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How to run your Open Data Day event online in 2021

- January 22, 2021 in Open Data Day, Open Data Day 2021

Open Data Day 2020: images from round the world For Open Data Day 2021 on Saturday 6th March, the Open Knowledge Foundation is offering support and funding for in-person and online events anywhere in the world via our mini-grant scheme. Open Data Day normally sees thousands of people getting together at hundreds of events all over the world to celebrate and use open data in their communities but this year has not been a normal year. With many countries still under lockdown or restricted conditions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we recognise that many people will need to celebrate Open Data Day by hosting online events rather than getting together for in-person gatherings. To support the running of events, anyone can apply to our mini-grant scheme to receive $300 USD towards the running of your Open Data Day event whether it takes place in-person or online. Applications must be submitted before 12pm GMT on Friday 5th February 2021 by filling out this form. If you’re applying for a mini-grant for an online event, we will accept applications where the funds are allocated to cover any of the following costs:
  • Fees for online tools needed to help with the running of your event
  • Essential equipment needed to help with the running of your event
  • Reimbursing speakers or participants for mobile data costs incurred during event
  • Paying for the printing and posting of physical materials to event participants
  • Other costs associated with running the event
It might feel challenging to plan a great online event if you are used to running events in the real world. But many people and organisations have overcome these challenges this year, and there are many tools that can help you plan your event. Here are some tips and tools that we use for remote events that we think will help with your preparations. Open Knowledge Foundation is a remote working organisation with our team spread around the world. We use Zoom, Google Meet or Slack to host our internal and external video meetings and rely on Google Docs, Github, Gitter and Discourse to allow us to share documents and talk in real-time. Many of these tools are free and easy to set up.  Two members of our team are also on the organisation team of csv,conf, an annual community conference for data makers which usually hosts several hundred people for a two-day event. For csv,conf,v5 in May 2020, the team decided to make their event online-only and it proved to be a great success thanks to lots of planning and the use of good online tools. Read this post – https://csvconf.com/2020/going-online – to learn more about how the team organised their first virtual conference including guidance about the pros and cons of using tools like Crowdcast, Zenodo, Zoom and Spatial Chat for public events.  Other organisations – including the Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement and the Mozilla Festival team – have also shared their guidebooks and processes for planning virtual events.  We hope some of these resources will help you in your planning. If you have any further questions relating to an Open Data Day 2021 mini-grant application, please email opendataday@okfn.org.

Launching the Open Data Day 2021 mini-grant scheme

- January 15, 2021 in Open Data Day, Open Data Day 2021

Open Data Day 2020: images from round the world We are thrilled to announce that once again the Open Knowledge Foundation is giving out mini-grants to support people hosting Open Data Day events across the world. Open Data Day is an annual celebration of open data taking place for the eleventh time on Saturday 6th March 2021. Everyone can take part as groups from around the globe create local events to show how they use open data in their communities. We are extremely grateful to our partners who have provided funding for this year’s mini-grant scheme. These include Microsoft, UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, Mapbox, Latin American Open Data Initiative (ILDA), Open Contracting Partnership and Datopian. Open Data Day 2021 funder logos How to apply?  The deadline to submit your mini-grant application is midday GMT on Friday 5th February 2021. Use this form to make your application. Who can apply?  Anyone can apply for a $300 USD mini-grant.  This year we are providing mini-grants to both:
  • Real world events in your location, and 
  • Online events to connect with community members and people around the world virtually
We understand that many people sadly will not be able to meet in person for this year’s Open Data Day due to local/national restrictions relating to the Covid-19 pandemic. But we want to help you and open data communities around the world by supporting online events and celebrations. As well as providing mini-grant funds to those running online events, we will be sharing tips and advice for running great virtual sessions. What are the criteria?  Your event or online session must fit into one of the four tracks laid out below to be in with a chance of receiving a mini-grant:
  • Environmental data: Use open data to illustrate the urgency of the climate emergency and spur people into action to take a stand or make changes in their lives to help the world become more environmentally sustainable.
  • Tracking public money flows: Expand budget transparency, dive into public procurement, examine tax data or raise issues around public finance management by submitting Freedom of Information requests.
  • Open mapping: Learn about the power of maps to develop better communities.
  • Data for equal development: How can open data be used by communities to highlight pressing issues on a local, national or global level? Can open data be used to track progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs?
What is a mini-grant? You can only make one application for one event/online session in just one track.   A mini-grant is a small fund of $300 USD to help support groups organising Open Data Day events and online sessions. The mini-grants cannot be used to fund government events, whether national or local.  We can only support civil society activities.  We encourage governments to find local groups and engage with them if they want to organise events and apply for a mini-grant. The funds will only be delivered to the successful grantees after:
  • The event or online session has taken place, and 
  • We receive a written report on your event/online session which must be delivered within 30 days of your event  
In case the funds are needed before 6th March 2021, you can email opendataday@okfn.org and we will assess whether or not we can help on a case-by-case basis. Photography and video competition  This year, we will be giving away prizes for the best Open Data Day photographs and videos. These will be used to help promote Open Data Day in the future. Check back soon for more information about how to enter the competition. About Open Data Day Open Data Day is the annual event where we gather to reach out to new people and build new solutions to issues in our communities using open data.  The eleventh Open Data Day will take place on Saturday 6th March 2021. If you have started planning your Open Data Day event already, please add it to the global map on the Open Data Day website using this form. If you are running a free online session open to anyone in the world, we will publish a timetable to promote your online session.  Connect with others and spread the word about Open Data Day using the #OpenDataDay or #ODD2021 hashtags.  Alternatively you can join the Google Group to ask for advice or share tips. To get inspired with ideas for events or online sessions, read about some of the great events which took place on Open Data Day 2020 in our wrap-up blog post. Need more information? If you have any questions, you can reach out to the Open Knowledge Foundation team by emailing opendataday@okfn.org or on Twitter via @OKFN. There’s also the Open Data Day Google Group where you can connect with others interested in taking part, share ideas for your event or ask for help.

