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Dati e donne. Correlazioni pericolose e soffitti di cristallo

Maurizio Napolitano - May 20, 2018 in bologna, Cultura, donne, Events, geek girls, Open Data, opendataday

Lo scorso 3 marzo in una Bologna innevata per l’ennesima volta, alla vigilia delle elezioni politiche, a pochi giorni di distanza dalla marcia delle donne promossa dal movimento di Non una di meno e in occasione della giornata internazionale dedicata ai dati aperti, una comunità inedita ha promosso il primo di una serie di incontri […]

Dati e donne. Correlazioni pericolose e soffitti di cristallo

Maurizio Napolitano - May 20, 2018 in bologna, Cultura, donne, Events, geek girls, Open Data, opendataday

Lo scorso 3 marzo in una Bologna innevata per l’ennesima volta, alla vigilia delle elezioni politiche, a pochi giorni di distanza dalla marcia delle donne promossa dal movimento di Non una di meno e in occasione della giornata internazionale dedicata ai dati aperti, una comunità inedita ha promosso il primo di una serie di incontri […]

Wie die Öffnung der Verwaltung ein modernes Mobile Government unterstützt

Stefan Kasberger - May 14, 2018 in Open Data

Bauen wir auf Open Government

Die neue Regierung setzt in ihrer Digitalstrategie auch auf eine mobile App, die Behördengänge ersetzen soll. Wirtschaftsministerin Schramböck sieht es als Ziel, vom E-Government zum Mobile Government zu kommen, um in Europa wieder Spitzenreiter zu werden. Um dieser Modernisierung der Verwaltung ein starkes Grundgerüst zu verleihen, sollte die Regierung jedoch auf eine wichtige Säule nicht vergessen: Open Government, die Öffnung von nicht personenbezogenen Verwaltungsdaten. Open Government ist ein erprobtes Werkzeug, um einfach auf Verwaltungsdaten zugreifen zu können – und damit eine ideale Basis für sowohl E-, als auch Mobile Government. Das tut auch der Wirtschaft gut: Open Government ermöglicht es engagierten Privatpersonen, Selbstständigen und Unternehmen, selbst neue Apps und Services auf Basis dieser Verwaltungsdaten zu erstellen. Nicht gläserne Bürgerinnen und Bürger, sondern ein transparenter, nachvollziehbarer Verwaltungsapparat sind dabei das Ziel. Und hier sind wir weit von der Spitze entfernt: Österreich ist im internationalen Vergleich an letzter Stelle, wenn es um Informationsfreiheit geht. Im jährlich veröffentlichten, weltweiten “Right To Information”–Rating ist Österreich seit sieben Jahren auf dem letzten Platz. Auch 2017 sind wir wieder auf Platz 111 von 111 untersuchten Nationen gelandet. Neben dem Vertrauen der Bürgerinnen und Bürger in den Staat durch gelebte Transparenz, bringen offene Verwaltungsdaten zusätzlich einen wirtschaftlichen Vorteil, etwa durch die Senkung von Transaktionskosten für den Zugriff auf Informationen. Egal ob Mobile Government via neuer Handy-App oder E-Government wie bisher über den Computer: Die Services müssen von Open Government Data getragen werden, damit Österreich auch hinsichtlich Zugriff auf Verwaltungsinformationen in Europa nach vorne kommt.

Relikt Amtsgeheimnis

Im Gegensatz zu den meisten anderen europäischen Ländern steht in Österreich das Amtsgeheimnis noch immer in der Verfassung. Dabei bestätigt sogar der Europäische Gerichtshof für Menschenrechte in einem Urteil von 2013, dass Information ein Menschenrecht ist. Information ist untrennbar mit dem Recht auf freie Meinungsäußerung verbunden. Nur wer ausreichend informiert ist, kann sich eine umfassende Meinung bilden. Freie Informationen – richtige, faktenbasierte Informationen statt Fake News – dies schafft mündige Bürgerinnen und Bürger. Informationsfreiheit ist ein praktisches Mittel für eine funktionierende Demokratie. Doch derzeit liegt die Bringschuld bei den fragenden Bürgern und Bürgerinnen, nicht beim Staat. Das muss sich ändern.

