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Για ένα δίκαιο, ελεύθερο και ανοικτό μέλλον: γιορτάζοντας τα 15 χρόνια του Open Knowledge Foundation

- May 23, 2019 in Featured, Featured @en, News, ανοικτά δεδομένα, ανοικτή γνώση, Νέα

Σύνταξη: Ισίδωρος Πάσσας 20 Μαΐου 2019, από την Catherine Stihler Η κα Catherine Stihler, CEO του Open Knowledge Foundation, στο τελευταίο της επετειακό άρθρο, γιορτάζοντας τα 15 χρόνια του Open Knowledge Foundation, στο blog του Ιδρύματος, παρουσιάζει το όραμα του Ιδρύματος για τα επόμενα χρόνια. Η κα Stihler ξεκινά το άρθρο κάνοντας μία σύντομη ιστορική […]

For a fair, free and open future: celebrating 15 years of the Open Knowledge Foundation

- May 20, 2019 in Featured, News, Open Knowledge Foundation

Fifteen years ago, the Open Knowledge Foundation was launched in Cambridge by entrepreneur and economist Rufus Pollock. At the time, open data was an entirely new concept. Worldwide internet users were barely above the 10 per cent mark, and Facebook was still in its infancy. But Rufus foresaw both the massive potential and the huge risks of the modern digital age. He believed in access to information for everyone about how we live, what we consume, and who we are – for example, how our tax money gets spent, what’s in the food we eat or the medicines we take, and where the energy comes from to power our cities. From humble beginnings, the Open Knowledge Foundation grew across the globe and pioneered the way that we use data today, striving to build open knowledge in government, business and civil society – and creating the technology to make open material useful. We created the Open Definition that is still the benchmark today – that open data and content can be freely used, modified, and shared by anyone for any purpose. With staff on six continents, we became known as Open Knowledge International and launched projects in dozens of countries. As we celebrate our 15th anniversary today, our world has changed dramatically. Large unaccountable technology companies have monopolised the digital age, and an unsustainable concentration of wealth and power has led to stunted growth and lost opportunities. When that happens it is consumers, future innovators and society that loses out. We live in powerful times, where the greatest danger is not the chaos but to rest in the past. So as we reach an important milestone in our organisation’s own journey, we recognise it is time for new rules for this new digital world. We have decided to re-focus our efforts on why we were created in 2004, ‘to promote the openness of all forms of knowledge’, and return to our name as the Open Knowledge Foundation. Our vision is for a future that is fair, free and open. That will be our guiding principle in everything we do. Our mission is to create a more open world – a world where all non-personal information is open, free for everyone to use, build on and share; and creators and innovators are fairly recognised and rewarded. We understand that phrases like ‘open data’ and ‘open knowledge’ are not widely understood. It is our job to change that. The next 15 years and beyond are not to be feared. We live in a time when technological advances offer incredible opportunities for us all. This is a time to be hopeful about the future, and to inspire those who want to build a better society. We want to see enlightened societies around the world, where everyone has access to key information and the ability to use it to understand and shape their lives; where powerful institutions are comprehensible and accountable; and where vital research information that can help us tackle challenges such as poverty and climate change is available to all. Our work will focus on health, where access to medicines requires new thinking, and on education where new EU-wide copyright law impacts on both academic research and on people’s ability to access knowledge. We will also concentrate on employment, including tackling the growing inequality from working patterns and conditions, and the ability for creators and innovators to be fairly compensated. This reaches to the heart of a fair, free and open future where there is opportunity for all. We have also set out five demands for this week’s European elections and will push for MEPs from across Europe to prioritise these when the European Parliament returns in summer. Firstly, we will fight the introduction of Article 17 of the EU’s copyright reforms which threatens to restrict the sharing of data and other content on the internet for half-a-billion people in Europe. We also want to see improved transparency measures at social media companies like Facebook to prevent the spread of disinformation and fake news. We recognise the concerns that people have about the misuse of data, so we will champion ‘responsible data’ to ensure that data is used ethically and legally, and protects privacy. We also want to persuade governments and organisations to use established and recognised open licences when releasing data or content; and we will aim to build a network of open advocates in the European Parliament who will push for greater openness in their own nations. We live in a knowledge society where we face two different futures: one which is open and one which is closed. An open future means knowledge is shared by all – freely available to everyone, a world where people are able to fulfil their potential and live happy and healthy lives. A closed future is one where knowledge is exclusively owned and controlled leading to greater inequality and a closed future. With inequality rising, never before has our vision of a fair, free and open future been so important to realise our mission of an open world in complex times.

