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AbreLatam / Condatos: after the first 5 years

Oscar Montiel - October 12, 2017 in abrelatam, condatos, Events, Latin America, Open Data

This is a somewhat belated entry about the Abrelatam and Condatos, the regional open data conference of Latin America. It comes more than a month after the conference took place in San José, Costa Rica, but the questions raised there are still relevant and super important for advancing open data in Latin America and working towards truly open states. After five years, the discussions have shifted. We don’t only talk about open data and how to make it happen but about, for example: privacy and how we can make sure our governments will guarantee this the right to privacy in open data work; data standards and how to make them interoperable; and business models and how to be a sustainable organization that can last beyond project funding. These discussions are crucial in the current context in Latin America, with cases of corruption like Lava Jato or #GobiernoEspía in Mexico. They are particularly important if we want open data to not only be a bunch of good intentions, but rather infrastructure that is there for and because of citizens. Still, we have a big challenge ahead. As it was often commented in various sessions, we need to systematize all the knowledge we have gathered in these 5 years. We also need to be able to share it with the newcomers and open it up to organizations that aren’t traditionally in the open data sphere. This will help us avoid the echo chamber and keep the work focused on important matters and make open data a valuable asset in the construction of open states. At the same time, we need to learn from our mistakes, understand what has worked and what hasn’t, continue improving the work, not only go to conferences and speak about the amazing work we do, but also talk about where we make mistakes and help other avoid them. This won’t be an easy task, but I think we have the right ingredients to make it happen: we have a mature community that is eager to share its experiences and learnings. We’re ready to take on the next five years and construct an open region.  

MyData 2017 -konferenssi luo perustaa reilulle, ihmiskeskeiselle ja sykkivälle datataloudelle

Open Knowledge Finland - August 28, 2017 in Conference, datatalous, estonia, ethics, Events, Featured, finland, gdpr, impact, My Data, mydata, mydata 2016, mydata 2017, mydata alliance, mydata declaration, Open Data, vaikuttavuus, Working Groups

Ke 30.8. Tallinnassa, Tallinn University Conference Centre, Narva Maantee 29 To-pe 31.8.-1.9. Helsingissä, Kulttuuritalo, Sturenkatu 4 Kolmipäiväinen MyData 2017 -konferenssi vauhdittaa siirtymää yrityskeskeisestä henkilökohtaisen datan hallinnasta ja hyödyntämisestä kohti ihmiskeskeistä ja yksilöllistä datan hallintaa. Konferenssissa julkaistaan MyData Declaration, eli ihmiskeskeisen tietojenkäsittelyn teesit, jotka ovat allekirjoitettavissa konferenssin aikana. Yksinkertaistettuna MyData -periaatteet voimaannuttavat kansalaisia/palveluiden käyttäjiä, sillä käyttäjä itse voi esimerkiksi uudelleenkäyttää itsestään kerättyä tietoa tai määritellä, miten tietoa jaetaan esimerkiksi muihin palveluihin, mainostajille, tutkijoille tai muille tiedon hyödyntäjille. MyData tulee paitsi tehostamaan julkisia palveluita, myös tuottamaan aivan uudenlaisia palveluinnovaatioita ja on myös todennäköistä, että käyttäjät itse voivat esimerkiksi myydä tietoja itsestään mainostajille. MyData voimaannuttaa kuluttajakansalaisen.

MyData nivoutuu vahvasti tiedon avoimuuteen – ja on internetin suuria haasteita

World Wide Webin keksijä Sir Tim Berners-Lee on nostanyt henkilötiedon käsittelyn yhdeksi kolmesta suuresta internetin tulevaisuutta määrittäväksi haasteeksi. Siksi henkilötieto onkin ollut tärkeä asia Euroopan digitalisaatioagendalla ja uusi EU:n tietosuoja-asetus (GDPR) astumassa voimaan alle vuoden päästä. Siinä missä tietosuoja-asetus tuo itsessään kansalaisille turvaa ja uusia digitaalisia oikeuksia henkilötietoon liittyen, MyData tavallaan rakentaa tämän päälle, tuomalla lisää oikeuksia, ja määrittelemällä periaatteet ja eräänlaisen arkkitehtuurin sille miten henkilötietoa hallinnoidaan käyttäjän ja palveluiden kesken. Myös henkilötietoon liittyvien palveluiden taloudellinen merkitys on valtava. Henkilötiedot ovat yksi merkittävimmistä tulevaisuuden liiketoimintaa muokkaavista voimista (World Economic Forum, 2013) ja niihin liittyvien palvelujen kokonaismarkkinan on arvioitu kasvavan Euroopassa jopa 1000 miljardiin euroon vuonna 2020 (Boston Consulting Group, 2012). Nokkela lukija kysyy mitä tekemistä MyDatalla on avoimen tiedon ja avoimen datan kanssa. Siinä missä avoin data viittaa kaikkien julkisesti saatavilla oleviin tietovarantoihin, MyDatassa puolestaan yksi olennainen osa on vastaavasti yksilön Kansainvälisen Open Knowledge -järjestön (ent. Open Knowledge Foundation) perustaja Rufus Pollock tiivisti avoimen datan ja MyDatan suhteen viime vuoden konferenssissa. Avoimen datan potentiaaliseksi suoraksi hyödyksi on arvioitu 40 miljardia ja välillisiksi 100 miljardia euroa vuosittain EU -alueella (Vickery, 2011).  Sinänsä arviot ovat suuntaa antavia, mutta kokoluokaltaan henkilötiedon taloudellinen potentiaali on näin arvioituna jopa kymmenkertainen avoimen datan potentiaaliin verrattuna. Teimme Valtioneuvoston selvitys- ja tutkimustoiminnalle (VN TEAS) selvityksen avoimen datan taloudellisista vaikutuksista ja yksi raportin löydöksistä olikin nimenomaan se, että tarvitaan laajempaa datatalouden osaamista ja että arvo syntyy yhdistelmällä erilaisia datalähteitä. Toki on tärkeää muistaa, ettei kyse ole vain taloudellisesta merkityksestä. Yhtä kaikki, avoin data, MyData, tekoäly, big data, data-analytiikka – mm. nämä kulkevat käsi kädessä ja lisäävät toinen toisensa merkitystä ja vaikuttavuutta datataloudessa.