Open Government Data

Wir brauchen Open Government Data. Veröffentlicht die Verwaltung ihre Daten und Informationen, macht sie Prozesse nachvollziehbar und beugt Steuerverschwendung vor. Open Government Data ist kein neues Konzept in Österreich. Die Stadt Wien war Vorreiter deutschsprachiger Verwaltungen, als im Mai 2011 die ersten 30 Datensätze veröffentlicht wurden. Bisher wurden in Österreich einige Projekte im Bereich Offene Informationen unterstützt, wie etwa die Open Data Portale data.gv.at und opendataportal.at, das Projekt e-infrastructures.at zur offenen Archivierung wissenschaftlicher Ergebnisse oder geförderte Projekte im Innovationsbereich wie z.B. openinnovation.gv.at.

Treibstoff für die digitale Wirtschaft

Das hilft auch der Wirtschaft: Auf data.gv.at, der Plattform, auf der alle offenen Verwaltungsdaten landen, gibt es aktuell 18.592 Datensätze – diese wurden und werden von der Wirtschaft rege genutzt. Nicht weniger als 429 Apps und Internet-Services nutzen diese Daten, und stellen den Bürgerinnen und Bürgern weitere Serviceleistungen zur Verfügung. Daten sind also ein wichtiges Gut, doch wir brauchen noch mehr davon. Kennen Sie die Gemeinde Engerwitzdorf in Oberösterreich? Engerwitzdorf ist in Open Data Kreisen sehr berühmt: Die kleine Gemeinde in der Nähe von Linz zählt nur rund 8.700 Einwohnerinnen und Einwohner, die Gemeinderegierung hat jedoch bisher schon 137 offene  Datensätze veröffentlicht, von Fördergeldern bis Spielplatzstandorte. In Engerwitzdorf gilt die Devise von Open Data: Information ist öffentliches Gut – Ausnahmen gibt es nur, wenn die öffentliche Sicherheit gefährdet wäre, oder die Privatsphäre von Menschen verletzt würde. Engerwitzdorf hat sechsmal so viel Daten veröffentlicht, wie alle Bundesministerien zusammen. Diese kommen nämlich derzeit gerade einmal auf 24 Datensätze. Warum ist das so?

Papier ist geduldig

Theoretisch hält das Informationsweiterverwendungsgesetz alle öffentlichen Stellen dazu an, Daten zu publizieren und frei zugänglich zu machen. Doch es ist de facto totes Recht: Es gibt oft keine offiziellen Stellen, die sich für die Einhaltung einsetzen. Es fehlen Prozesse und Institutionen, die den Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeitern in der Verwaltung helfen, den nötigen Kulturwandel einzuleiten. Es kommt nicht selten vor, dass Abteilungen gar nicht wissen, dass es dieses Gesetz überhaupt gibt, geschweige denn, wie sie ihre Daten veröffentlichen können. Was soll die neue Regierung nun konkret tun?

Informationsfreiheitsgesetz als Ziel

Die neue Regierung kann ein Informationsfreiheitsgesetz beschließen und eine/n Informationsbeauftrage/n einsetzen, die den Behörden bei der Umsetzung des Rechts zur Seite steht, und Bürgerinnen und Bürgern im Einfordern unterstützt. Für alle muss das gleiche Recht gelten – in Wien darf es nicht mehr Geheimhaltungsgründe geben als in Vorarlberg. Die Bürger und Bürgerinnen dürfen für Auskünfte nicht zur Kasse gebeten werden. Das ist in zahlreichen EU-Nachbarstaaten wie Slowenien und der Slowakei längst gelebter Alltag. Ein weiteres Ziel ist der Beitritt Österreichs zur Open Government Partnership, einem internationalen Bündnis mit aktuell 75 teilnehmenden Ländern – Deutschland ist seit 2016 Mitglied und hat 2017 den ersten nationalen Aktionsplan veröffentlicht. In Summe braucht es keine großen Anstrengungen, um das umzusetzen, was uns bei jeder Wahl versprochen wird: Ein offener, transparenter Staat, der in Europa ein Vorbild ist und nachhaltiges Wirtschaftswachstum fördert.

