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Announcing a Leadership Update at Open Knowledge

Rufus Pollock - September 18, 2014 in Featured, News, Open Knowledge Foundation

Today I would like to share some important organisational news. After 3 years with Open Knowledge, Laura James, our CEO, has decided to move on to new challenges. As a result of this change we will be seeking to recruit a new senior executive to lead Open Knowledge as it continues to evolve and grow.

As many of you know, Laura James joined us to support the organisation as we scaled up, and stepped up to the CEO role in 2013. It has always been her intention to return to her roots in engineering at an appropriate juncture, and we have been fortunate to have had Laura with us for so long – she will be sorely missed.

Laura has made an immense contribution and we have been privileged to have her on board – I’d like to extend my deep personal thanks to her for all she has done. Laura has played a central role in our evolution as we’ve grown from a team of half-a-dozen to more than forty. Thanks to her commitment and skill we’ve navigated many of the tough challenges that accompany “growing-up” as an organisation.

There will be no change in my role (as President and founder) and I will be here both to continue to help lead the organisation and to work closely with the new appointment going forward. Laura will remain in post, continuing to manage and lead the organisation, assisting with the recruitment and bringing the new senior executive on board.

For a decade, Open Knowledge has been a leader in its field, working at the forefront of efforts to open up information around the world and and see it used to empower citizens and organisations to drive change. Both the community and original non-profit have grown – and continue to grow – very rapidly, and the space in which we work continues to develop at an incredible pace with many exciting new opportunities and activities.

We have a fantastic future ahead of us and I’m very excited as we prepare Open Knowledge to make its next decade even more successful than its first.

We will keep everyone informed in the coming weeks as our plans develop, and there will also be opportunities for the Open Knowledge community to discuss. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any questions.

Thank you for joining us at Open Knowledge Festival 2014!

Beatrice Martini - July 28, 2014 in Events, Featured, Join us, News, OKFest, OKFestival

Thank you for joining us in Berlin and helping to shape OKFestival and the future of the open knowledge movement!

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We hope that the event provided you with the opportunity to learn, to share and to connect with open knowledge advocates from around the world. While we were excited and inspired by the collaborations and activities we saw springing up over the course of the week, we know that we can always do better and we want to hear from you about what we did well and what you would change. Furthermore, we’d like to encourage all the festival participants to keep sharing – ideas, blogposts, photos, videos, anything which can make the work done last week together resonate with everyone who was there but also everyone who couldn’t join us in person but can still fuel the upcoming projects online!

So, in the spirit of Open Minds to Open Action – let’s call for action!

i) Tell us how it was for you! Firstly, we’d like to ask for your feedback about the event to help us with planning for the future. We’d really appreciate your answers to this survey, which shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes to complete: okfestival.org/feedback

ii) Content from the festival Next, we’d like to remind you of all the great content created at – and around – the Festival, and to encourage you to check it out and contribute to it.

  • Etherpads Every session had an etherpad, which is an online tool for note-taking. You can find them listed on the Sched page for the corresponding session or you may want to browse the “pad of pads” where they’re all listed.
  • Photos We saw lots of great photos being tweeted from the event and would love to collect as many as possible in the festival Flickr pool so that everyone can find them. So whether you snapped people enjoying ice cream or artists creating graffiti, please do add your images to the group here.
  • Articles & blog posts Again, we’ve seen lots of tweets sharing blog posts about the festival – if you’ve written one or seen one you liked, please add it to this document so we can gather them all in one place and put the links up as a record on the festival website.

Finally, if you’d like to relive some of the festival, you might want to check out our short video celebrating the event. Enjoy!

Thanks once again for your energy, contributions and enthusiasm in making Open Knowledge Festival 2014 our best event yet.

With love, Your OKFestival Team

Newsflash! OKFestival Programme Launches

Beatrice Martini - June 4, 2014 in Events, Free Culture, Join us, Network, News, OKFest, OKFestival, Open Access, Open Data, Open Development, Open Economics, Open Education, Open GLAM, Open Government Data, Open Humanities, Open Knowledge Foundation, Open Knowledge Foundation Local Groups, Open Research, Open Science, Open Spending, Open Standards, Panton Fellows, Privacy, Public Domain, Training, Transparency, Working Groups

At last, it’s here!

Check out the details of the OKFestival 2014 programme – including session descriptions, times and facilitator bios here!

