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OKFI 24h retreat

- October 13, 2019 in Events, Featured

We cordially invite you to attend the annual OKFI 24H retreat on 8.-9.11.2019 at 16-16 o’clock to Suomenlinna / Sea Fortress island. The program includes planning strategic directions for OKFI and networking over sauna. For further information about the event and registration please visit: The post OKFI 24h retreat appeared first on Open Knowledge Finland.

2019 International Open Data Summit開催のお知らせ

- October 7, 2019 in Events, Featured, Special

一般社団法人オープン・ナレッジ・ファウンデーション・ジャパン(OKJP)が後援する 2019 International Open Data Summitが10月8日(火)、東京大学安田講堂にて開催されます。 Asia Open Data Partnership (AODP) は、アジア各国・地域の文化とニーズを踏まえたオープンデータの普及と活用、情報共有、国際協力等を目的に、台湾の呼びかけで2015年10月14日に設立され、日本も2017年から参加しています。AODPでは、各国・地域のオープンデータの活用を促進するハッカソン(Open Data Challenge)の運営と、「International Open Data Summit」を毎年1回開催しています。本Summitは、アジアを中心とした各国・地域におけるオープンデータの普及・活用に関する活動の進捗状況や課題等の情報共有、パネルディスカッション等を通じて、オープンデータの普及促進を目的として開催します。 開催日時:2019年10月8日(火)10:00〜17:25
開催場所:東京大学 安田講堂 主催:内閣官房IT総合戦略室 / 東京大学大学院情報学環/ Asia Open Data Partnership (AODP)
共催:総務省 / 東京都 / 一般社団法人オープン&ビッグデータ活用・地方創生推進機構(VLED)
後援:経産省 / 気象庁 / 公共交通オープンデータ協議会 / オープンガバメント推進協議会 / 一般財団法人 全国地域情報化推進協会(APPLIC) / トロンフォーラム / 一般社団法人オープン・ナレッジ・ファウンデーション・ジャパン / 一般社団法人オープン・コーポレイツ・ジャパン OKJPからは、庄司と川島がモデレーターとして登壇します。 詳細は公式サイトをご参照ください。

A halfway point update from the 2019 Frictionless Data Tool Fund

- September 25, 2019 in Featured, Frictionless Data, tool fund

In June 2019, we launched the Frictionless Data Tool Fund to facilitate reproducible data workflows in research contexts. Our four Tool Fund grantees are now at the halfway point of their projects, and have made great progress. Read on to learn more about these projects, their next steps, and how you can also contribute.

Stephan Max: Data Package tools for Google Sheets

Stephan’s Tool Fund work is focused on creating an add-on for Google Sheets to allow for Data Package import and export. With this tool, researchers (and other data wranglers) that use Google Sheets will be able to quickly and easily incorporate Data Packages into their existing data processing workflows. Recently, Stephan created a prototype that you can test at the project’s GitHub Repo by following the steps outlined in the README file: Next steps for Stephan’s project include enhancing the user interface, and adding additional information such as licensing options for the export button. If you try the prototype, please leave Stephan feedback as an issue in the repository.

João Peschanski and team: Neuroscience Experiments System (NES)

To improve the way neuroscience experimental data and metadata is shared, João and the team at the Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center for Neuromathematics (RIDC NeuroMat) are working on implementing Data Packages into their Neuroscience Experiments System (NES). NES is an open-source tool for data collection that stores large amounts of data in a structured way. This tool aims to assist neuroscience research laboratories in routine experimental procedures. During the Tool Fund, João and team have created a Data Package exportation module from within NES that reflects the Frictionless specifications for data and metadata interoperability. This export includes a JSON file descriptor (a datapackage.json file) with information related to how the experiment was performed, with a goal of increasing reproducibility. Next steps for the team include more testing and gathering feedback, and then a public release. The NES GitHub repository can be seen here:

André Heughebaert: DarwinCore Archive Data Package support

Inspired by his work with the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), André is converting DarwinCore Archives into Data Packages for his Tool Fund project. The DarwinCore is a standard describing biological diversity that is intended to increase interoperability of biological data. André has recently completed a first release of the tool, which appends datapackage.json and files containing the data descriptors and human readable metadata to the DarwinCore archive. This release supports all standard DarwinCore terms, and has been tested with several use cases. You can read more about Frictionless DarwinCore and see all of the use cases André tested for the beta release in the repo’s README file. If you want to test or contribute to this Tool Fund project, please open an issue in the repository.