The Open Data Charter’s Measurement Guide is now open for consultation!

Danny Lämmerhirt - March 13, 2018 in Open Data, Open Data Charter, Open Data measurements, research

This blogpost is co-authored by  Ana Brandusescu  and Danny Lämmerhirt, co-chairs of the Measurement and Accountability Working Group of the Open Data Charter.

The Measurement and Accountability Working Group (MAWG) is launching the public consultation phase for the draft Open Data Charter Measurement* Guide!

Image: Imgflig.com

Measurement tools are often described in technical language. The Guide explains how the Open Data Charter principles can be measured. It provides a comprehensive overview of existing open data measurement tools and their indicators, which assess the state of open government data at a national level. Many of the indicators analysed are relevant for local and regional governments, too. This post explains what the Measurement Guide covers; the purpose of the public consultation, and how you can participate!

What can I find in the Measurement Guide?

  • An executive summary for people who want to quickly understand what measurement tools exist and for what principles.
  • An analysis of measuring the Charter principles, which includes a comparison of the indicators that are currently used to measure each Charter principle and its accompanying commitments. It reveals how the measurement tools — Open Data Barometer, Global Open Data Index, Open Data Inventory, OECD’s OURdata Index, European Open Data Maturity Assessment — address the Charter commitments. For each principle, case studies of how Charter adopters have put commitments into practice are also highlighted.
  • Comprehensive indicator tables show available indicators against each Charter commitment. This table is especially helpful when used to compare how different indices approach the same commitment, and where gaps exist.
  • A methodology section that details how the Working Group conducted the analysis of mapping existing measurements indices against Charter commitments.
  • A recommended list of resources for anyone that wants to read more about measurement and policy.

We want you — to give us your feedback!

The public consultation is a dialogue between measurement researchers and everyone who is working with measurements — including government, civil society, and researchers. If you consider yourself as part of one (or more) of these groups, we would appreciate your feedback on the guide. Please bear the questions below in mind as you review the Guide:

  • Is the Measurement Guide clear and understandable?
  • Government: Which indicators are most useful to assess your work on open data and why?
  • Civil society: In what ways do you find existing indicators useful to hold your government to account?
  • Researchers: Do you know measurements and assessments that are well-suited to understand the Charter commitments?

How does the public consultation process work?

The public consultation phase will be open for two weeks — from 12 to 26 March — and includes:

  1. Public feedback, where we gather comments in the Measurement Guide, the indicator tables document.
  2. Public (and private) responses from MAWG members throughout the consultation phase.

How can I give feedback to the public consultation?

  1. You can leave comments directly in the Measurement Guide, as well as the indicator tables.
  2. If you want to send a private message to the group chairs, drop Ana and Danny an email at ana.brandusescu@webfoundation.org and danny.lammerhirt@okfn.org. Or send us a tweet at @anabmap and @danlammerhirt.
  3. Share your feedback with the community using the hashtag #OpenDataMetrics.

We will incorporate your feedback in the Measurement Guide, during the public consultation period. We plan to publish a final version of the Measurement Guide guide by end of April 2018.

A note that we will not include new indicators or comments specifically on the Charter principles. If you have comments about improving the Charter principles, we encourage you to participate in the updating process of the Charter principles.

*Since the last time we wrote a blog post, we have changed the name to more accurately represent the document, from Assessment Guide to Measurement Guide.

The Open Data Charter’s Measurement Guide is now open for consultation!

Danny Lämmerhirt - March 13, 2018 in Open Data, Open Data Charter, Open Data measurements, research

This blogpost is co-authored by  Ana Brandusescu  and Danny Lämmerhirt, co-chairs of the Measurement and Accountability Working Group of the Open Data Charter.

The Measurement and Accountability Working Group (MAWG) is launching the public consultation phase for the draft Open Data Charter Measurement* Guide!

