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EU’s chilling copyright crackdown an ‘attack on openness’

- February 14, 2019 in copyright, eu, Internet, News

EU negotiators have struck a deal over copyright reform that is an ‘attack on openness’, the new chief executive of Open Knowledge International has warned. Catherine Stihler, a former MEP and vice-chair of the European Parliament’s consumer protection committee, said the changes will restrict internet freedoms for millions of users. The agreement will require platforms such as Youtube, Twitter or Google News to take down user-generated content that could breach intellectual property and install filters to prevent people from uploading copyrighted material. That means memes, GIFs and music remixes may be taken down because the copyright does not belong to the uploader. It could also restrict the sharing of vital research and facts, allowing ‘fake news’ to spread. The proposed changes will now head to the European Parliament for a vote among all MEPs in March or April. Open Knowledge International is a non-profit organisation which fights for open data and helps groups access and use data to address social problems. Catherine Stihler, chief executive of Open Knowledge International, said:
“This deeply disappointing deal is an attack on openness. The copyright crackdown will lead to a chilling effect on freedom of speech across the EU. We want people to be empowered to build, share and reuse their own data and content freely and openly, and this move goes against that principle. It does not enhance citizens’ rights, and could lead to Europe becoming a more closed society – restricting how we share research that could lead to medical breakthroughs or how we share facts to combat the spread of ‘fake news’. I urge MEPs to vote down this proposal and fight for a future where our world is more open.”

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Νέα χρονιά, νέες προκλήσεις για την ομάδα του OK Greece!

- January 21, 2019 in News, Νέα

Στην πρώτη του συνάντηση εργασίας για τη φετινή χρονιά, την περασμένη Πέμπτη (17/1), το Ίδρυμα Ανοικτής Γνώσης Ελλάδας (OK Greece) έκοψε την Πρωτοχρονιάτικη πίτα του για το 2019, με τις καλύτερες ευχές για ένα δημιουργικό και ευτυχισμένο νέο χρόνο. Στο πλαίσιο της συνάντησης, ο Πρόεδρος του OK Greece Δρ. Χαράλαμπος Μπράτσας πραγματοποίησε έναν σύντομο απολογισμό της […]

Ποια στοιχεία έχουν σημασία στην Ευρώπη; Προς μια δημόσια συζήτηση σχετικά με τα δεδομένα μεγάλης αξίας της Ευρώπης και την οδηγία για το PSI

- January 18, 2019 in Featured, Featured @en, News, ανοικτά δεδομένα, δείκτες, Νέα

Από τον Danny Lämmerhirt Αυτό το κείμενο γράφτηκε συνεργατικά από τους Danny Lämmerhirt, Pierre Chrzanowski και Sander van der Waal  Η 22α Ιανουαρίου θα σηματοδοτήσει μία κρίσιμη στιγμή για το μέλλον των ανοικτών δεδομένων στην Ευρώπη. Εκείνη την ημέρα, ο τελικός τριμερής διάλογος μεταξύ της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής, του Κοινοβουλίου και του Συμβουλίου σχεδιάζεται να αποφασίσει σχετικά με την επικύρωση της […]

Paul Walsh is joining Viderum as CEO

- December 19, 2018 in News, Viderum

I am delighted to announce that from January 1st 2019 I am moving from Open Knowledge International (OKI) to join OKI’s sister organization Viderum as CEO. In my 4.5 years at OKI, I’ve had the privilege of working across a wide range of the activity the organisation engages in. I’ve written software for immediate deployment into government offices, designed technical platforms for our grant funded work, curated a number of data specifications, led on the delivery of projects large and small, and run the organisation as a whole as part of the senior management team. It has truly been a dynamic ride, and I’m grateful for the experience I have acquired both personally and professionally. Over this time I have also had the privilege of working with, being mentored by, and mentoring, a number of exceptional people. OKI has always attracted amazing, unique, and motivated people with its broad and inspiring mission. I’ve never been in a working environment quite like it, and it is the main aspect of work that I will miss once I leave. In joining Viderum as CEO, I am moving on, but not too far away. Viderum was spun out of OKI  to provide high quality CKAN-based data management solutions for clients world over. My move follows on from recent changes at Viderum, and together with Rufus Pollock and the rest of the Viderum team, I’ll be leading on a renewed approach to our core data management business. There is huge, undeveloped potential for next generation open source data management solutions across government, business and enterprise, and we are well positioned as a team to provide vision and execution of new and innovative approaches building on CKAN, Frictionless Data, and other open source software. For the next couple of months, in addition to my new role, I will be continuing in my current senior management role at OKI with Karin Christiansen, though at reduced capacity, so we can support Catherine Stihler as she moves in post as OKI’s new CEO. Going forward, I can be reached for Viderum-related business at I want to thank the OKI Board for all of their support over my time at OKI, and in particular, Karin Christiansen, both as board chair and in her role as interim Executive Director over the last 6 months.   About Viderum Viderum is a data management solutions provider. Founded as a separate company in 2015, Viderum creates, maintains, and deploys data management technologies for government, enterprise, and the non-profit sector using CKAN and other open source software. About Paul Walsh Paul Walsh is a technologist with experience implementing software, managing teams, and generating business across the commercial and non-profit sectors. Read more about Paul here.