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We’re using a tool called Sched to display the programme this year and it has several great features. Firstly, it gives individual session organisers the ability to update the details on the session they’re organising; this includes the option to add slides or other useful material. If you’re one of the facilitators we’ll be emailing you to give you access this week.

Sched also enables every user to create their own personalised programme to include the sessions they’re planning to attend. We’ve also colour-coded the programme to help you when choosing which conversations you want to follow: the Knowledge stream is blue, the Tools stream is red and the Society stream is green. You’ll also notice that there are a bunch of sessions in purple which correspond to the opening evening of the festival when we’re hosting an Open Knowledge Fair. We’ll be providing more details on what to expect from that shortly!

Another way to search the programme is by the subject of the session – find these listed on the right hand side of the main schedule – just click on any of them to see a list of sessions relevant to that subject.

As you check out the individual session pages, you’ll see that we’ve created etherpads for each session where notes can be taken and shared, so don’t forget to keep an eye on those too. And finally; to make the conversations even easier to follow from afar using social media, we’re encouraging session organisers to create individual hashtags for their sessions. You’ll find these listed on each session page.

We received over 300 session suggestions this year – the most yet for any event we’ve organised – and we’ve done our best to fit in as many as we can. There are 66 sessions packed into 2.5 days, plus 4 keynotes and 2 fireside chats. We’ve also made space for an unconference over the 2 core days of the festival, so if you missed out on submitting a proposal, there’s still a chance to present your ideas at the event: come ready to pitch! Finally, the Open Knowledge Fair has added a further 20 demos – and counting – to the lineup and is a great opportunity to hear about more projects. The Programme is full to bursting, and while some time slots may still change a little, we hope you’ll dive right in and start getting excited about July!

We think you’ll agree that Open Knowledge Festival 2014 is shaping up to be an action-packed few days – so if you’ve not bought your ticket yet, do so now! Come join us for what will be a memorable 2014 Festival!

See you in Berlin! Your OKFestival 2014 Team

OKFestival 2014 Provisional Programme is now live!

Beatrice Martini - May 20, 2014 in Events, Join us, News, OKFest, OKFestival

Over the last few months we have received hundreds of terrific proposals for this year’s Open Knowledge Festival programme. Thank you for your ideas and your input!

There have been more sessions proposed than we could possibly accommodate and as a result, we’ve had the incredibly difficult task of whittling down all of those great ideas into a 3-day festival. It wasn’t easy, and it’s with regret that we can’t include every one of your great proposals in the final programme.

However, after this tough task of creating our final programme, we’re happy to be able to give you the first glimpse of the Open Knowledge Festival 2014 programme. Read on to find out more about what translating “Open Minds to Open Action” is going to look like!

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Festival Schedule & Preliminary Programme

Please note that information about sessions is still a work in progress. A full list of sessions and facilitators will be finalised and updated in due course.

July 15 – The Open Knowledge Fair

OKFestival 2014 will kick off at 18:00 on Tuesday 15th July with the Open Knowledge Fair; an opening extravaganza to set the scene for the following two days. This dynamic start to the 3 days of the festival will be comprised of demo stands, performances, interactive hands-on things to do and make, and the opportunity to enjoy music and drinks.

Here’s a taste of what will make it an unforgettable night:

  • GIF animation jam session (Kati Hyyppä, Sanna Marttila, Adam Green)
  • Politaoke – the non-partisan political karaoke (Diana Arce)
  • Let’s make music and food from data! (csv soundsystem)
  • Security in a Box & Digital Security Help Desk (Tactical Technology Collective)
  • Tracka: Crowdsourcing Service Delivery – Oluseun Onigbinde (BudgIT)
  • Opening Closistan – Tarek Amr, Ahmad Gharbeia
  • Public Lab – Shannon Dosemagen
  • Sensor Journalism – Lily Bui (SciStarter)
  • Open Bank Project
  • Open Steps – a journey around the world discovering and showcasing open knowledge projects
  • Open Access Button
  • and many more!

July 16 and 17 – The Core Festival Days

Each day will kick off with two inspiring, engaging plenary sessions to fuel the activities for the day ahead. We have some truly incredible keynote speakers joining us – stay tuned to discover more about them soon. After the plenaries, there will be community-led sessions from 11:00 to 18:30 each day. There will also be breakout spaces available throughout the entire festival and another space where you’ll be able to pitch and run emerging sessions on the fly.

