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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

#OKStory

Heather Leson - July 9, 2014 in Events, Ideas and musings, Interviews, Network, OKFest, OKFestival, Open Knowledge Foundation

Everyone is a storyteller! Just one week away from the big Open Brain Party of OKFestival. We need all the storytelling help you can muster. Trust us, from photos to videos to art to blogs to tweets – share away.

The Storytelling team is a community-driven project. We will work with all participants to decide which tasks are possible and which stories they want to cover. We remix together.

We’ve written up this summary of how to Storytell, some story ideas and suggested formats.

There are a few ways to join:

  • AT the Event: We will host an in person meetup on Tuesday, July 15th to plan at the Science Fair. Watch #okstory for details. Look for the folks with blue ribbons.
  • Digital Participants: Join in and add all your content with the #okfest14 @heatherleson #OKStory tags.
  • Share: Use the #okstory hashtag. Drop a line to heather.leson AT okfn dot org to get connected.

We highlighted some ways to storytell in this brief 20 minute chat:

Make Some Story Noise

Heather Leson - July 4, 2014 in Community Stories, Events, Network, OKFestival, Open Knowledge Foundation

Stories wanted! We’re building a community storytelling team starting with OKFestival. Whether you are in Berlin for the big event or across the globe, our goal is to co-create and compile all the best OKFestival Stories. Many of you tell stories with video, photo, images and text. Some of you are master wordsmiths and aggregators. One could even opine that hardware, art and code are very much stories. Well, at OKFestival we will run the gamut of all things open from science to education to balloon maps to budgets and graffiti.

The community will be sharing content across many tools using many methods. We are building an in person and remote Storytelling team to capture all the gems, visions and tidbits. Even if you are not at the event, you can be our eyes and curators.

(All the links are on our OKFest Storytelling wiki page)

We have a few ways you can participate: Suggest some stories, Join a Storytelling team (digital or in person) or Go rogue! Be sure use some of the recommended ways to share. We will be remixing this as we co-create our Community Playbook.

Make some noise – join our OKFestival Storytelling Team Learn more in our Community Session

  • Date: Wednesday, July 9 , 2014
  • Time: Date:July 9, 2014 Time: 08:00-9:00 EDT /12:00-13:00 UTC / 13:00- 14:00 BST /14:00 – 15:00 CEST (worldtimebuddy.com)
  • Register here

If you can’t join the hangout, please be sure to reach out to heather.leson AT okfn DOT org or neal.bastek AT OKFN DOT org. We’ll be sure to brief you and collaborate on the next steps.

All-star wrap-up of a month of Open Knowledge events all around the world – May 2014

Beatrice Martini - June 5, 2014 in Events, OKF Argentina, OKF Greece, OKF Italy, OKF Scotland, OKF Switzerland, Open Knowledge Foundation, Open Knowledge Foundation Local Groups, Sprint / Hackday, Working Groups, Workshop

Last month flew by! It’s already June and time to turn the spotlight on the Open Knowledge community’s events which rocked the month of May!

Bikestorming is a mobile app to grow urban cycling in cities around the world, developed by members of Open Knowledge Argentina’s community. Matías Kalwill gave a Pecha Kucha talk in Buenos Aires, and was invited to record an English version for Pecha Kucha’s international website. Check it out to learn about this exciting project featuring a strong open knowledge ecosystem, including open data, open web technologies and community-powered events inspired by School of Data’s Data Expeditions started on the International Open Data Day at Buenos Aires. Must watch!

Rob Edwards, Ally Tibbitt, Sarah Hutchinson, Jackie McKenzie and Jennifer Jones co-facilitated a one-day workshop, bringing together people working on FOI, on journalism, and on open data. Many were the discussion items: is the information disclosed under FOIA accessible as it could be? How can Open Government Data policies best be integrated with FOI disclosure? Can FOI disclosure logs help us understand what types of data are most in demand? Is greater ‘data literacy’ necessary for both the media and the public to understand the potential and limitations of data? Read more about it here.

  • Busy month for Open Knowledge Greece!

