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OpenTrials launch date + Hack Day

- August 25, 2016 in Events, Hackday, Open Trials, opentrials

Exciting news! OpenTrials, a project in which Open Knowledge is developing an open, online database of information about the world’s clinical research trials, will officially launch its beta on Monday 10th October 2016 at the World Health Summit in Berlin. After months of work behind-the-scenes meeting, planning, and developing, we’re all really excited about demoing OpenTrials to the world and announcing how to access and use the site! The launch will take place at the ‘Fostering Open Science in Global Health’ workshop, with OpenTrials being represented by our Community Manager, Ben Meghreblian. The workshop will be a great opportunity to talk about the role of open data, open science, and generally how being open can bring improvements in medicine and beyond!worldhealthsummit_logo As the workshop’s theme is public health emergencies, we’ll also be demoing Ebola Trials Tracker, another OpenTrials project showing how long it takes for the results of Ebola trials to be made available. If you’ll be attending the conference or the workshop, we’d love to meet you – please do get in touch and let us know.

Hack Day

If that wasn’t enough, we also have a confirmed date and location for the OpenTrials Hack Day – it will take place on Saturday 8th October at the German office of Wikimedia in Berlin. We’re inviting people from a range of backgrounds. So, if you’re developer, data scientist, health technologist, open data advocate, or otherwise interested in health, medicine, and clinical trials, come along and learn more about the data that powers OpenTrials, how it’s structured, and how to use our API to search the OpenTrials database or build applications using the data. On the day our technical lead and a domain expert will be on hand to explain the data and facilitate the day – we’re really looking forward to seeing what clever hacks and mini-projects you’ll create. For those of you who have already asked, we’ll be releasing documentation on the OpenTrials API and database soon, but meanwhile if you’re interested in the event you’ll find more details on the OpenTrials Eventbrite page, or you can register quickly below.
OpenTrials is funded by The Laura and John Arnold Foundation and directed by Dr. Ben Goldacre, an internationally known leader on clinical transparency. Contact: opentrials@okfn.org
Twitter: @opentrials

Code for Ghana Open Data Day 2016

- April 6, 2016 in Hackday, Open Data Day

This blog post was written by Florence Abena Toffa from Code for Ghana.  The International Open Data Day is a gathering of citizens in various cities around the world to write applications, liberate data, create visualizations and publish analysis of  open public data. This year, we partnered with National Information Technology Agency (NITA) to provide us with Ghana’s election datasets for the hackathon.   Code for Ghana’s theme for this year’s event was: Open Data for a free and fair 2016 election. The people of Ghana are going to the polls again this year. Since 1992, Ghana has been among the countries that have had peaceful elections and successful change of governments in Africa. Usually, the atmosphere is unpredictable. Also, elections reportage is often bereft of data analysis and visualisations. The benefit of hindsight provides an enormous opportunity to even predict future events. The goal of the hackathon was to empower the youth to understand election trends and contribute to it through data analysis and visualisations. This will help to understand election issues better.   We had a total of 21 participants and as early as 8 am participants started trickling in, most of whom were software developers, CSOs and data enthusiasts. Among the attendees were two young ladies who exhibited unwavering enthusiasm in open data and data visualization and one guest  came all the way from Togo to attend the event. The hackathon started with a brief introduction to the Code for Ghana election project by Florence Toffa, the project manager. Also, in attendance was the Open Data 233 team led by Raindolf Owusu. They gave a brief presentation on their election project  and how it is aimed at keeping a vigilant eye on the 2016 election proceedings and also to enhance public participation in politics. Participants were introduced to the various open data tools and libraries available to use to analyse election data. They were then divided into teams to brainstorm on election ideas. We had four main projects in total. Below are the various projects that were done. The first group created a web platform displaying data visualizations of results of the 2008 general elections. They focused on the 3 major political parties in the country: NDC, NPP and the CPP. The datasets used were very detailed, covering election results from all the regions in the country – constituency by constituency. At the bottom of the home page, they provided an overall visualization of the 2008 elections. The project is hosted here; Ghana’s 2008 Presidential election results  
  Figure 1 – Results for the greater Accra region The second group also studied the Presidential election results of the NDC and NPP from 2000 – 2012. Their main aim was to discover patterns in order to make predictions in this year’s elections. We asked Abubakar Siddique (the leader) to give us an overview of their project and this is what he had to say: For example NPP have always won the Ashanti and Eastern region, also they have only lost in the Western region and Brong Ahafo once since 2000 (for the years we have studied). Also NDC have never lost in Volta, Northern, Upper East and Upper West regions since 2000 (also for the years we have studied). It is important to emphasize that we did not intentionally decide to study just NDC and NPP, but this was due to the fact that as we were studying to obtain regional victories and after 2000 and 2004 analysis, it quickly became a competition between the two. From our analysis the ruling party has to work super hard to maintain power. Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 13.20.22