Open call: become a Frictionless Data Reproducible Research Fellow

- May 8, 2019 in Featured, fellowship program, Frictionless Data, grant, Open Science

The Frictionless Data Reproducible Research Fellows Program, supported by the Sloan Foundation, aims to train graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and early career researchers how to become champions for open, reproducible research using Frictionless Data tools and approaches in their field. Fellows will learn about Frictionless Data, including how to use Frictionless tools in their domains to improve reproducible research workflows, and how to advocate for open science. Working closely with the Frictionless Data team, Fellows will lead training workshops at conferences, host events at universities and in labs, and write blogs and other communications content. In addition to mentorship, we are providing Fellows with stipends of $5,000 to support their work and time during the nine-month long Fellowship. We welcome applications using this form from 8th May 2019 until 30th July 2019, with the Fellowship starting in the fall. We value diversity and encourage applicants from communities that are under-represented in science and technology, people of colour, women, people with disabilities, and LGBTI+ individuals.

Frictionless Data for Reproducible Research

The Fellowship is part of the Frictionless Data for Reproducible Research project at Open Knowledge International. Frictionless Data aims to reduce the friction often found when working with data, such as when data is poorly structured, incomplete, hard to find, or is archived in difficult to use formats. This project, funded by the Sloan Foundation, applies our work to data-driven research disciplines, in order to help researchers and the research community resolve data workflow issues.  At its core, Frictionless Data is a set of specifications for data and metadata interoperability, accompanied by a collection of software libraries that implement these specifications, and a range of best practices for data management. The core specification, the Data Package, is a simple and practical “container” for data and metadata. The Frictionless Data approach aims to address identified needs for improving data-driven research such as generalized, standard metadata formats, interoperable data, and open-source tooling for data validation.

Fellowship program

During the Fellowship, our team will be on hand to work closely with you as you complete the work. We will help you learn Frictionless Data tooling and software, and provide you with resources to help you create workshops and presentations. Also, we will announce Fellows on the project website and will be publishing your blogs and workshops slides within our network channels.  We will provide mentorship on how to work on an Open project, and will work with you to achieve your Fellowship goals.

How to apply

We welcome applications using this form from 8th May 2019 until 30th July 2019, with the Fellowship starting in the fall. The Fund is open to early career research individuals, such as graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, anywhere in the world, and in any scientific discipline. Successful applicants will be enthusiastic about reproducible research and open science, have some experience with communications, writing, or giving presentations, and have some technical skills (basic experience with Python, R, or Matlab for example), but do not need to be technically proficient. If you are interested, but do not have all of the qualifications, we still encourage you to apply. If you have any questions, please email the team at frictionlessdata@okfn.org, ask a question on the project’s gitter channel, or check out the Fellows FAQ section. Apply soon, and share with your networks!

Open Knowledge Night: Disinformation and fact checking with Faktabaari

- April 25, 2019 in Events, Featured

How can investigative journalism and data tools work together? If you’re interested in using data analytics skills, learning about tools used in journalism and data journalism, or just understanding how mis- and disinformation can be detected, this evening is for you!
OKFI and Faktabaari are organising this event together!
Date: Tuesday, May 7th
Time: 5pm onwards
Place: Päivälehden museo, Helsinki Sign up at Meetup.com (link to appear shortly) Starting this spring, fact checking service Faktabaari focuses more on carrying out investigations against online disinformation. To make it possible, tools are needed. Faktabaari has acquired Trendolizer for finding out what is trending on the web and for tracking sources. Trendolizer is a creation of Belgian fact checking wizard Maarten Schenk, also behind fact checking site Lead Stories. Faktabaari also has requested access for a platform of the European Observatory against Disinformation. The platform is based on Truly Media which is co-developed by ATC and Deutsche Welle and verification tool TruthNest. These kind of tools have been acquired primarily because of EU elections, but it is good to look beyond them. Fact check, investigative journalism and data experts will certainly have common interests, they just have to find them. Tentative program:
  • Short introduction to fact checking and related tools
  • Knowledge crystals as potential tools for crowdsourced fact checking
  • Data analytics and open data tools for fact checking
  • Networking and idea generation
The post Open Knowledge Night: Disinformation and fact checking with Faktabaari appeared first on Open Knowledge Finland.

Get your ticket: Basic visual methods for systems thinking

- April 23, 2019 in Featured, training


Learn the basics of applying systems thinking at work!