Here’s a taster of some of the sessions that have been confirmed – more updates soon!

Knowledge Stream (in alphabetical order by session title)

  • An Exploration of Global Social and Economic Policy Data: Tools to Improve Well-being and Equity – Amy Raub, Nicolas deGuzman, Isabel Latz (WORLD Policy Analysis Center)

  • Can Open Data Go Wrong? – Tin Geber, Alix Dunn (The Engine Room), Lindsay Beck (NDITech)

  • Citizen Report Knowledge Sharing – Mariana Mas (DATA), mySociety, Ushahidi

  • Defining and Designing Successful Data Journalism Initiatives in Developing Countries – Eva Constantaras (Internews)

  • Enabling Reliable Narrators: Opening up Openness beyond the Usual Suspects – Penny Andrews

  • Exploding Open Science! Awareness, training, funding, training – Alexandre Hannud Abdo
  • How to Teach Open Data – Milena Marin (Open Knowledge School of Data) & more

  • Lobby Regulation and Transparency: standards and campaign plans – Victoria Anderica (Access Info Europe), Julia Keseru (Sunlight Foundation)

  • Low-Tech Data: Story-Finding and Storytelling – Rahul Bhargava (MIT Center for Civic Media), Gabi Sobliye (Tactical Technology Collective)

  • Maintaining a healthy and thriving Public Domain – exploring the notion of originality and copyright when digitising analogue works – Joris Pekel (Europeana), Paul Keller (Kennisland), Lieke Ploeger (Open Knowledge Foundation), Thomas Margoni (University of Amsterdam) & OpenGLAM Open Knowledge Working Group

  • Mapping the Corporate Web: an Open Data Approach – Johnny West (OpenOil)

  • Open Access Review – Michelle Brook (Open Knowledge) & more

  • Open Educational Resources and Policy: Overview and Connections to Others

  • Open Education Smörgåsbord – Marieke Guy (Open Knowledge), Alek Tarkowski, Tom Salmon, Kristina Anderson, Miska Knapek, Darya Tarasowa

  • OpenGLAM Benchmark Survey Workshop – Beat Estermann (Bern University of Applied Sciences), Lieke Ploeger (Open Knowledge)

  • Open licenses for a free press – Hauke Gierow (Reporter ohne Grenzen)

  • Open Movements – Alek Tarkowski (Centrum Cyfrowe), Nicole Allen (SPARC), Delia Browne (P2PU), Melissa Hagemann (OSF)

  • Openness Divide? — How Openness Can Help the Unfinished Arab Spring – Salwa AbdelTawab (Al-Jazeera), Bilal Randeree, Rawan Damen

  • Panton Principles for the Humanities. Do we need one and what would it look like? – Iain Emsley

  • Reimagining scholarly communication – Stuart Lawson (Wikimania)

  • Storytelling for Social Change – Javie Ssozi (Rural Farming 4 Devt & Speak Out Uganda!)
  • Testing the efficiency of open versus traditional science – Daniel Mietchen, Jenny Molloy, Alexandre Hannud Abdo (Open Science Open Knowledge Working Group)

  • Transportation data: traffic and transit – different path, same result? – Peter Hicks & Open Transport Open Knowledge Working Group

Society Stream (in alphabetical order by session title)

  • A crowd sourced manifesto: what is the open data ‘social contract’ between governments and citizens – Kitty von Bertele, Antonio Acuña (Cabinet Office UK)

  • Budget Data Package: toward an open standard for budget and spending data – Samidh Chakrabarti (Google), Open Knowledge

  • Building the open coalition – developing a wider community of open – Stevie Benton (Wikimedia UK), Bekka Kahn (P2PU)

  • Business Revenue Models for Open Data or Getting Rich with Open Data

  • DIY Making for Social and Environmental Justice – Shannon Dosemagen (Public Lab)
  • Global Elections Toolbox – DATA Uruguay & more

  • Ground-up open data intermediaries – Who? Where? How? – Tim Davies (Web Foundation), Michael Canares (STEP Up Consulting), Satyarupa Shekhar (Transparent Chennai), Gisele S. Craveiro (University of Sao Paulo & Open Knowledge Brazil), Zachariah Chilliswa (Jesuit Hakimani Center, Kenya), Omenogo Mejabi (University of Ilorin)

