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Datawijs, bridge between young people and open data

- October 27, 2015 in Datawijs, Featured, klynt, online platform, Open Data, Open Data News, projects, Video

Screenshot intro Datawijs Open data is gaining more importance these days. Yet, a lot of young people don’t know what open data is, or how they can benefit from it. That’s where Datawijs comes in. It’s an interactive video series, that introduces teenagers and young adults to the concept of open data. The Belgian platform works with Klynt, which allows the young people to view the videos in the order they want to. Thanks to the non-linear structure, users can learn on their own pace, about what interests them at whatever time they have. Datawijs is developed in a way that every teen and young adult can learn about and experiment with open data, corresponding to their own needs. It has three types of information layers. First of all, there are the animated clips, which tells more about the open data subjects in an introductory way. Secondly, there’s the expert interviews, where experienced persons give more in-depth information on the subject. The third kind of videos are more interactive and encourages users to experiment with open data themselves. Whether it’s taking a quiz on open data or completing a data-search, young people can take their first steps in the open data matter. Datawijs even provides users with coding sites and open data portals, so that they can easily take it to the next level. Datawijs is developed by us, Open Knowledge Belgium, with support of Mediaraven. They chose to focus on teenagers and young adults, age 15-25. Of course, the online platform isn’t exclusively available for that age group, as anyone is free to use it. But why exactly does Datawijs target young people? The digital natives of today are the data literates of tomorrow. On top of that, it’s also an age group that starts to invest their own development and self-actualisation. Today, it can be quite hard for young people to find easy-to-consume information about open data online. Most info on that topic is too technical, static, fragmented or not in their maternal language. To them, open data may look like intangible, too theoretical and seemingly unimportant topic. Yet, non-technical and creative young people can be a great advantage. They can point out problems, select data based on their needs and give creative input on how to transform all this into an application. In order to facilitate this even more, the Datawijs series is in Dutch. This way, the Flemish youth is approached in their maternal language, making sure the language barrier is removed. Addressing teenagers and young adults in a visual, interactive and non-linear manner, is a good way to make open data easy approachable. The clips are designed to engage young people to take their first steps in open data. Not only will they benefit from it, by having the opportunity to create what they need, but also governments most certainly gain advantage by this. Their open data is used in useful applications and visualisations. In the long run, the now well-informed teens and young adults may even ask to open up the data they need. That’s why we consider it a must to transform digital natives into open data literates. The natives themselves and society benefit from it. By making the open data topic lightweight and easy to consume through an interactive video series, more young people might try to cross the open data bridge. It’s important open data becomes truly open to young people, as this will lead towards more and better use of it. Today, Datawijs is only available in Dutch. Luckily, the series is open source. We hope more versions of Datawijs will pop up in the near future, in order to reach out to digital natives everywhere.

Datawijs, bridge between young people and open data

- October 27, 2015 in Datawijs, Featured, klynt, online platform, Open Data, Open Data News, projects, Video

