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Hack4FI – Hack your heritage -tapahtumassa ennätysmäärä osallistujia!

- October 10, 2018 in avoin glam, Featured

Avoimiin kulttuuriperintöaineistoihin keskittyvä hackathon Hack4FI – Hack your heritage järjestettiin Helsingin kaupunginmuseossa 5.–7.10.2018. Neljättä kertaa järjestettyyn ilmaiseen tapahtumaan rekisteröityi 100 osallistujaa – ennätysmäärä poikkiammatillisesta yhteistyöstä ja kulttuuriaineistojen luovasta uudelleenkäytöstä kiinnostuneita osanottajia. Viikonlopun aikana kaupunkilaiset ja kansainväliset vieraat ideoivat yhteensä 18 uutta avoimille aineistoille perustuvaa konseptia, palvelua ja teosta kaikkien käyttöön. Yleisö valitsi suosikikseen teoksen Into the Wild Box, jonka ideoivat ja toteuttivat Thu Nguyen ja Vatte Wickström. Into the Wild Box on interaktiivinen ja immersiivinen installaatio, joka on saanut inspiraationsa Jean Sibeliuksen mukanaan kantamasta tulitikkurasiasta. Sibelius piti rasiassa sammalta ja neulasia suomalaisesta metsästä. Hengittämällä näiden tuoksua hän pystyi siirtymään hajuaistin voimalla inspiraation lähteille. Into the Wild Box -installaatiossa huoneesta itsestään tulee tulitikkurasia, jonka käyttöliittymänä on niin ikään tulitikkuaski. Kun rasia on suljettu, seinäprojisoinnit ja äänet kuvaavat kaupungin elämää Sibeliuksen aikana. Kun rasiaa raottaa, kattoprojisointi aukeaa päästäen luonnon sisään muuntaen seinäprojisoinnit metsäksi. Taustalla soi Sibeliuksen sävellys Kuusi, joka voimistuu, kun rasiaa avataan. Installaatiossa käytettiin Kansallisgallerian avoimia taideteoskuvia sekä Ylen Elävän arkiston ja äänitearkiston aineistoja. Hack4FI:n tavoitteena on edistää ihmisten osallisuutta kulttuuriin ja historiaan sekä lisätä tietoa digitaalisesta kulttuuriperinnöstämme. Tänä vuonna tapahtumassa oli työstettävänä seitsemän eri teemaa, jotka käsittelivät kansallista muistiamme eri näkökulmista. Teemojen taustaorganisaatioina olivat tänä vuonna YLE, Suomen valokuvataiteen museo, Helsingin kaupunginmuseo, Kansallisgalleria, Kansallisarkisto, Aalto-yliopiston arkisto, Musiikkimuseo Fame, Open Knowledge Finland ja Wikimedia Suomi. Osallistujien käytössä oli myös arkistojen, kirjastojen ja museoiden aineistoja yhteen kokoava Finna.fi-palvelu. Finna-rajapinnan kautta kuka tahansa saa käyttöönsä yli 13 miljoonan aineiston kuvailutiedot esimerkiksi uusien verkkopalveluiden kehittämistä varten. Toinen avoimen tiedon yhteistyökumppani oli HRI – Helsinki Region Infoshare -palvelu, joka kokoaa yhteen pääkaupunkiseudun avointa dataa ja sen avulla toteutettuja sovelluksia. Lisäksi Gallen-Kallelan Museo, Mannerheim-museo, Kansallismuseo, Museovirasto ja Musiikkiarkisto tarjosivat avoimia aineistojaan kaikkien hyödynnettäväksi. Tapahtuman yhteistyökumppaneita olivat hävikkiruokaravintola Loop, Helsingin Sanomain Säätiö, CoolHead Brew, Misc Management ja Wide -hackathon. Hanke on saanut rahoitusta Museoviraston avustuksista museoiden innovatiivisiin hankkeisiin. Lisätietoja: Hack4FI – Hack Your Heritage: http://hack4.fi/ Video yleisön suosikiksi valitusta työstä Into the Wild Box: http://vatte.github.io/img/hack4fi/IMG_5317.mov The post Hack4FI – Hack your heritage -tapahtumassa ennätysmäärä osallistujia! appeared first on Open Knowledge Finland.

Avoimet kulttuuriaineistot käyttöön kulttuurihackathonissa!

