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And what are your plans for Transparency Camp Europe?

- May 2, 2016 in 2015, Featured, ondia Open Data Summit, Open Access, Open Data, Open environment, Open GLAM, Open governance, Open Knowledge, Open Knowledge India, Open Science, open-education, subhajit ganguly

This post was written by our friends at Open State Foundation in the Netherlands.  tcampEU Let’s face it. When it comes to relevant open data and transparency in European decision-making, we have a lot to do. Despite growing open data portals, and aggregating European data portal, if you want to make sense of European decision-making and public finance, it takes a lot of efforts.

Dieter Schalk / Open State Foundation

The time is ripe. With the Dutch referendum on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement and Brexit, debates around immigration and refugees, new bailout talks between the EU and Greece, decisions by the EU affect millions of citizens living and working within its member states and people around the world. As everyone has the right to information, people need to know how these decisions are taken, who participates in preparing them, who receives funding, how you can make your views known, and what information is held or produced to develop and adopt those decisions.  In the wake of the Panama Papers, renewed calls for open company registers and registers on beneficial ownership, the need for open spending, contracting and tenders data, require us to come together, join efforts and help to make the EU more transparent. TransparencyCamp Europe comes at the right moment. This unconference on open government and open data, to be held on June 1 in Amsterdam will bring together developers, journalists, open data experts, NGOs, policymakers, and activists. In the run-up, an online European-wide open data App Competition (deadline for submissions May 1) and a number of local events or diplohacks are organized. This will all come together at TransparencyCamp Europe, where apart from numerous sessions organized by participants themselves, developers will present their open data app to a jury.

Dieter Schalk / Open State Foundation

EU decision making is quite complex, involving national governments and parliaments, the European Commission and the EuropeanParliament, the European Council and the many EU institutions and agencies involved.  Still, there is already quite some open data available, differing in quality and ease of use. Definitely, you want to know more about the EU’s institutions, who work there and how you can contact them. Although the information is available at the EU Whoiswho website, the data is not easily reusable. That is why we scrapped it and had made it available to you on GitHub as CSV and JSON. And if you’re crawling through information on EU budgets, finances, funds, contracts and beneficiaries, you’ll notice there is much room for improvement.
So, there you go, join us and help to make the EU more transparent as TransparencyCamp Europe comes to Amsterdam. Registration for the unconference is free, follow us on Twitter and subscribe to the newsletter.

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

- April 5, 2016 in code, coder, coding, Featured, india, India Open Data Census, Open City Census, Open Knowledge, Open Knowledge India

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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Em homenagem à memória do membro da Open Knowledge Subhajit Ganguly

- April 28, 2015 in Destaque, Open Knowledge Brasil, Open Knowledge India, subhajit ganguly

Post traduzido do original publicado no Open Knowledge Blog. É com grande tristeza que soubemos que Subhajit Ganguly, um Embaixador Open Knowledge na Índia e uma liderança na comunidade de toda a região, faleceu de repente e de forma trágica.Subhajit-Ganguly- Após um curto período doente, Subhajit Ganguly, de apenas 30 anos, faleceu na manhã do dia 7 de abril, em um hospital da sua cidade natal Kolkata, na Índia. A partida dele veio como um choque para sua família e pessoas próximas, assim como para os colegas e conhecidos nas comunidades de conhecimento livre e dados abertos. Subhajit era conhecido por ser um defensor implacável da justiça e igualdade, e forte proponente e construtor de comunidade em torno de assuntos como dados abertos, ciência aberta e educação aberta, áreas às quais ele dedicava boa parte do seu tempo profissional e pessoal. Mais recentemente, ele foi o principal catalisador e organizador do Open Data Summit Índia e contribuiu com sucesso como líder do projeto Indian Local City Census, assim como fornecedor e revisor de datasets do Índice de Dados Abertos Global, um projeto baseado na comunidade que compara a abertura de conjuntos de dados no mundo para assegurar outra questão importante para ele: transparência e responsabilidade política. Ele também foi fundamental na construção do Grupo Local da Open Knowledge Índia pelos dois últimos anos, ao mesmo tempo em que era voluntário na coordenação de outros grupos e iniciativas no cenário de dados abertos. No último verão, ele participou do Festival Open Knowledge em Berlim para se juntar a outros líderes da comunidade e planeja o futuro do conhecimento livre e dos dados abertos na Índia, regionalmente no AsiaPAC e também globalmente. subhajit Desde que a notícia se espalhou pelo mundo, nos últimos dias, mensagens e elogios dos líderes e membros da comunidade ao trabalho e à pessoa de Subhajit têm chegado, de perto e de longe. Sua ausência será imensamente sentida e nos unimos às muitas vozes no planeta lamentando essa perda. Nossos pensamentos e condolências para a família e pessoas próximas. Esperamos que o trabalho e a visão dele continuem a se destacar como um exemplo significativo a ser seguido pelo mundo. Que ele descanse em paz. Obrigado por tudo. Flattr this!