Fig 2. NDC’s presidential election results in 2000

The third group, made up of two ladies, looked at the correlation between rejected ballot papers over the election periods and voter literacy in the country. Based on this analysis, they will predict the occurrence rate of rejected votes in this year’s election. The last group developed an SMS app to check election results. The outcome of the hackathon was great. Code For Ghana will be working with Open Data 233 on their election project. Some of the interesting projects from this hackathon will be integrated into their platform. Two of the projects are still work in progress and as soon as they are finished, we will partner with other organisations to launch these projects. We have also established a good relationship with our Togo attendee who wants to start an open data initiative in his country.  It was a great event and you can get all the pictures here ; Flickr. Thanks to Open Knowledge International for supporting us with the mini-grant.

Code for Ghana Open Data Day 2016

- April 6, 2016 in Hackday, Open Data Day

This blog post was written by Florence Abena Toffa from Code for Ghana.  The International Open Data Day is a gathering of citizens in various cities around the world to write applications, liberate data, create visualizations and publish analysis of  open public data. This year, we partnered with National Information Technology Agency (NITA) to provide us with Ghana’s election datasets for the hackathon.   Code for Ghana’s theme for this year’s event was: Open Data for a free and fair 2016 election. The people of Ghana are going to the polls again this year. Since 1992, Ghana has been among the countries that have had peaceful elections and successful change of governments in Africa. Usually, the atmosphere is unpredictable. Also, elections reportage is often bereft of data analysis and visualisations. The benefit of hindsight provides an enormous opportunity to even predict future events. The goal of the hackathon was to empower the youth to understand election trends and contribute to it through data analysis and visualisations. This will help to understand election issues better.   We had a total of 21 participants and as early as 8 am participants started trickling in, most of whom were software developers, CSOs and data enthusiasts. Among the attendees were two young ladies who exhibited unwavering enthusiasm in open data and data visualization and one guest  came all the way from Togo to attend the event. The hackathon started with a brief introduction to the Code for Ghana election project by Florence Toffa, the project manager. Also, in attendance was the Open Data 233 team led by Raindolf Owusu. They gave a brief presentation on their election project  and how it is aimed at keeping a vigilant eye on the 2016 election proceedings and also to enhance public participation in politics. Participants were introduced to the various open data tools and libraries available to use to analyse election data. They were then divided into teams to brainstorm on election ideas. We had four main projects in total. Below are the various projects that were done. The first group created a web platform displaying data visualizations of results of the 2008 general elections. They focused on the 3 major political parties in the country: NDC, NPP and the CPP. The datasets used were very detailed, covering election results from all the regions in the country – constituency by constituency. At the bottom of the home page, they provided an overall visualization of the 2008 elections. The project is hosted here; Ghana’s 2008 Presidential election results  
  Figure 1 – Results for the greater Accra region The second group also studied the Presidential election results of the NDC and NPP from 2000 – 2012. Their main aim was to discover patterns in order to make predictions in this year’s elections. We asked Abubakar Siddique (the leader) to give us an overview of their project and this is what he had to say: For example NPP have always won the Ashanti and Eastern region, also they have only lost in the Western region and Brong Ahafo once since 2000 (for the years we have studied). Also NDC have never lost in Volta, Northern, Upper East and Upper West regions since 2000 (also for the years we have studied). It is important to emphasize that we did not intentionally decide to study just NDC and NPP, but this was due to the fact that as we were studying to obtain regional victories and after 2000 and 2004 analysis, it quickly became a competition between the two. From our analysis the ruling party has to work super hard to maintain power. Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 13.20.22