- October 1, 2018 in avoin glam, Featured

Avoimiin kulttuuriperintöaineistoihin keskittyvä hackathon Hack4FI – Hack your heritage! järjestetään Helsingin kaupunginmuseossa 5.–7.10.2018. Neljättä kertaa pidettävään ilmaiseen tapahtumaan on rekisteröitynyt noin 90 moniammatillisesta yhteistyöstä ja kulttuuriaineistojen luovasta uudelleenkäytöstä kiinnostunutta osallistujaa. Viikonlopun aikana kaupunkilaiset ja kansainväliset vieraat ideoivat uusia avoimille aineistoille perustuvia konsepteja, palveluita ja teoksia kaikkien käyttöön. Hackathonin tavoitteena on edistäa ihmisten osallisuutta kulttuuriin ja historiaan sekä lisäämään tietoa digitaalisesta kulttuuriperinnöstämme. Viikonlopputapahtumassa työstetään suomalaisten taide- ja kulttuuriorganisaatioiden vapaasti käytettävissä olevia aineistoja, esimerkiksi valokuvia, taideteoskuvia, videoita, karttoja, arkkitehtuuripiirroksia ja historiallisia tekstejä. Tapahtumassa on seitsemän eri teemakokonaisuutta, jotka tarjoavat näkymiä kansalliseen muistiimme. Kokonaisuudet ovat koonneet YLE, Suomen valokuvataiteen museo, Helsingin kaupunginmuseo, Kansallisgalleria, Kansallisarkisto, Aalto-yliopiston arkisto, Musiikkimuseo Fame, Open Knowledge Finland ja Wikimedia Suomi. Osallistujat voivat esimerkiksi tehdä aikamatkan suomalaiseen historiaan joko Signe Branderin jalanjäljissä tai vaikkapa Säkylän paikallishistoriaan, sukeltaa valokuvataiteen historiaan, tehdä itse ennen ja nyt -valokuvapareja, tutkia miten kulttuuri on muokannut ympäristöämme tai vaikkapa luoda ääniteoksen Sibeliuksen inspiroimana. Osallistujien käytössä on myös arkistojen, kirjastojen ja museoiden aineistoja yhteen kokoava Finna.fi-palvelu. Finna-rajapinnan kautta kuka tahansa saa käyttöönsä yli 13 miljoonan aineiston kuvailutiedot esimerkiksi uusien verkkopalveluiden kehittämistä varten. Finna.fi-palvelussa on haettavissa myös yli 450 000 avoimesti lisensoitua suomalaista kulttuuriperintöä edustavaa kuvaa. Toinen avoimen tiedon yhteistyökumppani on HRI – Helsinki Region Infoshare -palvelu, joka kokoaa yhteen pääkaupunkiseudun avointa dataa ja sen avulla toteutettuja sovelluksia. Lisäksi Gallen-Kallelan Museo, Mannerheim-museo, Kansallismuseo, Museovirasto ja Musiikkiarkisto tarjoavat avoimia aineistojaan kaikkien hyödynnettäväksi. Viikonlopun työskentelyn tuloksia esitellään Helsingin kaunpunginmuseolla sunnuntaina 7.10. klo 15 alkaen. Esittelytilaisuus on avoin kaikille kiinnostuneille. Tapahtuman yhteistyökumppaneita ovat hävikkiruokaravintola Loop, Helsingin Sanomain Säätiö, CoolHead Brew, Misc Management ja Wide -hackathon. Hanke on saanut rahoitusta Museoviraston avustuksista museoiden innovatiivisiin hankkeisiin. Lisätietoja http://hack4.fi PS. Mikäli innostuit hackathon-työskentelystä, voit osallistua myös Kansalliskirjaston, Helsingin yliopiston tietotekniikkakeskuksen sekä CSC:n järjestämään Wide-hackathoniin 26.–28.10. ORGANISERS COLLABORATORS SUPPORTERS The post Avoimet kulttuuriaineistot käyttöön kulttuurihackathonissa! appeared first on Open Knowledge Finland.

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

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

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

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

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

Where we from Open Knowledge International will be

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

SlideWiki: Συνέντευξη με τον Δρ Χαράλαμπο Μπράτσα, Αριστοτέλειο Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσαλονίκης

- September 24, 2018 in Featured, Featured @en

Από την Αλεξένδρα Γκαρατζογιάννη, μετάφραση-επιμέλεια: Χριστίνα Καρυπίδου Το Αριστοτέλειο Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσαλονίκης (Α.Π.Θ.), στην Ελλάδα, είναι ένας από τους υπεργολάβους εταίρους για τις εξωτερικές δοκιμές της πλατφόρμας SlideWiki. Σε αυτή τη συνέντευξη παρουσιάζουμε τον Δρ Χαράλαμπο Μπράτσα, ΕΔΙΠ στο Αριστοτέλειο Πανεπιστήμιο και Πρόεδρο του Ιδρύματος Ανοικτής Γνώσης Ελλάδας, και ανταλλάσσουμε την εμπειρία του με τις δοκιμές και […]

