour event – starting this year around 6pm on Monday, when Rufus Pollock joined us in Zürich, lasting until 6pm on Tuesday July 3, as a light apéro and quick clean-up closed the doors on the eighth annual gathering of the Swiss Open Knowledge community. A group of organizers and core contributors spent a balmy afternoon perched in the loft at the Impact Hub, debating the state of the nation – which a recent ch.okfn.org blog post recounts – reviewing the recommendations of our Task Force, distributing and discussing the new book. A short night later we were on an early train with Hannes Gassert, checking waypoints over cups of green tea. Finally we arrive on site in St.Gallen, the economic and political center of eastern Switzerland, and host to a modern, internationally renowned University – whose main building was rapidly transformed into our favourite habitat: a burgeoning centre for activism, critical thought and debate.
After quickly saying hello we set to work on setting up the rooms, dodging streams of students rushing to class. In one hacky corner of the event, an unconference showcase sponsored by the local IT community featured 9 projects, submitted through an online platform (hack.opendata.ch), and whose team members were attending the conference. A colorful showcase wall, next to the entrance to the main room where keynotes took place, engendered imaginative discussion, giving participants a chance to find and meet the makers of innovative projects made with open data.

Photo credit: Ernie Deane, CC BY-SA 3.0

You’ll find excellent coverage of the morning’s plenary sessions in the Netzwoche article, highlighting the readiness which our host city St. Gallen demonstrated to support open government data (OGD), sharing a preview of their new open data platform. We learned insights from the cross-border collaboration that has taken place over the past years between the OGD administrations of the cities of St. Gallen and Vienna. Balancing out the mood in the room, we got to hear compelling remarks from a project leader who has so far been frustrated in his attempts to gain funding and political support for his open political data initiative:
“The biggest problem, however, is not the lack of access to data or lack of know-how among those involved. The parliamentary services now provide a good API, so that linking and interpreting various data is feasible. What is lacking above all is sustainability, and in particular sustainable financing.” –Daniel Black, smartmonitor

Keynotes

In the keynote by André Golliez, his upcoming departure from the role as president of Opendata.ch was announced, and he shared his vision for the recently founded Swiss Data Alliance. In this, he strives to make open data a key component of data policy and data infrastructure development in Swiss government and industry. Looking back on how open data has fared in politics since Barack Obama, he expressed worries about the pendulum turning in another direction, and encouraged us not to take things for granted. Hitting closer to home, André spoke about the right to data portability, specifically mentioning revisions to the Swiss Data Protection Act which follow the EU’s GDPR – encouraging our community to get involved in the debate and political process. In our final – much anticipated – morning keynote, Rufus Pollock came on stage to share his renewed vision for openness activism, introducing the main ideas from his new book, The Open Revolution, which he was selling and signing in the conference hall. In Switzerland, we have been keeping close track on developments in the open knowledge movement, influencing our own ongoing organizational transformation as a new generation of activists, policymakers, data wranglers push the project forward. The ideas within the book have been a cause of ceaseless debate for the weeks before the conference, and will surely continue through the summer. Some people complain about seeing the relevance, and we have been enjoying the ensuing debate. Even if Rufus did not manage to convince everyone in the room – if the language barrier, stories from foreign shores, or his radical-common-sense philosophy fail to attract immediate policy or media attention (NB: we eagerly await publication of an interview in the next issue of Das Magazin – follow @tagi_magi), they are certainly leaving a deep impression on our community. 105 copies of the new book distributed at name-your-price along with free digital downloads have put a progressive, challenging text into able hands, and the bold ideas within are helping to reignite and refresh our personal and collective commitment to activism for a fair and sustainable information society.