Fig 2. NDC’s presidential election results in 2000

The third group, made up of two ladies, looked at the correlation between rejected ballot papers over the election periods and voter literacy in the country. Based on this analysis, they will predict the occurrence rate of rejected votes in this year’s election. The last group developed an SMS app to check election results. The outcome of the hackathon was great. Code For Ghana will be working with Open Data 233 on their election project. Some of the interesting projects from this hackathon will be integrated into their platform. Two of the projects are still work in progress and as soon as they are finished, we will partner with other organisations to launch these projects. We have also established a good relationship with our Togo attendee who wants to start an open data initiative in his country.  It was a great event and you can get all the pictures here ; Flickr. Thanks to Open Knowledge International for supporting us with the mini-grant.

Diplohack in Brussels – The first hack in the Council of the European Union

- April 5, 2016 in European Union, Hackday, OK Belgium

For the first time in history, we can hack from inside the Council of the European Union building! Join us at #Diplohack in Brussels in the Council of the European Union on the 29-30 of April. logo-diplohack We invite everyone to take part, whether you’re a diplomat, developer, designer, citizen, student, journalist or activist. We will connect different profiles together in teams to use European data for good. The idea is that you create a prototype or MVP (minimum viable product) with this data in just 24 hours that is focused on transparency and decision-making. We will support you in any way possible, explain the data and help you get started. Diplohack, as the hackathon is called, forms part of the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the European Union transparency strategy. The Brussels diplohack will run for 24 hours straight and is part of the several Diplohacks across Europe. Those hackathons intend to make the EU more transparent. Tech developers, EU diplomats, journalists, citizen activists, social entrepreneurs, data experts and many more will join forces and think of transparency applications to make decision making in the EU searchable and understandable. Everybody interested in the EU data can enter the hackathon. The winners of the diplohack will be invited to compete in a European final in Amsterdam during the TransparencyCamp Europe Unconference. The Diplohack event is organised the Council of the European Union, the Dutch EU Presidency and Open Knowledge Belgium. Get your free ticket for the #Diplohack! The Diplohack will be preceded by the Webinar with EU data experts to explain more about the data. You can join even if you don’t participate in the Diplohack itself. Register here.
Check http://diplohack.brussels/ or the discuss forum thread more info on the programme and the Eventbrite page for more practical information.
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Diplohack in Brussels – The first hack in the Council of the European Union

- April 5, 2016 in European Union, Hackday, OK Belgium

For the first time in history, we can hack from inside the Council of the European Union building! Join us at #Diplohack in Brussels in the Council of the European Union on the 29-30 of April. logo-diplohack We invite everyone to take part, whether you’re a diplomat, developer, designer, citizen, student, journalist or activist. We will connect different profiles together in teams to use European data for good. The idea is that you create a prototype or MVP (minimum viable product) with this data in just 24 hours that is focused on transparency and decision-making. We will support you in any way possible, explain the data and help you get started. Diplohack, as the hackathon is called, forms part of the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the European Union transparency strategy. The Brussels diplohack will run for 24 hours straight and is part of the several Diplohacks across Europe. Those hackathons intend to make the EU more transparent. Tech developers, EU diplomats, journalists, citizen activists, social entrepreneurs, data experts and many more will join forces and think of transparency applications to make decision making in the EU searchable and understandable. Everybody interested in the EU data can enter the hackathon. The winners of the diplohack will be invited to compete in a European final in Amsterdam during the TransparencyCamp Europe Unconference. The Diplohack event is organised the Council of the European Union, the Dutch EU Presidency and Open Knowledge Belgium. Get your free ticket for the #Diplohack! The Diplohack will be preceded by the Webinar with EU data experts to explain more about the data. You can join even if you don’t participate in the Diplohack itself. Register here.
Check http://diplohack.brussels/ or the discuss forum thread more info on the programme and the Eventbrite page for more practical information.
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Como podemos usar a tecnologia para diminuir o assedio sexual e violência contra as mulheres?