खुल्ला ज्ञान समुदायका सदस्य शुभजित गांगुलीको सम्झनामा

- April 22, 2015 in Featured, Memories, Open Knowledge, Open Knowledge India, subhajit ganguly

Subhajit Ganguly

Subhajit Ganguly

हामी यो खबर सुन्दा दुखी छौ कि खुला ज्ञानका भारतिय दूत तथा यस क्षेत्रका एक प्रमुख व्यक्तित्व, शुभजित गांगुलीको  असामयिक निधन भयो । शुभजित गांगुली छोटो अवधिको बिरामीपछि, त्यहाको समय अनुसार  अप्रिल ७ तारिकमा ३० वर्षको अल्पायुमै भारतको कोलकत्तास्थित आफ्नो गृहनगरको अस्पतालमा बित्नु भएको छ । वहाँको निधनले सम्पुर्ण परिवार, अाफन्तजन, सहयोगी र साथीभाई लगायत विश्वव्यापी खुला डेटा र खुला ज्ञान समुदायमा नै ठुलो आघात पुगेको छ। शुभजित गांगुली न्याय र समानता लागि एक कठोर अधिवक्ताका रुपमा चिनिनुहुन्थ्यो। वहाँले खुला डाटा, खुला विज्ञान र खुला शिक्षा जस्ता विषयका सबै क्षेत्रमा आफ्ना दुवै व्यावसायिक र व्यक्तिगत समयको  ठूलो भाग समर्पित गर्नुभएको थियो, साथै यी विषयहरूका एक बलियो प्रस्तावक र समुदाय निर्माताका रूपमा चिनिनुहुन्थ्यो।हालै, वहाँ “भारत खुला डाटा शिखर सम्मेलन” का मुख्य उत्प्रेरक र आयोजक हुनुका साथै भारतीय स्थानीय शहर जनगणना परियोजनाको सफलतापुर्वक समेत नेतृत्व गर्नुभएको थियो। यसका साथै वहाँको अहम मुद्दा :राजनीतिक पारदर्शिता र जवाफदेहिता सुनिश्चित गर्न विश्वव्यापी खुला डेटा सूचकांकका एक डेटासेट प्रस्तुतकर्ता  र समीक्षकका रुपमा कार्यरत हुनुहुन्थ्यो। विश्वव्यापी खुला डेटा सूचकांक एक विश्वव्यापी समुदाय-संचालित परियोजना हो जसले विश्वव्यापी डेटासेटबिच खुलापनको तुलना गर्दछ। शुभजितले विगत २ बर्षदेखि आफ्नो अमुल्य समय खुल्ला डेटा परिदृश्य भित्र रहेका अन्य समूह र पहल समन्वय गर्नमा  खर्चिँदै “खुल्ला ज्ञान भारतको स्थानीय समूह” निर्माणमा समेत उल्लेख्य योगदान गर्दै आउनुभएको थियो। गएको ग्रीष्म ऋतुमा, वहाँ भारत, एसिया प्यासिफिक र विश्वव्यापी रुपमै खुल्ला डेटा र खुल्ला ज्ञानको भविष्य निर्धारण गर्नका लागि विभिन्न राष्ट्रका समुदाय अगुवाका साथमा वर्लीनमा आयोजित खुल्ला ज्ञान महोत्सवमा उपस्थित हुनुहुन्थ्यो। पछील्लो केही  दिन देखी शुभजितले गरेका काम प्रति बिभिन्न देशका समुदायका अगुवा साथै सदस्यहरुद्वारा खुलेर प्रसंशा गर्नुका साथै समवेदना व्यक्त गरिएको छ। वहाँ सदैव हामीमाझ रहनुहुनेछ र वहाँको निधन प्रतिको विश्वभरका दुःखद् आवाजमा हामी पनि सामेल छौँ। यस दु:खद् घडीमा वहाँको परिवार, आफन्त र साथीहरुप्रती हार्दिक समवेदना प्रकट गर्दै वहाँको कार्य र कार्यदिशा दुनियाभरका मानिसहरुका लागि एक महत्वपूर्ण उदाहरण बन्नेछ भन्ने आशा व्यक्त गर्दछौँ । वहाँको आत्माले चिर  शान्ति पाओस् भनि प्रार्थना गर्दछौँ। Skærmbillede-2015-04-14-kl.-15.00.13