Shelby Switzer and Greg Bloom: Open Referral Human Services data package support

Shelby’s Tool Fund work is building out datapackage support for Open Referral’s Human Service Data Specification (HSDS) and Human Service Data API Suite (HSDA). Open Referral develops data standards and open source tools for health, human, and social services. For the Tool Fund, Shelby has been developing on their HSDS-Transformer, which takes raw data, transforms it to HSDS format, and then packages it as a datapackage within a zip file, so users can work with tidily packaged data. For example, Shelby and the Open Referral team have been working with 2-1-1 in Miami-Dade, Florida, to help transform and share their resource directory database with their partners in a more sustainable fashion. Next steps for Shelby include creating a UI for their HSDS-Transformer so that anyone can access HSDS-compliant datapackages. Shelby will also be contributing to the improvement of the datapackage Ruby gem during this project.

Frictionless Data at the EPFL Open Science in Practice Summer School

- September 16, 2019 in Featured, Frictionless Data, Open Science

In early September our Frictionless Data for Reproducible Research product manager, Lilly Winfree, presented a workshop at the Open Science in Practice Summer School at EPFL University in Lausanne, Switzerland.  Lilly’s workshop focused on teaching early career researchers about using Frictionless software and specs to make their research data more interoperable, shareable, and open. The audience learned about metadata, data schemas, creating data packages, and validating their data with Goodtables. The slides for her workshop are available here, and are licensed as CC-BY-4.0. The Summer School was organized by Luc Henry, Scientific Advisor at EPFL, and was a week-long series of talks and workshops on open science best practices for research students and early career researchers. A highlight of the workshop for Lilly was having the opportunity to work with Oleg Lavrovsky in person. Oleg is on the board of the Swizz chapter of OKF,, and created the Frictionless Data Julia libraries as a Tool Fund grantee two years ago. Oleg wrote a recap of the workshop, which we are republishing below. The original can be read here. Thanks for your help, Oleg, and for Luc for organizing!

“Open” is the new black. Everybody talks about open science. But what does it mean exactly?

Lilly Winfree of the Frictionless Data for Reproducible Research project at OKF ran a workshop at Open Science in Practice, a week long training organized by the EPFL with Eurotech Universities. It was a top grade workshop delivered to a diverse room of doctoral students, early career researchers, “and beyond” in Lausanne. I had the opportunity to assist her, and learn from her professional delivery, get up to speed with key points about Open Knowledge Foundation, the latest news from the small, diligent people working to make open data more accessible and useful. With a fascinating science background, she connected well with the audience and made a strong case for well published open research data. The workshop reignited my desire to continue publishing Data Packages, contribute to the project, develop better support in various software environments, and be present in community channels. In our conversation afterwards, we talked about the remote work culture and global reach of the team, expectations management, and the challenges ahead. Thanks very much to @heluc and the rest of the #OSIP2019 team for organizing a great event, to all who participated in the workshop for patiently and interestedly hacking their first Data Packages together, and kudos to Lilly for crossing distances to bridge gaps and support Open Science in Switzerland.

Next events

There are two upcoming events that Oleg is involved with that might be of interest to the Frictionless Data and OKF communities: the DINAcon Digital Sustainability Conference, on October 18 in Bern, and the Tourism Hackathon on November 29 in Lucerne.