- October 25, 2015 in abismo de gênero, aborto, aplicativo cívico, assedio, Chega de Fiu Fiu, congresso nacional, Daniela Silva, desafio, Destaque, Disque 100, estultice, estupro, Eventos, financiamento, Garoa, governo, Hackatona, Hackday, Juliana de Faria, leis, mulheres, PL 5069/2013, Sociedade, sustentabilidade, tecnologia, Thik Olga, Toró de ideias, Transparência Hacker, violência sexual, WIkipedia

Estupro no Brasil

Fonte: página Quebrando o Tabu.

Diante do cenário gritante de uma sociedade machista, esse artigo é uma chamada para ação. Os números divulgados pelo IPEA em relatório de 2014 são assustadores: 527 mil pessoas são estupradas por ano no Brasil, o que dá aproximadamente uma pessoa por minuto, sendo 89% mulheres e 70% crianças. Temos também relatos chocantes de casos de primeiro assedio relatos nas redes sociais por mulheres de todo Brasil (veja no Twitter a hashtag #primeiroassedio). Mesmo diante desse quadro, ainda temos que ver projetos de lei em nosso congresso como o PL 5069/2013, do deputado Eduardo Cunha, aprovado pela CCJ (Comissão de Constituição e Justiça) esses dias, que criminaliza o uso de substâncias abortivas e obrigas mulheres que sofreram estupro e exige que, para um aborto ser realizado, a vítima é obrigada a fazer exame de corpo de delito e comunicar à autoridade policial. Já temos exemplos onde mulheres estão sendo processadas após denunciarem abuso sexual. “Nos países ibero-americanos, é disseminada a ideia de que mulher mente e recorre à lei para prejudicar o companheiro”, diz Wânia Pasinato, coordenadora de acesso à Justiça da ONU Mulheres. Indepentemente das estultices de alguns erepresentantes do Congresso Nacional, precisamos agir. Recentemente conheci o projeto Chega de Fiu Fiu (chegadefiufiu.com.br), da Think Olga, um Think Tank com o objetivo de aumentar o poder das mulheres por meio do acesso à informação. Recentemente, no Ibirapuera, em  mais uma excelente iniciativa da Olga, assistir o ótimo filme Filha da Índia (India’s Daughter), da diretora Leslee Udwin, onde mostra um caso emblemática da reação da sociedade indiana por causa de um triste caso de estupro e ainda números gritantes sobre a violência contra mulheres ao redor do mundo, até mesmo nos países do norte global, também conhecidos como “desenvolvidos”. Na página do filme há mais informações sobre esses dados e ações, como uma campanha contra violência doméstica para mudar esse quadro.
Lei sobre o aborto por país

Legislação sobre o aborto por país
Azul: Legal. Verde: Ilegal, exceto em caso de estupro/violação, risco à vida da mãe, problemas de saúde física ou mental, fatores socioeconômicos e/ou defeitos no feto. Amarelo: Ilegal, exceto em casos de estupro/violação, risco à vida da mãe, problemas de saúde física ou mental e/ou defeitos no feto. Marrom: Ilegal, exceto em casos de estupro/violação, risco à vida da mãe e/ou problemas de saúde física ou mental. Laranja: Ilegal, exceto em casos de risco à vida da mãe e/ou problemas de saúde física ou mental. Vermelho: Ilegal e sem exceções. Preto: Varia por região. Cinza: Não há informações. Fonte: Wikimedia Commons

 

Ações

Eu gostaria de convidar todos os que se sensibilizarem com esse problema a pensarmos o que podemos fazer com o uso da tecnologia para diminuir o assedio sexual e violência contra as mulheres. Algumas ideias simples abaixo, mas se você tiver outras, envie seu comentário!