India Open Data Summit, 2015

- March 1, 2015 in 2015, Featured, ondia Open Data Summit, Open Access, Open Data, Open environment, Open GLAM, Open governance, Open Knowledge, Open Knowledge India, Open Science, open-education, subhajit ganguly

994790_792827910770782_4512490031029888224_nOpen Knowledge India, with support from the National Council of Education Bengal and the Open Knowledge micro grants, organised the India Open Data Summit on February, 28. It was the first ever Data Summit of this kind held in India and was attended by Open Data enthusiasts from all over India. The event was held at Indumati Sabhagriha, Jadavpur University. Talks and workshops were held throughout the day. The event succeeded in living up to its promise of being a melting point of ideas. The attendee list included people from all walks of life. Students, teachers, educationists, environmentalists, scientists, government officials, people’s representatives, lawyers, people from the tinseltown — everyone was welcomed with open arms to the event. The Chief Guests included the young and talented movie director Bidula Bhattacharjee, a prominent lawyer from the Kolkata High Court Aninda Chatterjee, educationist Bijan Sarkar and an important political activist Rajib Ghoshal. Each one of them added value to the event, making it into a free flow of ideas. The major speakers from the side of Open Knowledge India included Subhajit Ganguly, Priyanka Sen and Supriya Sen. Praloy Halder, who has been working for the restoration of the Sunderbans Delta, also attended the event. Environment data is a key aspect of the conservation movement in the Sunderbans and it requires special attention. DSC_0061 The talks revolved around Open Science, Open Education, Open Data and Open GLAM. Thinking local and going global was the theme from which the discourse followed. Everything was discussed from an Indian perspective, as many of the challenges faced by India are unique to this part of the world. There were discussions on how the Open Education Project, run by Open Knowledge India, can complement the government’s efforts to bring the light of education to everyone. The push was to build up a platform that would offer the Power of Choice to the children in matters of educational content. More and more use of Open Data platforms like the CKAN was also discussed. Open governance not only at the national level, but even at the level of local governments, was something that was discussed with seriousness. Everyone agreed that in order to reduce corruption, open governance is the way to go. Encouraging the common man to participate in the process of open governance as another key point that was stressed upon. India is the largest democracy in the world and this democracy is very complex too.Greater use of the power of the crowd in matters of governance can help the democracy a long way by uprooting corruption from the very core. Subhajit Ganguly Opening up research data of all kinds was another point that was discussed. India has recently passed legislature ensuring that all government funded research results will be in the open. A workshop was held to educate researchers about the existing ways of disseminating research results. Further enquiries were made into finding newer and better ways of doing this. Every researcher, who had gathered, resolved to enrich the spirit of Open Science and Open Research. Overall, the India Open Data Summit, 2015 was a grand success in bringing likeminded individuals together and in giving them a shared platform, where they can join hands to empower themselves. The first major Open Data Summit in India ended with the promise of keeping the ball rolling. Hopefully, in near future we will see many more such events all over India.