Image: Imgflig.com

Measurement tools are often described in technical language. The Guide explains how the Open Data Charter principles can be measured. It provides a comprehensive overview of existing open data measurement tools and their indicators, which assess the state of open government data at a national level. Many of the indicators analysed are relevant for local and regional governments, too. This post explains what the Measurement Guide covers; the purpose of the public consultation, and how you can participate!

What can I find in the Measurement Guide?

  • An executive summary for people who want to quickly understand what measurement tools exist and for what principles.
  • An analysis of measuring the Charter principles, which includes a comparison of the indicators that are currently used to measure each Charter principle and its accompanying commitments. It reveals how the measurement tools — Open Data Barometer, Global Open Data Index, Open Data Inventory, OECD’s OURdata Index, European Open Data Maturity Assessment — address the Charter commitments. For each principle, case studies of how Charter adopters have put commitments into practice are also highlighted.
  • Comprehensive indicator tables show available indicators against each Charter commitment. This table is especially helpful when used to compare how different indices approach the same commitment, and where gaps exist.
  • A methodology section that details how the Working Group conducted the analysis of mapping existing measurements indices against Charter commitments.
  • A recommended list of resources for anyone that wants to read more about measurement and policy.

We want you — to give us your feedback!

The public consultation is a dialogue between measurement researchers and everyone who is working with measurements — including government, civil society, and researchers. If you consider yourself as part of one (or more) of these groups, we would appreciate your feedback on the guide. Please bear the questions below in mind as you review the Guide:

  • Is the Measurement Guide clear and understandable?
  • Government: Which indicators are most useful to assess your work on open data and why?
  • Civil society: In what ways do you find existing indicators useful to hold your government to account?
  • Researchers: Do you know measurements and assessments that are well-suited to understand the Charter commitments?

How does the public consultation process work?

The public consultation phase will be open for two weeks — from 12 to 26 March — and includes:

  1. Public feedback, where we gather comments in the Measurement Guide, the indicator tables document.
  2. Public (and private) responses from MAWG members throughout the consultation phase.

How can I give feedback to the public consultation?

  1. You can leave comments directly in the Measurement Guide, as well as the indicator tables.
  2. If you want to send a private message to the group chairs, drop Ana and Danny an email at ana.brandusescu@webfoundation.org and danny.lammerhirt@okfn.org. Or send us a tweet at @anabmap and @danlammerhirt.
  3. Share your feedback with the community using the hashtag #OpenDataMetrics.

We will incorporate your feedback in the Measurement Guide, during the public consultation period. We plan to publish a final version of the Measurement Guide guide by end of April 2018.

A note that we will not include new indicators or comments specifically on the Charter principles. If you have comments about improving the Charter principles, we encourage you to participate in the updating process of the Charter principles.

*Since the last time we wrote a blog post, we have changed the name to more accurately represent the document, from Assessment Guide to Measurement Guide.

Open Council Data of more than 100 Dutch municipalities reused in app WhereGovernment

Open State Foundation - March 7, 2018 in netherlands, open council data, Open Data, Open Geodata, Open Government Data

This blog has been reposted from the Open State Foundation blog. More than a hundred Dutch municipalities release Open Council Data, including all documents of the municipal council – decisions, agendas, motions, amendments and policy documents – easily and collectively accessible. The data is now available for reuse in applications. Recently, the first app that reuses the data, WhereGovernment, was launched. 

Strengthen local democracy

Citizens, entrepreneurs, journalists, civil servants, journalists, scientists and all other interested parties can use Open Council Data to check easily what is going on in municipalities around a specific theme. Rural, regional, by municipality or even by neighborhood. In 2015 Open State Foundation, together with the Ministry of the Interior and five municipalities (Heerde, Oude IJsselstreek, Den Helder, Utrecht and Amstelveen), started a pilot to provide access to information as open data. In cooperation with VNG Realisatie and Argu, work was done on standardisation and upscaling. The goal is to strengthen local democracy.

Reusable local government data

The council information was already public, but only available per municipality and often not easy to find or reuse. Of 102 municipalities – including Amsterdam and Utrecht, but also smaller municipalities such as Binnenmaas and Dongen – all council documents can now be found on the Open Council Information website. These documents are available as open data: standardised and reusable. For example, app builders, websites, media and other parties can use and publish the information quickly and easily.