A) Aplicativo para celular que alimente o Chega de Fiu Fiu

Gostaria de convidar todos meus colegas de comunidades hackativistas (Transparência Hackers, Garoa Hacker, Open Knowledge Brasil, desenvolvedores independentes e outros) a desenvolvermos um apicativo para celular que alimente o site Chega de Fiu Fiu. Atualmente, para uma mulher ou menina relatar um caso de assedio, é necessário preencher uma planilha dentro do próprio site. Já existe o aplicativo Projeta Brasil, desenvolvido pela Ilhasoft de Alagoas, que mapeia diversas instituições para denúncias de casos que violem direitos humanos (violência sexual, trabalho infantil, violência sexual, violência física etc.), facilitando a pessoa achar o endereço e telefone da instituição mais próxima para relatar alguma violação ou ligar diretamente para o Disque 100, Ouvidoria Nacional responsável por receber, examinar e encaminhar as denúncias de violações de direitos humanos. (Temos que entrar em contato com a empresa para pedir a base de dados essas instituições) Recentemente submetemos uma proposta de projeto  para o edital de governo aberto da cidade de São Paulo, análogo ao que proposmo aqui, mas não fomos contemplados. A proposta foi elaborada em parceria entre a Open Knowledge Brasil e a Think Olga (obrigado, Juliana de Faria, Luíse Bello e Isabela Meleiro). Mesmo assim, acredito que podemos juntar esforços e realizar um hackday ou hackatona onde devenvolveremos esse aplicativo cuja necessidade me parece ululante. Hackaday: minha sugestão é aproveitarmos a vinda da Daniela Silva (Open Society Foundations) ao Brasil, no dia 20 de novembro, já que ela está organizando um hackday junto a comunidade Transparência Hackers. Daniela é uma das fundadoras da comunidade Transparência Hackers junto ao Pedro Markun e da RodAda Hacker, que dá oficinas de programação para mulheres, tão excluídas dos meios tecnológicos. Sustentabilidade e financiamento: se devenvolver um aplicativo bacana, precisaremos que este seja sustentável e possamos mantê-lo. Não preciso nem mencionar que esse aplicativo cívico deve ter seu código aberto. Eu acredito que podemos fazer um financiamento coletivo via alguma plataforma voltada para isso (e. g., a Juntos com Você, site de financiamento coletivo para projetos sociais). Mas precisamos antes qual tecnologia vamos usar para o aplicativo e estimarmos os custos para mantê-lo e eventuais customizações. Podemos usar a infraestrutura da Open Knowledge Brasil para manter o projeto. Além do financiamento coletivo, sugestões de potenciais organizações financiadores para esse projeto são bem-vindas! Inspirações: Uma amiga sueca me recomendou dois projetos que usam o SMS para enviar informações geolocalizadas. O SMS-LIfeSavers, projeto que ela coordena e que envia SMS para civis treinados para fazer massagem cardio vascular. E o PulsePoint, que faz algo análogo. Na Argetina também criaram um projeto semelhante ao Chega de Fiu Fiu, o Habla me Bien, mas aparentemente está fora do ar.