India Open Data Summit, 2015

- March 1, 2015 in 2015, Featured, ondia Open Data Summit, Open Access, Open Data, Open environment, Open GLAM, Open governance, Open Knowledge, Open Knowledge India, Open Science, open-education, subhajit ganguly

994790_792827910770782_4512490031029888224_nOpen Knowledge India, with support from the National Council of Education Bengal and the Open Knowledge micro grants, organised the India Open Data Summit on February, 28. It was the first ever Data Summit of this kind held in India and was attended by Open Data enthusiasts from all over India. The event was held at Indumati Sabhagriha, Jadavpur University. Talks and workshops were held throughout the day. The event succeeded in living up to its promise of being a melting point of ideas. The attendee list included people from all walks of life. Students, teachers, educationists, environmentalists, scientists, government officials, people’s representatives, lawyers, people from the tinseltown — everyone was welcomed with open arms to the event. The Chief Guests included the young and talented movie director Bidula Bhattacharjee, a prominent lawyer from the Kolkata High Court Aninda Chatterjee, educationist Bijan Sarkar and an important political activist Rajib Ghoshal. Each one of them added value to the event, making it into a free flow of ideas. The major speakers from the side of Open Knowledge India included Subhajit Ganguly, Priyanka Sen and Supriya Sen. Praloy Halder, who has been working for the restoration of the Sunderbans Delta, also attended the event. Environment data is a key aspect of the conservation movement in the Sunderbans and it requires special attention. DSC_0061 The talks revolved around Open Science, Open Education, Open Data and Open GLAM. Thinking local and going global was the theme from which the discourse followed. Everything was discussed from an Indian perspective, as many of the challenges faced by India are unique to this part of the world. There were discussions on how the Open Education Project, run by Open Knowledge India, can complement the government’s efforts to bring the light of education to everyone. The push was to build up a platform that would offer the Power of Choice to the children in matters of educational content. More and more use of Open Data platforms like the CKAN was also discussed. Open governance not only at the national level, but even at the level of local governments, was something that was discussed with seriousness. Everyone agreed that in order to reduce corruption, open governance is the way to go. Encouraging the common man to participate in the process of open governance is another key point that was stressed upon. India is the largest democracy in the world and this democracy is very complex too.Greater use of the power of the crowd in matters of governance can help the democracy a long way by uprooting corruption from the very core. Subhajit Ganguly Opening up research data of all kinds was another point that was discussed. India has recently passed legislature ensuring that all government funded research results will be in the open. A workshop was held to educate researchers about the existing ways of disseminating research results. Further enquiries were made into finding newer and better ways of doing this. Every researcher, who had gathered, resolved to enrich the spirit of Open Science and Open Research. Overall, the India Open Data Summit, 2015 was a grand success in bringing likeminded individuals together and in giving them a shared platform, where they can join hands to empower themselves. The first major Open Data Summit in India ended with the promise of keeping the ball rolling. Hopefully, in near future we will see many more such events all over India.

