Open Gov Bulletin #1 – August September 2014

Mor Rubinstein - 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

Open Government Community Survey

Guest - April 29, 2014 in Uncategorized


The following guest post is by Mor Rubinstein, coordinator of the Open Government Working Group and student at the Oxford Internet Institute.

Open Government Community Survey

The open government working group at Open Knowledge has been growing and evolving for quite some time. Over the years, we have grown to over 900 members from across the globe, addressing a diversity of topics. With all honesty, as the community coordinator, I feel lost!

Open Government Data Scrabble

So what do you do when you feel lost? The first thing is to take a deep breath and relax. Getting stressed is not going to get you anywhere. Then you have to familiarise yourself with your surroundings. Try to find landmarks, ask people where you are or take out your smartphone and map your way home. However, when it comes to community, things are not so obvious. We don’t have a map to help us navigate and landmarks are almost unknown in the virtual space. We are left with the tried-and-tested human solution, we have to ask people the way.

That is why, today we are launching the open government working group survey. The primary aim of this survey is to help us understand who we are and what we need as a community. This will help us to understand if we are using the right tools to further our goals and determine what we want to work on in the future. Hopefully, it will help us to create a better working plan for the next year and ultimately, we hope that this exercise will enrich the community. In addition, the survey will help me to write my thesis about Open Governments communities at the Oxford Internet Institute where I am working on the first academic paper mapping the world of Open Government and its communities.

The survey does not contain any personal information and is completely anonymous for your privacy. We will not be upset if you will give us negative feedback – we are doing this to do better so it is essential that you are as honest and open as you can be. The open government community space has evolved over the years and community management within the space needs to evolve too!

In contrast to the Open Knowledge community survey that you contributed to last year (see the results here, here and here), this survey is specific to the Open Government working group and individuals working within the open government space as it seeks to understand in order to address the challenges we face as a community pushing the open government agenda forward. With your help, we can steer the group into a fruitful future. Of course, all opinions matter and you don’t have to be an active member of the Open Government Working Group to take the survey. We would love to know your thoughts!

All you need to do is to click away. Please find the open government community survey here and we thank you in advance for your candour and support!

Image: open government data (scrabble) by justgrimes on flickr, CC-BY-SA

Register now for the ePSI Platform Workshop in Budapest!

ePSIplatform news and events - September 2, 2013 in Uncategorized

The workshop will provide an excellent opportunity to share good practices related to the reuse of public open data and to network with key decision makers in the world of Public Sector Information in Hungary and beyond!

 

 

 

 

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Registration is now open for the ePSI platform full day workshop at the premises of MTA SZTAKI in Budapest on 2 October.

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The Open Knowledge Foundation Newsletter, September 2013

Theodora Middleton - September 2, 2013 in Newsletter

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Howdy! And welcome to your monthly spotlight on the Open Knowledge Foundation. There’s a whole load of stuff coming up as always, with our community becoming ever more global and ever more active – find out some of it below. It’s just 2 weeks until we’ll all hang out in Geneva, so have a good fortnight and see you very soon!

Oh and here’s something fun for you: check out the new animated GIFs section on the Public Domain Review. It’s open to submissions – what can you make?

2 Weeks to OKCon!

That’s right – only two weeks left until we hit Geneva. The schedule has been finalised, the bursaries awarded, and the pizzas ordered in! (…okay, not the last one, but you get the picture…)

Thanks to its Geneva location, the year’s biggest open knowledge event is set to be a groundbreaking moment in open government and open development. It will bring together representatives from a wide range of UN agencies, as well as government bodies, with technology activist, civic entrepreneurs and data designers – a potent mix for effecting real change.

You can see a selection of our main speakers (more to come!) at a glance, and visit the OKCon website to discover more about what’s going to be happening. And if you haven’t got your tickets yet, there’s still a small number available – grab them quick!

We’re super excited to see you all – check out this video from our community to get you in the mood!

Campaigning

Governments around the world are currently pondering a key concern for global financial transparency: whether registries of beneficial company owners should be published as open data. Beneficial owners are the people who actually benefit from the operations of a company – as opposed to the sometimes irrelevant listed owners. This information is clearly of profound public interest, and its publication as open data is imperative in the fight for greater corporate accountability around the world.

Over the coming months we will be working with advocates and organisations internationally to ensure governments make the right decision on this crucial issue. Join the openspending list to find out how you can help the campaign.

Coming soon…

The Open Government Partnership Annual Conference is coming to London on the 31st October and the 1st November. We’re busy preparing for it, and especially for the one day civil society event which will precede the main conference, and which we’re helping organise. If you want to be there, pre-register now for updates as they happen.

