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Open knowledge, AI and algorithms

- March 13, 2020 in Featured


As the Open Knowledge Foundation turned 15 years old, we took the time to look at the changing landscape of challenges faced by society.  The tumultuous debate around algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI) appeared to us as an opportunity to mobilise our unique experience with open data and data literacy and create positive change. After all, the issues of transparency, accountability, ethics and civic empowerment that we’ve addressed while working on open data are also present in the civic and political debate around algorithms and AI. Even more, it appears to us that our experience building communities, defining shared concepts, and raising data literacy translate directly to this new field.  This is why today the Open Knowledge Foundation is making a new commitment – to apply our unique skills and network to the emerging issues of AI and algorithms.  We are aware of the existing work around these issues by celebrated academics, civic organisations and even private companies and do not intend to reinvent the wheel. Nonetheless, the conversations we have been having with multiple stakeholders for the past year have convinced us that our experience can strengthen existing communities, projects and research on the topic, with the help of our existing and future partners around the world. Working with partners across civil society, academia and governments, we’ll apply to AI and algorithms each of the building blocks that we believe made the open data movement impactful: 
  • Shared definitions (what kind of algorithms are we talking about?)
  • Standard tools and resources (to facilitate transparency around algorithm and AI use)
  • Literacy among stakeholders (citizens, but also lawyers, civil servants and others)
Cutting across those building blocks will be three themes which will guide our action: 
  • Accountability: training lawyers and journalists to make sure that problematic algorithms can be investigated and challenged
  • Monitoring: training journalists, CSOs and citizens to monitor the impact of algorithms, which is sometimes the only way to really understand their effects
  • Improvement: we will train public and private organisations, and the lawyers advising them, to push them toward a better use of this technology
The table below shows some of the activities we are researching:
Shared definitions Standard resources Literacy
Accountability Mobilising thematic communities of researchers, activists, civil servants, private organisations and other stakeholders to define common concepts and methods Participation in public policy debates to embed accountability in upcoming regulations Creating learning content and guides on legal and non-legal ways to enforce transparency and accountability around algorithmic usage
Monitoring Mapping algorithm & AI usage across government (and delegated agencies) Training journalists in algorithm impact monitoring
Improvement Training watchdog civic organisations on legal frameworks and best practices Training government lawyers on algorithmic risk
  Stay tuned for more on the topic! For comments, contributions, or if you want to collaborate on this programme, you can get in touch with us at

Advocacy – Media & ΜΚΟ

- March 8, 2020 in Data Journalism, Featured, News, Εκδηλώσεις

Το HIGGS (Higher Incubator Giving Growth & Sustainability), στο πλαίσιο ενημέρωσης του νέου προγράμματος «Non-profits & Media advocating for good», σε συνεργασία με το Ίδρυμα Ανοικτής Γνώσης Ελλάδος – Open Knowledge Greece, το Αριστοτέλειο Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσαλονίκης και την Πρωτοβουλία για τη Δημοσιογραφία, σας προσκαλούν την ερχόμενη Τρίτη 10 Μαρτίου 2020 και ώρα 16:00-18:00 στην ενημερωτική […]

Get ready for Hack4FI in Ateneum 13–15 March 2020!

- March 3, 2020 in Events, Featured, projects

Hackers, developers, designers, and GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, and museum) professionals. Come and get creative with the treasures of cultural heritage at our fingertips. From datasets to APIs and open content platforms, open cultural heritage is there to be reinvented. Let’s learn and play together!

Με νέα ιστοσελίδα, νέο λογότυπο και νέο ιστολόγιο το Open Knowledge Foundation

- February 16, 2020 in Featured, Featured @en, News, ανοικτά δεδομένα, ιστολόγιο, ιστοσελίδα, Νέα

Το Open Knowledge Foundation, στο πλαίσιο ανανέωσης, παρουσίασε πριν από λίγες μέρες το νέο λογότυπο, τη νέα ιστοσελίδα και το νέο ιστολόγιό του. Ο στόχος και οι επιδιώξεις του OKF παραμένουν σταθεροί, με όραμα για ένα μέλλον δίκαιο, ελεύθερο και ανοικτό, στο οποίο οι έννοιες «ανοικτά δεδομένα» και «ανοικτή γνώση» θα είναι ευρέως κατανοητές. Η αποστολή […]