Συνάντηση εργασίας με το Τμήμα Οργάνωσης και Πληροφορικής του Πανεπιστημίου του Ζάγκρεμπ

- September 11, 2018 in Featured, Featured @en, News, ανοικτά δεδομένα, Νέα, συνεργασία

Σύνταξη: Ισίδωρος Πάσσας Στις 3 και 4 Σεπτεμβρίου 2018 το Ίδρυμα Ανοικτής Γνώσης Ελλάδας (OK Greece) συμμετείχε σε συνάντηση συνεργασίας μεταξύ του Αριστοτέλειου Πανεπιστημίου Θεσσαλονίκης (Α.Π.Θ.) και του Τμήματος Οργάνωσης και Πληροφορικής (FOI) του Πανεπιστήμιου του Ζάγκρεμπ. Το FOI εκπροσώπησαν ο καθηγητής κος Neven Vrček και οι διδάκτορες κ.κ. Nikolina Žajdela Hrustek, Martina Tomičić Fujan […]

Scaling up paywalled academic article sharing by legal means

- August 23, 2018 in Featured, Open Access, Open Science, r4r

“If you read a paper, 100% goes to the publisher. If you just email us to ask for our papers, we are allowed to send them to you for free, and will be genuinely delighted to do so.” This recent tweet by Holly Witteman inspired Iris.ai to launch the R4R initiative  (Research for Researchers) that is intended to facilitate sharing of research articles by legal means. This is implemented as an application that automates article requests and sharing among researchers via email. Sharing an article you authored via email with your peers is generally allowed. While being far from the most efficient way to share knowledge, email still remains the last resort when the alternative is that content is behind an expensive paywall. Technically, R4R is a fairly simple tool, implemented as a browser extension. The Iris.ai blog post explains it in more detail, but here’s the idea in a nutshell:
  1. Imagine you just found an interesting academic paper using search engines. It’s relevant, but behind a paywall.
  2. Having installed the R4R browser extension, a tab on your screen will let you know if sending an email to the author automatically is available. A single click on the tab sends an email requesting the paper to the author.
  3. R4R automatically drafts a response to the person requesting the paper and adds the relevant scholarly article as an attachment.
  4. The author reviews the request and makes the final decision on whether or not to share the paper with the requester.
In the beginning, the browser plug-in will only allow sending emails to the authors who have expressed their willingness to do so. If you are happy to share your publications with peers this way, you can add your name on this list. Or if you would like to be among the first ones to be notified when the software is ready, sign up for the waitlist via this link.  At the time of writing this blog post, the OKF Finland could not confirm yet whether the full source code of the service will be open but we support the general idea of promoting free sharing of articles that the plug-in implements. While the R4R initiative does not make copyrighted and paywalled articles open access, it increases knowledge exchange and thus hopefully also encourages openness on a personal level. This is why we at Open Knowledge Finland fully support this initiative. We hope that R4R will help researchers around the world to share their discoveries with those who need them, while working to advance more comprehensive shifts towards open access in the overall publishing system. Read more on Medium! Engage with us on Twitter: @mariaritola, @antagomir, @okffi The post Scaling up paywalled academic article sharing by legal means appeared first on Open Knowledge Finland.