The new round of Panton Fellowships have been awarded! We can’t reveal names yet, but keep your eyes on the blog for all the details of this year’s open science pioneers. We’re looking forward to seeing what they make of the legacy of last year’s fantastic Fellows.

Fancy being the curator of the School of Data Handbook? “Librarians” needed: We’ve been producing loads of material and publishing it via the blog – we need people to take them, librarian-style and pull them into the Data Wrangling Handbook and course pages. We’ll organise several librarian sprints over the next couple of months, so if you want to join the team to make the Handbook your baby, give us a shout on schoolofdata [at] okfn.org

And from our Local Groups: the Irish Local Group are planning a hackathon on 28th September to work on a CKAN portal, amongst other things; in Indonesia on September 4th there’s going to be an open data meetup in Jakarta, with a special appearance from our founder Rufus Pollock; OKF Deutschland are hosting their first hack day for young people on the 7th and 8th September in Berlin; and in Argentina Friedrich Lindenberg will be joining the crew in Buenos Aires on 3rd September for an OpenSpending meetup! Phew – keep up with the international community on the global feed.

Open Economics

There are a few updates from the very cool Open Economics project, which aims to bring openness, transparency and open access to economics. This month they completed work on the Open Economics Principles, and since the launch have already received 178 signatures as well as one institutional endorsement from the World Bank’ Data Development Group. They’ve also recently built a prototype for the storage and search of econometric results, which they’re calling Metametrik. In a world of rapidly increasing data availability, Metametrik allows researchers to find relevant sets of papers based on a whole load of variables, including dependent variable, independent variable, model, controls, journal, year, authors, JEL codes and key words. Find out more here.

And as the Open Economics project comes to the end of its first phase, Velichka has shared the story so far on the blog – have a read for an inspiring example of the progress the can be made in a single domain of openness in a short space of time. What’s next?

An Italian Case Study: Fatequalcosa.it

ePSIplatform news and events - September 2, 2013 in Uncategorized

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Despite being home to the beautiful La Fiorita festival, one man still believes the authorities could do more to fix street problems in his part of Italy. Platforms existed in Venice and across other regions of Italy, so a precedent was set.

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The La Marche region will get its very own FixMyStreet platform, fatequalcosa.it, which translates as Do Something! Claudio Carletti has shared his experience of using the mySociety code and his plans for the site.

Campania introduce regional bill on Open Data

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The region of Campania in Southern Italy has approved its first regional bill on Open Data. The bill, approved on 28th of August, will ensure access, availability and reuse of datasets owned by the Campania public sector.

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A portal with datasets will be made available to the public. The local authorities hope that opening up datasets will improve communication between Public Administration, Local Authorities and communities. The bill has also been described as ‘a real revolution in the relationship between citizens and government in the region’.

UK: Consultation on data sharing by HMRC

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The Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) wants to be able to share more non-identifying information, including general and aggregate data as well as anonymised data sets. HMRC also seeks views on proposals to share VAT registration data, either publicly or under controlled conditions for specified purposes, for example, credit rating.

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According with HMRC: “The UK helped secure the G8’s Open Data Charter, which presumes that the data held by Governments will be publicly available unless there is good reason to withhold it. It is important that HMRC plays a full part. HMRC’s relationship with businesses and individuals is unique, and this is reflected in the scope and depth of the information HMRC collects, creates and protects on behalf of taxpayers.”

Policy Research, Technology and Advocacy Converge @ the HUB, Prague

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The two day event, held between 7-8 of Novemeber, 2013, invites participants who have a basic knowledge or previous experience of using data for policy-relevant research and evidence-informed advocacy.

The first day will explore themes such as strategy and management, learning and evaluation, lifecycles of data products and will also look at the lessons learned from innovative projects. There will be perspectives from Policy Markers, Think Tankers, Business representatives and Data Journalists. The second day includes workshops and individual consultation time.

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Think Tank Fund and Open Society Fund are organising an interactive workshop on Policy Research, Technology and Advocacy in Prague.

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Cluj: Linked Data Technology Stack meetup

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Tim Scanlan from The Human Brain Project will also be a guest speaker at the event. He will be introducing his project, an EU Flagship initiative in which over 80 partners work together to realise a new “ICT-accelerated” vision for brain research.

Follow this link for registration and further location details. 

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A Linked Data Technology Stack meetup is being organised on 19 September, 2013 in Cluj, Romania. The meeting will address the question of Linked Data Technology Stack tools; which ones exist and how are they being used?

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Bibliohackathon in Florence on 26th of October 2013

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Wikimedia Italythe National Library of Florence and the Italian Library Association are coming together to host the event, which aims to create useful connections between Wikipedians, librarians and data hackers.

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A hackathon event about books, libraries and Wikipedia, or ‘Bibliohackerthon’, will be held in Florence, Italy on 26th October, 2013.

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