WhereGovernment app

To explore the possibilities of the Open Council Data, VNG Realisatie organised a competition in 2017 to develop the best app: the App Challenge Open Council Information. The first prize went to the webapp WaarOverheid of developer Qollap, which places council information on the map based on the basis of smart algorithms. This allows residents to see what is going on in their neighbourhood – or in a completely different neighbourhood. The app has been further developed with the prize money. From today – in the run-up to the municipal elections of 21 March 2018 – WaarGovernment can be used by everyone. Everything about the app WaarOverheid can be found on waaroverheid.nl.

Gold mine

Robert van Dijk, council clerk of the municipality of Teylingen and chairman of the advisory group Open Council Information, is enthusiastic about the results: ‘We can continue to talk about the theme of open government, but in order to achieve it we have to take action. The information society is a fact. Citizens can access unimaginable information via digital channels, but the government lags behind. And that while we are sitting on a huge amount of data. Society demands transparency from us, we have to get away from the back rooms. This is the instrument for that. In this way we can very effectively strengthen our democracy and make open government and open accountability possible. I see Open Council information as a gold mine. This standardisation is the starting point for upcoming projects and apps. If all municipalities join in later, nobody will have to use information from 380 islands to know which trends are going on. In short: a wonderful project.’ Open Council Information is part of the Digital Agenda 2020 and the Open Government Action Plan of the Netherlands (action point 6) with the Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG) in association with Open State Foundation, the driver of the Open Council Information project, and various local authorities and the Ministry of Interior and Kingdom Relations.  

Open Council Data of more than 100 Dutch municipalities reused in app WhereGovernment

Open State Foundation - March 7, 2018 in netherlands, open council data, Open Data, Open Geodata, Open Government Data

This blog has been reposted from the Open State Foundation blog. More than a hundred Dutch municipalities release Open Council Data, including all documents of the municipal council – decisions, agendas, motions, amendments and policy documents – easily and collectively accessible. The data is now available for reuse in applications. Recently, the first app that reuses the data, WhereGovernment, was launched. 

Strengthen local democracy

Citizens, entrepreneurs, journalists, civil servants, journalists, scientists and all other interested parties can use Open Council Data to check easily what is going on in municipalities around a specific theme. Rural, regional, by municipality or even by neighborhood. In 2015 Open State Foundation, together with the Ministry of the Interior and five municipalities (Heerde, Oude IJsselstreek, Den Helder, Utrecht and Amstelveen), started a pilot to provide access to information as open data. In cooperation with VNG Realisatie and Argu, work was done on standardisation and upscaling. The goal is to strengthen local democracy.

Reusable local government data

The council information was already public, but only available per municipality and often not easy to find or reuse. Of 102 municipalities – including Amsterdam and Utrecht, but also smaller municipalities such as Binnenmaas and Dongen – all council documents can now be found on the Open Council Information website. These documents are available as open data: standardised and reusable. For example, app builders, websites, media and other parties can use and publish the information quickly and easily.

WhereGovernment app

To explore the possibilities of the Open Council Data, VNG Realisatie organised a competition in 2017 to develop the best app: the App Challenge Open Council Information. The first prize went to the webapp WaarOverheid of developer Qollap, which places council information on the map based on the basis of smart algorithms. This allows residents to see what is going on in their neighbourhood – or in a completely different neighbourhood. The app has been further developed with the prize money. From today – in the run-up to the municipal elections of 21 March 2018 – WaarGovernment can be used by everyone. Everything about the app WaarOverheid can be found on waaroverheid.nl.

Gold mine

Robert van Dijk, council clerk of the municipality of Teylingen and chairman of the advisory group Open Council Information, is enthusiastic about the results: ‘We can continue to talk about the theme of open government, but in order to achieve it we have to take action. The information society is a fact. Citizens can access unimaginable information via digital channels, but the government lags behind. And that while we are sitting on a huge amount of data. Society demands transparency from us, we have to get away from the back rooms. This is the instrument for that. In this way we can very effectively strengthen our democracy and make open government and open accountability possible. I see Open Council information as a gold mine. This standardisation is the starting point for upcoming projects and apps. If all municipalities join in later, nobody will have to use information from 380 islands to know which trends are going on. In short: a wonderful project.’ Open Council Information is part of the Digital Agenda 2020 and the Open Government Action Plan of the Netherlands (action point 6) with the Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG) in association with Open State Foundation, the driver of the Open Council Information project, and various local authorities and the Ministry of Interior and Kingdom Relations.  