Screenshot intro Datawijs Open data is gaining more importance these days. Yet, a lot of young people don’t know what open data is, or how they can benefit from it. That’s where Datawijs comes in. It’s an interactive video series, that introduces teenagers and young adults to the concept of open data. The Belgian platform works with Klynt, which allows the young people to view the videos in the order they want to. Thanks to the non-linear structure, users can learn on their own pace, about what interests them at whatever time they have.
Datawijs is developed in a way that every teen and young adult can learn about and experiment with open data, corresponding to their own needs. It has three types of information layers. First of all, there are the animated clips, which tells more about the open data subjects in an introductory way. Secondly, there’s the expert interviews, where experienced persons give more in-depth information on the subject. The third kind of videos are more interactive and encourages users to experiment with open data themselves. Whether it’s taking a quiz on open data or completing a data-search, young people can take their first steps in the open data matter. Datawijs even provides users with coding sites and open data portals, so that they can easily take it to the next level. Datawijs is developed by us, Open Knowledge Belgium, with support of Mediaraven. They chose to focus on teenagers and young adults, age 15-25. Of course, the online platform isn’t exclusively available for that age group, as anyone is free to use it. But why exactly does Datawijs target young people? The digital natives of today are the data literates of tomorrow. On top of that, it’s also an age group that starts to invest their own development and self-actualisation. Today, it can be quite hard for young people to find easy-to-consume information about open data online. Most info on that topic is too technical, static, fragmented or not in their maternal language. To them, open data may look like intangible, too theoretical and seemingly unimportant topic. Yet, non-technical and creative young people can be a great advantage. They can point out problems, select data based on their needs and give creative input on how to transform all this into an application. In order to facilitate this even more, the Datawijs series is in Dutch. This way, the Flemish youth is approached in their maternal language, making sure the language barrier is removed. Addressing teenagers and young adults in a visual, interactive and non-linear manner, is a good way to make open data easy approachable. The clips are designed to engage young people to take their first steps in open data. Not only will they benefit from it, by having the opportunity to create what they need, but also governments most certainly gain advantage by this. Their open data is used in useful applications and visualisations. In the long run, the now well-informed teens and young adults may even ask to open up the data they need. That’s why we consider it a must to transform digital natives into open data literates. The natives themselves and society benefit from it. By making the open data topic lightweight and easy to consume through an interactive video series, more young people might try to cross the open data bridge. It’s important open data becomes truly open to young people, as this will lead towards more and better use of it. Today, Datawijs is only available in Dutch. Luckily, the series is open source. We hope more versions of Datawijs will pop up in the near future, in order to reach out to digital natives everywhere.

Datawijs, bridge between young people and open data

- October 27, 2015 in Datawijs, Featured, klynt, online platform, Open Data, Open Data News, projects, Video

Screenshot intro Datawijs Open data is gaining more importance these days. Yet, a lot of young people don’t know what open data is, or how they can benefit from it. That’s where Datawijs comes in. It’s an interactive video series, that introduces teenagers and young adults to the concept of open data. The Belgian platform works with Klynt, which allows the young people to view the videos in the order they want to. Thanks to the non-linear structure, users can learn on their own pace, about what interests them at whatever time they have. Datawijs is developed in a way that every teen and young adult can learn about and experiment with open data, corresponding to their own needs. It has three types of information layers. First of all, there are the animated clips, which tells more about the open data subjects in an introductory way. Secondly, there’s the expert interviews, where experienced persons give more in-depth information on the subject. The third kind of videos are more interactive and encourages users to experiment with open data themselves. Whether it’s taking a quiz on open data or completing a data-search, young people can take their first steps in the open data matter. Datawijs even provides users with coding sites and open data portals, so that they can easily take it to the next level. Datawijs is developed by us, Open Knowledge Belgium, with support of Mediaraven. They chose to focus on teenagers and young adults, age 15-25. Of course, the online platform isn’t exclusively available for that age group, as anyone is free to use it. But why exactly does Datawijs target young people? The digital natives of today are the data literates of tomorrow. On top of that, it’s also an age group that starts to invest their own development and self-actualisation. Today, it can be quite hard for young people to find easy-to-consume information about open data online. Most info on that topic is too technical, static, fragmented or not in their maternal language. To them, open data may look like intangible, too theoretical and seemingly unimportant topic. Yet, non-technical and creative young people can be a great advantage. They can point out problems, select data based on their needs and give creative input on how to transform all this into an application. In order to facilitate this even more, the Datawijs series is in Dutch. This way, the Flemish youth is approached in their maternal language, making sure the language barrier is removed. Addressing teenagers and young adults in a visual, interactive and non-linear manner, is a good way to make open data easy approachable. The clips are designed to engage young people to take their first steps in open data. Not only will they benefit from it, by having the opportunity to create what they need, but also governments most certainly gain advantage by this. Their open data is used in useful applications and visualisations. In the long run, the now well-informed teens and young adults may even ask to open up the data they need. That’s why we consider it a must to transform digital natives into open data literates. The natives themselves and society benefit from it. By making the open data topic lightweight and easy to consume through an interactive video series, more young people might try to cross the open data bridge. It’s important open data becomes truly open to young people, as this will lead towards more and better use of it. Today, Datawijs is only available in Dutch. Luckily, the series is open source. We hope more versions of Datawijs will pop up in the near future, in order to reach out to digital natives everywhere.