  • How Do You Win Fiscal Transparency Campaigns? – Follow The Money network

  • Land rights data: quality control, challenges and new strategies

  • Money, Politics and Transparency – Julia Keseru, Lisa Rosenberg (Sunlight Foundation), Alan Hudson (Global Integrity)

  • Open Contracting Data Standard – The First Cut – Michael Rogers, Tim Davies (Web Foundation), Sam Lee, Marcela Rozo (The World Bank), Sarah Bird

  • Open Contracting: Towards a new global norm – Marcela Rozo, Felipe Estefan (The World Bank)

  • Open Data Charter and the G20

  • Open Government Data updates from around the world – Daniel Dietrich & more

  • “Opening” Society in Challenging Contexts – Ethan Wilkes, Panthea Lee, Adam Talsma (Reboot)

  • Opening up ‘open’: how do we strengthen the base of people who care about open? – Elliott Bledsoe

  • Open Surveillance? – Fabrizio Scrollini (DATA), Renata Avila (Web Foundation), Javier Ruiz (Open Rights Group)

  • Power, politics, inclusion and voice – Duncan Edwards (Institute of Development Studies), Ben Taylor (Twaweza), Kersti Wissenbach (Open4Change), Rebecca Latourell (AidData)

  • Taking privacy considerations forward- the role of the data publisher – Javier Ruiz (Open Rights Group), Sally Deffor (Open Knowledge)

  • The Problem with Participation – Nancy Schwartzman (Circle of 6 / Tech 4 Good), Lina Srivastava, Linda Raftree

  • Tracking development in the open – Mark Brough, Shreya Basu (Publish What You Fund)

Tools Stream (in alphabetical order by session title)

  • An E-waste Hackathon: hacking/fixing our gadgets and learning what happens when they die – Janet Gunter, Ugo Vallauri (The Restart Project)

  • Bring the Public Domain Calculators Worldwide! – Pierre Chrzanowski (Open Knowledge France), Samuel Goëta, Primavera de Filippi (Open Knowledge France, Public Domain Working Group), Marco Montanari (Open Knowledge Italy)

  • CrisisNET: An Interactive Introduction – Jonathon Morgan (Ushahidi)

  • Detecting Climate Change in Open Weather Data – Brian Abelson (Enigma)Transparent Cities – creating a shared framework for city governments to use data and technology to be more open, transparent and participatory – Satyarupa Shekhar (Transparent Chennai), Instituto Polis, GPoPAI/Colab and Indonesia Lab, Web Foundation & more

  • Giving credit where credit is due – Jonas Öberg, Leena Simon (Commons Machinery)

  • Open Decisions API’s – Global Standardization – Markus Petteri Laine (Open Knowledge Finland)
  • Hands-on anonymisation and risk control of publishing open data – Ulrich Atz, Kathryn Corrick (Open Data Institute)

  • Humanitarian OpenStreetMap mapping workshop – Katie Filbert, Shoaib Burq, Christian Lenz (Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team)

  • Introduction to Text and Data Mining (TDM): Technical and Legal Considerations – Puneet Kishor (Creative Commons), Peter Murray-Rust (University of Cambridge), Ross Mounce (University of Bath)

  • Open Design Definition workshop – Sanna Marttila, Peter Troxler, Christian Villum (Open Hardware and Design Working Group)

  • Opening Politics: Collecting and Organizing Political Data – Scott Hubli (National Democratic Institute), John Wonderlich (Sunlight Foundation), Jakub Gornicki (ePanstwo)

  • Open Product Datification – Thomas McNally & Open Product Data Open Knowledge Working Group

  • SciStarter on Sensor Journalism – Lily Bui (SciStarter)
  • Skills and tools for web native open science – Kaitlin Thaney (Mozilla Science Lab), Karthik Ram (rOpenSci)

  • Understanding the civic space – Stef van Grieken (Google), Knight Foundation, MIT Media Lab

  • Usability testing workshop – Claus Höfele, Lydia Dreyer

 Fringe Events

We encourage people to plan and run fringe events which will complement the Festival, both before and after the official programming. If you are organising a Fringe Event, please let us know so we can help publicise it for you. If you want to know more about Fringe Events already in the pipeline, check out this page.

We hope you’re as excited as we are by this provisional Programme line-up, and that you’ll agree that this year’s Festival is going to be an amazing place full of possibility, learning and action!

