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Open Access Week 2019

- October 10, 2019 in News, Εκδηλώσεις, Νέα

Η Βιβλιοθήκη & Κέντρο Πληροφόρησης ΑΠΘ σε συνεργασία με το Ίδρυμα Ανοικτής Γνώσης Ελλάδας συνδιοργανώνουν για έκτη χρονιά ημερίδα στο πλαίσιο της διεθνούς εβδομάδας ενημέρωσης για την ανοικτή πρόσβαση “Open Access Week”. Το θέμα της φετινής δράσης είναι: «Ανοικτή πρόσβαση για ποιον; Δικαιοσύνη στην ανοικτή πρόσβαση». Στο πρώτο μέρος της ημερίδας θα πραγματοποιηθούν ομιλίες σχετικές με τη θεματική της […]

Women in data can help tackle gender inequality

- September 10, 2019 in data literacy, Events, gender, News

Encouraging more women and girls to learn data skills can help tackle gender inequality and build a more diverse society, a conference will hear today. Speaking at the annual ‘Doing Data Right’ conference in Edinburgh, Open Knowledge Foundation chief executive Catherine Stihler will call on governments to do more to engage young women in data skills, particularly outwith maths and science. She will argue that this will help empower more women to use data to improve their local communities, their cities and their countries. Former MEP for Scotland Ms Stihler will call for more citizen-generated data through schools, libraries, churches and community groups to generate high-quality data relating to gender equality and diversity, as well as other issues such as air quality and climate action. Ms Stihler is speaking at The Scotsman conference, Doing Data Right: Through people and partnerships, on a panel on ‘Women in data’ – along with campaigner and writer Caroline Criado Perez, Gillian Hogg of Heriot-Watt University, and Talat Yaqoob of Equate Scotland. Speaking ahead of the event, Open Knowledge Foundation chief executive Catherine Stihler said:
“Governments across the world must work harder to give everyone access to key information and the ability to use it to understand and shape their lives, building a fair, free and open future. “Without data skills, people will be ill-equipped to take on many jobs of the future. “We need to encourage more women and girls to learn data skills, particularly outwith subjects such as maths and science.

“These skills will then pave the way for pioneering new ways of producing and harnessing citizen-generated data through schools, libraries, churches and community groups, which in turn can help tackle gender inequality, build a more diverse society, and address issues such as climate change and air quality.”

Women in data can help tackle gender inequality

- September 10, 2019 in data literacy, Events, gender, News

Encouraging more women and girls to learn data skills can help tackle gender inequality and build a more diverse society, a conference will hear today. Speaking at the annual ‘Doing Data Right’ conference in Edinburgh, Open Knowledge Foundation chief executive Catherine Stihler will call on governments to do more to engage young women in data skills, particularly outwith maths and science. She will argue that this will help empower more women to use data to improve their local communities, their cities and their countries. Former MEP for Scotland Ms Stihler will call for more citizen-generated data through schools, libraries, churches and community groups to generate high-quality data relating to gender equality and diversity, as well as other issues such as air quality and climate action. Ms Stihler is speaking at The Scotsman conference, Doing Data Right: Through people and partnerships, on a panel on ‘Women in data’ – along with campaigner and writer Caroline Criado Perez, Gillian Hogg of Heriot-Watt University, and Talat Yaqoob of Equate Scotland. Speaking ahead of the event, Open Knowledge Foundation chief executive Catherine Stihler said:
“Governments across the world must work harder to give everyone access to key information and the ability to use it to understand and shape their lives, building a fair, free and open future. “Without data skills, people will be ill-equipped to take on many jobs of the future. “We need to encourage more women and girls to learn data skills, particularly outwith subjects such as maths and science.

“These skills will then pave the way for pioneering new ways of producing and harnessing citizen-generated data through schools, libraries, churches and community groups, which in turn can help tackle gender inequality, build a more diverse society, and address issues such as climate change and air quality.”