India Open Data Summit, 2015

- March 1, 2015 in 2015, Featured, ondia Open Data Summit, Open Access, Open Data, Open environment, Open GLAM, Open governance, Open Knowledge, Open Knowledge India, Open Science, open-education, subhajit ganguly

994790_792827910770782_4512490031029888224_nOpen Knowledge India, with support from the National Council of Education Bengal and the Open Knowledge micro grants, organised the India Open Data Summit on February, 28. It was the first ever Data Summit of this kind held in India and was attended by Open Data enthusiasts from all over India. The event was held at Indumati Sabhagriha, Jadavpur University. Talks and workshops were held throughout the day. The event succeeded in living up to its promise of being a melting point of ideas. The attendee list included people from all walks of life. Students, teachers, educationists, environmentalists, scientists, government officials, people’s representatives, lawyers, people from the tinseltown — everyone was welcomed with open arms to the event. The Chief Guests included the young and talented movie director Bidula Bhattacharjee, a prominent lawyer from the Kolkata High Court Aninda Chatterjee, educationist Bijan Sarkar and an important political activist Rajib Ghoshal. Each one of them added value to the event, making it into a free flow of ideas. The major speakers from the side of Open Knowledge India included Subhajit Ganguly, Priyanka Sen and Supriya Sen. Praloy Halder, who has been working for the restoration of the Sunderbans Delta, also attended the event. Environment data is a key aspect of the conservation movement in the Sunderbans and it requires special attention. DSC_0061 The talks revolved around Open Science, Open Education, Open Data and Open GLAM. Thinking local and going global was the theme from which the discourse followed. Everything was discussed from an Indian perspective, as many of the challenges faced by India are unique to this part of the world. There were discussions on how the Open Education Project, run by Open Knowledge India, can complement the government’s efforts to bring the light of education to everyone. The push was to build up a platform that would offer the Power of Choice to the children in matters of educational content. More and more use of Open Data platforms like the CKAN was also discussed. Open governance not only at the national level, but even at the level of local governments, was something that was discussed with seriousness. Everyone agreed that in order to reduce corruption, open governance is the way to go. Encouraging the common man to participate in the process of open governance is another key point that was stressed upon. India is the largest democracy in the world and this democracy is very complex too.Greater use of the power of the crowd in matters of governance can help the democracy a long way by uprooting corruption from the very core. Subhajit Ganguly Opening up research data of all kinds was another point that was discussed. India has recently passed legislature ensuring that all government funded research results will be in the open. A workshop was held to educate researchers about the existing ways of disseminating research results. Further enquiries were made into finding newer and better ways of doing this. Every researcher, who had gathered, resolved to enrich the spirit of Open Science and Open Research. Overall, the India Open Data Summit, 2015 was a grand success in bringing likeminded individuals together and in giving them a shared platform, where they can join hands to empower themselves. The first major Open Data Summit in India ended with the promise of keeping the ball rolling. Hopefully, in near future we will see many more such events all over India.

India Open Data Summit, 2015

- March 1, 2015 in 2015, Featured, ondia Open Data Summit, Open Access, Open Data, Open environment, Open GLAM, Open governance, Open Knowledge, Open Knowledge India, Open Science, open-education, subhajit ganguly