B) Melhorarmos páginas na Wikipédia sobre o tema

É sabido que a Wikipedia é uma das maiores fontes de informações do mundo e seu caráter educacional usado por milhões de pessaos no mundo todo, em centenas de línguas. Dia 31 de outubro já está sendo organizada a  terceira editatona (inscrições aqui) da Wikipédia em São Paulo, também organizada pela Olga, onde voluntários se reunirão para capacitar mais mulheres a editar a enciclopédia livre, ainda mais com um abismo de gênero entre os editores da Wikipédia (veja mais sobre isso em Gender gap task force, um projeto da comunidade anglófona da Wikipedia). A iniciativa é ótima e sugiro melhorarmos os seguintes verbetes, alguns ainda inexistentes em português:

C) Parceria com autoridades responsáveis pela segurança pública e das mulheres

Por fim, precisamos após esse mapa de ações das autoridades competentes pelos casos de violações de direitos humanos e segurança dos brasileiros. Esse aplicativo da primeira proposta vai produzir dados sobre a violência e assédio contra as mulheres. Precisamos ver quais são os órgãos governamentais responsáveis por lidar com essas denúncias para facilitar a ação das autoridades competentes. Se alguém tiver sugestões qual seria a melhor forma de iniciarmos esse diálogo, com quem podemos começar o diálogo ou possuem algum contato, deixe nos comentários desse post. Esperamos que esse post seja apenas um ponta pé incial para oragnizarmos iniciativas e ações para diminuir esse grave mal que é o assedio e violência contra mulheres! Se souber de mais algum iniciativa no Brasil e pelo mundo, deixe um comentário!

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Sign up for Swackday, a thrilling hackday

- April 9, 2015 in Apps for Ghent, Events, Hackday, open Summer of code, oSoc, oSoc15, Swackday

SWACKDAY Exciting news! The 25th of April, we’ll be organising Swackday. This hackday will focus on two subjects, being oSoc15 and Apps for Ghent. Everyone that could be an asset for the team, can take part. To top this all off, after the hackday, we’ll have a nerdy LAN party. Apps for Ghent and oSoc15 You can choose between two teams. The first team is the Apps for Ghent-team, they will put the finishing touches on the project from the last edition of Apps for Ghent called Project SWAG or Super Website for Apps for Ghent. Team SWAG has made a sweet branding for Apps for Ghent and a even sweeter back-end, working with October, an open-source PHP-based CMS system. These two aspects need to be finished and brought together to be put into production. Ow yes, we want this beauty to go live before Apps for Ghent VI will start. .You can always take a look at our Github repo. The second team is #oSoc15 team. This team will co-create #oSoc15 together with Open Knowledge Belgium. There are all kinds of things to do, ranking from making designs to finishing the website to writing a new code of conduct. All of this to ensure our jubilee edition of #oSoc15 can be even more awesome. If you need some more information, you can check out the Github and our Trello board. Even people who can’t make it to the hackday can contribute to the tasks at hand. How to sign up Just go to the Swackday Eventbrite where you can register. Practical arrangements Where & when
  • Saturday April 25, 2015
  • IMinds Start-up Garage, Gaston Crommenlaan 10, 9000 Ghent [Google maps]
  • Hacking: 10.00 a.m. until 18.00 p.m.
  • The LAN party: 18.00 p.m. until 20.00 p.m.
You’ll need
  • Your laptop
  • Your battery charger
  • All of your computer accessories you want to work with
We’ll provide
  • Food
  • Water & coffee
  • A superfun LAN party
  We’re looking forward to Swackday, and to have you on board. So don’t wait any longer to sign up. After all, you don’t want to miss out on this, now do you?

Hackday sobre violência policial no Rio de Janeiro

- December 10, 2014 in Dados Abertos, Eventos, hackathon, Hackday, PM, Polícia Militar, Rio de Janeiro, segurança pública, Sociedade, sociedade civil, transparência, violência

Apenas no estado do Rio de Janeiro, todo dia pelo menos uma pessoa é morta pela Polícia Militar. No Brasil, diariamente, o Estado tira a vida de centenas de pessoas, em sua maioria jovens, negros e pobres. E, sabemos, quem atira também morre. Para cada quatro vítimas da polícia, um policial foi assassinado em 2013. Neste ano, a média de homicídios bateu recorde histórico, superando países em guerra.
Fonte: Wikipedia

