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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 […]

Πρόσκληση 28/01 – HIGGS Online Event “Non-profits & Media Advocating for Good!”

- January 21, 2021 in Featured, News

Με χαρά σας προσκαλούμε στη διαδικτυακή εκδήλωση ενημέρωσης για το έργο “Non-profits & Media advocating for good!”, το οποίο υλοποιείται στο πλαίσιο του προγράμματος Active citizens fund, την Πέμπτη 28 Ιανουαρίου 2021 και ώρα 16:00 – 17:00. Η εκδήλωση απευθύνεται σε εκπροσώπους  Μη Κερδοσκοπικών Οργανώσεων και Μέσων Μαζικής Ενημέρωσης που δραστηριοποιούνται στη Θεσσαλονίκη. Στόχος της εκδήλωσης είναι οι […]

New board and action plan

- January 11, 2021 in Blog post, Featured

OKFI autumn general meeting was held on 7.12. Meeting decided, among other things, action plan, budget and board for 2021. Action items for 2021 include a new webinar series, participating in Open Data Day, Open Education Week and Open Access Week, initiating and hosting openness related projects and of course continuing and developing collaboration with a wide range of organisations. Take a look at the action plan: Board for 2021
  • Chair: Jouni Tuomisto
  • Timo Väliharju
  • Tero Toivanen
  • Teemu Ropponen
  • Susanna Ånäs
  • Mehalet Yared
  • Rupesh Vyas
  • Mikko Lampi
  • Julia Brungs
The post New board and action plan appeared first on Open Knowledge Finland.

Συμμετοχή του ΟΚF Greece στα διαδικτυακά σεμινάρια «Open data: what, why, when & how»

- December 6, 2020 in Featured, News

Το Ίδρυμα Ανοικτής Γνώσης Ελλάδας (OKFGR), αρωγός σε κάθε δράση για τα Ανοικτά Δεδομένα, στηρίζει και συμμετέχει ενεργά σε πρωτοβουλίες αναφορικά με αυτά, με όραμα τα Ανοικτά Δεδομένα και η Ανοικτή Γνώση να συνδράμουν στην αντιμετώπιση σοβαρών προκλήσεων, όπως η κλιματική αλλαγή και βιοϊατρική έρευνα, καθώς και στον περιορισμό λανθασμένων κοινωνικών και περιβαλλοντικών πρακτικών που […]

Open Knowledge Belgium defines 5 priorities for the federal digital agenda

- November 10, 2020 in belgium, civic tech, Featured, federal digital agenda, General, Open Data, open knowledge belgium, priorities, prototype fund

1. The federal open data strategy

  The cabinet of Minister De Croo introduced a federal open data strategy in 2015 (1), setting out some generic guidelines. Unfortunately, these generic guidelines have had little impact in the following 5 years on the relevant policy domains, not on the Agency for Administrative Simplification (AAS) nor on BOSA Digital Transformation (managing the federal open data platform).(2) The content of the strategy was good and concepts such as ‘open by default’, ‘comply or explain’ as well as the focus on machine readability received the support of our open data community.(3) Open Knowledge Belgium would like to see concrete actions linked to the guidelines that have been defined. This is politically challenging, because the open data strategy transcends the boundaries of the federal public services. Three examples:
  • We have contacted Minister Van Quickenborne in response to the renewal of the website of the Official Gazette.(4) To make this machine-readable, agreements can be made about data models, identifiers used, and annotation of the website with semantic markup.
  • FPS Economy manages the Crossroads Bank for Enterprises (CBE). They are an important stakeholder to help shape the data model used  to describe legal entities in Belgium.(5) A European standard to describe companies already exists, but it requires expansion with code lists such as the NACEBEL codes.
  • SPF Mobility is currently working on the Belgian standard for public transport data and shared mobility (NeTEx Belgium). This should prepare us for Mobility as a Service, which promises to create a level playing field for mobility providers and route planners.
Whether we are looking at a data publication from FPS Justice, FPS Economy or FPS Mobility, we should find the same principles: an approved “open data” license, the use of Linked Data, alignment with the same base registers and the use of the same standardized code lists. Several European member states have already started working on a single overview of all “LinkedData” models, code lists, base registers, and application profiles in one location, with a steering body that oversees the interoperability between all datasets. Some inspiring examples:
  • Open Standards for Linking Organizations (OSLO) in Flanders.(6)
  • Finland with government-validated data models (7) and legislation as Linked Data.(8)
  • European Commission with ISA² core vocabularies, the SEMIC initiative , ELIs, …
  • The Netherlands with the NEN standards.(9)
  • France with ETALab publishing base registers.(10)
For Belgium, we also dream of such an overview page and steering body with representatives of the various policy areas. They approve specifications and datasets within the federal “knowledge graph”. Low hanging fruit is to elevate already existing datasets so that they comply with the data strategy: the list of addresses (BestAdd), the KBO, the Official Gazette, the NACEBEL codes, the list of municipalities and their boundaries (dataset by NGI), mobility data, and so on. This could be done by BOSA DT, where the team of Bart Hanssens already shares this vision.  

2. Appeals Committee for the Public Access Act

  There has not been an appeals committee to handle requests for Public Access for several years now. The previous government failed to put one in place. An appeals committee must be appointed as soon as possible to adhere to the Royal Decree of April 29, 2008 (11) on the composition and working method of the Committee for access to and reuse of administrative documents (Belgian Official Journal 8 May 2008). This committee must be authorized by Minister Verlinden in consultation with the Digital Agenda. For example, Belgium recently refused – as one of the only  European member states – to release its tender figures for the emergency purchases of Covid19 protective equipment, tests and respirators. (12) Nevertheless, everyone is convinced that transparency about spending public funds is a crucial element in creating public support.  

3. Open Data at KMI/IRM

  Historical weather data are not only key to studying climate change, they are also an interesting basic set to use in correlation with a lot of other data sets. Think for example of train delays or traffic jams due to weather conditions, crowd indicators (also useful in times of COVID-19) or the calibration of sensors in the public domain based on weather conditions (such as e.g., the ‘Telraam’ sensors that were financed by the Smart Mobility fund of Minister François Bellot or the air quality meters of Irceline). An important barrier to make these data publicly available is the KMI/IRM business model, stating that they should be self-sustaining through the sale of their data. The Cabinet of Demir communicated that this can be remedied by allocating an additional budget of €800.000 per year to the KMI/IRM. (13) We believe that this investment will be lower than the economic benefits for the Belgian economy. State Secretary for science policy, Thomas Dermine, is now responsible for this matter.  

4. Open Data at NMBS/SNCB

  NMBS/SNCB has a long way to go when it comes to Open Data. A one-off progress was made in 2015, when Minister De Croo obliged them to set up a data sharing scheme. Little has changed since then. For example, we are still waiting for the data on platform changes, or, especially important during  COVID-19, the data concerning the crowds on the trains. Political pressure is needed to put this back on the agenda of the board of directors of the NMBS/SNCB. In the meantime, Infrabel is showing how things can be done. An open data team has been set up, and 78 data sets can already be found on FPS Mobility also worked hard to comply with the Intelligent TransportSystems Directive (MMTIS EU 2017/1926) and set up (14)  

5. A Belgian Prototype Fund

  Open Knowledge Germany, our sister organization in Germany, has instigated a lot of success stories with the Prototype Fund. (15) We have already invited the organizers of the Prototype Fund Germany to Belgium on multiple occasions to exchange ideas. Open Knowledge Belgium has plenty of experience when it comes to organizing hackathons as well as open summer of code. The latter is a 4-week summer programme in July, that provides students with the training, network and support necessary to transform open innovation projects into powerful real-world services. Despite the global pandemic, we organized an online edition with more than 80 students in 2020. We believe the Prototype Fund is a sequel to this concept, where professionals with a bright idea can build a prototype faster. We are keen to establish a Protoype Fund Belgium based on the German example. We believe the Federal Government is the ideal partner to stimulate this kind of Open Innovation during the post-Covid relance. The Prototype Fund could be an interpretation of what is stated in the coalition agreement as “There will be small-scale test projects on GovTech on which innovative start-ups and scale-ups can work“. However, it can also be approached from the broader social viewpoint of CivicTech, where civic participation and public benefit outweigh the business model. Or as the Swiss version of the Prototype Fund puts it: “Smart Participation as a right to collectively shape our future”. (16)   Footnotes
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  5.  The European “core vocabularies” can provide guidance in this case