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Combining Data Skills, Knowledge, and Networks to Save our Planet

- March 9, 2022 in Featured, Frictionless Data, News, Open Knowledge, Open Knowledge Foundation, Open Research, Open Science, Our Work

Originally published on: During these past tumultuous years, it has been striking to witness the role that information has played in furthering suffering: misinformation, lack of data transparency, and closed technology have worsened the pandemic, increased political strife, and hurt climate policy. Building on these observations, the team at Open Knowledge Foundation are refocusing our energies on how we can come together to empower people, communities, and organisations to create and use open knowledge to solve the most urgent issues of our time, including climate change, inequality, and access to  knowledge. Undaunted by these substantial challenges, we entered 2022 with enthusiasm for finding ways to work together, starting with climate data. To start this year fresh and inspired, we convened two gatherings of climate researchers, activists, and organisations to brainstorm ways to collaborate to make open climate data more usable, accessible, and impactful. Over 30 experts attended the two sessions, from organisations around the world, and we identified and discussed many problems in the climate data space. We confirmed our initial theory that many of us are working siloed and that combining skills, knowledge and networks can result in a powerful alliance across tech communities, data experts and climate crisis activists.  Now, we want to share with you some common themes from these sessions and ask: how can we work together to solve these pressing climate issues? A primary concern of attendees was the disconnect between how (and why) data is produced and how data can (and should) be used. This disconnect shows up as frictions for data use:  we know that much existing “open” data isn’t actually usable.  During the call, many participants mentioned they frequently can’t find open data, and even when they can find it, they can’t easily access it. Even when they can access the data, they often can’t easily use it.  So why is it so hard to find, access, and use climate data? First, climate data is not particularly well standardised or curated,  and data creators need better training in data management best practices. Another issue is that many climate data users don’t have technical training or knowledge required to clean messy data, greatly slowing down their research or policy work. 

How will the Open Knowledge Foundation fix the identified problems? Skills, standards and community. 

An aim for this work will be to bridge the gaps between data creators and users. We plan to host several workshops in the future to work with both these groups, focusing on identifying both skills gaps and data gaps, then working towards capacity building.  Our goal with capacity building will be to give a data platform to those most affected by climate change. How do we make it easier for less technical or newer data users to effectively use climate data?  Our future workshops will focus on training data creators and users with the Open Knowledge Frictionless Data tooling to better manage data, create higher quality data, and share data in impactful ways that will empower trained researchers and activists alike. For instance, the Frictionless toolbox can help data creators generate clean data that is easy to understand, share, and use, and the new Frictionless tool Livemark can help data consumers easily share climate data with impactful visualisations and narratives.  Another theme that emerged from the brainstorm sessions was the role data plays in generating knowledge versus the role knowledge plays in generating data, and how this interplay can be maximised to create change. For instance, we need to take a hard look at how “open” replicates cycles of inequalities. Several people brought up the great work citizen scientists are doing for climate research, but how these efforts are rarely recognised by governments or other official research channels. So much vital data on local impacts of climate change are being lost as they aren’t being incorporated into official datasets. How do we make data more equitable, ensuring that those being most affected by climate change can use data to tell their stories?  We call on data organisations, climate researchers, and activists to join us in these efforts. How can we best work together to solve pressing climate change issues? Would you like to partner with us for workshops, or do you have other ideas for collaborations? Let us know! We would like to give our utmost thanks to the organisations that joined our brainstorming sessions for paving the way in this important work. To continue planning this work, we are creating a space to talk in our Frictionless Data community chat, and we invite all interested parties to join us. We are currently migrating our community from Discord to Slack. We encourage you to join the Slack channel, which will soon be populated with all Frictionless community members: (We also have a Matrix mirror if you prefer Matrix: Finally, we’d like to share this list of resources that attendees shared during the calls: 

The new CEO of Open Knowledge Foundation – Renata Ávila visits Greece

- December 9, 2021 in Featured, News

Open Knowledge Foundation Greece is pleased to announce the visit of Mrs Renata Ávila Pinto in Greece, who recently took over her current role as CEO of the International Open Knowledge Foundation. It is a great honor for the Open Knowledge Foundation Greece the visit of Mrs Renata Ávila Pinto as significant issues will be […]