The month kicked off with the final celebration and presentations of the first Greek Data Expedition, ended on May 7. The data expedition was as an initiative by the Open Knowledge Foundation Chapter in Greece, working in collaboration with the IT Applications laboratory in Media (AUTH Department of Journalism), and Postgraduate WebScience (AUTH Department of Mathematics) in Thessaloniki. The data journalism issues analysed focused on air quality in Greece, new technologies in business, student Mobility in Europe and Greece and e-Government. The articles presenting the expeditions’ results will be posted on the Greek School of Data website. European-Student-Mobility Then on May 27 Open Knowledge Greece invited community members and curious citizens to an open workshop to develop together the statements and propositions in regards to the Greek Action Plan 2014 – 2016 for the Open Government Partnership Initiative. Keep up the good work, Greece!

DNAdigest, a non-profit organisation aiming to educate, facilitate and engage on issues regarding access to genomic data, hosted an editathon with the goal to make it easier to find new resources, online tools and recent content for genetics research when searching Wikipedia. The editathon was open to participants in London as well as online contributors. Offline meets online collaboration – well done! tumblr_inline_n5j63gAD791suuv9r

Sport is fun, sport is healthy, sport is a business – and sport is increasingly data, too. There are huge amounts of data collected by fans, on global spectator sport and local junior leagues, on big matches and tiny niches. And personal data, too: bike routes, running trails and more. The Sports hackdays explored and celebrated open sports data and also represented the first project aiming to kick-off a new Open Knowledge Working Group dedicated to all things sports and open data. We’re sure that with the World Cup approaching we’ll hear more about it very soon! Screen Shot 2014-05-22 at 11.23.50 AM

What a month! Are you running an Open Knowledge event? We want to hear from you – share your event stories for next months’ global roundup! Please submit your blogposts about your June events to the Community Tumblr (details about how/where here) by July 6 in order to be featured in our all-star monthly wrap-up to be published in July on the main Open Knowledge blog and channels!

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

 

Open Knowledge Festival Call for Volunteers Opens Today!

Beatrice Martini - April 22, 2014 in Events, Featured, Join us, OKFest, OKFestival

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  • What: Join the Volunteers Team at OKFestival 2014!
  • When: July 15-17th, Berlin, Germany
  • Why? Lots of reasons! Find them here!

The OKFestival team is launching our call for volunteers today, and we are excited to bring on board amazing members of our community who will help us to make this festival the huge success we are anticipating. Apply now!

Volunteers are integral to our ability to run OKFestival – without you, we wouldn’t have enough hands to get everything done over the days of the festival!

Join Us!

If you want to come to Berlin this July 15th-17th and help us to create the best Open festival there has ever been, please apply today at the link above, and then spread the word to ensure others know about the festival too!

There is no hard deadline on applying, but the sooner you apply the better your chance of being selected to come and make Open history with us at this year’s OKFestival. We can’t wait to see you there!

Happy Spring Cleaning, Community Style

Heather Leson - April 1, 2014 in Community Stories, Events, Featured, Network, OKF Projects, OKFestival, Open Knowledge Foundation, Open Knowledge Foundation Local Groups, Our Work, Working Groups

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Crazy about happy? Call it spring fever, but I am slightly addicted to the beautiful creativity of people around the world and their Happy videos (map). We are just one small corner of the Internet and want to connect you to Open Knowledge. To do this, we, your community managers, need to bring in the Happy. How can we connect you, meet your feedback, continue the spirit of global Open Data Day, and celebrate our upcoming 10 year anniversary as Open Knowledge? Tall order, but consider this.

Open Knowledge is a thriving network. We exist because of all of you and the incremental efforts each of you make on a wide-range of issues around the world. The way forward is to flip the community around. We will focus on connecting you to each other. Call it inspired by Happy or the Zooinverse mission, but we heard your input into the community survey and want to meet it.

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So, here are 4 key ways we aim to connect you:

1. Community Tumblr

Greece, MENA, and Tanzania – these are just some of the locations of Open Knowledge Stories on the Community Tumblr. We know that many of you have stories to tell. Have something to say or share? Submit a story. Just one look at the recent WordPress about 10 moments around the world gives me inspiration that the stories and impact exist, we just need to share more.

The Open Knowledge Community Tumblr

2. Wiki Reboot

As with every spring cleaning, you start by dusting a corner and end up at the store buying bookshelves and buckets of paint. The Open Knowledge wiki has long been ridden with spam and dust bunnies. We’ve given it a firm content kick to make it your space. We are inspired by the OpenStreetMap community wiki.