If you’ve not already bought your ticket, make sure you don’t miss out – we’re looking forward to seeing you in Berlin!

With excitement,

The OKFestival Team

 

OKFestival financial aid announcement delayed

Beatrice Martini - May 10, 2014 in Events, News, OKFest, OKFestival

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Our Financial Aid applications closed on May 4th and we’ve been working hard to review all the applications and get word out to you as soon as possible if you’re one of those selected.

However, we’ve had many more applications than expected and while we’re thrilled so many of you want to come, it does take our small team longer to review hundreds of applications than it would dozens! We’re also looking into other ways that we might be able to provide support for all the great potential attendees so we don’t want to make any final decisions until we’ve had time time to consider these additional options.

For this reason, we’ve had to extend the timeline on when we’ll be informing you about whether you’ll receive financial aid from us.

We know delays are frustrating, but we’re working as hard as possible to ensure that our Financial Aid applications are thoroughly reviewed and fairly distributed. We’ll be in touch as soon as is possible if you have been selected for financial aid.

In the meantime, hang tight and keep checking the website – our preliminary programme is launching very soon…

 

Open Knowledge Brazil is a finalist of the Google Impact Challenge | Brazil!

Guest - April 29, 2014 in Featured, News, OKF Brazil

This is a guest post by Everton Zanella Alvarenga, Executive Director of Open Knowledge Brazil.

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We are proud to announce we are finalists at the Google Global Impact Challenge | Brazil. Please, vote in our project to help us transform Brazil!

About the project

The Open Knowledge Brazil team works for a world in which knowledge empowers people. We are proud to announce that we are one of the finalists in Google Impact Challenge | Brazil, with the Project Gastos Abertos. We want you to help us build a different story to our country.

Brazilians work for almost half of the year just to pay taxes. After that, they know almost nothing about where their money goes. This is not the Brazil we want. Since we take good care of the spending of our homes, we should also pay attention to the spending of our country. Open Spending is calling for a change in attitude. Let’s play the leading role in the Brazil we want!

Our project deals with something that affects everybody: your pocket. Open Spending will show you how the federal government of Brazil and the state government of São Paulo are spending YOUR money. We’ll do everything through easy and interactive data visualizations.

But we will not stop right there! We know that such a change in attitude doesn’t come overnight. It requires a lot of effort and dedication. It requires awareness.

That’s why we’ll offer courses and tools so anyone will be able to use Open Spending in efficient and striking ways, anywhere. We’ll create the conditions for anyone to bring Open Spending to any city. When everyone changes their realities, we change the country.

Team

Caroline Riley – Carol

Areas of expertise: strategic planning, branding, innovation and sustainability. Caroline has more than 10 years of experience in businesses management, strategic planning and branding in Brazil, Latin America, Europe and United States. Sha has worked in developing, innovating and specific projects such as: Tam, Lan, Telefónica, Vivo, Fast Shop, Bunge, Microsoft, Nestlé and GVces. She graduated at ECA-USP and obtained her MBA at Escola de Negócios de Madrid.

    Everton Zanella Alvarenga – Tom

    Everton Zanella Alvarenga, aka Tom, is the Executive Director of Open Knowledge Brazil. He has been involved in many projects about free knowledge, from building softwares to stimulating access to OER. He has worked as a consultant for Wikimedia Foundation, coordinated the project Wikimedia in Teaching in Brazil, and has worked at Open Knowledge Foundation since 2011, when the Brazilian chapter was suggested. He co-founded Stoa project at the University of São Paulo, which aims to create a public space for sharing and producing knowledge with focus on science and education, and has been supporting many projects in the context of open and free culture.

    Gisele Craveiro

    Since 2005 is University of São Paulo assistant professor, teaching and researching at the School of Arts, Science and Humanities. She and colleagues have founded the Research Group on Public Policies for Access to Information, which since 2006 contributes in the public debate about open access, copyright, FLOSS, Open Data and Open Government. She is member of the Brazilian National Open Data Infrastructure steering committee, representing civil society. She is also in the Open Government Partnership Latin American Civil Society advisor committee. Her national and international projects and publications are mainly focused in open budget, ranging from government transparency portals analysis, data extraction, standardization of budgetary data disclosure on the web, civic application development and open data initiatives impact research.