Open data day : Towards Clean Air with Open Data!

thomasduvivier - March 5, 2018 in air quality, airquality, Civic Lab, Events, General, InfluencAir, Open Belgium, Open Data, Open Data Day

    On Saturday 3rd March took place the Open Data Day, for the occasion, no less than 355 events occurred around the globe. One of them, “Towards Clean Air with Open Data!”, happened in BeCentral in Brussels. During the morning, 8 talks on open air quality data were given by citizens, experts, students and entrepreneurs. They talked about different initiatives in Belgium, the effects on health of air pollution, and more. You can find the links to the slides of the presentations below, also, everything was recorded so the talks will be available soon on our Youtube Channel. In the afternoon, two workshops were given:
  • Analyzing and visualizing open air quality data
  • Build your own sensor
The first one lasted around two hours, it was given by Dominik Rubo who knows a lot about open air quality data analysis and visualization. By the end of the workshop, people were able to extract the data provided by the sensors, analyse it and visualize it. If you’re interested, you can find the github link to do it yourself here. The second one, given by Yannick Verbelen and Pieter Van der Vennet, aimed at teaching people how to build their own sensor so they would only need to plug it in at home to be operational. Thanks to this workshop, they managed to build 22 sensors that are probably collecting data now. We expect that more and more workshops of this kind will take place in different cities so we will have a better understanding of air quality in Belgium. You couldn’t come at the workshop and you can’t wait to build your own sensor? Here is a complete tutorial with resources to order the pieces and build it at home! The event finished on a cold beer in the end of the afternoon to relax after this extensive program. It is awesome to see the dedication people put in such project during their free time. The success of such event is a good indicator that open air quality data has a bright future in Belgium.   If you want to actively join the movement, Civic Lab Brussels members work on air quality measurements every other Tuesday. Join our meetup page to learn more about it! We are looking for technical and non-technical people, so come as you are whatever your skills are. The next coming event is Open Belgium 2018, it will take place in Louvain-la-Neuve on the 12th March. If you are interested not only in air quality but in open data in general, you will definitely enjoy it. Don’t hesitate to visit the website to learn more about it and book your ticket!   Resources: Presentations’ slides:    

Beta Version of Open Data Nepal – A Portal to Make Nepal’s Data Accessible Online

Shubham Ghimire - March 5, 2018 in OK Nepal, Open Data, open data day 2018

The demand side of the data is increasing constantly. But finding and using data is difficult if there is no central data catalog. Often, structured and usable data is hard to find online. This is why Open Knowledge Nepal launches the beta version of Open Data Nepal on the occasion of the International Open Data Day 2018. 3rd March 2018, Kathmandu, Nepal In Nepal, public agencies and local government generate and publish an abundance of data publicly. But the main hindrance is that this data is not readily available and in non-machine-readable formats like PDFs or images, scattered across the websites of different public agencies. The Open Data Nepal portal aims to make Nepal’s data accessible online perpetually in a central hub. The data available in the portal is harvested and crowdsourced from different public agencies and international organizations who work under the government of Nepal. One of the main features includes converting data into a machine-readable format like CSV, JSON or TSV, along with metadata and further description. The portal can be used by researchers, journalists, private agencies, students, developers and Nepali citizens to meet their data needs. The harvested data will be shared online which can be used, reused and redistributed by anyone from any corner of the world to build innovative products, without any technical restriction. It invites users to download, upload and browse data using different filtering mechanisms by categories, meta tags, formats and others. The user can also generate visualizations of every dataset for a better understanding of data. Nowadays, data is an important factor in decision-making processes. The openness of data is a key leverage to make government transparent, accountable and responsible. Governments are seeking opportunities to engage with private sectors, civil societies and citizens for effective planning, decision-making thus supporting sustainable development. The Open Data Nepal data portal will be a great chance for collaboration. The portal is the initiative of Open Knowledge Nepal – a nonprofit organization comprised of openness aficionados, mainly self-motivated youths, who believes that openness of data is powerful in order to have a participatory government with civil society, eventually leading to sustainable development. Open Data Nepal will help everyone who is looking and searching data to build the innovative solution, research, journalism and various other reasons. For example, journalists may investigate the pattern of government spending on the field of education over the years. Entrepreneur may use data to build mobile apps to make the traffic system of Kathmandu valley easier. It also makes government sectors transparent, accountable and responsible more than ever. By bringing all kinds of government data to a centralized hub, we can easily satisfy the increasing public demand of data. Datasets   Data Resources   Data Explorer   Data Visualization To know more about the Open Data Nepal, please contact Open Knowledge Nepal at data@oknp.org or visit the website opendatanepal.com for more information.