Tell us how you think we can better support Open Data Day

- November 4, 2020 in community, Events, Open Data Day, Open Data Day 2021, Open Knowledge

This year has been such an eventful year for all of us. As 2020 nears its end, here at Open Knowledge Foundation we are starting to think about Open Data Day 2021. I checked my calendar this morning – and it’s only 4 months away ! Open Data Day is such a great opportunity for the entire open data community to come together to show the benefits of open data. Last year over 300 Open Data Day events took place over 50 countries. Our (OKF’s) role is facilitation As we start to make plans, we would like you to have your say on how we (OKF) can best support Open Data Day. Do you have any ideas? Or comments? Advice? Tell us how you think we can better support Open Data Day  We want to know 
  • The good stuff. What worked at Open Data Day last year? What did you enjoy most? Which events really stood out? Did you meet someone at Open Data Day 2020 that changed the way you work for the better?
  • The bad stuff. What didn’t work last year? What could we have done differently? How would you like Open Data Day to improve? How can we achieve more impact? Are there other data tracks we should focus on?
  • How can we help each other? Open Data Day brings people together from around the world to celebrate open data. Are you interested in volunteering to help the global event happen? We are thinking of running a live online event and maybe some global competitions. And perhaps doing some fundraising for the whole open data community. Do you want to help ?
We’d love it if you can take 3 minutes to share your thoughts in our survey and tell us how you think we can improve Open Data Day.   We want to make Open Data Day 2021 better than ever, and we can only do that with your help !

Open Data Day 2021 will take place on Saturday 6th March

- September 22, 2020 in Featured, Open Data, Open Data Day, Open Data Day 2021

Open Data Day 2021 We are pleased to announce that Open Data Day 2021 will take place on Saturday 6th March. Open Data Day is the annual global celebration of open data facilitated by the Open Knowledge Foundation. The Open Data Day website is opendataday.org. Groups from around the world create local events on the day where they will use open data in their communities. It is an opportunity to show the benefits of open data and encourage the adoption of open data policies in government, business and civil society. In March 2020, more than 300 events took place across the world to mark the tenth Open Data Day despite some events having to shift online due to event restrictions relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to the generous support of our funders – Datopian, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Hivos, the Latin American Open Data Initiative (ILDA), Mapbox, Open Contracting Partnership and Resource Watch – we were able to give out more than 60 mini-grants to support the running of great community events on Open Data Day 2020.  Learn all about those events and discover organisations celebrating open data near you by reading our round-up blogpost. If you or your organisation would like to give financial support for Open Data Day or would be interested in sponsoring our mini-grant scheme, please get in touch by emailing opendataday@okfn.org. We will announce more details about the 2021 mini-grant scheme in the coming months. For Open Data Day 2021, you can connect with others and spread the word using the #OpenDataDay or #ODD2021 hashtags. Alternatively you can join the Google Group to ask for advice or share tips. By March 2021, we hope that in-person events will be able to take place in many locations but we know that differing levels of COVID-19 restrictions will be in force in a number of countries so we are looking at how best we can support the organisation of more virtual events. Find out more about Open Data Day by visiting opendataday.org where you can also add your event to the global map, find recommended data resources and use a free logo generator to create a logo to help your city mark the event.