    Marco Túlio Pires

    Marco Túlio Pires

    Marco Túlio is the coordinator of Escola de Dados (School of Data) in Brazil. Journalist (UFMG) graduated in Electrical Engineering (PUC-Minas), Data Visualization (University of Michigan), Project Management (Georgetown University) and programming, he is advisor of innovation and technology at the Bureau of Social Progress of São Paulo. He learned how to program in Python with the help of MIT and edX platform and has been trying to connect Computer Sciences and Journalism at the emerging area called Data Journalism.

    Thiago Rondon

    Thiago Rondon

    Thiago develops software at Aware and b-datum. He is a big enthusiastic of the Free Software Movement and has won many prizes of programming, such as Desarrollando América Latina, White Camel Awards, Prêmio Mário Covas, and others.

    OKFestival 2014 Financial Aid Programme Launches Today!

    Beatrice Martini - April 9, 2014 in Events, Featured, News, OKFest, OKFestival

    The OKFestival 2014 Team is happy to announce that we are launching our Financial Aid Programme today! Screen Shot 2014-04-08 at 4.55.39 PM We’re delighted to support and ensure the attendance of those with great ideas who are actively involved in the open movement, but whose distance or finances make it difficult for them to get to this year’s festival in Berlin. Diversity and inclusivity are a huge part of our festival ethos and we are committed to ensuring broad participation from all corners of the world. We’re striving to create a forum for all ideas and all people and our Financial Aid Programme will help us to do just that.

    What: OKFestival, 15-17th July 2014, Berlin

    How to Apply: Check out our Financial Aid webpage

    Deadline: Sunday 4th May

    Our Travel Grants cover travel and accommodation costs, and our aim is to get you to Berlin if you can’t quite make it there yourself. For more information on what we’ll cover – and what we won’t – how to apply, and what to expect if you do, have a look at our Financial Aid page.

      Image credit: Flickr user Andrew Nash

    Rufus Pollock named Tech Hero for Good

    Theodora Middleton - March 20, 2014 in News, Our Work

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    Nesta, the UK innovation charity, has announced it’s Ten Tech Heroes for Good – and Founder of the Open Knowledge Foundation, Rufus Pollock, is on the list! We’re really proud that the achievements of Rufus and the Open Knowledge Foundation have been recognised in this way: focusing on the power of openness to achieve positive social change.

    As Nesta say in their blog:

    One of the truths we believe in at Nesta is:

    Technology won’t save us, people will.

    It’s a truth that’s often misunderstood by the tech evangelists, the singularity obsessives, and all the dystopian bandwagoners who think that technology is an alien force that we have to fight to control, otherwise it will eventually control us. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

    Technology is an enabling force that allows us to improve the world around us. It is part of our human fabric, not some alien species.

    That’s why we wanted to pick out some of the brightest and best talents around the UK and show the great ideas they’ve come up with that use digital technology as the enabling force to improve how we live.

    The selection panel was made up of Nesta experts, and set out to identify tech leaders with revolutionary ideas across the board. Rufus was recognised particularly for the groundbreaking work at CKAN, the open source platform which powers many open data portals around the world, including the UK government, the US government, and the EU Open Data Portal. CKAN is a key driver of collaborative and transparent government in the 21st century, providing the foundations of an open data ecosystem. WDMMG Bubbles

    Other Open Knowledge Foundation projects which received special mention were Where Does My Money Go?, our budget visualisation tool which was the starting point of our bigger OpenSpending project to map all government transactions around the world; Open Data Commons which provides the legal tools that enable the open publication of data; and Open Shakespeare, our free online database of all the Bard’s works.

    Other Tech Heroes celebrated in the Nesta list were Eben Upton, the inventor of the Raspberry Pi credit card computer; Iris Lapinski, CEO of Apps for Good, an open-source education technology programme; Linda Sandvik, co-Founder of CodeClub, a free national after-school programme teaching programing; Chris Lintott, founder of the Zooniverse citizen science platform; Sue Black, leading advocate for women in computing; Mohammad Al-Ubaydli, co-founder of Patients Know Best which is revolutionising patient-doctor relationships; Emma Mulqueeny, founder of Rewired Reality, bringing together skilled innovators with the organisations who need them; Raspberry PI Tom Farrand, co-founder of Good for Nothing, building communities to help grassroots innovators achieve social good; and Dominic Campbell, co-founder of Patchwork HQ, a tool to enable better coordination among social care professionals.