A warm welcome to our Frictionless Data for Reproducible Research Fellows

- August 29, 2019 in Featured, Frictionless Data, Open Science

As part of our commitment to opening up scientific knowledge, we recently launched the Frictionless Data for Reproducible Research Fellows Programme, which will run from mid-September until June 2020.  We received over 200 impressive applications for the Programme, and are very excited to introduce the four selected Fellows:
  • Monica Granados, a Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellow; 
  • Selene Yang, a graduate student researcher at the National University of La Plata, Argentina; 
  • Daniel Ouso, a postgraduate researcher at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology; 
  • Lily Zhao, a graduate student researcher at the University of California, Santa Barbara. 
Next month, the Fellows will be writing blogs to further introduce themselves to the Frictionless Data community, so stay tuned to learn more about these impressive researchers. The Programme will train early career researchers to become champions of the 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. As the programme progresses, we will be sharing the Fellows’ work on making research more reproducible with the Frictionless Data software suite by posting a series of blogs here and on the Fellows website. In June 2020, the Programme will culminate in a community call where all Fellows will present what they have learned over the nine months: we encourage attendance by our community. If you are interested in learning more about the Programme, the syllabus, lessons, and resources are open.

More About Frictionless Data

The Fellows Programme is part of the Frictionless Data for Reproducible Research project at Open Knowledge Foundation. This project, funded by the Sloan Foundation, applies our work in Frictionless Data to data-driven research disciplines, in order to facilitate data workflows in research contexts. 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. Frictionless Data’s other current projects include the Tool Fund, in which four grantees are developing open source tooling for reproducible research. The Fellows Programme will be running until June 2020, and we will post updates to the Programme as they progress.

World Library Congress – Closing Libraries is ‘short-sighted’

- August 26, 2019 in Featured, library, Open Knowledge, Open Knowledge Foundation

Closing down libraries to save money is ‘one of the most short-sighted decisions that public officials can make’, the World Library and Information Congress has heard.
Speaking at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) annual congress in Athens, Open Knowledge Foundation chief executive Catherine Stihler said ‘libraries are too often seen as an easy target for cuts’. The former MEP for Scotland said libraries can also ‘fill the gap’ in the delivery of coding lessons and data practice in schools, to ensure people across Europe and the world have the skills for the jobs of the future. In 2017, it is estimated that more than 120 libraries closed their doors in England, Wales and Scotland. But a recent study by the Carnegie UK Trust found that people aged 15-24 in England are the most likely age group to use libraries. And nearly half of people aged 25 to 34 still visit them, according to the study. The IFLA World Library and Information Congress ( is the international flagship professional and trade event for the library and information services sector, bringing together over 3,500 participants from more than 120 countries. In her address to the World Library and Information Congress, Open Knowledge Foundation chief executive Catherine Stihler said:
“Governments across the world must now work harder to give everyone access to key information and the ability to use it to understand and shape their lives; as well as making powerful institutions more accountable; and ensuring vital research information that can help us tackle challenges such as poverty and climate change is available to all.
“In short, we need a future that is fair, free and open.
“But this is not the way things are going in the UK, the EU, the US, China and across our world.
“Instead, we see in the UK, councils across the country facing major financial pressures, and libraries are too often seen as an easy target for cuts.
“But closing down a library has to be one of the most short-sighted decisions that public officials can make, with serious consequences for the future of local communities.” She added:
“There is a widespread misconception that the services offered are out-of-date – a relic of a bygone age before youngsters started carrying smartphones in their pockets with instant access to Wikipedia, and before they started downloading books on their Kindle.
“Today, the most successful libraries have remodelled themselves to become fit for the 21st century, and more can follow suit if they receive the right support and advice, and have the backing of governments and councils.
“I have long championed the importance of coding as part of the education curriculum, especially given that my home country of Scotland is home to more than 100,000 digital tech economy jobs.
“But while there remains a shortfall in what is delivered in our schools in terms of coding and data practice, libraries can fill that gap.
“Our world is moulded in code, and libraries offer young people an opportunity to bring ideas to life and build things that will bring joy to millions.
“So by embracing the future, they can continue to be an unrivalled place of learning, like they always were for previous generations.”