Το Ίδρυμα Ανοικτής Γνώσης Ελλάδος υποστηρικτής του OLLD19

- December 10, 2018 in News, Εκδηλώσεις, Νέα

Το Thessaloniki Active & Healthy Ageing Living Lab (ThessAHALL) του Εργαστηρίου Ιατρικής Φυσικής, του Αριστοτελείου Πανεπιστημίου Θεσσαλονίκης (ΑΠΘ) και το European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) σας προσκαλούν την ερχόμενη Τετάρτη 12 Δεκεμβρίου 2018 και ώρα 12:00-14:00 στην επίσημη ανακοίνωση της ανάληψης διοργάνωσης και διεξαγωγής του επόμενου διεθνούς συνεδρίου Open Living Lab Days 2019 (OLLD19), […]

Catherine Stihler appointed new CEO of Open Knowledge International

- November 30, 2018 in Featured, News, Open Knowledge International

Catherine Stihler has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of Open Knowledge International. Catherine has years of experience in the creation and sharing of knowledge on the global stage. She will join the OKI team in February, and will stand down as an MEP at the end of January after an extraordinary career in EU policy-making spanning nearly 20 years. Catherine has served as an MEP for Scotland since 1999, where she lives with her husband and young children. In this role she has served as Vice-Chair of the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection committee and authored influential reports and opinions that have shaped EU policy. She is also the former Rector of the University of St Andrews – where she received an honorary doctorate earlier this year. She has worked on digital policy, prioritising the digital single market, digital skills, citizen online data protection, copyright reform to support internet freedoms, and the role of Artificial Intelligence and automation.

Catherine Stihler, photo by DAVID ILIFF, CC-BY-SA 3.0

Catherine Stihler said:
“I am relishing an exciting new challenge and opportunity with Open Knowledge International. “Digital skills and data use have always been a personal passion, and I am eager to assist groups across the world to create and share open knowledge, and encourage the next generation to understand that information is power which can be used to address poverty and other social challenges.”
Tim Hubbard, Chair of the Open Knowledge International board, said:
“We are delighted to welcome Catherine to our team. She has years of experience in shaping policy and using evidence and openness to help address global challenges such as climate change, internet freedoms and public health. “Catherine has demonstrated an ability to bring people together, building coalitions and trust in a world that really needs it. She has translated complicated and technical knowledge around digital skills, copyright and AI to help shape European policy, making a real and lasting difference for hundreds of millions of people.
“Her dynamism, energy and commitment will be invaluable for the open movement as we face the new challenges of the 21st century.”

Το Elvis καταγράφει τις προσφορές σας

- November 22, 2018 in Featured, Featured @en, News, ανοικτά δεδομένα, Εφαρμογές, Νέα

Από την Adriana Homolova Ακούσατε ποτέ για τις δημόσιες συμβάσεις; Τις δημόσιες προσφορές; Τις δημόσιες δαπάνες; Είναι αυτό που κάνει η κυβέρνησή σας με τους σκληρά κερδισμένους σας φόρους: προσλαμβάνει εταιρείες για να κάνουν πράγματα. Σε αντάλλαγμα για τους φόρους σας, οι εταιρείες χτίζουν δρόμους, κτίρια, προσφέρουν άνετες καρέκλες γραφείου για τα υπουργεία ή φροντίζουν […]