Scaling up paywalled academic article sharing by legal means

- August 23, 2018 in Featured, Open Access, Open Science, r4r

“If you read a paper, 100% goes to the publisher. If you just email us to ask for our papers, we are allowed to send them to you for free, and will be genuinely delighted to do so.” This recent tweet by Holly Witteman inspired Iris.ai to launch the R4R initiative  (Research for Researchers) that is intended to facilitate sharing of research articles by legal means. This is implemented as an application that automates article requests and sharing among researchers via email. Sharing an article you authored via email with your peers is generally allowed. While being far from the most efficient way to share knowledge, email still remains the last resort when the alternative is that content is behind an expensive paywall. Technically, R4R is a fairly simple tool, implemented as a browser extension. The Iris.ai blog post explains it in more detail, but here’s the idea in a nutshell:
  1. Imagine you just found an interesting academic paper using search engines. It’s relevant, but behind a paywall.
  2. Having installed the R4R browser extension, a tab on your screen will let you know if sending an email to the author automatically is available. A single click on the tab sends an email requesting the paper to the author.
  3. R4R automatically drafts a response to the person requesting the paper and adds the relevant scholarly article as an attachment.
  4. The author reviews the request and makes the final decision on whether or not to share the paper with the requester.
In the beginning, the browser plug-in will only allow sending emails to the authors who have expressed their willingness to do so. If you are happy to share your publications with peers this way, you can add your name on this list. Or if you would like to be among the first ones to be notified when the software is ready, sign up for the waitlist via this link.  At the time of writing this blog post, the OKF Finland could not confirm yet whether the full source code of the service will be open but we support the general idea of promoting free sharing of articles that the plug-in implements. While the R4R initiative does not make copyrighted and paywalled articles open access, it increases knowledge exchange and thus hopefully also encourages openness on a personal level. This is why we at Open Knowledge Finland fully support this initiative. We hope that R4R will help researchers around the world to share their discoveries with those who need them, while working to advance more comprehensive shifts towards open access in the overall publishing system. Read more on Medium! Engage with us on Twitter: @mariaritola, @antagomir, @okffi The post Scaling up paywalled academic article sharing by legal means appeared first on Open Knowledge Finland.

Introducing UCL’s Open Education initiative

- August 21, 2018 in communication, Featured, guestpost, oer

Guest post by C. Yogeswaran @OpenUCL  University College London, UK — Founded to “open up university education,” UCL’s OE focus has, since February, been supplanted with new energy and focus. The open education team have been exploring ways to support Connected Curriculum, Education Strategy, and Open Scholarship goals at the institution, facilitating communication between academia and the public and inspiring new ways of undertaking education by removing (economic, geographic, and other) barriers to usage. To implement open educational practice at UCL, the project takes a three-pronged approach:
  • The launch of a proof-of-concept repository, OpenEd@UCL, dedicated to storing, sharing, and showcasing the university’s teaching materials – both academic and student generated.
  • Developing policy around open education at UCL to ensure it is embedded into community activities – this includes the repository and deposit policy and a planned OE policy, which will be determined through the Open Science Policy Platform.
  • Expanding the practice of open education across UCL through a programme of engagement. Thus far the project has run special interest group meetings, attended by those with an interest in open education, and also a workshop on open education at the recent UCL Open Science Day event. There is now a project website and Twitter feed, @OpenUCL, and we have also featured in two UCL Teaching & Learning newsletters, and internal Week@UCLstaff newsletter.

Sharing OER at UCL

As the project moves into the next phase, we are looking at increasing OER and metadata within the repository, to build a fuller and holistic picture of the teaching materials UCL has to offer, and embed more deeply open education practice at UCL. As London’s ‘Global University,’ we are keen to explore with practitioners how sharing OER can add value to teaching and learning and have wider global reach and impact. In contacting content providers we have discovered a plethora of OER across UCL which has not been catalogued or brought under one umbrella. Part of this project therefore focuses on working with those who have published OER, to make their resources searchable and discoverable. Showcasing student content and feedback is also a great way to demonstrate the outcomes of teaching/training, promote courses for prospective students, and engage students in the publishing process, and also encourages collaboration between students and staff.

Engagement activities

In the past six months we have established connections with Arena Open who provide CPD opportunities for teaching staff at UCL, and will be working with them in the new term to run workshops for staff on (a) creating open educational resources and (b) turning pre-existing teaching materials into OER. We will also be present, on a fortnightly basis, at regular research support drop-ins, to talk with UCL staff and create awareness. Highlighting incentives to publish OER is important in our communication with teaching staff. The Academic Promotions Framework already rewards open behaviours including the publication of open teaching materials, and we are in discussion with the VP for Education about introducing an Open Education commendation at the next UCL Teaching & Learning Awards ceremony. Working with the other research support services we are also looking at ways to formalise the citation and attribution of OER, as professional/reputational growth is an important part of academia.

Learning more

More information about the project is available on the OER website, or you can follow us on Twitter @OpenUCL.   — About the author Claudia is the Open Education Project Officer based at UCL Library Services.