Announcing the launch of the Open Data Day 2020 mini-grant scheme

- January 16, 2020 in Featured, Open Data, Open Data Day, Open Data Day 2020, Open Knowledge Foundation

Open Data Day 2020 We are happy to announce the launch of the mini-grant scheme for Open Data Day 2020. This scheme will provide small funds to support the organisation of open data-related events across the world on Saturday 7th March 2020. Thanks to the generous support of this year’s mini-grant funders – Datopian, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Hivos, the Latin American Open Data Initiative (ILDA), Mapbox, Open Contracting Partnership and the World Resources Institute – the Open Knowledge Foundation will be able to give out 60 mini-grants this year. Applications for the mini-grant scheme must be submitted before midnight GMT on Sunday 9th February 2020 via filling in this form. To be awarded a mini-grant, your event must fit into one of the four tracks laid out below. Event organisers can only apply once and for just one track. Open Data Day 2020 mini-grant tracks Mini-grant tracks for Open Data Day 2020 Each year, the Open Data Day mini-grant scheme looks to highlight and support particular types of open data events by focusing applicants on a number of thematic tracks. This year’s tracks are:
  • Environmental data: Use open data to illustrate the urgency of the climate emergency and spur people into action to take a stand or make changes in their lives to help the world become more environmentally sustainable.
  • Tracking public money flows: Expand budget transparency, dive into public procurement, examine tax data or raise issues around public finance management by submitting Freedom of Information requests.
  • Open mapping: Learn about the power of maps to develop better communities.
  • Data for equal development: How can open data be used by communities to highlight pressing issues on a local, national or global level? Can open data be used to track progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs?
What is a mini-grant? A mini-grant is a small fund of between $200 and $300 USD to help support groups organising Open Data Day events. Event organisers can only apply once and for just one track. The mini-grants cannot be used to fund government events, whether national or local. We can only support civil society actions. We encourage governments to find local groups and engage with them if they want to organise events and apply for a mini-grant. The funds will only be delivered to the successful grantees after their event takes place and once the Open Knowledge Foundation team receives a draft blogpost about the event for us to publish on In case the funds are needed before 7th March 2020, we will assess whether or not we can help on a case-by-case basis. About Open Data Day Open Data Day is the annual event where we gather to reach out to new people and build new solutions to issues in our communities using open data. The tenth Open Data Day will take place on Saturday 7th March 2020. If you have started planning your Open Data Day event already, please add it to the global map on the Open Data Day website using this form You can also connect with others and spread the word about Open Data Day using the #OpenDataDay or #ODD2020 hashtags. Alternatively you can join the Google Group to ask for advice or share tips. To get inspired with ideas for events, you can read about some of the great events which took place on Open Data Day 2019 in our wrap-up blog post. Technical support As well as sponsoring the mini-grant scheme, Datopian will be providing technical support on Open Data Day 2020. Discover key resources on how to publish any data you’re working with via and how to reach out to the Datopian team for assistance via Gitter by reading their Open Data Day blogpost. Need more information? If you have any questions, you can reach out to the Open Knowledge Foundation team by emailing or on Twitter via @OKFN. There’s also the Open Data Day Google Group where you can connect with others interested in taking part.

Open Data Day 2020 with OKFI

- January 16, 2020 in Events, Featured

Open Data Day 2020 Time: Saturday 7.3.2020 at 10.00 – 13.00 Place: Helsinki Central Library Oodi, Töölönlahdenkatu 4, Helsinki Saturday 7th March is the official International Open Data Day! For us, it will be a combination of informal discussions and workshops. Topics include Open Data and Wikidata. The day is organised in an unconference way, where the methods and content are decided among the people who are present.  Program (more to be announced later)   International Women’s Day edit-a-thon together with Wikimedia  Group Working Space 3 – from 10.30 – 13.00 For 2020 Open Data Day Wikimedia together with partners invites you to attend the largest International Women’s Day edit-a-thon at Helsinki Central Library Oodi. The event is intended to raise awareness of the unequal coverage of women in Wikipedia. Wikipedia is one of the most important sources of information worldwide and gets millions of visitors and reviews each day, however only one in five biographies are written about a female figure. This means that an uncountable number of women scientists, artists and activists are missing from most popular website. We want to change that. The event is intended to introduce as well as narrow the gap between reading and editing Wikipedia content.   The post Open Data Day 2020 with OKFI appeared first on Open Knowledge Finland.