The workshops

After lunch, we hosted six afternoon workshop tracks (Open Data Startups, Open Smart Cities, Open Data in Science, Linked Open Data, Open Mobility Data, and Blockchain for Open Data), which you can read about, and download presentations from (as well as those of the keynotes), on the conference website. I made a short presentation on Frictionless Data (slides here) in the Science track, which showcased four projects working with, or fostering the development and use of, open data for scientific purposes – and will elaborate a little bit on this workshop here. Marcel Salathé, our workshop lead and a founder of the open foodrepo.org initiative, demonstrated the open data science challenge platform crowdAI developed at EPFL, which connects data science experts and enthusiasts with open data to solve specific problems, through challenges. My talk was about containerization formats for open data, introducing Frictionless Data – which addresses this issue through simple specifications and software – and my work on supporting these standards in the Julia language. Donat Agosti spoke about Plazi, addressing the need of transforming scientific data from publications, books, and other unstructured formats into a persistent and openly accessible digital taxonomic literature. Finally, Rok Roškar introduced the Swiss Data Science Center and its Renku platform, a highly scalable & secure open software platform designed to foster multidisciplinary data (science) collaborations. It was a privilege to take part, and I appreciated the learnings shared and eager discussions. The question came up of how many standardization initiatives it really takes, as well as whether and how improvements to the platform for data sharing really address the fundamental issues in science, and how the open data community can help improve access to high quality experimental data, reproducibility, and collaboration. We are following up on some of these questions already.

Open Data Student Award

And then it was, finally, time to hand over the Open Data Student Award, a project that took months of preparation, three days of 3D printing, hours of nail-bitingly intense jury duty, and only 15 minutes allowed to sum it all up. The jury team – consisting of Prof. Stefan Keller (CH Open), Andreas Amsler (OGD Canton of Zürich) and myself (Opendata.ch) – were impressed with the projects, each truly exemplary.
Every student and supervisor participating this year deserves recognition for making an effort to use, re-publish and to promote open data. In addition to being put on the big screen at the annual conference in St. Gallen and discussed by all the people gathered there, the projects are being given extra attention through community channels.

Congratulations to Jonas Oesch from FHNW Windisch, whose winning project The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Swiss Open Government Data educates readers in an exemplary way about open data, applying open source technical ingenuity and skillful design to a problem that is critical to the open data community.
The open data community is looking for answers to the question of how to better represent the diversity of datasets, putting them into new clothes, so to speak. The hitchhiker’s guide to Swiss Open Government Data is a project that points the way in such a direction.
Details about all the projects can be found on the official announcement. Additionally, we have shared some background and sources of the award open source for you to peruse. We are happy to get feedback and to hear your ideas for where to take the un/conference and award next year! Just drop us a line in the Open Knowledge Switzerland forum.

Wrapping up

As the football match got going that would eventually see our country rather unconvincingly exit the World Cup, we gave the floor to the people doing much of the day-to-day leg work to convince and support data providers to open up their troves to the Swiss public. Jean-Luc Cochard and Andreas Kellerhalls from the Swiss Federal Archives took turns to recap the situation in Switzerland. The OGD strategy for 2019-2023 is being prepared in the Federal Department of Home Affairs, to be ratified by stakeholder departments over the summer. Our association will make a position statement with and on behalf of the user community in the coming months. The presentations demonstrated both a continued commitment to public service, as well as an admission of where we are coming short, an analysis of some of the many roadblocks and challenges technical, political and cultural, that are part of the strategy review. The next 4 years promise renewal, responsibility, and many lessons to apply across the board.

Photo credit: Ernie Deane, CC BY-SA 3.0

We know that not all the actors on the OGD stage are doing a great job, yet – and that to improve the status quo, we need to continue improving awareness and knowledge of the issues. Our role in facilitating cooperation across the digital divide and improving data literacy in Switzerland will be an important stepping stone to future success. Pointing the way to such opportunities was the final keynote of the day, from Walter Palmetshofer (@vavoida), who joined us for the whole 24 hour marathon, and helped to end our conference with a bright acknowledgement of public interest: in good sportsmanship, international cooperation, and sustainable projects to build THINGS THAT MATTER. Walter shared with us the most interesting results, learnings and statistics from the first highly successful years of the Open Data Incubator Europe (ODINE), and let us take home tantalizing glimpses into 57 inspiring startups – each of which could well be at home in Switzerland, to each of which we should be keen to open data, open doors, and learn from.