Open Data Day 2018 is here – Welcome to 3 days of #opendata learn, think and do!

Open Knowledge Finland - February 23, 2018 in #mysociety, avoin data, avoinglam, democracy, Events, Featured, GLAM, helsinki, mydata, Open Data, Open Data Day, projects, responsive, shortcut, tencent, whim, Wikidata, Working Group Meetup, Working Groups

    Learn, think and do #opendata 360 degrees! How are the tech giant Tencent and City of Helsinki using open data to create a Helsinki city guide to the Chinese WeChat platform. How is Whim  revolutionizing transportation with their Mobility as a service thinking, using open data, open APIs. Why did the National gallery release 12000 fine art images for free reuse. And, how can YOU create a more transparent, effective, creative and well-being world. Join us for three days of open data extravaganza!  Open knowledge, open collaboration, open society! Each year, on March 3, the international open day is celebrated across the world. This year, we are planning to be quite active and take a 360-degrees approach, and invite you to take part in some of the events. As the open data day is a Saturday, we thought it could be useful to have some program in the preceding days, too – to make sure have also the public sector and businesses involved. Hope you can pop in anytime at a time convenient for you – bring a friend, too!

Day 1: Kickoff to Open Data Day by Helsinki Loves Developers & Open Knowledge Finland

Thursday March 1, 2018 at 3-6 PM, The Shortcut Lab at Maria 01 (Door 15B) The first meetup that will be organized as a part of Open Data Day 2018 event series in Finland on 1st – 3rd March! During this Helsinki Loves Developers & OKFI event you will get a great view what has happened during the past years in terms of open data in Finland and which are the outcomes and benefits, what is happening at the moment and which are the next steps. This event is a great place to meet and discuss with open data advocates, users and other stakeholders. The aim of the event is to promote awareness and use of open data – especially to new audiences, like the startups at Maria 01. Meet new folks, hear cases like Whim (Mobility as a service, using open data and open APIs in transport) and Energy and climate atlas and solar energy potential (3D open data models). 15 – 15.45 What is open data? Where are we at, why should we care?
  • Open Data in a nutshell – what’s in it for me?
  • The Finnish Open Data Ecosystem is amazing!
15.45 – 17.15 Using open data for your business –
  • How Tencent and Helsinki worked together to bring a Helsinki guide to the Chinese WeChat platform
  • Whim – Mobility as a service revolutionizes public transport – using open data, open APIs, Jonna Pöllänen/MaaS Global
  • Energy and climate atlas and solar energy potential (3D) as open data – https://kartta.hel.fi/3d/atlas/ and https://kartta.hel.fi/3d/solar/ , Petteri Huuska
  • DOB for data-driven business, Jyrki Koskinen
  • How the National Gallery released 12000 artworks for free reuse
17.15 -> Dialogue and workshopping
  • What data do YOU need? How to make collaboration smoother Challenges in using open data
More cool surprises likely! The event space is The Shortcut Lab at Maria 01 – Door 15B. Call 040-5255153/Teemu or post to the event page, if you are having trouble finding the place. Sign up: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/940493522793115/ Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Open-Data-Finland/events/247800446/