Μέντορες βοηθούν τους νέους επιστήμονες να πουν όχι σε δημοσιεύσεις μη αξιόπιστων επιστημονικών περιοδικών

- December 22, 2019 in Featured, Featured @en, Μη κατηγοριοποιημένο

Οι εξειδικευμένοι ερευνητές μπορούν να αποτελέσουν πρότυπα, που μοιράζονται τη σοφία και την εμπειρία τους στην πλοήγηση σε ένα μεταβαλλόμενο τοπίο εκδόσεων. Ο πολλαπλασιασμός των επιστημονικών περιοδικών με «αμφισβητήσιμο» περιεχόμενο έχει εγείρει έντονο προβληματισμό, προκαλώντας έτσι συνεργασίες μεταξύ επιστημονικών εκδοτών, πανεπιστημίων, κυβερνητικών φορέων και μη κερδοσκοπικών οργανισμών για την ευαισθητοποίηση του κοινού σχετικά με την […]

Δελτίο τύπου: Πολιτική πολιτικών διαφημίσεων της Google “ένα βήμα προς τη σωστή κατεύθυνση”

- December 2, 2019 in Featured, Featured @en, News, ανοικτά δεδομένα, Νέα

Η Google εξέδωσε μια ενημέρωση σχετικά με την πολιτική πολιτικών διαφημίσεων της, η οποία θα έχει άμεσο αντίκτυπο στις Γενικές Εκλογές του Ηνωμένου Βασιλείου. Ο γίγαντας του Διαδικτύου δήλωσε ότι περιορίζει τη στόχευση του κοινού των εκλογών στις γενικότερες κατηγορίες. Αυτό σημαίνει ότι δεν θα επιτρέψει στους πολιτικούς διαφημιζόμενους να στοχεύουν τους ψηφοφόρους με βάση […]

Αξιολόγηση της νέας απτής και άυλης συν-δημιουργικής εμπειρικής ιατρικής εκπαίδευσης

- December 2, 2019 in Featured, Featured @en, News, εκπαίδευση, Νέα

Πέντε συμμετέχουσες χώρες: Κύπρος, Σουηδία, Φινλανδία, Ελλάδα, Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο Έναρξη: 01-01-2020 – Τέλος: 31-12-2022 Αναφορά Έργου: 612444-ΕΡΡ-1-2019-1-CY-EPPKA2-KA Επιχορήγηση ΕΕ: 990635 EUR Πρόγραμμα: Erasmus + Βασική δράση: Συνεργασία για καινοτομία και ανταλλαγή ορθών πρακτικών Τύπος ενέργειας: Συμμαχίες γνώσης για την τριτοβάθμια εκπαίδευση Περίληψη Η πειθαρχία της ανατομίας γίνεται όλο και πιο πολύπλοκη λόγω της μεγαλύτερης κατανόησης […]

Η καταστολή των πολιτικών διαφημίσεων από την Google “θα έχει ελάχιστες επιπτώσεις στο Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο»

- December 1, 2019 in Featured, Featured @en, News

Του Alex Hern Σύμφωνα με πηγές, οι Βρετανοί διαφημιστές βασίζονται περισσότερο στις λέξεις-κλειδιά παρά στα εργαλεία μικρο-στόχευσης (microtargeting). Ένας νέος κανόνας που απαγορεύει τη μικρο-στόχευση σε πολιτικές διαφημίσεις θα έχει ελάχιστο αντίκτυπο στο Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο, σύμφωνα με τον Guardian, επειδή η πλειονότητα των πολιτικών διαφημιστών δεν χρησιμοποιεί τα εργαλεία αυτά, ούτως ή άλλως. Αντ’ αυτού, οι […]