Introducing UCL’s Open Education initiative

- August 21, 2018 in communication, Featured, guestpost, oer

Guest post by C. Yogeswaran @OpenUCL  University College London, UK — Founded to “open up university education,” UCL’s OE focus has, since February, been supplanted with new energy and focus. The open education team have been exploring ways to support Connected Curriculum, Education Strategy, and Open Scholarship goals at the institution, facilitating communication between academia and the public and inspiring new ways of undertaking education by removing (economic, geographic, and other) barriers to usage. To implement open educational practice at UCL, the project takes a three-pronged approach:
  • The launch of a proof-of-concept repository, OpenEd@UCL, dedicated to storing, sharing, and showcasing the university’s teaching materials – both academic and student generated.
  • Developing policy around open education at UCL to ensure it is embedded into community activities – this includes the repository and deposit policy and a planned OE policy, which will be determined through the Open Science Policy Platform.
  • Expanding the practice of open education across UCL through a programme of engagement. Thus far the project has run special interest group meetings, attended by those with an interest in open education, and also a workshop on open education at the recent UCL Open Science Day event. There is now a project website and Twitter feed, @OpenUCL, and we have also featured in two UCL Teaching & Learning newsletters, and internal Week@UCLstaff newsletter.

Sharing OER at UCL

As the project moves into the next phase, we are looking at increasing OER and metadata within the repository, to build a fuller and holistic picture of the teaching materials UCL has to offer, and embed more deeply open education practice at UCL. As London’s ‘Global University,’ we are keen to explore with practitioners how sharing OER can add value to teaching and learning and have wider global reach and impact. In contacting content providers we have discovered a plethora of OER across UCL which has not been catalogued or brought under one umbrella. Part of this project therefore focuses on working with those who have published OER, to make their resources searchable and discoverable. Showcasing student content and feedback is also a great way to demonstrate the outcomes of teaching/training, promote courses for prospective students, and engage students in the publishing process, and also encourages collaboration between students and staff.

Engagement activities

In the past six months we have established connections with Arena Open who provide CPD opportunities for teaching staff at UCL, and will be working with them in the new term to run workshops for staff on (a) creating open educational resources and (b) turning pre-existing teaching materials into OER. We will also be present, on a fortnightly basis, at regular research support drop-ins, to talk with UCL staff and create awareness. Highlighting incentives to publish OER is important in our communication with teaching staff. The Academic Promotions Framework already rewards open behaviours including the publication of open teaching materials, and we are in discussion with the VP for Education about introducing an Open Education commendation at the next UCL Teaching & Learning Awards ceremony. Working with the other research support services we are also looking at ways to formalise the citation and attribution of OER, as professional/reputational growth is an important part of academia.

Learning more

More information about the project is available on the OER website, or you can follow us on Twitter @OpenUCL.   — About the author Claudia is the Open Education Project Officer based at UCL Library Services.

Open Knowledge International needs a new CEO – Could this be you?

- August 1, 2018 in Featured, job, Jobs, Open Knowledge International

The space around us is changing and Open Knowledge International needs a CEO who can help refine our identity and mission in this changing context. We are looking for someone who is entrepreneurial, creative and can work out what open means today, turning our mission into reality. You will be able to harness our activist ethos to deliver the services and products while ensuring the sustainability of the organisation and our mission. As the leader of our organisation, you will be in charge of directing our activities, shaping our fundraising and business development efforts, and nurturing our relationships with our funders, partners and communities, while welcoming and pursuing new opportunities and collaborations for open data. You will translate the open philosophy into concrete streams for our clients and operationalise that vision. You will help our funders, partners and clients understand what open means for them and what standards can do to make that a reality. You might be a senior leader within the open movement, in an organisation that promotes openness or in a data driven environment, with a strong desire and a passion to make a difference and are looking for the right vehicle to make that change. You have experience in operationalising the mission for organisations and are now looking for the opportunity to articulate the vision. Translating that vision in a changing context of user expectations, government and corporate ideologies and politics excites you. For more information on the role, click here.   About us Open Knowledge International (OKI) is a multi-award winning international not-for-profit organisation. We build tools and communities to create, use and share open knowledge — content and data that everyone can use, share, build on, and ultimately make informed decisions as a result. Ours is a mixed business model, undertaking both grant and commercial projects, and fundraising to cover our core work. Partnerships and networks are essential to our impact and we see ourselves as part of a global network of communities, organisations, advocates, government officials and activists. We are supported by a Board of Directors and staff who are passionate about what we do.   Why we do what we do Our world seems to be closing or threatening to close in a whole range of ways. Knowledge is a part of how power plays out, about who can own and use it and make an impact in the world. Open Knowledge International wants to be part of getting that right. OKI, as a part of the broader open movement and network of organisations has been focused on:
  • working with civil society organisations help find value of open data for their mission and work,
  • providing organisations with the tools and skills to effectively use data, and
  • help make government efforts around information sharing responsive to civil society needs.
We believe this is important, this matters; this is necessary for making the world a better place. If you are enthused about our mission and believe you can lead us into the next chapter of our journey, please get in touch.