Ολοκλήρωση ημερίδας: «Σχεδιάζοντας δίκαιες υποστηρικτικές δομές για την Ανοικτή Γνώση»

- November 7, 2018 in Featured, Featured @en, News, ανοικτή πρόσβαση, Εκδηλώσεις, Νέα

Με επιτυχία πραγματοποιήθηκε η ημερίδα «Σχεδιάζοντας δίκαιες υποστηρικτικές δομές για την Ανοικτή Γνώση», την οποία συνδιοργάνωσαν η Βιβλιοθήκη & Κέντρο Πληροφόρησης (ΒΚΠ ΑΠΘ) και το Ίδρυμα Ανοικτής Γνώσης Ελλάδος (Open Knowledge Greece). Η εκδήλωση έλαβε χώρα με αφορμή την Open Access Week 2018, δίνοντας έμφαση στις υποδομές και τη δυνατότητα παροχής ενός ολοκληρωμένου οικοσυστήματος εργαλείων για την υποστήριξη […]

Το OK Greece στη διημερίδα για τα «Μαθηματικά των Πόλεων»

- November 7, 2018 in Featured, Featured @en, News, ανοικτή πρόσβαση, Εκδηλώσεις, μαθηματικά, Νέα

Το «παρών» στη διημερίδα για τα «Μαθηματικά των Πόλεων», την οποία διοργάνωσε στη Θεσσαλονίκη η Περιφερειακή Ένωση Δήμων Κεντρικής Μακεδονίας (ΠΕΔ ΚΜ), έδωσε το  Ίδρυμα Ανοικτής Γνώσης Ελλάδας. Η διημερίδα πραγματοποιήθηκε με αφορμή την ανακήρυξη του 2018 ως «έτους Μαθηματικών», προς τιμήν των 100 χρόνων από την ίδρυση της Ελληνικής Μαθηματικής Εταιρείας. Στο πλαίσιο αυτής […]

Announcing Rufus Pollock is Joining Viderum

- November 6, 2018 in News, Viderum

Open Knowledge International and Viderum are delighted to announce that Rufus Pollock is joining Viderum as President and CEO. Rufus is a pioneer and leader in the open data community, founder of Open Knowledge, and the original creator of CKAN. Rufus will also be acquiring a majority stake in Viderum and is committed to ongoing investment to accelerate its growth. Viderum is a leading provider of data portals and open data solutions to the public sector. Open Knowledge created Viderum in 2015 to take forward their pioneering work in creating CKAN, the open source software that has powered many of the world’s leading open data portals including, and many others. Rufus will be taking over leadership with transitional support from departing CEO Sebastian Moleski. Rufus said: “I’m incredibly excited about this opportunity. I’m passionate about the potential for open data and data generally to transform government, enterprise and the non-profit sector. Thanks to the great work by Sebastian and the team, Viderum has grown steadily over the years. I’m committed to continuing and accelerating that work.” Vicky Brock, Board Member of Open Knowledge International which set up Viderum in 2015 and remain active stewards and stakeholders in CKAN and Viderum, said: “We’re delighted to have Rufus back involved in this way. Rufus has a great vision both for the technology and for the broader data ecosystem, and we’re very excited to be part of this next step in developing and accelerating open data.” Sebastian said: “The growth of Viderum over the past three years has shown that an open-source startup can flourish and succeed in the international civic tech space. I’m excited to see Rufus join Viderum and he will be able to capitalize and develop on its strengths to deliver access to open data to everyone worldwide.”   About Viderum
Viderum is an open data solutions provider. Founded as a separate company in 2015, Viderum creates, maintains, and deploys technology for governments, public sector enterprises, and non-profit organizations to manage their data and publish it as open data. About Rufus Pollock
Dr Rufus Pollock is a researcher, technologist and entrepreneur. He has been a pioneer in the global Open Data movement, advising national governments, international organisations and industry on how to succeed in the digital world. He is the founder of Open Knowledge, a leading NGO with a presence in over 35 countries, empowering people and organizations with access to information so they can create insight and drive change. Formerly, he was the Mead Fellow in Economics at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge. He has been the recipient of a $1m Shuttleworth Fellowship and is currently an Ashoka Fellow and Fellow of the RSA. He holds a PhD in Economics and a double first in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge.