Camp 2011

What is it?

Basic details are as follows:

  • What: A series of events for people interested in open government data from around the world.
  • When: 20-21st October, with satellite events from 17-26th October
  • Where: Warsaw, Poland.
  • Hashtag: #ogdcamp
  • Want to come?: Check us out at http://ogdcamp.org and get your ticket today.

Tell me more…

Around the world governments and public bodies have been opening up official datasets for the public to reuse. There has been an explosion of new applications, competitions, hackdays and other initiatives from local authorities, central government departments, international bodies and others. Following on from the first international Open Government Data Camp in autumn 2010, this event will bring together movers and shakers from the world of open government data — including government representatives, policymakers, lawyers, technologists, academics, advocates, citizens, journalists and reusers.

What will happen?

There will be several days of discussions, drafting, planning and hacking. Crucially we hope to:

  • Build consensus around key legal, technical and policy issues related to opening up government information.
  • Strengthen the community of people working on different aspects of opening up official data around the world — from both inside and outside government. (Many people working on this area will not have met in person!)
  • Encourage the exchange of experiences, expertise and ideas between those involved in leading open government data initiatives in different countries.
  • Make things! We hope there will be plenty of space for developers to hack on things — from refining core bits and pieces of technology to rapid prototyping of new ideas.

What will the format be?

Presentations will be kept to a minimum. Each day will begin with a sprinkling of short talks followed by plenty of time to talk, plan and work on things.

Can I propose a session?

Yes please! We’re going to brainstorm, plan and schedule sessions on the open-government discussion list — so head there if you have any cunning ideas!

What kinds of topics will be covered?

Sessions will include things like:

  • How can we encourage other countries to open up official information?
  • Open government data in law and policy: obstacles and opportunities
  • Promoting reuse: competitions, community engagement, the role of the media
  • Finding open government data: catalogues, registries and metadata
  • Raw Data Now! Technical aspects of opening up government data
  • The role and value of linked data
  • Open government data and data journalism

Who’s behind the event?

Open Government Data Camp was conceived by the Open Knowledge Foundation, and each event is supported by a wide range of different stakeholders. Open Government Data Camp 2011 is being co-organised by the Open Knowledge Foundation and Centrum Cyfrowe Projekt:Polska.

Who is coming?

The Camp will have a total capacity of around 200-300.

Can I sponsor the event?

Yes please! We are still actively seeking sponsorship for lunches, coffee, travel and accommodation for international participants and so on. If you think you might be interested, please contact jonathan dot gray at okfn dot org.

What countries will be represented?

We are currently expecting representation from:

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Luxembourg
  • Lithuania
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Taiwan
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

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