New York City, Open Data Challenges

- July 2, 2015 in Aware, FOI, Open Data, Open Government Data, Video

City agencies have access to a wealth of data and statistics reflecting every part of urban life. But as data analyst Ben Wellington suggests in this entertaining talk, sometimes they just don’t know what to do with it. He shows how a combination of unexpected questions and smart data crunching can produce strangely useful insights, and shares tips on how to release large sets of data so that anyone can use them.  

New York City, Open Data Challenges

- July 2, 2015 in Aware, FOI, Open Data, Open Government Data, Video

City agencies have access to a wealth of data and statistics reflecting every part of urban life. But as data analyst Ben Wellington suggests in this entertaining talk, sometimes they just don’t know what to do with it. He shows how a combination of unexpected questions and smart data crunching can produce strangely useful insights, and shares tips on how to release large sets of data so that anyone can use them.  

New York City, Open Data Challenges

- July 2, 2015 in Aware, FOI, Open Data, Open Government Data, Video

City agencies have access to a wealth of data and statistics reflecting every part of urban life. But as data analyst Ben Wellington suggests in this entertaining talk, sometimes they just don’t know what to do with it. He shows how a combination of unexpected questions and smart data crunching can produce strangely useful insights, and shares tips on how to release large sets of data so that anyone can use them.  

New York City, Open Data Challenges

- July 2, 2015 in Aware, FOI, Open Data, Open Government Data, Video

City agencies have access to a wealth of data and statistics reflecting every part of urban life. But as data analyst Ben Wellington suggests in this entertaining talk, sometimes they just don’t know what to do with it. He shows how a combination of unexpected questions and smart data crunching can produce strangely useful insights, and shares tips on how to release large sets of data so that anyone can use them.  

Let’s talk Datawijs

- May 19, 2015 in Datawijs, interactive, Open Data, projects, Video

Datawijs For the past few weeks, we’ve been bombarding you with tweets about Datawijs. So, we thought it was time to shine some light on the Datawijs matter. In short, our new project aims to get youngsters, age 15-25, to know more about Open Data. Not only by telling them what Open Data is about, but also by letting them experiment with it themselves, giving them the possibility to create visualisations or even apps based on Open Data. That’s why we chose to work with interactive videos, because it enables active learning in an online environment.

In order to bring this to a successful conclusion, we teamed up with Mediaraven. We provided them with our knowledge about Open Data, they provided us with their media skills. It was clear from the beginning we wanted to work with short-form video format, as youngsters nowadays prefer things to be visual and brief. In our search to the ideal medium, we caught sight of the interactive video platform Klynt. This seemed perfect for Datawijs, since we’ve been wanting to engage youngsters in our videos. Klynt allows us to add links to other videos, open databases, articles, websites so we can keep our videos up to date at all times. We’ll also give viewers the possibility to watch the clips in the order they want, since we’ll construct the videos to be non-lineair. This means everyone can go their own way. Datawijs working group

A couple ideas, a platform, some fine video expertise. We were getting close, but yet had a long way to go. What were we going to show in our videos? How could we keep our youngsters engaged? Together with a advisory board of several adolescents, we managed to figure that out. Our advisory board guided us towards our goal. They told us what they found interesting, what was unclear to them, what they missed in our approach. All of this to find the right content for Datawijs. After we had scripted the entire content of our videos, we could start creating them. We came up with a multilayered scheme, having introductory videos, more in-depth ones and even a few containing tasks to fulfill. They’re about different Open Data themes. Subjects as what Open Data is, where to find it and what to do with it are dealt with. We decided to let experts do the talk in our in-depth videos. Filming them with a GoPro camera, combined with typical vlog jump cuts, gives the videos a vibrant look and feel. On top of that, we were able to shoot at some unique locations, such as the Kruidtuin in Leuven and the Boekentoren of Ghent. It sure is hard to keep your feet on the ground when you’re filming at a height of 64 metres!
Having everything on tape now, we’re busy editing the videos and searching for interesting content to link with our videos. In July, we’ll have Datawijs pre-screened by #oSoc15 students, in order to fine-tune the last bits and pieces. But the thing we’re the most looking forward to, is Datawijs’ grand première by the end of October, beginning of November. Datawijs is definitely an unique project, with an open license making it available to everyone. Anyone is free to do with it what they want, learn what they want, whenever they want.