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

EU must work harder to tackle disinformation

- July 2, 2019 in disinformation, eu, News

The European Union must work harder to tackle the spread of disinformation on the internet, the Open Knowledge Foundation has warned. In a letter to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, chief executive Catherine Stihler has called for action to be ‘prioritised’ regarding online platforms that fail to do enough to tackle disinformation or do not fulfil promises made. She said ‘no sufficient progress has been made in developing tools to increase the transparency and trustworthiness of websites hosting adverts’, and Google and Twitter need to take steps to ensure the transparency of issue-based advertising. The letter comes after disinformation was discussed at last month’s European Council summit. Catherine Stihler, chief executive of the Open Knowledge Foundation, said:
“Words are not enough in this battle to build a fair, free and open future. It is essential that the European Commission prioritises action regarding online platforms that fail to do enough to tackle disinformation or do not fulfil promises made. I firmly believe the institutions of the European Union must use their influence to force online platforms to provide more detailed information allowing the identification of malign actors, put pressure on Google and Twitter to increase transparency, and encourage closer working with fact checkers to prevent the spread of disinformation. The best way to tackle disinformation is to make information open, allowing journalists, developers and the research community to carry out analysis of disinformation operations.

With upcoming national elections across the EU, this is of paramount importance to help rebuild trust in politics and build a fair, free and open future.”

New Open Knowledge Foundation board chair and vice-chair appointed

- June 25, 2019 in News, Open Knowledge Foundation

The Open Knowledge Foundation is delighted to announce that Vanessa Barnett has been appointed as the new Chair of the Board of Directors, and Helen Turvey has been appointed as Vice-Chair. Vanessa Barnett said:
“It is a great honour to be appointed Chair of the Open Knowledge Foundation, at an incredibly exciting time for the organisation. We’re returning to our founding principles and fighting for a fair, free and open future. Our mission is to create an open world, where all non-personal information is open, free for everyone to use, build on and share; and creators and innovators are fairly recognised and rewarded. Our vision has never been more important, and I am excited to be supporting the organisation as Chair.”

Helen Turvey said:
“I’m delighted to be appointed Vice-Chair at a time when the Open Knowledge Foundation is going from strength-to-strength. The world has changed dramatically since our organisation was launched 15 years ago, and we need champions for openness. I’m looking forward to working closely with the great team involved in running the Foundation.”
Catherine Stihler, chief executive of the Open Knowledge Foundation, said:
“I’m pleased to welcome Vanessa and Helen as our new Chair and Vice-Chair, and look forward to working with them. I would also like to thank Tim Hubbard for his work as outgoing chair of the board and all the members of the board who support everything we do to promote openness. The Open Knowledge Foundation is uniquely placed to address the challenges of the digital age and work towards a fair, free and open future.”
  About Vanessa Barnett Vanessa Barnett is a lawyer who helps clients who are using technology and data to innovate or disrupt established ways of doing things, with particular expertise in Internet/platform based business models. She likes working with people who are changing the status quo. She has supported her clients from household-name global brands to nimble start-ups do this for over 15 years, first as a partner at two traditional City firms and now at disruptor law firm Keystone Law. She regularly advises boards on legal matters and strategy in her role as a lawyer. Vanessa has a specific interest in the cross over between technology, intellectual property and data, and right now is spending most of her working time advising on data related projects. She holds a degree in Law from Exeter University, is the founding author of the Internet section of Practical Commercial Precedents and sits on its editorial board. She is also on the editorial board of Digital Business Lawyer About Helen Turvey Helen has spent the past two decades working to make philanthropy better. She is honoured to have spent over half of that time working with the Shuttleworth Foundation, an organisation brave and nimble enough to be truly experimental in their approach to changing the world and its own DNA along with it. Having spent time at the beginning of her career travelling, learning and keynoting on most continents, Helen now spends her time working with the Fellows and Alumni of the Foundation, building, supporting, strengthening and enabling leaders who iterate towards a more open and equitable world. She is also on the board of several organisations that drive open ideals.