    Many of these projects include open source and open data elements, and all of them are using technology to empower people and create more just societies. We are really excited to be part of this movement.

    Deadline to submit your OKFestival 2014 session proposals extended to March 30!

    Beatrice Martini - March 14, 2014 in Events, Featured, Join us, News, OKFest, OKFestival

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    • Event: OKFestival – July 15-17, 2014. Berlin, Germany.
    • Call for Proposals: Find the call, FAQs and the submission form here
    • Deadline: Deadline extended! New deadline to submit your proposals is March 30, 2014.
    • Tickets: Early Bird tickets are now on sale!

    This year’s OKFestival Call for Proposals was due to end on Sunday and our spreadsheets were filling up with dozens of amazing session amazing sessions ideas over the last few weeks. We’ve had lots of questions from you about your proposals, answered heaps of Twitter messages asking for hints about the best way to design a workshop, and hosted live helpouts to talk about how you can collaborate with each other.

    So, excited by your enthusiasm and fuelled by your contagious energy, we have decided to extend the deadline for this year’s proposals.

    You now have two full extra weeks!New deadline: March 30. And this time we’re serious!

    Keep sending your brilliant, groundbreaking, collaborative proposals. We’re looking forward to reviewing them all!

    OKFestival streams – concept and how to get help!

    Katelyn Rogers - March 6, 2014 in Events, News, OKFest, OKFestival

    At the Open Knowledge Foundation, we aspire to create environments that connect diverse audiences, thus enabling a diverse groups of thinkers, makers and activists to come together and collaborate to effect change. This year, the Open Knowledge Festival is fuelled by our theory that change happens when you bring together knowledge – which informs change - tools – which enable change – and society – which effects change. Whether you’re building better, cooler tech, creating stronger ideas for the open movement or aiming to shift the gears of society, this year’s OKFestival is the place for you; a place of diverse interests and learning experiences, highlighted by this year’s emphasis on collaboration across the three streams.

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    In the past, Open Knowledge Foundation events have been organised around topical streams. This has enabled us to grow the movement across communities as diverse as science, transparency, development and linguistics.

    However, topical streams have a tendency to further entrench topical silos. Researchers working to open up academia, for example, could almost certainly benefit from learning about the experiences of their colleagues in other fields and from teaching others about their area of expertise. Everyone could benefit from some facetime with a maker who builds cool, useful technology in their sleep! At OKFestival 2014 we want to ensure this type of knowledge sharing in order to offer everyone the chance to cross-collaborate in meaningful, impactful ways. We can all recognise that issues such as privacy, data protection and net neutrality affect all domains within the open space, and we want to ensure that these issues are addressed and worked through from a diversity of perspectives to produce truly global solutions. In order to build an impactful open coalition which can effect change around the world, we need to draw on and incorporate the experiences and knowledge of multiple local communities. Only by avoiding such topical silos and building a cross-topic network of understanding and collaboration can we inform inclusive and context-appropriate open practices.

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    This year, we are mixing things up to achieve all of this and more! We are promoting cross-domain collaborations and urging you to collectively work through the complex problems that keep resurfacing. The individual sessions which are being submitted and proposed as we speak are pieces of this global puzzle, and this year’s Programme Team is responsible for putting that puzzle together. It’s a tough job, and we don’t want to do it alone, so if you want to start piecing it together before you submit your proposal, then collaborating with your colleagues who work in different spaces is a sure-fire way to create an interesting and attention-worthy session. We fully encourage you to reach out to those colleagues who you believe may hold a piece of your puzzle, and we’ve set up this mailing list for you to do just that.

    We understand that by mixing things up, questions are sure to arise. That is why we have put together this handy page with tips and tricks for organising your session, booted that aforementioned mailing list for session organisers to discuss their proposals and foster new collaborations, and even organised two hangouts (Friday and Monday – pick one!) to give you the opportunity to ask questions and be inspired.

    Finally, we need your help. We believe that at the heart of the open movement are values such as diversity and inclusivity. We need you to make sure that your OKFestival is as diverse and inclusive as possible, because as we all know, there’s so much more to learn that way. If you know awesome people who have something key to say about sharing knowledge, building amazing tools and stirring up society to make an impact, then send them our way. If that’s you, then what are you waiting for?! Start thinking about a collaborative, interactive and powerful session for OKFestival!

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