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OKFestival 2012 One Month Later: Successes and Happy Tidings

For the past month since the last OKFestival 2012 pioneers departed from Helsinki’s misty shores, I’ve been wondering how to breach the topic of a “thank you” message to the remarkable community that made this highly experimental event, run on a shoestring budget with a crowdsourced programme, such a spectacular success for Finnish and international […]

2 Weeks Left Until OKFestival! Online Schedule, Calls for Participation, Evening Events and Free Hackathons

A Special Gift for Festival Participants… For the 600+ brave souls already registered for the world’s first-ever Open Knowledge Festival, here’s our first-ever participant bulletin! The gems and secrets below have been built from the weekly-curated, community-written summaries we’ve been sharing behind the scenes with our teams of Guest Programme Planners around the globe – and with less than two weeks left until […]

A Brief Summary of the World’s First Open Knowledge Festival

With only 4 weeks left until the OKFestival week starts in Helsinki, here is our latest rundown of everything you need to know about the event. We’re very excited about what’s in store for participants this year! OVERVIEW New to OKFestival? We are delighted to invite you to this year’s event in Helsinki, Finland – […]

OKFestival Call for Proposals Released With a Twist

For those looking for a reason to come to Helsinki with us this fall, the OKFestival Call for Proposals is released today – and it has an experimental, innovative focus. The spin? For this year’s OKFestival (the first event of its kind, organised almost entirely through virtual conference calls, IRC chats and co-written documents by […]

OGDCamp + OKCon = Open Knowledge Festival 2012 in Helsinki, Finland!

The following post is by Kat Braybrooke, London-based Community Coordinator of the Open Knowledge Foundation (Regional Chapters and Groups) and a core organiser of OKFest. On September 17-22 this year, global communities will be descending on the shores of Helsinki for a week-long celebration called the Open Knowledge Festival – and you’re the first to […]

Open Data: Wishlist for the Next Year

In our closing session at Open Government Data Camp, we asked keynoters to reflect on what developments they would most like to see in the next year in relation to open government data and open data more generally. Here’s the resulting list: Open Government Data as a Right More Schemas (Knowledge APIs) – keep it […]

Transparency Board urges widest possible response to UK data consultations

The following guest post is from Andrew Stott, who sits on the UK Government’s Public Sector Transparency Board. In his former role as Director of Digital Engagement at the Cabinet Office, Andrew helped to set up the UK’s open data initiative. Speaking to the OKFN Open Government Data Camp in Warsaw this morning, Professor Nigel […]

#ogdcamp opening talk from Neelie Kroes

The following post is from Jonathan Gray, Community Coordinator at the Open Knowledge Foundation. Here is the video and full text for Neelie Kroes’s address at Open Government Data Camp 2011. Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends, Opening up public data will foster the participation of citizens in political and social life, increase the transparency of […]

PRESS RELEASE: The world’s biggest open data event

The following post is from Jonathan Gray, Community Coordinator at the Open Knowledge Foundation. The Open Government Data Camp 2011 takes place tomorrow in Warsaw. We’re really excited. Our press release is below. We’d be grateful for any help in sending this to relevant colleagues and organisations! PRESS RELEASE: The world’s biggest open data event […]

Keynoting at OGD Camp … Tom Steinberg!

Coming to you from Warsaw, where satellite events are now begun and the main event is only 2 days away, we’re pleased to announce that Tom Steinberg will be joining us on Friday for his keynote! Get full programme details now, on the ogdcamp website. ###About Tom Tom Steinberg is the founder and director of […]

LAPSI Legal Workshop at OGD Camp 2011.

We’re very pleased that LAPSI will be joining us next week in Warsaw for a workshop on legal issues around PSI. In this post Cristiana Sappa and Claudio Artusio explain a bit more about what you can expect… Public sector information can be defined as the wide range of information that public sector bodies collect, […]

#ogdcamp 2011 is coming!

The following post is from Jonathan Gray, Community Coordinator at the Open Knowledge Foundation. The world’s biggest open data event to date, Open Government Data Camp 2011, is taking place in Warsaw next week. Our dedicated team of organisers has been busy working around the clock to prepare a veritable feast of all things open […]

Keynoting at the OGD Camp … Carl-Christian Buhr!

We’re pleased to reveal that Carl-Christian Buhr, from the European Comission, will be joining us at OGD Camp, to make a presentation including a video address from Neelie Kroes! ###About Carl-Christian Carl-Christian Buhr, an economist and computer scientist by training, is a member of the cabinet of Neelie Kroes, the Digital Agenda Commissioner and EU […]

Keynoting at OGD Camp 2011 … Ellen Miller!

Open Government Data Camp 2011 is but a few days away, and we’re looking forward to seeing loads of you in Warsaw. Also joining us in Warsaw, for a keynote address, we’re really pleased to announce Ellen Miller from the Sunlight Foundation! ###About Ellen Ellen S. Miller is the co-founder and executive director of the […]

#OGDCamp Programme Announced!

This post is from Lucy Chambers, Community Coordinator at the Open Knowledge Foundation on behalf of the organising committee for OGDCamp 2011. We are pleased to announce that the programme for OGDCamp has just been unveiled. You can see the full programme on the OGDCamp website. The Programme Committee have worked to bring people together […]

Keynoting at the OGD Camp 2011 … Nigel Shadboldt!