Day 2: Hands-on sessions and meetups of the projects and working groups of Open Knowledge Finland

Friday March 2, 2018 at 10 AM – 7 PM at Maria 01 (Door 15E) The day will end with the session #4 for the OKFI Strategy 2018-2023. Topics may include e.g. MyData, Lobbaus läpinäkyväksi – Transparency of Lobbying, new projects (Avoimet juuret, Wikidocumentaries, New Digital Rights), Open Science, AvoinGLAM, MyData, etc. Suggestions for specific activities are still welcome! Schedule 
  • 10 – 12.30 Project sessions, parallel tracks
  • 12.30 – 13.30 Lunch session on ResponsiveORG and open collaboration.
  • 13.30 – 15.30 Project sessions, parallel tracks
  • 16  – 17 AvoinGLAM working group meet
  • 17 – 19 Joint Open Knowledge Strategy session
  • 19 -> Open Beers?!
Lunch and snacks are on the house! Co-create the agenda at http://okf.fi/odd-2018 The event spaces are 2 large meeting rooms at Maria 01 – Door 15E. Call 040-5255153/Teemu or post to the event page, if you are having trouble finding the place. Sign up: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/172198743543043/ Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Open-Data-Finland/events/246875734/

Day 3: Open Data Jam: Mapathons, Democrathon and Lightning Talks

Saturday March 3, 2018 at 10 AM – 4 PM at Maria 01 event space (Main door 15C, 2nd floor) This is the official Open Data Day. For us, it would be a combination of brunch, mapathons, wikidata democrathon and other stuff we co-create! Feel free to pop by when you have a chance! The programme will include at least the following:
  • Democratic Commons Democrathon The Democrathon, or Democratic commons workshop, is a session with the intention of adding and improving various national, regional and/or municipal political and legislative data in Wikidata for Finland. This builds nicely on the Vaalidatahack that YLE organized about a year ago, and is based on MySociety’s Democratic Commons project, see https://www.mysociety.org/2017/11/22/democratic-commons-open-data-infrastructure-for-democracy/. We will have a visiting expert from the UK hosting the event. Tony Bowden works for mySociety, he’s the project lead on mySociety’s  EveryPolitician/Wikidata project. EveryPolitician is Tony’s brainchild coming from his deep understanding that it’s impossible to create services to hold politicians to account if you’re not starting with good quality, consistent data. 
  • Three  mapathons for OpenStreetMap (OSM): Humanitarian OpenStreetMap (HOT-OSM), street views for OSM with Mapillary, and OSM mapping for local purposes.In mapathons people gather together to improve open maps. Experience in mapping is not needed, each mapathon includes guidance throughout the event. You may attend just a single mapathon or all of them – or just come to meet and chat with people in Finnish mapping communities, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team and OSM Finland. Most of the time is used for hands-on mapping or photographing outdoors.
    • The Mapillary mapathon takes us outdoors and allows anyone to share their street level photos to create street views or to help, for example, in OpenStreetMap editing.
    • In the Humanitarian OSM mapathon, a vulnerable area of the world is mapped, in order to support disaster risk reduction and response efforts, typically done using aerial images.
    • The OSM mapping for our local needs, for example Digitransit Journey Planner (HSL Reittiopas and opas.matka.fi) and your specific interests, utilizes aerial images and other data sources such as Mapillary photos. It is useful if you bring your own smartphone, laptop and mouse.
The event space are event space and meeting rooms on the 2nd floor of Maria 01, MAIN ENTRANCE. Call 040-5255153/Teemu or post to the event page, if you are having trouble finding the place. Sign up: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/532955153746624/ Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Open-Data-Finland/events/246875754/   The Open Data Day activities are brought to you by Open Knowledge Finland, City of Helsinki – Hel <3 Developers, Wikimedia Finland, MySociety, The Shortcut, The Shuttleworth Foundation and of course Open Knowledge International. THANK YOU <3 The post Open Data Day 2018 is here – Welcome to 3 days of #opendata learn, think and do! appeared first on Open Knowledge Finland.