994790_792827910770782_4512490031029888224_nOpen Knowledge India, with support from the National Council of Education Bengal and the Open Knowledge micro grants, organised the India Open Data Summit on February, 28. It was the first ever Data Summit of this kind held in India and was attended by Open Data enthusiasts from all over India. The event was held at Indumati Sabhagriha, Jadavpur University. Talks and workshops were held throughout the day. The event succeeded in living up to its promise of being a melting point of ideas. The attendee list included people from all walks of life. Students, teachers, educationists, environmentalists, scientists, government officials, people’s representatives, lawyers, people from the tinseltown — everyone was welcomed with open arms to the event. The Chief Guests included the young and talented movie director Bidula Bhattacharjee, a prominent lawyer from the Kolkata High Court Aninda Chatterjee, educationist Bijan Sarkar and an important political activist Rajib Ghoshal. Each one of them added value to the event, making it into a free flow of ideas. The major speakers from the side of Open Knowledge India included Subhajit Ganguly, Priyanka Sen and Supriya Sen. Praloy Halder, who has been working for the restoration of the Sunderbans Delta, also attended the event. Environment data is a key aspect of the conservation movement in the Sunderbans and it requires special attention. DSC_0061 The talks revolved around Open Science, Open Education, Open Data and Open GLAM. Thinking local and going global was the theme from which the discourse followed. Everything was discussed from an Indian perspective, as many of the challenges faced by India are unique to this part of the world. There were discussions on how the Open Education Project, run by Open Knowledge India, can complement the government’s efforts to bring the light of education to everyone. The push was to build up a platform that would offer the Power of Choice to the children in matters of educational content. More and more use of Open Data platforms like the CKAN was also discussed. Open governance not only at the national level, but even at the level of local governments, was something that was discussed with seriousness. Everyone agreed that in order to reduce corruption, open governance is the way to go. Encouraging the common man to participate in the process of open governance is another key point that was stressed upon. India is the largest democracy in the world and this democracy is very complex too.Greater use of the power of the crowd in matters of governance can help the democracy a long way by uprooting corruption from the very core. Subhajit Ganguly Opening up research data of all kinds was another point that was discussed. India has recently passed legislature ensuring that all government funded research results will be in the open. A workshop was held to educate researchers about the existing ways of disseminating research results. Further enquiries were made into finding newer and better ways of doing this. Every researcher, who had gathered, resolved to enrich the spirit of Open Science and Open Research. Overall, the India Open Data Summit, 2015 was a grand success in bringing likeminded individuals together and in giving them a shared platform, where they can join hands to empower themselves. The first major Open Data Summit in India ended with the promise of keeping the ball rolling. Hopefully, in near future we will see many more such events all over India.

India Open Data Summit, 2015

- March 1, 2015 in 2015, Featured, ondia Open Data Summit, Open Access, Open Data, Open environment, Open GLAM, Open governance, Open Knowledge, Open Knowledge India, Open Science, open-education, subhajit ganguly

994790_792827910770782_4512490031029888224_nOpen Knowledge India, with support from the National Council of Education Bengal and the Open Knowledge micro grants, organised the India Open Data Summit on February, 28. It was the first ever Data Summit of this kind held in India and was attended by Open Data enthusiasts from all over India. The event was held at Indumati Sabhagriha, Jadavpur University. Talks and workshops were held throughout the day. The event succeeded in living up to its promise of being a melting point of ideas. The attendee list included people from all walks of life. Students, teachers, educationists, environmentalists, scientists, government officials, people’s representatives, lawyers, people from the tinseltown — everyone was welcomed with open arms to the event. The Chief Guests included the young and talented movie director Bidula Bhattacharjee, a prominent lawyer from the Kolkata High Court Aninda Chatterjee, educationist Bijan Sarkar and an important political activist Rajib Ghoshal. Each one of them added value to the event, making it into a free flow of ideas. The major speakers from the side of Open Knowledge India included Subhajit Ganguly, Priyanka Sen and Supriya Sen. Praloy Halder, who has been working for the restoration of the Sunderbans Delta, also attended the event. Environment data is a key aspect of the conservation movement in the Sunderbans and it requires special attention. DSC_0061 The talks revolved around Open Science, Open Education, Open Data and Open GLAM. Thinking local and going global was the theme from which the discourse followed. Everything was discussed from an Indian perspective, as many of the challenges faced by India are unique to this part of the world. There were discussions on how the Open Education Project, run by Open Knowledge India, can complement the government’s efforts to bring the light of education to everyone. The push was to build up a platform that would offer the Power of Choice to the children in matters of educational content. More and more use of Open Data platforms like the CKAN was also discussed. Open governance not only at the national level, but even at the level of local governments, was something that was discussed with seriousness. Everyone agreed that in order to reduce corruption, open governance is the way to go. Encouraging the common man to participate in the process of open governance is another key point that was stressed upon. India is the largest democracy in the world and this democracy is very complex too.Greater use of the power of the crowd in matters of governance can help the democracy a long way by uprooting corruption from the very core. Subhajit Ganguly Opening up research data of all kinds was another point that was discussed. India has recently passed legislature ensuring that all government funded research results will be in the open. A workshop was held to educate researchers about the existing ways of disseminating research results. Further enquiries were made into finding newer and better ways of doing this. Every researcher, who had gathered, resolved to enrich the spirit of Open Science and Open Research. Overall, the India Open Data Summit, 2015 was a grand success in bringing likeminded individuals together and in giving them a shared platform, where they can join hands to empower themselves. The first major Open Data Summit in India ended with the promise of keeping the ball rolling. Hopefully, in near future we will see many more such events all over India.