What next? Hop on over and create your Wiki User account – Tell us about yourself, See ways to Get Involved and Start Editing. We think that the wiki is the best way to get a global view of all things Open Knowledge and meet each other. Let’s make this our community hub.

3. Community Sessions

We have a core goal to connect you to each other. This April we are hosting a number of online community events to bring you together. Previously, we had great success with a number of online sessions around Open Data Day and OKFestival.

The Community Sessions can be in a number of forms: a scheduled IRC chat, a community Google hangout, a technical sprint or hackpad editathon. We are using the wiki to plan. All events will be announced on the blog and be listed in the main Open Knowledge events calendar.

Wiki planning for the Community Sessions:

The first session is Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 14:30 UTC/10:30 ET. We will host an IRC chat all about the wiki. To join, hop onto irc.freenode.net #okfn. IRC is a free text-based chat service.

4. OkFestival

OKFestival is coming soon. You told us that events is one of the biggest ways that you feel connected to Open Knowledge. As you many know, there are regular online meetups for School of Data, CKAN and OpenSpending Communities. Events connect and converge all of us with location and ideas.

Are you planning your own events where you live or on a particular open topic? We can help in a few ways:

  • Let us know about the events you’re running! Let’s discover together how many people are joining Open knowledge events all around the world!
  • Never organized an event before or curious to try a new type of gathering? Check out our Events Handbook for tips and tricks and contact our Events Team if you have questions or feedback about it
  • Want to connect with other community members to talk about your events, share skills, create international series of events together? Ping our global mailing list!

Have some ideas on how we can bring on the happy more? Drop us a line on the okfn-discuss mailing list or reach out directly – heather DOT leson AT okfn DOT org.

(Photo by SpaceAgeBoy)

How many people are rocking Open Knowledge events around the world? Let us know!

Beatrice Martini - April 1, 2014 in Events, Featured, Join us, Meetups, Sprint / Hackday, Workshop

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We’re getting to know each other more every day on mailing lists and through surveys, we know that plenty of you populate and build groundbreaking projects and communities through our network of 42 local groups, 20 working groups, infinite number of projects and beyond. Now, we’d like to know more about your Open Knowledge events (what can be called such a thing? Have look here) and in particular how many people join them! We want our gathering community to grow and want to know and understand how it grows so how we can best support its sustainable development.

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Call for action: let’s discover how many people love Open Knowledge events!

Step 1

When you run an Open Knowledge event, submit an article about it to the Open Knowledge Community Stories Tumblr. Your article can be short and sweet but should at least tell about:

  • what / where / how (topic, offline or online location, format, goals)
  • how many people attended – lets see how Open Kowledge is growing all around the world!
  • outcomes and / or upcoming plans for the future

In addition to that, anything you’d like to add – pictures, quotes and links to post-event reports by attendees of the event, graphs – is very welcome and much appreciated!

Step 2

At the end of each month we’ll write a crowded wrap-up blogpost about all the Open Knowledge events which took place in the previous weeks, to be published on the main Open Knowledge blog, and we’ll know how many people around the world are taking action gathering together to build the future of Open Knowledge.

Do you have an event in the pipeline in April? Run it, have fun!, and report it on the Tumblr by the end of April – it’ll be featured on our first wrap-up post to be published in early May!

OKFestival Call for Proposals ending soon! Submit your proposal now!

Beatrice Martini - March 26, 2014 in Events, Join us, OKFest, OKFestival, Sprint / Hackday, Workshop

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We extended the deadline to give you an extra 2 weeks to come up with unusually brilliant, inventive, participatory session proposals for OKFestival 2014, but we’re getting very close to crunch-time now! This Sunday, March 30th, is the final deadline to submit the session you want to run at the festival. Then it’s over to our expert Programme Team to start selecting the proposals that will shake things up, get things done and all round inspire people at this year’s event.

Don’t miss your chance to submit an amazing idea! We’d love to see you to run an immersive, exploratory, ground-breaking session that challenges the boundaries of the Open Movement and gets things moving forward! So submit your proposal now, and hopefully we’ll be seeing you in Berlin in July.

If you want to collaborate with others, use our OKFestival Mailing List to find yourself the perfect partner, or shout out on Twitter using #OKFest14. Either way, get planning and make sure your submission is with us by Sunday 30th March.

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