Want to know more about who we’ve filmed and where? Take a look at out ‘behind the scenes’ Storify!

Vídeo: saiba o que são Recursos Educacionais Abertos e como encontrá-los

- November 11, 2014 in Commons, Destaque, Educação Aberta, mapa interativo, MIRA, oer, okbr, REA, recursos educacionais abertos, Video

É com grande satifação que a Open Knowledge Brasil (OKBr), o Instituto Educadigital (IED), o Núcleo de Informática Aplicada à Educação (NIED) e a Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL) lançam o vídeo “Recursos Educacionais Abertos”. A iniciativa é um dos resultados do projeto MIRA – Mapa Interativo de Recursos Abertos. O vídeo – disponível em português e com legendas em inglês e espanhol – explora o conceito e o universo dos Recursos Educacionais Abertos (REA), sua relação com práticas abertas, cultura digital e software livre e os avanços que as novas tecnologias trazem para a educação. Ele está licenciado em Creative Commons, Atribuição, Compartilhe pela mesma Licença, o que significa que qualquer pessoa pode compartilhar, reproduzir ou remixá-lo. Isso permitiu que o vídeo fosse adicionado no Wikimedia Commons e incorporado no verbete da Wikipédia sobre recursos educacionais abertos, por exemplo. Acesse aqui uma versão do vídeo em alta resolução. MIRA Resultado de uma parceria entre OKBr, IED, NIED e ESPOL, o MIRA identificou projetos que disponibilizam recursos abertos em 24 países da América Latina. O Mapa foi financiado pela Hewlett Foundation que apoiou iniciativas de mapeamento de REA em todo o mundo. Recursos Educacionais Abertos Segundo a Unesco, Recursos Educacionais Abertos são
“materiais de ensino, aprendizagem e investigação em quaisquer suportes, digitais ou outros, que se situem no domínio público ou que tenham sido divulgados sob licença aberta que permite acesso, uso, adaptação e redistribuição gratuitos por terceiros, mediante nenhuma restrição ou poucas restrições. O licenciamento aberto é construído no âmbito da estrutura existente dos direitos de propriedade intelectual, tais como se encontram definidos por convenções internacionais pertinentes, e respeita a autoria da obra”.
No Brasil, o movimento em favor dos REA e da educação aberta se organiza em torno do projeto REA Br, além da página, é possível se envolver com o movimento pela lista de e-mails e grupo no Facebook. A equipe agradece a Xavier Ochoa, Ewout Ter Haar e Jamila Venturini pela colaboração na tradução das legendas do vídeo. Saiba mais flattr this!

Capture your events

- June 24, 2014 in cameralibre, cameras, Community Stories, Events, Featured, OKFest, OKFestival, Photography, Storytelling, Video

We’re on a skillshare craze leading up to OKFestival. A few weeks ago we hosted a session all about how to create great videos with our guest Sam Muirhead. This week we are inviting you to join a Photography Skillshare. Events is one of the top ways that you are involved in Open Knowledge. So, while we might be focused on OKFest, the skills transcend storytelling any event.

Photography Skillshare

Join us on Thursday, June 26, 2014 for a Photography Skillshare. The team and community will share best practices in photos as well as
  • Times: Thursday, June 26, 2014 @ 9:30 EDT/ 13:30 UTC/ 14:30 BST/15:30 CEST
  • To join
We will record it to share back in case your timezone or work schedule is different.

Video Skillshare

Does your video or photos look like this? While it is super artistic, it might not show your story in the best context. While the camera for this session was not playing nice, the content is full of all kinds of tips and resources to make your video shine. Thanks to Sam Muirhead of Camera Libre for donating his time. See the G+ hangout notes for a stack of resources to help your video learning. Note: Community Sessions are taking a break for the summer. Stay tuned for more sessions in the future.