India Open Data Summit, 2015

- March 1, 2015 in 2015, Featured, ondia Open Data Summit, Open Access, Open Data, Open environment, Open GLAM, Open governance, Open Knowledge, Open Knowledge India, Open Science, open-education, subhajit ganguly

994790_792827910770782_4512490031029888224_nOpen Knowledge India, with support from the National Council of Education Bengal and the Open Knowledge micro grants, organised the India Open Data Summit on February, 28. It was the first ever Data Summit of this kind held in India and was attended by Open Data enthusiasts from all over India. The event was held at Indumati Sabhagriha, Jadavpur University. Talks and workshops were held throughout the day. The event succeeded in living up to its promise of being a melting point of ideas. The attendee list included people from all walks of life. Students, teachers, educationists, environmentalists, scientists, government officials, people’s representatives, lawyers, people from the tinseltown — everyone was welcomed with open arms to the event. The Chief Guests included the young and talented movie director Bidula Bhattacharjee, a prominent lawyer from the Kolkata High Court Aninda Chatterjee, educationist Bijan Sarkar and an important political activist Rajib Ghoshal. Each one of them added value to the event, making it into a free flow of ideas. The major speakers from the side of Open Knowledge India included Subhajit Ganguly, Priyanka Sen and Supriya Sen. Praloy Halder, who has been working for the restoration of the Sunderbans Delta, also attended the event. Environment data is a key aspect of the conservation movement in the Sunderbans and it requires special attention. DSC_0061 The talks revolved around Open Science, Open Education, Open Data and Open GLAM. Thinking local and going global was the theme from which the discourse followed. Everything was discussed from an Indian perspective, as many of the challenges faced by India are unique to this part of the world. There were discussions on how the Open Education Project, run by Open Knowledge India, can complement the government’s efforts to bring the light of education to everyone. The push was to build up a platform that would offer the Power of Choice to the children in matters of educational content. More and more use of Open Data platforms like the CKAN was also discussed. Open governance not only at the national level, but even at the level of local governments, was something that was discussed with seriousness. Everyone agreed that in order to reduce corruption, open governance is the way to go. Encouraging the common man to participate in the process of open governance is another key point that was stressed upon. India is the largest democracy in the world and this democracy is very complex too.Greater use of the power of the crowd in matters of governance can help the democracy a long way by uprooting corruption from the very core. Subhajit Ganguly Opening up research data of all kinds was another point that was discussed. India has recently passed legislature ensuring that all government funded research results will be in the open. A workshop was held to educate researchers about the existing ways of disseminating research results. Further enquiries were made into finding newer and better ways of doing this. Every researcher, who had gathered, resolved to enrich the spirit of Open Science and Open Research. Overall, the India Open Data Summit, 2015 was a grand success in bringing likeminded individuals together and in giving them a shared platform, where they can join hands to empower themselves. The first major Open Data Summit in India ended with the promise of keeping the ball rolling. Hopefully, in near future we will see many more such events all over India.