MyData 2017 -konferenssi – kansainvälinen yhteisö luo tulevaisuuden!

Toista kertaa järjestettävä tapahtuma on ainutlaatuinen, sillä se tuo yhteen yritykset, yhteisöt, kansalaisjärjestöt tutkijat ja hallinnon edustajat. Viime vuonna ensimmäistä kertaa järjestetyssä konferenssissa oli 670 henkeä 25 maasta, eli onnistumme mainiosti. Viime vuoden konferenssin merkitystä ei kannata aliarvioida, sillä sen jälkeen MyData-verkostoja on käynnistetty useissa maissa, alunperin Liikenne- ja viestintäministeriölle tehty MyData selvitys on käännetty useille kielille ja julkaistu ympäri maailmaa, ja yli 400 hengen MyData-konferenssi järjestetty Japanissa. Tänä vuonna MyData 2017 -tapahtuma järjestetään 3-päiväisenä (30.8. – 1.9.2017) siten, että ensimmäinen päivä on Tallinnassa (tietyt teemasessiot ja akateeminen osuus), ja kaksi päivää (päätapahtuma) Helsingissä. Odotamme paikalle yli 700 henkeä – mukana on peräti yli 150 puhujaa, ja yli 40 eri sessiota! Olemme pyrkineet pitämään lippujen hinnat maltillisena, että saadaan osallistujia erityyppisistä organisaatioista mukaan. Liput saa ostettua suoraan sivulta:  https://mydata2017.org/registration/ MyData 2017 -konferenssin järjestävät yhteistyössä Open Knowledge Finland, Aalto-yliopisto, Tallinnan yliopisto, ja ranskalainen tutkimusorganisaatio Fing. Konferenssi on yhteisöllisesti tuotettu – mukana on noin 10 palkattua henkilöä, yli 35 vapaaehtoista ja yli 50 ohjelman tuottajaa – ja se on Open Knowledge Finlandin vuoden suurin tapahtuma – tervetuloa mukaan!
Yo. tekstissä mainittuja lähteitä: Rufus Pollock MyData 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SRUqQO_1CQ MyData Declaration https://mydata.org/declaration/ Three challenges for the web, according to its inventor, The Web Foundation (March 12, 2017) https://webfoundation.org/2017/03/web-turns-28-letter/  Boston Consulting Group. (2012). The Value of Our Digital Identity. Liberty global Policy Series. PDF-dokumentti. Saatavissa: http://www.libertyglobal.com/PDF/public-policy/The-Value-of-Our-Digital-Identity.pdf. Koski, H., Honkanen, M., Luukkonen, J., Pajarinen, M., & Ropponen, T. (2017). Avoimen datan hyödyntäminen ja vaikuttavuus. VNK.  Saatavissa: http://tietokayttoon.fi/julkaisu?pubid=18703 Vickery, G. (2011). Review of Recent Studies on PSI Re-Use and Related Market Developments. PDF-dokumentti. Saatavissa: https://www.nsgic.org/public_resources/Vickery.pdf. World Economic Forum. (2013). Unlocking the Value of Personal Data: From Collection to Usage. PDF-dokumentti. Saatavissa: http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_IT_UnlockingValuePersonalData_CollectionUsage_Report_2013.pdf. The post MyData 2017 -konferenssi luo perustaa reilulle, ihmiskeskeiselle ja sykkivälle datataloudelle appeared first on Open Knowledge Finland.