Time & Place: May 15, Wednesday , 14:00–17:00, held at Maria 01 (Lapinlahdenkatu 16) Tickets:
49 EUR  (including VAT 24%) Cancelling and refunding bought tickets is not possible but if you can’t make it, you can transfer your ticket to someone else. Please let us know if you wish to do this. Don’t delay – spots are limited to 30 so register today! Are you a social innovator, designer, activist, public official or another world changer? Do you work on climate issues, in healthcare or other big and difficult challenges that seem messy? Are you looking for holistic ways to approach the problems you are facing? Or are you simply curious what systems thinking is, and what it could offer? We warmly invite you to join this hands-o</span>n workshop for anyone with limited or no systems thinking experience to gain a basic understanding of what it is and why it is important. During the workshop, you will learn and apply an easy-to-use visual method — Rich Pictures — to help gain understanding of messy situations. The value for learning is not in the visual outcome, but the discussion which brings out multiple perspectives on the issue at hand. Who is it for: People who are interested or curious but have little to no experience in using systems thinking methods. Anyone facing messy situations in their everyday work and life, feeling stuck, and looking for new ways to approach them. Learning outcome: During the hands-on workshop you will get a brief overview of the systems thinking approach. You will learn and apply the Rich Pictures method and understand what a systemic intervention to a systemic situation might be like. Rich Pictures can be used for doing research interviews or regular meetings at work. The working language of the course is English. Organizers and facilitators:
This course is organized by the Social Innovation for Systems Change Finland working group of Open Knowledge Finland. Our purpose is to support learning community around participatory and social practices for innovation that might have an impact on society. By buying a ticket you can also support our activities. Helén Marton is a designer who likes to to wrestle with messy sustainability challenges by contributing her skills in visual communication, facilitation and design research. Her practical experience includes mapping the Finnish food systems while collaborating with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Environment. Mikael Seppälä is a Service Designer, Community Manager and Educator with a broad understanding of participatory collaboration methods and socio-technical systems. He’s a pracademic that seeks to bridge academic and theoretical approaches into practice. Gunta Krumina is one of the working group members of transformative entrepreneurs passionate about positive impact on society, seeking to bring into practice innovative collaboration methods and design thinking in a broader sense. She has practical experience in building a new collaborative business model for a startup company, as well as for a few social communities. Any questions? Feel free to send us a message by filling in the form below! [contact-form-7] The post Get your ticket: Basic visual methods for systems thinking appeared first on Open Knowledge Finland.

EU Council backs controversial copyright crackdown

- April 15, 2019 in copyright, eu, Featured, Internet, News, Policy

The Council of the European Union today backed a controversial copyright crackdown in a ‘deeply disappointing’ vote that could impact on all internet users. Six countries voted against the proposal which has been opposed by 5million people through a Europe-wide petition – Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Finland and Sweden.
Three more nations abstained, but the UK voted for the crackdown and there were not enough votes for a blocking minority. The proposal is expected to lead to the introduction of ‘filters’ on sites such as YouTube, which will automatically remove content that could be copyrighted. While entertainment footage is most likely to be affected, academics fear it could also restrict the sharing of knowledge, and critics argue it will have a negative impact on freedom of speech and expression online. EU member states will have two years to implement the law, and the regulations are still expected to affect the UK despite Brexit. The Open Knowledge Foundation said the battle is not over, with the European elections providing an opportunity to elect ‘open champions’. Catherine Stihler, chief executive of the Open Knowledge Foundation, said:
“This is a deeply disappointing result which will have a far-reaching and negative impact on freedom of speech and expression online. The controversial crackdown was not universally supported, and I applaud those national governments which took a stand and voted against it. We now risk the creation of a more closed society at the very time we should be using digital advances to build a more open world where knowledge creates power for the many, not the few.

But the battle is not over. Next month’s European elections are an opportunity to elect a strong cohort of open champions at the European Parliament who will work to build a more open world.”

OKFI is looking for passionate contributors to its core operations

- March 28, 2019 in Featured, Jobs, recruiting

Hello OKFInauts! We at OKFI have been busy restructuring ourselves ever since the successful launch of MyData Global ry. We’ve specified some core roles that need passionate, competent people to help the cause of open knowledge in Finland. OKFI can offer a moderate compensation that scales with our operational volume.
OKFInauts at an OKFI retreat
We have four roles:
  • Sysadmin, already filled since 2018
  • Communicator, to be filled now
  • Project support, to be filled now
  • Treasurer, to be filled now
All these roles will have autonomy to fulfill their purpose the best way they see fit. We don’t count working hours, just expect certain results in return for the monetary renumeration. You can find the role domain descriptions in this Google Drive folder. There’s also a spreadsheet that estimates the monthly and yearly renumerations for the roles, based on currently active projects. Feel free to add comments if there is something you want to ask about or improve. And of course, if you feel like you could chip in with your time and awesomeness, do let us know. Message the chair Tarmo Toikkanen on our slack, or send email to tarmo@okf.fi. Please be prompt, these positions are filled as soon as we have suitable people to take them on. The post OKFI is looking for passionate contributors to its core operations appeared first on Open Knowledge Finland.