Fonte: Wikipedia

O vandalismo de Estado durante as manifestações ampliou este debate. Porém, apesar da multidão de Claudias, Amarildos e Douglas que aumenta a cada hora, o genocídio oficial tornou-se banal. Em sua maioria ignoradas ou, pior, estimuladas pela grande mídia, os ‘homicídios decorrentes de intervenções policiais’ encontram respaldo em falas como “direitos humanos para humanos direitos”. Para trabalhar os dados existentes sobre essa realidade e pensar em projetos com o uso da tecnologia, será realizado no Rio de Janeiro o “Hackday Violência Policial” nesta quinta-feira, 11 de dezembro, às 18h30, no Olabi, que fica na Rua Barão de Lucena, 85A, Botafogo. A ideia deste hackday é reunir pesquisadores, programadores, jornalistas, ativistas e quaisquer interessados para colocar a mão na massa, destrinchar a lógica do sistema de segurança pública brasileiro e evidenciar a urgência de mudanças. Como podemos produzir juntos ações para estimular a sensibilidade com o tema e o respeito à vida? Quem for participar, por favor, confirme a presença neste evento no Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1553809231523002 Quem quiser enviar ideias sobre informações públicas e bases de dados que podemos utilizar ou outras atividades que podemos fazer no Hackday: https://pad.riseup.net/p/hackdayrio flattr this!

First Irish Charity Data HackDay took place on Saturday July 26th 2014 at Tcube

- September 4, 2014 in Adrian Corcoran, Adrian O’Flynn, Allen Thomas Varghese, charity, Chris Garde, Data, Dave Corley, Denis Parfenov, Flora Fleischer, Grazia D'Aversa, Hackday, Helen Nic Giolla Rua, Ingo Keck, Ireland, Open Knowledge Ireland, Patrick Killalea, Salua Nassabay, Tracey P. Lauriault

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When: Sat, 26th of July, 2014
Where: TCube kindly hosted the event to support the work done for the Charity sector
Organiser: Open Knowledge Ireland
Who: 13 participants: Dave Corley, Tracey P. Lauriault, Patrick Killalea, Adrian Corcoran, Allen Thomas Varghese, Ingo Keck, Helen Nic Giolla Rua, Adrian O’Flynn, Flora Fleischer, Denis Parfenov, Chris Garde, Grazia D’Aversa, Salua Nassabay
 
Main Findings from first Irish Charity Data HackDay
  1. No standardised way of tracking income and expenses
  2. Not all charities make income and expense data publicly available on their website
  3. When published, income and expense data is not published in an ‘open’ format
 