Ten Cool Things I Learned at DataJConf

Yan Naung Oak - August 18, 2017 in Events, fellowship

I had a fantastic time at the European Computational and Data Journalism Conference in Dublin on 6-7 July in the company of many like-minded data journalists, academics, and open data practitioners. There were a lot of stimulating ideas shared during the presentations on the first day, the unconference on the second day, and the many casual conversations in between! In this post I’d like to share the ten ideas that stuck with me the most (it was tough to whittle it down to just ten!). Hopefully you’ll find these thoughts interesting, and hopefully they’ll spark some worthwhile discussions about data journalism and storytelling. I’d really love to hear what you have to say about all of this, so please do share any thoughts or observations that you might have below the line! image alt text The European Data and Computational Journalism Conference, Dublin, 6-7 July 2017
  1. ‘Deeper’ data journalism is making a real impact
Marianne Bouchart – manager of the Data Journalism Awards – gave a presentation introducing some of the most exciting award winners of 2017, and talked about some of the most important new trends in data journalism today. Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the electoral rollercoasters of the past year, a lot of great data journalism has been centred around electioneering and other political dramas. Marianne said that “impact” was the theme that ran through the best pieces produced last year, and she really stressed the central role that investigative journalism needs to play in producing strong data-driven stories. She said that impactful investigative journalism is increasingly merging with data journalism, as we saw in projects shedding light on shady anti-transparency moves by Brazilian politicians, investigating the asset-hoarding of Serbian politicians, and exposing irresponsible police handling of sexual assault cases in Canada.
  1. Machine learning could bring a revolution in data journalism
Two academics presented on the latest approaches to computational journalism – journalism that applies machine learning techniques to dig into a story. Marcel Broersma from the University of Groningen presented on an automated analysis of politicians’ use of social media. The algorithm analysed 80,000 tweets from Dutch, British and Belgian politicians to identify patterns of what he called the ‘triangle of political communication’ between politicians, journalists, and citizens. The project wasn’t without its difficulties, though – algorithmically detecting sarcasm still remained a challenge, and the limited demographics of Twitter users meant that this kind of research could only look at how narrow certain segments of society communicated. Jennifer Stark from the University of Maryland looked at the possibilities for algorithms to be biased – specifically looking at Google Image Search’s representations of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s photos during their campaigns. Through the use of an image recognition API that detects emotions, she found that Clinton’s pictures were biased towards showing her appear happier whereas for Trump, both happiness and anger were overrepresented. Although it’s still early days for computational journalism, talks like these hinted at exciting new data journalism methods to come!
  1. There are loads of ways to learn new skills!
The conference was held at the beautiful University College Dublin, where a brand new master’s program in data journalism is being launched this year. We also heard from one of the conference organisers, Martin Chorley, about Cardiff University’s Master’s in Computational and Data Journalism, which has been going strong for three years, and has had a great track record of placing students into employment. But formal education isn’t the only way to get those cutting edge data journo skills! One of the conference organisers also presented the results of a worldwide survey of data journalists, taking in responses from 180 data journalists across 44 countries. One of the study’ most notable findings was that only half of respondents had formal training in data journalism – the rest picked up the necessary skills all by themselves. Also, when asked how they wanted to further their skills, more respondents said they wanted to brush up on their skills in short courses rather than going back to school full-time.
  1. Want good government data? Be smart (and be charming)!
One of the most fascinating parts of the conference for me was learning about the different ways data journalists obtained data for their projects. Kathryn Tourney from The Detail in Northern Ireland found Freedom of Information requests useful, but with the caveat that you really needed to know the precise structure of the data you are requesting in order to get the best data. Kathryn would conduct prior research on the exact schemas of government databases and work to get hold of the forms that the government used to collect the data she wanted before making the actual FOI requests. This ensured that there was no ambiguity about what she’d receive on the other side! Conor Ryan from Ireland’s RTÉ found that he didn’t need to make FOI requests to do deep investigative work, because there was already a lot of government data “available” to the public. The catch was that this data was often buried behind paywalls and multiple layers of bureaucracy. Conor stressed the importance of ensuring that any data sources RTÉ managed to wrangle were also made available in a more accessible way for future users. One example related to accessing building registry data in Ireland, where originally a €5 fee existed for every request made. Conor and his team pointed out this obstacle to the authorities and persuaded them to change the rules so that the data would be available in bulk in the future. Lastly, during the unconference one story from Bulgaria really resonated with my own experiences trying to get a hold of data from governments in closed societies. A group of techies offered the Bulgarian government help with an array of technical issues, and by building relationships with staff on the ground – as well as getting the buy-in of political decision makers – they were able to get their hands on a great deal of data that would have forever remained inaccessible if they’d gone through the ‘standard’ channels for accessing public information.
  1. The ethics of data sharing are tricky
The best moments at these conferences are the ones that make you go: “Hmm… I never thought about it that way before!”. During Conor Ryan’s presentation, he really emphasized the need for data journalists to consider the ethics of sharing the data that they have gathered or analysed. He pointed out that there’s a big difference between analysing data internally and reporting on a selected set of verifiable results, and publishing the entire dataset from your analysis publicly. In the latter case, every single row of data becomes a potential defamation suit waiting to happen. This is especially true when the dataset involved is disaggregated down the level of individuals!
  1. Collaboration is everything
Being a open data practitioner means that my dream scenarios are collaborations on data-driven projects between techies, journalists and civil society groups. So it was really inspiring to hear Megan Lucero talk about how The Bureau Local (at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism) has built up a community of civic techies, local journalists, and civil society groups across the UK. Even though The Bureau Local was only set up a few months ago, they quickly galvanized this community around the 2017 UK general elections, and launched four different collaborative investigative data journalism projects. One example is their piece on targeted ads during the election campaign, where they collaborated with the civic tech group Who Targets Me to collect and analyse data about the kinds of political ads targeting social media users. I’d love to see more experiments like The Bureau Local emerging in other countries as well! In fact, one of the main purposes of Open and Shut is precisely to build this kind of community for folks in closed societies who want to collaborate on data-driven investigations. So please get involved! image alt text Who Targets Me? Is an initiative working to collect and analyse data about the kinds of political ads targeting social media users.
  1. Data journalism needs cash – so where can we find it?
It goes without saying these days that journalism is having a bad time of it at the moment. Advertising and subscription revenues don’t pull in nearly as much cash as the used to. Given that pioneering data-driven investigative journalism takes a lot of time and effort, the question that naturally arises is: “where do we get the money for all this?”. Perhaps unsurprisingly, no-one at DataJConf had any straightforward answers to this question. A lot of casual conversations in between sessions drifted onto the topic of funding for data journalism, and lots of people seemed worried that innovative work in the field is currently too dependent on funding from foundations. That being said, attendees also shared stories about interesting funding experiments being undertaken around the world, with the Korean Center for Investigative Journalism’s crowdfunding approach gaining some interest.
  1. Has data journalism been failing us?
In the era of “fake news” and “alternative facts”, a recurring topic in many conversations was about whether data journalism actually had any serious positive impacts. During the unconference discussions, some of us ended up being sucked into the black hole question of “What constitutes proper journalism anyway?”. It wasn’t all despair and navel-gazing, however, and we definitely identified a few concrete things that could be improved. One related to the need to better represent uncertainty in data journalism. This ties into questions of improving the public’s data literacy, but also of traditional journalism’s tendency to present attention-grabbing leads and conclusions without doing enough to convey complexity and nuance. People kept referencing FiveThirtyEight’s election prediction page, which contained a sophisticated representation of the uncertainty in their modelling, but hid it all below the fold – an editorial decision, it was argued, that lulled readers into thinking that the big number that they saw at the top of the page was the only thing that mattered. image alt text FiveThirtyEight’s forecast of the 2016 US elections showed a lot of details below the fold about their forecasting model’s uncertainty, but most readers just looked at the big percentages at the top. Another challenge identified by attendees was that an enormous amount of resources were being deployed to preach to the choir instead of reaching out to a broader base of readers. The unconference participants pointed out that a lot of the sophisticated data journalism stories written in the run-up to the 2016 US elections were geared towards partisan audiences. We agreed that we needed to see more accessible, impactful data stories that were not so mired in party politics, such as ProPublica’s insightful piece on rising US maternal mortality rates.
  1. Data journalism can be incredibly powerful in the Global South
Many of the talks were about data journalism as it was practised in Western countries – with one notable exception. Eva Constantaras, who trains investigative data journalism teams in the Global South, held a wonderful presentation about the impactfulness of data journalism in the developing world. She gave the examples of IndiaSpend in India and The Nation in Kenya, and spoke about how their data-driven stories worked to identify problems that resonated with the public, and explain them in an accessible and impactful way. Election coverage in these two examples shared by Eva focused on investigating the consequences of the policy proposals of politicians, engaging in fact-checking, and identifying the kinds of problems that were faced by voters in reality. Without the burden of partisan echo-chambers, and because data journalism is still very new and novel in many parts of the world, data journalism could end up having a huge impact on public debate and storytelling in the Global South. Watch this space! image alt text Kenya’s *The Nation has been producing data-driven stories more and more frequently, such as **this piec*e* on Kenya’s Eleventh Elections in August 2017*
  1. Storytelling has to connect on a human level
If there was one recurring theme that I heard throughout the conference about what makes data journalism impactful, it was that the data-driven story has to connect on a human level. Eva had a slide in her talk with a quote from John Steinbeck about what makes a good story: “If a story is not about the hearer he [or she] will not listen… A great lasting story is about everyone, or it will not last. The strange and foreign is not interesting – only the deeply personal and familiar.” Embed youtube video: https://youtu.be/lFEHt_gOcwo “I want loads of money” — Councillor Hugh McElvaney caught on hidden camera video from RTÉ Conor from RTÉ also drove the same point home. After his team’s extensive data-driven investigative work revealed corruption in Irish politics, the actual story that they broke involved a hidden-camera video of an undercover interview with one of these politicians. This video highlighted just one datapoint in a very visceral way, which ultimately resonated more with the audience than any kind of data visualisation could.
I could go on for longer, but that’s probably quite enough for one blog post! Thanks for reading this far, and I hope you managed to gain some nice insights from my experiences at DataJConf. It was a fascinating couple of days, and I’m looking forward to building upon all of these exciting new ideas in the months ahead! If any of these thoughts have got you excited, curious (or maybe even furious) we’d love to hear from you below the line. *Open & Shut is a project from the **Small Medi*a* team. Small Media are an organisation working to support freedom of information in closed societies, and are behind the portal **Iran Open Dat*a*.* Flattr this!

Rahoitus & uudet projektit: Isoja ideoita avoimesta datasta?!

Open Knowledge Finland - August 15, 2017 in avoimuus, avoin data, Events, funding, kokeiliu, Nofications, projects, rahoitus, rahoitushaut, Working Groups, yhteistyö

Varma lähestyvän syksyn merkki on, kun säätiöt ja rahastot julkaisevat omia hakuilmoituksiaan. Seuraavan 2 kuukauden aikana on ainakin 5 eri hakua, jotka voisivat olla relevantteja myös avoimen datan ja avoimuuden edistäjille. Mm. seuraaviin hakuihin kannattaa mielestäni miettiä, kukin omista lähtökohdistaan, olisko jotain innostavaa mitä haluaisimme edistää!? Open Knowledge Finland ry on tehnyt yli 40 innostavaa projektia viimeisen viiden vuoden aikana – erittäin kiinnostavien kumppaneiden kanssa. Mitä kehittäisimme tällä kertaa?

Koneen säätiö

KIRA-digi

  • KIRA-digi tarjoaa rahoitusta kokeiluille, jotka edistävät rakennetun ympäristön ja rakentamisen digitalisaatiota. Kokeilujen tavoitteena on 1) vauhdittaa alan toimintatapojen muutosta, 2) mahdollistaa erilaisten mallien ja kehittämispolkujen testaaminen sekä 3) standardien ratkaisujen sovittaminen käytäntöön. Kokeiluja rahoitetaan yhteensä noin 4 miljoonalla eurolla vuosina 2016-2018.
  • Avoimen datan kulma? Paljon! On 3D-malleja, karttoja, paikkatietoa, energiaa, yms.
  • Lisätietoa: http://www.kiradigi.fi/3-kokeiluhankkeet/hakuilmoitus.html
  • Deadline 31.8.2017

Nesslingin säätiö

  • Nesslingin Säätiö tukee ympäristönsuojelua edistävää tutkimusta sekä tutkitun ympäristötiedon viestintää ja jalkauttamista yhteiskuntaan.
  • Avoimen datan kulma? Esimerkiksi lajirikkauskarttaa voisi hyvin viedä eteenpäin, joskin sitä haettiin (onnistumatta) vuonna 2016. Ilmastomuutos on jatkuvasti kasvava huoli ja avoimen datan osuus sen tutkimuksessa ja ymmmärtämistä ja olennaista. Entäpä Suomen kaivosteollisuus ja sen ympäristövaikutukset?
  • Lisätietoa: http://www.nessling.fi/apurahat/avoimet-haut/
  • Deadline: 15.9.2017

Kordelinin säätiö

  • Tiivis kuvaus: Alfred Kordelinin säätiö tukee apurahoin ja palkinnoin tieteitä, kirjallisuutta, taiteita ja kansanvalistusta.
  • Avoimen datan kulma? Esimerkiksi avoimen tieteen tai demokratian saralla (esim. faktantarkistus, vaalit, tutkittu tieto päätöksentekoon, päätöksenteko kansantajuiseksi, tms.) voisi löytyä sarkaa.
  • Lisätietoa: https://kordelin.fi/apurahat-2/
  • Deadline: 31.8.2017

Kokeilu- ja kehittämishankeavustus kulttuuritoimijoille

Muita hakuja

On hyvä huomata, että relevantteja hakuja on luultavasti tulossa myös Helsingin Innovaatiorahastolta ja 6Aika-hankkeelta. Vaikka näiden painopisteet eivät ole tiedossa vielä, kannattaa niitä miettiä jo nyt, kun on rutkasti aikaa.

Jatketaanko keskustelua?

Suosimme avointa keskustelua. Jatketaan keskustelua avoimesti esimerkiksi näin: The post Rahoitus & uudet projektit: Isoja ideoita avoimesta datasta?! appeared first on Open Knowledge Finland.

Hackathon al Gran Sasso Science Institute! Iscrivetevi, avete tempo fino al 1 Luglio!

Francesca De Chiara - June 23, 2017 in civic tech, Events, Open Data

In occasione del Festival della Partecipazione, il Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI) organizza il 7 e 8 luglio prossimi a L’Aquila un Hackathon per sviluppare progetti di prodotti, di servizi o rappresentazioni visuali utili, sostenibili e replicabili, in grado di generare un impatto significativo nei modi di pensare, vivere e condividere la ricostruzione e le future […]

Kutsu yhdistyksen kevätkokoukseen / Invitation to Spring general meeting

akisaariaho - June 5, 2017 in Association, Events, Featured, kevätkokous, kokous, meeting, Nofications, spring meeting, yhdistys

Kutsu Open Knowledge Finland ry:n sääntömääräiseen kevätkokoukseen 2017
    • Ajankohta: maanantai 19.6.2017 klo 16.30 alkaen.
    • Sijainti: Maria 01, Lapinlahdenkatu 16
    • Etäosallistuminen: Linkki ilmoitetaan myöhemmin
      Jäsenistö voi osallistua kokoukseen joko tulemalla paikan päälle tai etäosallistumismahdollisuutta käyttäen. Ilmoittautuminen kokoukseen viimeistään 18.6.2017 on edellytys äänestysoikeuden saamiselle etäyhteyden yli. Ilmoittautuminen etukäteen ei ole pakollinen paikan päällä osallistuville, mutta toivottavaa mm. tarjoilun ja muun logistiikan kannalta. Mikäli et ole vielä yhdistyksen jäsen, mutta haluat liittyä ja olla näin mukana kokouksessa täytä liittymislomake viimeistään 19.6.2017 ennen kokouksen alkua.   Kokouksessa käsitellään sääntömääräiset asiat:
  1. kokouksen avaus
  2. valitaan kokouksen puheenjohtaja, sihteeri ja kaksi pöytäkirjantarkastajaa
  3. todetaan kokouksen laillisuus ja päätösvaltaisuus
  4. hyväksytään kokouksen työjärjestys
  5. esitetään tilinpäätös
  6. esitetään vuosikertomus
  7. esitetään tilintarkastajien ja toiminnantarkastajien lausunto
  8. päätetään tilinpäätöksen vahvistamisesta ja vastuuvapauden myöntämisestä hallitukselle ja muille vastuuvelvollisille
  9. käsitellään muut kokouskutsussa mainitut asiat
    1. jäsenmaksujen kohdistaminen
  10. päätetään kokous

Ennakkovalmistelu

Tämä vuosikokoussivu julkaistiin 5.6.2017.

Materiaalit

Sääntöjen 8§ “Yhdistyksen tilikausi on kalenterivuosi. Tilinpäätös tarvittavine asiakirjoineen ja hallituksen vuosikertomus on annettava toiminnantarkastajille viimeistään kuukautta ennen vuosikokousta. Toiminnantarkastajien tulee antaa kirjallinen lausuntonsa viimeistään kaksi viikkoa ennen vuosikokousta hallitukselle.”

Yhdistyksen päätöksenteko

  Hallitus kokoontuu 8.6.2017 ennen kevätkokousta, ja mahdollisesti voi tarvittaessa hyväksyä uusia jäseniä. Jäsenhakemuksen voi lähettää verkossa. Hallituksen lisäksi yhdistyksellä on toiminut hallitusta laajempi ja enemmän käytännön toimintaa pyörittävä core-tiimi. Core-tiimi pitää yhteyttä muun muassa Facebook-ryhmän ja -chatin kautta aina tarpeen vaatiessa, eli välillä säännöllisesti, välillä epäsäännöllisesti. Kiinnostuksesta hallituksen tai core-tiimin jäsenyyttä kohtaan pyydetään ilmoittautumaan etukäteen. Kevätkokouksen yhteydessä on loistava hetki maksaa jäsenmaksu vuodelle 2017 ja osoittaa kannatuksensa Open Knowledge Finlandille sen muodossa (https://holvi.com/shop/OKFIRY/ ). The post Kutsu yhdistyksen kevätkokoukseen / Invitation to Spring general meeting appeared first on Open Knowledge Finland.

Open Knowledge Belgium is preparing for open Summer of code 2017

driesvr - May 31, 2017 in belgium, Civic Labs, Events, General, Open Belgium, Open Data, Open Knowledge, open Summer of code, oSoc17

In the last few months, the open community in Belgium has had the chance to gather multiple times. Open Knowledge Belgium organised a couple of events and activities which aimed to bring its passionate community together and facilitate the launch of new projects. Furthermore, as summertime is coming, it’s currently organising the seventh edition of its yearly open Summer of code. Let’s go chronologically through what’s going on at Open Knowledge Belgium.

Open Belgium 2017

As the tradition goes, the first Monday after International Open Data Day, Open Knowledge Belgium organises its Open Belgium conference on open knowledge and open data in Belgium.

Open Belgium was made possible by an incredible group of volunteers

This year’s community-driven gathering of open enthusiasts took place in Brussels for the first time and was a big success. More than 250 people with different backgrounds showed up to talk about the current state of and next steps towards more open knowledge and open data in Belgium.

All presentations, notes and visuals of Open Belgium are available on http://2017.openbelgium.be/presentations.

Launch of Civic Lab Brussels

It all started during a fruitful discussion with Open Knowledge Germany at Open Belgium. While talking about the 26 OK Labs in Germany, more specifically being intrigued by the air quality project of OK Lab Stuttgart, we got to ask ourselves: why wouldn’t we launch something similar in Brussels/Belgium?

In about the same period of time, some new open initiatives popped up from within our community and several volunteers repeatedly expressed their interest to contribute to Open Knowledge’s mission of building a world in which knowledge creates power for the many, not the few.

Eventually, after a wonderful visit to BeCentral — the new digital hub above Brussels’ central station — all pieces of the puzzle got merged into the idea of a Civic Lab: bringing volunteers and open projects every 2 weeks together in an open space.

The goal of Civic Labs Brussels is two-fold: on the one hand, offering volunteers opportunities to contribute to civic projects they care about. On the other hand, providing initiative-takers of open project with help and advice from fellow citizens.

Open in the case of our Civic Lab means, corresponding to the Open Definition, yet slightly shorter, that anyone can freely contribute to and benefit from the project. No strings attached.

Civic Lab meetups are not only to put open initiatives in the picture and hang out with other civic innovators. They’re also about getting things done and creating impact. Therefore, those gatherings always take place under the same format of short introductory presentations (30 min) — to both new and ongoing projects — followed by action (2 hours), whereby all attendees are totally free to contribute to the project of their choice and can come up with new projects.

Open Summer of code 2017

Last but not least, Open Knowledge Belgium is preparing for the seventh edition of its annual open Summer of code. From 3rd until 27th July, 36 programming, design and communications students will be working under the guidance of experienced coaches on 10 different open innovation projects with real-life impact.

If you want to stay updated about open Summer of code and all other activities, please follow Open Knowledge Belgium on Twitter or subscribe to its newsletter.

csv,conf,v3

Daniel Fowler - May 30, 2017 in Events, Frictionless Data, OD4D, Open Spending

The third manifestation of everyone’s favorite community conference about data—csv,conf,v3—happened earlier this May in Portland, Oregon. The conference brought together data makers/doers/hackers from various backgrounds to share knowledge and stories about data in a relaxed, convivial, alpaca-friendly (see below) environment. Several Open Knowledge International staff working across our Frictionless Data, OpenSpending, and Open Data for Development projects made the journey to Portland to help organize, give talks, and exchange stories about our lives with data. Thanks to Portland and the Eliot Center for hosting us. And, of course, thanks to the excellent keynote speakers Laurie Allen, Heather Joseph, Mike Bostock, and Angela Bassa who provided a great framing for the conference through their insightful talks. Here’s what we saw.