Open Knowledge and MyData – same roots, shared values

- August 8, 2019 in Featured, finland, mydata, network, personal-data

The origins of MyData can be traced back to the Open Knowledge Festival held in Finland in 2012. There, a small group of people gathered in a breakout session to discuss what ought to be done with the kind of data that cannot be made publicly available and entirely open, namely personal data. Over the years, more and more people who had similar ideas about personal data converged and found each other around the globe. Finally, in 2016, a conference entitled MyData brought together thinkers and doers who shared a vision of a human-centric paradigm for personal data and the community became aware of itself. The MyData movement, which has since gathered momentum and grown into an international community of hundreds of people and organisations, shares many of its most fundamental values with the open movement from which it has spun off. Openness and transparency in collection, processing, and use of personal data; ethical and socially beneficial use of data; cross-sectoral collaboration; and democratic values are all legacies of the open roots of MyData and hard-wired into the movement itself. The MyData movement was sustained originally through annual conferences held in Helsinki and attended by data professionals in their hundreds. These were made possible by the support of the Finnish chapter of Open Knowledge, who acted as their main organiser. As the years passed and the movement matured, in the autumn of 2018, the movement formalised into its own organisation, MyData Global. Headquartered in Finland, the organisation’s international staff of six, led by general manager Teemu Ropponen, now facilitate the growing community with local hubs in over 20 locations on six continents, a fourth Helsinki-based conference in September 2019, and the continued efforts of the movement to bring about positive change in the way personal data is used globally. The MyData 2019 Conference will attract some 800-1000 people from around the world. It is an associated event of Finland’s EU Presidency organised in Wanha Satama in central Helsinki. The conference provides three days of interactive sessions, networking opportunities and inspiration that will contribute to rebuilding trust for a human-centred data economy. Over 100 speakers will be presenting in the following tracks: Making Identity Work, Ecosystems and Operators, Governance, Cities, Empowerment through Agency, Crossing the Chasm, MyAI, Health, Design and more! The Next Generation Internet Forum is organised at the opening day of MyData 2019. 

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Open Knowledge Japanの7周年と再スタート

- July 10, 2019 in Featured, mydata, News, OKJP, オープン・ナレッジ, オープンデータ

Open Data Open Minds 2019年7月1日、私たちオープン・ナレッジ・ジャパン(OKJP)は、前身である任意団体の設立から7周年を迎えました。 7年前、私たちは国内でおそらく初めての行政オープンデータの活用を謳ったハッカソンを開催していました。7年というのはそれなりに長い時間ですが、この7年間で政府のオープンデータカタログサイトができ、データの公開が進んでいます。また、573もの地方自治体がオープンデータの提供を行うようになりました。官民データ活用を進める法律もできました。毎年、オープンデータデイには世界で最も多くのイベントが開催され、さまざまなアプリやサービス、活用事例が日々生まれています。さらに今年は首相が世界に向けて “Data Free Flow with Trust”を提唱するようになりました。とても大きな進展です。 OKJP 改めて、私たちの掲げているミッションを確認します。「データの活用を通じて人の行動やシステムの挙動が、より洗練され事実に基づいたものとなり、経済、人々の生活、民主主義、学術研究などの質が向上した社会を実現する」です。データを活用し社会をよりよくしていきたい、という理想に向けた道のりの、まだ途中に私たちはいます。 近年、OKJPは個人中心のパーソナルデータ活用を進める「MyData」の運動と、行政と市民が協働によって地域のガバナンスを改善していく「チャレンジ!オープンガバナンス(COG)」の活動を強く支援してきました。おかげさまでどちらの活動も活性化しており、それぞれ新たに一般社団法人が立ち上がりました。OKJPとしては今後も、MyData とCOGの活動を応援していきます。 そして、改めて原点に立ち戻り、「オープンデータトーク」や「オープンデータデイ」などOpen Data / Open Knowledge を志向した活動をリブートしていきます。しばらく募集をしていなかった賛助会員の募集も再開します。ぜひ、この機会にオープン・ナレッジ・ジャパン(OKJP)の活動にご参加ください。2019/7/29(月)夜に社員総会も予定しており、賛助会員のみなさまからのご意見をもとに今後の活動方針を決めて参ります。募集要領は会員募集ページをご参照ください。 さらなるご支援と協働をよろしくお願いいたします。 一般社団法人オープン・ナレッジ・ファウンデーション・ジャパン
(Open Knowledge Japan: OKJP)
代表理事 庄司昌彦