UK Health Secretary challenged to tackle access to medicines

- June 4, 2019 in health, News

The Open Knowledge Foundation has written to Westminster Health Secretary Matt Hancock to demand the UK Government plays its role in addressing the global lack of access to medicines. The challenge comes after the UK disassociated itself from an international agreement aimed at reducing the cost of drugs across the world. The resolution at the World Health Assembly was designed to improve the transparency of markets for medicines, vaccines, and other health products. It brought together countries including Brazil, Spain, Russia and India in recognition of the critical role played by health products and services innovation in bringing new treatments and value to patients and health care systems. By sharing information on the price paid for medicines and the results of clinical trials, countries can work together to negotiate fair prices on equal terms with the aim of lowering drug costs. Catherine Stihler, chief executive of the Open Knowledge Foundation, said:
“It is shameful that the UK Government is not willing to stand in solidarity with people most at risk of illness and death because of lack of access to medicines. We live in extraordinary times when new medical and technological advances are capable of saving millions of lives. The key to building equality for all is greater openness and transparency, and this philosophy must also be applied to healthcare. By sharing information on the price paid for medicines and the results of clinical trials, countries can work together to negotiate fair prices on equal terms with the aim of lowering drug costs. Quite simply, openness can save lives across the world.

I urge Matt Hancock to strongly reconsider the UK’s position.”

Reflections on the 2019 European parliamentary elections

- May 30, 2019 in News

With around 200 million people voting across Europe, the make-up of the new European Parliament for the next five years has been decided. While the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) won the most seats, its contingent is down on the previous election. The traditional centre-left grouping of the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) – which I was a member of – has also been squeezed by the rise of populist parties. Anti-establishment parties won close to a third of seats, including the Brexit Party in the UK, and they head to Brussels to be destructive, not constructive.  But these parties are fragmented and will largely be snubbed by the majority of MEPs, meaning the Liberals and Greens elected will prove far more pivotal to Europe’s journey over the next five years. The two main groupings need to build coalitions, so horse-trading will be getting underway between pro-EU parties. The European Parliament needs to elect a new President, who normally comes from the largest group, then there is the selection of Vice Presidents, Quaestors, chairs of committees and vice chairs of committees, which will be divided up between the political groups dependent on individual delegation size. And what about the special candidate who leads the Commission? Will this happen like last time where the EPP with the largest number of elected MEPs got Jean Claude Juncker in for the top job? If history repeats itself that will be Manfred Weber, the German lead candidate, but opinions are split across Europe. The Member States will also choose who will be the head of the Council. Unlike the Commission position, the head of the Council is picked by the heads of the Member States. It is unclear how long the UK’s MEPs will be sitting in the parliament, which means they’re unlikely to find themselves in the running for these key positions, diluting the country’s influence before – or if – Brexit takes place. During the last parliamentary term, when I was an MEP for Scotland, much of my work was focused on proposed EU-wide copyright changes, and opposing what was originally known as Article 13 and later became Article 17. The changes are opposed by over five million people through a petition, but MEPs backed the changes earlier this year, as did the Council of the European Union – with six countries voting against: Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Finland and Sweden. Poland is now launching a legal challenge. If implemented, the changes are expected to lead to the introduction of ‘filters’ on sites such as YouTube, which will automatically remove content that could be copyrighted. While entertainment footage is most likely to be affected, academics fear it could also restrict the sharing of knowledge, and critics argue it will have a negative impact on freedom of speech and expression online. Despite the recent votes, this issue is likely to be a major issue for the new crop of MEPs, and the battle is not over. Green parties in particular have been vocal opponents of this crackdown, and they have been successful across Europe.  The more diverse make-up of the European Parliament should allow more voices to be heard, and I hope many MEPs choose to champion openness over the next five years. That includes supporting improved transparency measures at social media companies like Facebook to prevent the spread of disinformation and fake news and backing efforts to force governments and organisations to use established and recognised open licences when releasing data or content. Our mission is to create an open world, where all non-personal information is open, free for everyone to use, build on and share; and creators and innovators are fairly recognised and rewarded. I hope MEPs from across Europe will work with us to build a fair, free and open future.  