Επίσκεψη της νέας CEO του Διεθνούς Ιδρύματος Ανοικτής Γνώσης – Renata Ávila

- December 9, 2021 in Featured, News, Εκδηλώσεις

Το  Ίδρυμα Ανοικτής Γνώσης Ελλάδας είναι στην ευχάριστη θέση να ανακοινώσει την επίσκεψη της κα. Renata Ávila Pinto στην Ελλάδα, η οποία ανέλαβε πρόσφατα τη θέση της CEO του Διεθνούς Ιδρύματος Ανοικτής Γνώσης – Open Knowledge Foundation. Αποτελεί μεγάλη τιμή για το Ίδρυμα Ανοικτής Γνώσης Ελλάδας η επίσκεψη της κα. Renata Ávila Pinto, καθότι  θα συζητηθούν αφενός θέματα αναφορικά με […]

OKFI -DAY 6.11.2021

- October 14, 2021 in Events, Featured

We welcome all OKFIans to the 2021 OKFI DAY – hopefully live, face 2 face, in 3D at our mostly unused offices in Urban3, part or Maria01, in Lapinlahdenkatu 16, Helsinki. Online participation is also possible! Schedule: 12.00-13.30: Workshops at Urban3. Topics are worked out beforehand, but range at least to plans for 2022, strategic goals, and other relevant topics in Finnish open society. Open for all interested people! 14:00-15:00: Annual Autumn General Meeting (Yhdistyksen syyskokous), members only. At Urban3 and online. Decisions on 2022 action plan, budget, and board composition. 16:00: Social event somewhere in Helsinki Face to face meeting depends on the covid-19 situation – we may have to move to a fully online event depending on how things develop. Signup here The post OKFI -DAY 6.11.2021 appeared first on Open Knowledge Finland.

What we learned about Open Data Day 2021

- June 21, 2021 in Featured, Open Knowledge

Open Data Day 2021 A few months ago on Open Data Day 2021, over 300 teams from around the world organised Open Data Day events. Thanks to our partners – Microsoft, UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, Mapbox, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, Latin American Open Data Initiative, Open Contracting Partnership and Datopian – we also gave away 60+ mini-grants to support teams in 36 different countries. We are always working to make Open Data Day more successful. This is why we recently asked you about your experience of Open Data Day 2021.
    If you didn’t yet complete the survey – it’s not too late ! Complete the survey here.
We wanted to know:
    – what worked
    – what didn’t work
    – how we can make Open Data Day 2022 even better.
= = = = = Here is a summary of what you told us you want Mini-grants
    – More mini-grants, with more money, for more comprehensive and impactful events
    – Funding available before the events, not just afterwards
    – Priority support for regional events that connect people
    – An expansion of the established mini-grant themes (Environmental Data, Tracking Public Money Flows, Open Mapping, Data for Equal Development) to includes new topics such as

      Open for projects that don’t fall inside the pre-established categories/themes
      Local Government for projects that align with local government objectives
      Science and Health for open science and research events
      Post Covid Decision-Making to help us make better decisions in a post pandemic world
      Impact Evaluation for data about measuring the impact of projects
Community Development & Communications
    – More guidance on how to run a successful virtual event and what kinds of tools are recommended
    – A calendar, or visual tool, to see different events happening according to regional time zones
    – Different community development tools (not just the Open Data Day mailing list) to help people connect with each other
    – Thematic or geographic focused activities or processes before Open Data Day to help event organisers connect with each other to improve collaboration and share resources
    – Open Data Day events throughout the year
    – Resources in additional languages including: Arabic, Ewe, Slovenian, Swahili and Urdu
Open Data Day Activities
    – Spread events over a week (Open Data Week or Open Data Day Weekend !) to make it possible for people to attend more virtual events
    – Promote some keynote events/lectures during Open Data Day
    – Improve the events listing by making it searchable by language and type of event (talks, discussions, seminars, coding etc)
    – Allow people to subscribe to events to get updates
    – Invest money in better overall visual design, better data visualisation of events integrated with the map
= = = = = Over the coming months, the Open Knowledge Foundation team will discuss these ideas and see how many of them we can incorporate into Open Data Day 2022. If you would like to help – please sign up to the Open Data Day mailing list to join the discussion.