Συν-δημιουργώντας το «σήμερα» και το «αύριο» της κοινωνικής καινοτομίας

- July 8, 2019 in Featured, Εκδηλώσεις

Η 10η Διεθνής Συνάντηση «Ζωντανών Εργαστηρίων» (Living Labs), έρχεται για πρώτη φορά στην Ελλάδα από το Εργαστήριο Ιατρικής Φυσικής του ΑΠΘ. Open Living Lab Days Conference 2019: 3-5 Σεπτεμβρίου 2019, Μέγαρο Μουσικής Θεσσαλονίκης (Κτίριο Μ2) Ποτέ ο σχεδιασμός καινοτόμων προϊόντων και υπηρεσιών που να καλύπτουν τις  καθημερινές ανάγκες των πολιτών δεν ήταν τόσο προσιτός από […]

Meet our 2019 Frictionless Data Tool Fund grantees

- July 4, 2019 in Featured, Frictionless Data

In order to facilitate reproducible data workflows in research contexts, we recently launched the Frictionless Data Tool Fund. This one-time $5,000 grant attracted over 90 applications from researchers, developers, and data managers from all over the world. We are very excited to announce the four grantees for this round of funding, and have included a short description of each grantee and their project in this announcement. For a more in depth profile of each grantee and their Tool Fund projects, as well as information about how the community can help contribute to their work, follow the links in each profile to learn more. We look forward to sharing their work on developing open source tooling for reproducible research built using the Frictionless Data specifications and software.   

Stephan Max

Stephan Max is a computer scientist based in Cologne, Germany, that is passionate about making the web a fair, open, and safe place for everybody. Outside of work, Stephan has contributed to the German OKF branch as a mentor for the teenage hackathon weekends project “Jugend Hackt” (Youth Hacks). Stephan’s Tool Fund project will be to create a Data Package import/export add-on to Google Sheets.
“How can we feed spreadsheets back into a Reproducible Research pipeline? I think Data Packages is a brilliant format to model and preserve exactly that information.”

Read more about Stephan and the Google Sheets Data Package add-on here.  

Carlos Ribas and João Peschanski

João Alexandre Peschanski and Carlos Eduardo Ribas work with the Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center for Neuromathematics (RIDC NeuroMat), from the São Paulo Research Foundation. They are focused on developing open-source computational tools to advance open knowledge, open science, and scientific dissemination. They will be using the Tool Fund to work on the Neuroscience Experiments System (NES), which is an open-source tool that aims to assist neuroscience research laboratories in routine procedures for data collection.
“The advantages of the Frictionless Data approach for us is fundamentally to be able to standardize data opening and sharing within the scientific community.”
Read more about Carlos, João, and NES here.  

André Heughebaert

André Heughebaert is an IT Software Engineer at the Belgian Biodiversity Platform and is the Belgian GBIF Node manager. As an Open Data advocate, André works with GBIF and the Darwin Core standards and related Biodiversity tools to support publication and re-use of Open Data. André’s Tool Fund project will automatically convert Darwin Core Archive into Frictionless Data Packages. 
“I do hope Frictionless and GBIF communities will help me with issuing/tracking and solving incompatibilities, and also to build up new synergies.”
Read more about André and the Darwin Core Data Package project here.  

Greg Bloom and Shelby Switzer

Shelby Switzer and Greg Bloom work with Open Referral, which develops data standards and open source tools for health, human, and social services. Shelby is a long-time civic tech contributor, and Greg is the founder of the Open Referral Initiative. For the Tool Fund, they will be building out Data Package support for all their interfaces, from the open source tools that transform and validate human services data to the Human Services API Specification.
“With the Frictionless Data approach, we can more readily work with data from different sources, with varying complexity, in a simple CSV format, while preserving the ability to easily manage transformation and loading.”
Read more about Greg, Shelby, and their Tool Fund project here.  

More About Frictionless Data

The Tool Fund is part of the Frictionless Data for Reproducible Research project at Open Knowledge Foundation. This project, funded by the Sloan Foundation, applies our work in Frictionless Data to data-driven research disciplines. 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 Tool Fund projects will be running through the end of 2019, and we will post updates to the projects as they progress.