OKFI oli mukana Oodin All Digital Week -tapahtumassa

- March 28, 2019 in Featured

Open Knowledge Finland oli mukana keskustakirjasto Oodin All Digital Week 2019 -tapahtumassa tiistaina 26.3. Eurooppalaisen kampanjaviikon tarkoituksena on tarjota kansalaisille ikkuna digitaaliseen maailmaan. Monipuolista ohjelmaa oli tarjolla kaikenikäisille. OKFI:n  Mehalet Yared ja Zrinka “Zizi” Zvonarevic esittelivät järjestön toimintaa ja Anna “Ansku” Tuomainen piti 30 minuutin tietoiskun aiheesta “Kansalaisen digioikeudet”. Tietoiskussa esiteltiin EU:n tietosuoja-asetuksen (GDPR) tavallisen kansalaisen näkökulmasta ja antoi vinkkejä kuinka uusia oikeuksia voi toteuttaa jokapäiväisessä elämässä. Esittelypiste jaettiin yhdessä Wikimedia Suomen kanssa. Wikimedia on yleishyödyllinen yhdistys, joka edistää Internet-tietosanakirja Wikipedian sekä muiden Wikimedia Foundationin ylläpitämien palveluiden tuntemusta ja käyttöä sekä vapaan sisällön luontia ja levittämistä Suomessa. The post OKFI oli mukana Oodin All Digital Week -tapahtumassa appeared first on Open Knowledge Finland.

New report: Data journalism in Tanzania

- March 27, 2019 in Data Journalism, Featured, School of Data

Open Knowledge International and the School of Data are excited to announce the publication of a new research report into the state of data journalism in Tanzania. Data-driven journalism is an important and disruptive change in contemporary journalism practice. It is not a panacea solution to the fake news era, but it is a piece of the equation in achieving accurate, balanced, and critical reporting. The pathway to growing and optimising data journalism is imperfect, but over time, as media pushes its horizons, the field will grow cohesively. Especially in Tanzania, the efforts of trainers and advocates are integral to its lasting relevance and for pushing the limits of journalism in increasingly difficult circumstances. This report was prepared by Open Knowledge International and the School of Data for the World Bank in support of the Open Data and Accountability in Tanzania (SOGDAT) Programme funded by the UK Department for International Development. Key findings include the following:
  • Incentives to adopt data journalism matter, and opportunity costs need to be balanced carefully
  • It is key to manage expectations about the goals data journalism can achieve for media companies as well as society at large
  • Data trainings must be catered towards the work routines and needs of journalists, and should take into account how different media business models may support their uptake
  • Legal, political and social contexts influence journalism practice, the nature of reporting and the use of official figures to support media claims
The report uses semi-structured and unstructured in-depth interviews with media development experts and experienced trainers operating inside and outside Tanzania. It draws on interviews with reporters and editors from a cross-section of media houses: FM stations, print and online newspapers and TV stations produced in both Swahili and English languages. Our research was part of a wider programme of engagement with data users in Tanzania which saw the School of Data creating a local government data curriculum and providing training to stakeholders in the Tanzanian capital, Dodoma. Separately the Open Knowledge International product team built a data collection and data cleaning workflow aimed at improving the quality of geolocation data on schools in Tanzania. For further details and findings including recommendations for data trainers operating in Tanzania, download the full report.

Το OK Greece στην ημερίδα «Ανοικτοί εκπαιδευτικοί πόροι και Διά Βίου Μάθηση: Ευκαιρίες και προκλήσεις για την Ανώτατη Εκπαίδευση και τις δημόσιες βιβλιοθήκες»

- March 26, 2019 in Featured, Featured @en, News, ανοικτή εκπαίδευση, ανοικτοί εκπαιδευτικοί πόροι, διασυνδεδεμένα δεδομένα, Εκδηλώσεις, Νέα

Το «παρών» έδωσε το Ίδρυμα Ανοικτής Γνώσης Ελλάδος (OK Greece) στην ημερίδα «Ανοικτοί εκπαιδευτικοί πόροι και Διά Βίου Μάθηση: Ευκαιρίες και προκλήσεις για την Ανώτατη Εκπαίδευση και τις δημόσιες βιβλιοθήκες», η οποία διεξήχθη στις 15 Μαρτίου, στην Αθήνα. Το OK Greece εκπροσώπησαν ο πρόεδρός του, Δρ Χαράλαμπος Μπράτσας, και ο κος Σωτήρης Καραμπατάκης, Developer/Data Analyst. […]