The Sum of Our Parts – Open Organisations

- May 29, 2019 in News

The “open” sector, encompassing organisations working on transparency, civic participation, and open data, has grown fast in many countries in the past decade, aided by political champions and a generous funding environment. Today, there is a sense of waning political interest amongst previous high-level advocates and an expected reduction in core funding to come. At the same time there are an emergent set of data-related issues connected to privacy, rights, automation and more, that merit new thinking and approaches. In this context, we, the CEOs of seven international open organisations – mySociety, the Sunlight Foundation, the Open Data Institute (ODI), the Open Data Charter (ODC), the Web Foundation, Open Knowledge Foundation (OKF) and the GovLab – got together to consider how to manage these shifts.

Photo by Jonas Svidras on Unsplash

We see an opportunity to achieve more impact by combining our efforts in the face of shared challenges. We share a commitment to scale and deepen the impact of our work and to communicate more clearly who we are and how we differ. Ultimately, we are looking for opportunities to become more than the sum of our parts.

As such, we undertook a process, supported by Oxford Insights and funded by the Transparency and Accountability Initiative donor collaborative, to review our current strategies and workstreams, analyse each of our organisation’s role and comparative advantages, identify areas for collaboration, and propose actions to make such collaboration a reality. What we mapped out and what we learned are cape captured in this report. We identified several areas ripe for enhanced collaboration. We categorized these under policy, advocacy, and campaigning; learning, training, and skills development; consultancy; technology and infrastructure; network and coordination; communications; and operations. Going forward, we will explore in-depth how to best collaborate on these fronts. For a guiding framework, OKF, ODI, and ODC will lead a process of defining an overarching Theory of Change for openness that articulates our strategic alignment. Finally, we also intend to collaborate more closely on joint opportunity development in both philanthropic and commercial funding, with a specific focus on how to develop joint projects with a sector-based approach. Sectors under consideration for aligned development include climate change, health and education. Funders can help here, too, by facilitating links to other funders and organisations in those fields. So far, we are already making progress on some of the report’s proposed recommendations. We have largely identified which organisations and people will lead on each proposed action item and created a spreadsheet to introduce those responsible for key areas to each other. We now have a WhatsApp group to more informally and easily share information. Work is underway by OKF and ODI on the overarching Theory of Change. Finally, our organisations are also beginning to engage each other in our strategy development process, including scheduling review sessions.  While there is still much work to do, we are making some early progress. We believe strongly that this collaboration will benefit not only our own organisations but also the broader open field. We invite other open organisations to reach out to us on any of the avenues of collaboration outlined above and join our efforts. We hope funders will take advantage of our group, too – engage us in thinking through data implications in other thematic programming. Protecting and further mainstreaming the open agenda will require many hands.  

Για ένα δίκαιο, ελεύθερο και ανοικτό μέλλον: γιορτάζοντας τα 15 χρόνια του Open Knowledge Foundation

- May 23, 2019 in Featured, Featured @en, News, ανοικτά δεδομένα, ανοικτή γνώση, Νέα

Σύνταξη: Ισίδωρος Πάσσας 20 Μαΐου 2019, από την Catherine Stihler Η κα Catherine Stihler, CEO του Open Knowledge Foundation, στο τελευταίο της επετειακό άρθρο, γιορτάζοντας τα 15 χρόνια του Open Knowledge Foundation, στο blog του Ιδρύματος, παρουσιάζει το όραμα του Ιδρύματος για τα επόμενα χρόνια. Η κα Stihler ξεκινά το άρθρο κάνοντας μία σύντομη ιστορική […]