Talks We Gave

The first priority for the team was to present on the current state of our work and Open Knowledge International’s mission more generally. In his talk, Continuous Data Validation for Everybody, developer Adrià Mercader updated the crowd on the launch and motivation of goodtables.io: It was a privilege to be able to present our work at one of my favourite conferences. One of the main things attendees highlight about csv,conf is how diverse it is: many different backgrounds were represented, from librarians to developers, from government workers to activists. Across many talks and discussions, the need to make published data more useful to people came up repeatedly. Specifically, how could we as a community help people publish better quality data? Our talk introducing goodtables.io presented what we think will be a dominant approach to approaching this question: automated validation. Building on successful practices in software development like automated testing, goodtables.io integrates within the data publication process to allow publishers to identify issues early and ensure data quality is maintained over time. The talk was very well received, and many people reached out to learn more about the platform. Hopefully, we can continue the conversation to ensure that automated (frictionless) data validation becomes the standard on all data publication workflows. David Selassie Opoku presented When Data Collection Meets Non-technical CSOs in Low-Income Areas: csv,conf was a great opportunity to share highlights of the OD4D (and School of Data) team’s data collection work. The diverse audience seemed to really appreciate insights on working with non-technical CSOs in low-income areas to carry out data collection. In addition to highlighting the lessons from the work and its potential benefit to other regions of the world, I got to connect with data literacy organisations such as Data Carpentry who are currently expanding their work in Africa and could help foster potential data literacy training partnerships. As a team working with CSOs in low-income areas like Africa, School of Data stands to benefit from continuing conversations with data “makers” in order to present potential use cases. A clear example I cited in my talk was Kobo Toolbox, which continues to mitigate several daunting challenges of data collection through abstraction and simple user interface design. Staying in touch with the csv,conf community may highlight more such scenarios which could lead to the development of new tools for data collection. Paul Walsh, in his talk titled Open Data and the Question of Quality (slides) talked about lessons learned from working on a range of government data publishing projects and we can do as citizens to demand better quality data from our governments:

Talks We Saw

Of course, we weren’t there only to present; we were there to learn from others as well. Before the conference, through our Frictionless Data project, we have been lucky to be in contact with various developers and thinkers around the world who also presented talks at the conference. Eric Busboom presented Metatab, an approach to packaging metadata in spreadsheets. Jasper Heefer of Gapminder talked about DDF, a data description format and associated data pipeline tool to help us live a more fact-based existence. Bob Gradeck of the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center talked about data intermediaries in civic tech, a topic near and dear to our hearts here at Open Knowledge International.

Favorite Talks

Paul’s:
  • “Data in the Humanities Classroom” by Miriam Posner
  • “Our Cities, Our Data” by Kate Rabinowitz
  • “When Data Collection Meets Non-technical CSOs in Low Income Areas” by David Selassie Opoku
David’s:
  • “Empowering People By Democratizing Data Skills” by Erin Becker
  • “Teaching Quantitative and Computational Skills to Undergraduates using Jupyter Notebooks” by Brian Avery
  • “Applying Software Engineering Practices to Data Analysis” by Emil Bay
  • “Open Data Networks with Fieldkit” by Eric Buth
Jo’s:
  • “Smelly London: visualising historical smells through text-mining, geo-referencing and mapping” by Deborah Leem
  • “Open Data Networks with Fieldkit” by Eric Buth
  • “The Art and Science of Generative Nonsense” Mouse Reeve
  • “Data Lovers in in a Dangerous Time” by Bendan O’Brien

Data Tables

This csv,conf was the first csv,conf to have a dedicated space for working with data hands-on. In past events, attendees left with their heads buzzing full of new ideas, tools, and domains to explore but had to wait until returning home to try them out. This time we thought: why wait? During the talks, we had a series of hands-on workshops where facilitators could walk through a given product and chat about the motivations, challenges, and other interesting details you might not normally get to in a talk. We also prepared several data “themes” before the conference meant to bring people together on a specific topic around data. In the end, these themes proved a useful starting point for several of the facilitators and provided a basis for a discussion on cultural heritage data following on from a previous workshop on the topic. The facilitated sessions went well. Our own Adam Kariv walked through Data Package Pipelines, his ETL tool for data based on the Data Package framework. Jason Crawford demonstrated Fieldbook, a tool for managing easily managing a database in-browser as you would a spreadsheet. Bruno Vieira presented Bionode, going into fascinating detail on the mechanics of Node.js Streams. Nokome Bentley walked through a hands-on introduction to accessible, reproducible data analysis using Stencila, a way to create interactive, data-driven documents using the language of your choice to enable reproducible research. Representatives from data.world, an Austin startup we worked with on an integration for Frictionless Data also demonstrated uploading datasets to data.world. The final workshop was conducted by several members of the Dat team, including co-organizer Max Ogden, with a super enthusiastic crowd. Competition from the day’s talks was always going to be fierce, but it seems that many attendees found some value in the more intimate setting provided by Data Tables.

Thanks

If you were there at csv,conf in Portland, we hope you had a great time. Of course, our thanks go to the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and to Sloan Foundation for enabling me and my fellow organizers John Chodacki, Max Ogden, Martin Fenner, Karthik, Elaine Wong, Danielle Robinson, Simon Vansintjan, Nate Goldman and Jo Barratt who all put so much personal time and effort to bringing this all together. Oh, and did I mention the Comma Llama Alpaca? You, um, had to be there.

Launch of Civic Lab Brussels

driesvr - May 5, 2017 in Civic Lab, Civic Labs, Events, Open Data, Open Knowledge

Last week Open Knowledge Belgium launched, in collaboration with Wikimedia Belgium, Civic Lab Brussels, a biweekly action-oriented gathering of open enthusiasts with different backgrounds and skills who work together on civic projects.  
How did we come up with this idea?
It all started during a fruitful discussion with Open Knowledge Germany at Open Belgium earlier in March. While talking about the 26 OK Labs in Germany, more specifically being intrigued by the air quality project of OK Lab Stuttgart, we got to ask ourselves: why wouldn’t we launch something similar in Brussels/Belgium? In about the same period of time, some new open initiatives popped up from within our community and several volunteers repeatedly expressed their interest to contribute to Open Knowledge’s mission of building a world in which knowledge creates power for the many, not the few. Eventually, after a wonderful visit to BeCentral – the new digital hub above Brussels’ central station – all pieces of the puzzle got merged into the idea of a Civic Lab: bringing volunteers and open projects every 2 weeks together in an open space.