With just a week to go until the start of the satellite events in Warsaw, we’re very excited to announce the next of our keynote speakers at the Open Government Data Camp 2011 – Nigel Shadboldt! ###About Nigel Nigel Shadbolt was appointed an Information Advisor to the UK government in June 2009 by the Prime […]

Tracking the Sustainability of Open Government Data

The following guest post is by Ramine Tinati from the University of Southampton. This is a little taster of what they’ll be talking about at the Open Government Data Camp next week in Warsaw – you can get tickets here! The sustainability of Open Government Data is the product of a multitude of factors, all […]

Introducing OpenData.cz – open data initiative from Czech Republic

The following guest post is by Jindřich Mynarz, from the National Technical Library in Prague. Jindřich will be joining us at the Open Government Data Camp in Warsaw! I like to say that OpenData.cz is not a project, it is a state of mind. Its aim is to spread an open data mindset and to […]

Open Government Data Camp 2011 – Australian Satellite Event

The following guest post is by Lisa Cornish from data.gov.au, who’ll be at the Australian Satellite Event at the OGD Camp. Early Bird tickets are still on sale, and you can get them here! The Australian Government Information Management Office will be hosting an Australian satellite event in support of the Open Government Data Camp […]

Keynoting at OGD Camp 2011 … Andrew Stott!

On Wednesday we announced our first keynote for the Open Government Data Camp 2011. Today we’re very excited to reveal that Andrew Stott will also be joining us to make a keynote presentation! You can still get your early bird tickets here! ###Making Open Data Real – and Stopping The Empire Striking Back For first […]

Government Linked Data Workshops at OGD Camp 2011

We’re excited to announce details of the three keynote speeches at the Government Linked Data Workshop, which will be taking place at this year’s Open Government Data Camp in Warsaw! Get your tickets here. ###Why Share and Who Benefits? A Progress Update on the W3C Government Linked Data Working Group and the Value of Linked […]

Keynoting at OGD Camp 2011 … David Eaves!

We’ve been getting tonnes of requests in for the details of our keynotes at the Open Government Data Camp 2011. We’ll be gradually revealing them to you over the coming fortnight – so stay tuned! First up, we’re totally excited to announce David Eaves – open government activist and gripping orator. It’s been an exciting […]

Organisational Identifiers Event at OGD Camp 2011

Open Government Data Camp 2011 is approaching fast! We’re really excited about all the brilliant talks, workshops, plots, plans and people that are going to be there. In the run-up to the camp we’re going to run a series of posts from a range of voices, talking about different aspects of open government data and […]

Call for Participation: Open Government Data Camp 2011

This post is by Lucy Chambers, Community Coordinator at the Open Knowledge Foundation. We are pleased to announce that today we are launching the call for participation for OGDCamp 2011. This event and will bring together the international Open Government Data Community, so please: be bold! We encourage people to submit talks, workshops and satellite […]

International Travel Bursaries for Open Government Data Camp Announced

This post is by Lucy Chambers, Community Coordinator at the Open Knowledge Foundation. It gives us great pleasure to announce a series of international travel bursaries for Open Government Data Camp 2011. These travel bursaries available to support participants who could otherwise note afford to attend the camp. Bursaries include: A European bursary for EU27 […]

EU Travel Bursary for Open Government Data Camp 2011

The following post is from Jonathan Gray, Community Coordinator at the Open Knowledge Foundation. The European Commission has very kindly offered to provide an EU travel bursary for Open Government Data Camp 2011. It will cover travel and accommodation for up to 30 participants from across Europe. You can find full details here: Here’s an […]

Registration for Open Government Data Camp 2011 is now open!

The following post is from Jonathan Gray, Community Coordinator at the Open Knowledge Foundation. We’re delighted to announce that registration for Open Government Data Camp 2011 is now open! This will be the biggest international open data event to date. An quick overview in numbers: 2 days of talks, workshops and code sprints 10 days […]

We need international open government data principles

The following post is from Jonathan Gray, Community Coordinator at the Open Knowledge Foundation. We need a set of international open government data principles. Why? Because as the ‘open data‘ meme travels around the world – unlocking information from local, regional and national public bodies as it goes – we want to make sure that […]

Open Government Data Camp 2011 is coming soon!

Open Government Data Camp 2011 is coming soon! You can find more at: We’re currently working with the excellent Centrum Cyfrowe Projekt:Polska to finalise logistics for the event, which is currently scheduled to take place on 21st October 2011. As with last year’s event, we will have lots of developers, designers, data journalists, public servants, […]

#opendata: New Film about Open Government Data

The following post is from Jonathan Gray, Community Coordinator at the Open Knowledge Foundation. The Open Knowledge Foundation is pleased to announce the release of #opendata, a new short film clip about open government data. The film includes interview footage with numerous open government data gurus and advocates, which we shot at last year’s Open […]

Post-event material from Open Government Data Camp 2010 is now online!

A few weeks ago was the first international Open Government Data Camp in London. The event brought hundreds of people interested in open government data from around the world for two days of talks, discussions, planning and coding. You can now find videos, photos, notes and other material from the event online at:

Let’s build a Debian for Development Data

The following guest post is from Rolf Kleef who is a member of the OKF’s Working Group on Open Knowledge in Development. It was originally posted here. I just returned from an intense week in the UK: an IKM Emergent workshop in Oxford, and the  Open Government Data Camp in London had me almost drowning […]