Open Data Day 2022 will take place on Saturday 5th March 2022

- June 8, 2021 in Featured, Open Knowledge

Open Data Day 2022 We are pleased to announce that Open Data Day 2022 will take place on Saturday 5th March 2022. Open Data Day is an annual, global celebration of open data. Each year, groups from around the world create local events to show the benefits of open data in their local community and encourage the adoption of open data policies in government, business and civil society. All outputs are open for everyone to use and re-use. In March 2021, we registered 327 Open Data Day events from across the world. Discover more about these events on the Open Data Day map, or search for an event in your area. Thanks to the generous support of our partners – Microsoft, UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, Mapbox, Latin American Open Data Initiative (ILDA), Open Contracting Partnership and GFDRR – we gave out more than 60 mini-grants to support the running of great community events on Open Data Day 2021. Check out our blog post Open Data Day 2021 – it’s a wrap to find out what events received funding, and what they achieved at their Open Data Day event. .Open Data Day 2021 Funding Partners If you or your organisation would like to partner with Open Knowledge Foundation for Open Data Day 2022 please get in touch by emailing We will announce more details about the 2022 mini-grant scheme in the coming months. For Open Data Day 2022, you can connect with others and spread the word using the #OpenDataDay or #ODD2022 hashtags. Alternatively you can join the Open Data Day Google Group to ask for advice or share tips. Find out more about Open Data Day by visiting

Summer 2021 workshop

- May 24, 2021 in Events, Featured, Workshop

OKFI members and other OKFIans are welcome to join our Summer 2021 workshop. We will discuss current topics in openness and around OKFIs activities, as well as the future for OKFI. Date: Saturday 12th June 2021
Time: Afternoon
Location: Online only, due to covid-19
Price: free The plan for the workshop evolves in this openly editable document: Sign up by 10.6.2021. Note that at 13:30 the annual spring general meeting will take place (members only). The post Summer 2021 workshop appeared first on Open Knowledge Finland.

[공지] 오픈데이터데이 2021

- February 23, 2021 in Featured, News, Open Knowledge, 이벤트

기록하지 않은 사실은 사라지고, 기억은 필요에 따라 다르게 남는다. 코로나-19는 우리에게 어떤 의미로 남을까? 코로나-19에 대한 1년의 기록, 데이터 분석 그리고 데이터 관점의 지속 가능성을 논의한다.
일정: 2021년 3월 6일 14:00 – 17:00 장소: 숙명여대 오픈스퀘어 D (온라인 생방송) 온라인 채널: 행사 소개페이지:

프로그램 소개 발표 1 : 코로나 19 공공데이터API 활용 가이드 2020년 1월 한국 첫 코로나19 확진자가 발생한 이후 국내에서도 방대한 양의 관련 공공데이터가 생성, 활용되고 있다. 매일 공개되는 일별 확진자 수 또한 이 데이터에서 비롯된 것이다. 하지만 공공데이터를 활용해 기존에 제공되고 있는 정보보다 더 의미 있는 분석을 만들 수는 없는지에 대한 문제는 여전히 남는다. 더불어 사람들의 기억은 휘발되기에, 이 시기 한국 상황은 어떠했는지 중립적인 시각에서 기록을 남기는 것도 중요하다. 본 발표는 국내 코로나19 감염, 확산의 시간에 따른 변화와 집단별 차이를 분석하고자 한다. 코로나19 공공데이터 API를 활용한 것이며, 이를 보여줌으로써 코로나19 공공데이터 활용방안도 소개할 것이다. 웹 상에서 어떤 데이터를 어떻게 얻을 수 있는지 알려주고, 가능한 분석과 시각화의 예를 보일 것이다. 발표 2: 숨겨진 정보를 데이터로! 집단 감염 데이터 분석 본 분석은 코로나 바이러스로 인한 업종별 집단 감염 수를 비교하기 위해 시행되었다. 집단 감염 관련 데이터가 활용가능한 형태로 제공되지 않아 질병관리청에서 제공하는 정례브리핑 자료에서 집단 감염 데이터를 분리하였다. 2020년 1월부터 2021년 2월까지의 집단 감염 사건과 발생 장소, 브리핑 일자 등을 수집하여 태블로 형태로 데이터화하고, 직종에 따른 집단 감염 수를 시각화했다. 그 결과 종교시설 및 단체, 요양병원 및 시설, 지인 및 소모임, 의료기관, 직장 순으로 높게 나타났다. 분석 과정에서 정부의 일관되지 못한 데이터 제공과 정보 재사용이 불가한 자료 제공에 대한 아쉬움이 있었으며 업종 분류를 위한 명확한 기준 제시가 곤란했다는 어려움이 있었다. 또한 향후 데이터의 지속적인 업데이트를 위한 효율적인 방법을 강구해야 한다. 발표 3: Link! 백신으로 보는 국가별 코로나 대응 전략 코로나 19는 범세계적인 문제이며, 데이터를 활용하여 현 상황을 극복하려는 노력 또한 특정 국가만의 노력으로 완수할 수 없다. 하지만 지난 1년, 국내에서만 수차례 이어진 대형 악재 속에서 한국 상황을 정리하기에도 버거워 팬데믹 상황을 넓게 보기란 요원했다. 때문에 코로나 19에 대응하는 해외의 사례는 개연성이나 상관성을 찾기 힘들었고, 미디어에서 전달하는 단편적인 정보들로 접할 수 밖에 없었다.  한국을 넘어 전세계의 코로나 19 확진 현황 및 인구통계학적 데이터를 바탕으로 분석을 시도했다. 다만 분석의 범위가 너무 방대하다고 판단하여 현 상황의 게임체인저가 될 백신을 중심으로 주제를 좁혀보았다. 이를 통해 각국의 백신 확보 전략과 한국의 상황을 비교하고, 나아가 글로벌 환경에서 범세계적 데이터 확보의 중요성을 알아보고자 한다. 발표 4: 코로나 확진자 동선 확인을 위한 데이터 수집과 분석 방법, 우리에게 남겨진 이슈 데이터 경제 시대에서 공공데이터 활용의 중요성은 더욱 부각되고 있다. 특히 코로나19 시대에서 개방된 공공데이터는 일반 시민, 의료 분야 종사자 및 국가 차원에서 의사결정 지원에 많은 기여를 하고 있다. 그렇지만 프라이버시 보호를 위한 개인정보 보호 또한 데이터의 개방 시 필수적으로 점검해야 하는 사항이다. 따라서 코로나19 관련 일부 데이터 중에는 공개 범위, 공개 대상 및 공개 시점 등 또한 제한적이거나 한시적인 경우가 발생하며 그 결과 데이터 분석 및 예측에 이르기까지의 처리 시간이 지연되거나 누락된 데이터로 인한 정보의 완전성이 깨질 수 있다. 그러므로 원시데이터의 생성에서부터 수집, 정제, 가공 및 분석에 이르는 과정이 기계적인 도구로 자동화 될 수 있어야 하며 데이터의 재사용성 및 재활용성을 보장할 수 있어야 한다. 이번 세미나에서는 코로나 19 관련 데이터 중에서 확진자 동선 정보 분석에 필요한 데이터들을 기반으로 데이터 분석 라이프사이클에 따라 처리하면서 발생하는 이슈들을 살펴보고, 나아가서는 이러한 공공데이터가 완전성, 적시성을 갖췄을 때 우리가 생산해 낼 수 있는 서비스들에 대한 예를 보이고자 한다.

Ενημερωτική Εκδήλωση “Non-profits & Media Advocating for Good!” – Κομοτηνή

- February 13, 2021 in Featured, News, Εκδηλώσεις

11 Φεβρουαρίου 2021 – Πραγματοποιήθηκε η δεύτερη διαδικτυακή εκδήλωση ενημέρωσης για το έργο “Non-profits & Media advocating for good!”, το οποίο υλοποιείται στο πλαίσιο του προγράμματος Active citizens fund. Την εκδήλωση παρακολούθησαν εκπρόσωποι Μη Κερδοσκοπικών Οργανώσεων και Μέσων Μαζικής Ενημέρωσης που δραστηριοποιούνται στην Κομοτηνή και είχαν την ευκαιρία να ενημερωθούν για το έργο και τα […]

Ενημερωτική Εκδήλωση “Non-profits & Media Advocating for Good!” – Θεσσαλονίκη

- February 9, 2021 in Featured, News, Εκδηλώσεις

28 Ιανουαρίου 2021 – Πραγματοποιήθηκε η διαδικτυακή εκδήλωση ενημέρωσης εκπροσώπων Μη Κερδοσκοπικών Οργανώσεων και Μέσων Μαζικής Ενημέρωσης που δραστηριοποιούνται στη Θεσσαλονίκη για το έργο “Non-profits & Media advocating for good!”, το οποίο υλοποιείται στο πλαίσιο του προγράμματος Active citizens fund. Ο κ. Πετρόπουλος Σωτήρης, Συνιδρυτής του HIGGS μίλησε για τη σημασία της συνηγορίας, την ανάγκη […]