Much more than putting open projects in the picture The goal of Civic Labs Brussels is two-fold: on the one hand, offering volunteers opportunities to contribute to civic projects they care about. On the other hand, providing initiative-takers of open project with help and advice from fellow citizens. Open in the case of our Civic Lab means, corresponding to the Open Definition, yet slightly shorter, that anyone can freely contribute to and benefit from the project. No strings attached. During our Civic Lab meetups we don’t only put open initiatives in the picture and hang out with other civic innovators. We also want to get things done and create impact. Therefore, our meetups always take place under the same format of short introductory presentations (30 min) — to both new and ongoing projects — followed by action (2 hours), whereby all attendees are totally free to contribute to the project of their choice and can come up with new projects — just let the organising team know in advance. Kickoff Civic Hack Night At our kickoff meetup we were pleased to welcome 33 open believers — what corresponds to a show-up rate of 92% (!)— and had 4 projects presented: Thanks to the diversity among attendees, our kickoff meetup turned out to be a big success. This is also where the potential lies for Civic labs: bringing researchers, hackers, civil servants, entrepreneurs and civil society representatives in the same room and inviting them to collaboratively work on open projects.

Civic Labs Brussels Kickoff

What to expect from our next Civic Lab meetups? During our next open gathering there will be presentations about both running projects —e.g. air quality, OpenStreetMap and open food data —  as well new projects in Civic Lab Brussels as, for instance, from Wikimedia Belgium and Dewey. Next to those project-specific presentations, we’d like to invite researchers and students to come and tell us about their findings from their work related to anything open and international visitors to meet our local community and share their stories. Last but not least, we’re happy to announce that Chris and Umut, both interns at Open Knowledge Belgium, will also present the onboarding process they developed for W4P – open source crowdsourcing platform – during the Civic Lab meetup on 23 May.

How to get involved: Noteworthy: Civic Lab Brussels has its own Wiki page – https://be.wikimedia.org/wiki/Civic_Lab_Brussels

Launch of Civic Lab Brussels

driesvr - May 5, 2017 in Civic Lab, Civic Labs, Events, Open Data, Open Knowledge

Last week Open Knowledge Belgium launched, in collaboration with Wikimedia Belgium, Civic Lab Brussels, a biweekly action-oriented gathering of open enthusiasts with different backgrounds and skills who work together on civic projects.  
How did we come up with this idea?
It all started during a fruitful discussion with Open Knowledge Germany at Open Belgium earlier in March. While talking about the 26 OK Labs in Germany, more specifically being intrigued by the air quality project of OK Lab Stuttgart, we got to ask ourselves: why wouldn’t we launch something similar in Brussels/Belgium? In about the same period of time, some new open initiatives popped up from within our community and several volunteers repeatedly expressed their interest to contribute to Open Knowledge’s mission of building a world in which knowledge creates power for the many, not the few. Eventually, after a wonderful visit to BeCentral – the new digital hub above Brussels’ central station – all pieces of the puzzle got merged into the idea of a Civic Lab: bringing volunteers and open projects every 2 weeks together in an open space.

Much more than putting open projects in the picture The goal of Civic Labs Brussels is two-fold: on the one hand, offering volunteers opportunities to contribute to civic projects they care about. On the other hand, providing initiative-takers of open project with help and advice from fellow citizens. Open in the case of our Civic Lab means, corresponding to the Open Definition, yet slightly shorter, that anyone can freely contribute to and benefit from the project. No strings attached. During our Civic Lab meetups we don’t only put open initiatives in the picture and hang out with other civic innovators. We also want to get things done and create impact. Therefore, our meetups always take place under the same format of short introductory presentations (30 min) — to both new and ongoing projects — followed by action (2 hours), whereby all attendees are totally free to contribute to the project of their choice and can come up with new projects — just let the organising team know in advance. Kickoff Civic Hack Night At our kickoff meetup we were pleased to welcome 33 open believers — what corresponds to a show-up rate of 92% (!)— and had 4 projects presented: Thanks to the diversity among attendees, our kickoff meetup turned out to be a big success. This is also where the potential lies for Civic labs: bringing researchers, hackers, civil servants, entrepreneurs and civil society representatives in the same room and inviting them to collaboratively work on open projects.

Civic Labs Brussels Kickoff

What to expect from our next Civic Lab meetups? During our next open gathering there will be presentations about both running projects —e.g. air quality, OpenStreetMap and open food data —  as well new projects in Civic Lab Brussels as, for instance, from Wikimedia Belgium and Dewey. Next to those project-specific presentations, we’d like to invite researchers and students to come and tell us about their findings from their work related to anything open and international visitors to meet our local community and share their stories. Last but not least, we’re happy to announce that Chris and Umut, both interns at Open Knowledge Belgium, will also present the onboarding process they developed for W4P – open source crowdsourcing platform – during the Civic Lab meetup on 23 May.

How to get involved: Noteworthy: Civic Lab Brussels has its own Wiki page – https://be.wikimedia.org/wiki/Civic_Lab_Brussels