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Open Gov Bulletin #1 – August September 2014

- September 5, 2014 in opengov, openov, parliamentary data

Hello all,

This is our first attempt to create an open gov working group bulletin. The purpose of the bulletin is to summarize topics which were discussed in the working group so you can keep up to date with all the mails that are gathered in your inbox. It will also try to update the community on upcoming events and opportunities. Like the new format? Want to improve the bulletin? Send Mor an email to – [email protected]


Top topics

*** August’s hot topic was the Public assessment of the OGP national plans, led by Alberto Abella from OKF Spain. Alberto raised the subject of ranking and measuring the OGPpublic reports  in different OGP countries (thanks to@timdavies for the link).  The discussion was very fruitful and we became familiar with similar initiatives for the topic. Alberto even posted a blog post about it on the OKF blog. Have something to say about the subject? Keep the discussion going in the thread.


*** Unfortunately, this month we were shocked by the death of the open gov community member in Ghana, Emmanuel Okyere from Odekro. Emmanuel was an amazing advocate of open data in Africa and a great leader. He will be missed by many of us. You can read more about Emmanuel inthis blog.


Upcoming events in September


*** Open your diaries and mark the week of the 15th of September because it’s going to GLOW.Global Legislative Openness Week, an initiative ofOpening Parliament will take place between the 15-25 of September with events all around the world, bringing parliaments and civil society to work together on opening parliaments data. It is not too late to set up an event. Use this form to organize yours.

In the same week, our friends for the Sunlight Foundation are leading a campaign to raise awareness around the importance of open formats when publishing legislative information (I like to call him – a step in ending scraping of parliaments’ data). Want to take part in the campaign or ask more questions about it? Contact Sunlight here.


*** Latin America Open data conferences will take place at the end of the month. The unconference ofAbreLATAM will take place in Mexico City on September 30th followed by the ConDatos conference on the 1st-2nd of October. This is the second year the Latin American and Caribbean region will host these conferences and we are excited to see the outcomes that will follow.


Wishing you an open and happy month,

The Open Government Working Group