… and here is how it all went down on Saturday 26th July 2014 at Tcube:
The day started with a welcome speech by our conveners and hosts Denis Parfenov and Flora Fleisher of Open Knowledge Ireland.  A short presentation was given by Flora Fleischer. Adrian O’Flynn, our Charities Subject Matter Specialist, and the person who inspired the event, introduced the topic of spending for charities in Ireland. He highlighted recent issues portrayed in the media and explained why it would be useful for the public to be able to compare charities based on their financial reports.  Here is his presentation. Adrian Corcoran, the event’s project manager, provided detailed instructions on how to work together for the day.  He followed this outline (http://openknowledge.ie/chy-01-charity/)  
Three main datasets were used for the CharityHack:
  1. An overview working document listing basic data about the charities: (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1sIH9NKBkpQMFMnt_0sYW9B8DSyv839EbbtLmibdml1s/pubhtml).
  2. An excel spreadsheet (CharityFinancialDataFinal.xlsx), that includes detailed data for a number of charities, which were initially extracted from the annual reports by Adrian O’Flynn.
  3. A reference document which includes definitions of the codes used in the document above (e.g. expenditure codes)
    (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1sIH9NKBkpQMFMnt_0sYW9B8DSyv839EbbtLmibdml1s/edit#gid=861039018)
  Participants were divided into three teams “red”, “green”, “blue”, following the team label of the charities in the overview document.   Participants from each team picked a charity from the overview document.  Adrian Corcoran told us how to label the data, how to quality check the numbers within and how to verify the data with the annual reports. These data were then assembled into one shared document.  Data quality issues were reported and then corrected by Adrian Corcoran.   Any issues were reported during this process and the more serious problems were shelved for later. Once this work was completed, only data that passed data quality processes were included.  
The charity data used for this CharityHack exercise are as follows:
  1. Data were extracted from the annual financial reports of 24 of the largest charities in Ireland (€1Mil+).  NOTE This represents a small sample of the thousands of charities in Ireland.
  2. These are charities known through their public brand awareness for the fiscal year 2012 (see the definition).
  3. ONLY charities where funding represents charitable funds collected voluntarily from the public were selected.  This excludes charities that primarily rely on large institutional funds (e.g., Irish Aid Grants, HSE Grants).
  4. Only charities that have been independently audited and who have published their financial statements on a publicly accessible websites were used.
  5. Only charities who followed the Statement by the Accounting Standards Board on the SORP Accounting and Reporting by Charities: Statement of Recommended Practice were used (Section B: Resources Expended). Not all organizations in Ireland follow this standard. It is only because of this standard that it was possible to derive standardized financial data from the financial statements in the annual reports. The data here reflect resources spent on Governance, Fundraising and Charity.
  6. The list of charities was derived from the survey conducted by the Irish Charity Engagement Monitor (ICEM).
  7. This final dataset was quality checked by the participants at the 2014 Charity Hackday on July 26.
  8. The original dataset was created by Adrian O’Flynn.
  It is a small sample, but this illustrates the power of open data.   The dataset that was generated on the HackDay, and which is being continuously developed, can be found on the  Open Knowledge Ireland website. Finally a first draft of a future website was created, where charity data can be be displayed in an easy to understand fashion. Thanks to Barry Alistair (TCube), Adrian O’Flynn (Charity Subject Matter Expert), Adrian Corcoran (Project Manager), and Denis Parfenov & Flora Fleischer for organising the Charity HackDay. And many thanks to all the participants who lent their time and skills! We could not have made as much progress in one day without you!
Photo report of the day:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/123736148@N04/sets/72157645554728899/ Pictures are courtesy of Dan Alexandru who kindly joined us on the day to capture all the fantastic work happening! Thanks Dan!

Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland gewinnt Editors Lab Hackday

- May 20, 2014 in Featured, GEN, Hackday, Open Knowledge Foundation

okfn_global_editors_forum_faz_JPEGAuf dem Hackday in der Berliner F.A.Z.-Redaktion in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Global Editors Forum arbeiteten Journalisten, Designer und Programmierer aus ganz Deutschland am vergangenen Wochenende an innovativen Tools und Methoden rund um den Datenschutz. Am Ende entschied eine Jury und das Publikum über den besten Hack. Sowohl Jury als auch Publikum entschieden sich für ein Projekt vom Team der Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland. Das Projekt: “We used to read the newspaper, now the news reads us” stellt eindrucksvoll die Sammlung von Nutzerdaten auf Nachrichtenportalen dar. Dabei werden Seiten wie Facebook und Twitter häufig in den Medien für ihre datenbasierte Geschäftsmodelle kritisiert. Ironischerweise teilen diese sozialen Netzwerke das Nutzerverhalten mit weit weniger Werbenetzwerken als die durchschnittliche Nachrichtenseite. Zum Beispiel lauschen bei einem Besuch von Facebook weit weniger fremde Server mit, als bei einem Besuch von WELT ONLINE oder FAZ.net. Zwanzig “Hackdays” gab es bereits. Das OKF DE Team wird als Gewinner zum Global Editors Network Summit 2014 nach Barcelona fliegen und am “Editors‘ Lab Hackathon Final” teilnehmen, um gegen die Gewinner aus den anderen Hackdays weltweit antreten.