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Global Witness and Open Knowledge – Working together to investigate and campaign against corruption related to the extractives industries

Sam Leon, one of Open Knowledge’s data experts, talks about his experiences working as an School of Data Embedded Fellow at Global Witness. Global Witness are a Nobel Peace Prize nominated not-for-profit organisation devoted to investigating and campaigning against corruption related to the extractives industries. Earlier this year they received the TED Prize and were […]

Exploring the 2012 Open Budget Survey

How transparent and accountable are different countries’ national budgets? Every two years, the [International Budget Partnership][IBP] (IBP) runs the Open Budget Survey to try to answer this question, by measuring the budgets of over 100 countries against a wide range of openness standards. The results for 2012 are [released today][survey], with an interactive data explorer […]

Hackday for News Apps at OK Fest

**GOAL:** You have six hours to make a working news app. There are three of you, a coder, a graphic designer and a journalist. Is it possible? **Yes.** Five times in the last two years the biggest Finnish newspaper, [*Helsingin Sanomat*](http://www.hs.fi/english/), has invited people to do just this, at HS Open hack days, which I […]

Mapping the Republic of Letters

**The following post is crossposted from the [OpenGLAM blog](http://openglam.org/), and is about Stanford’s [Mapping the Republic of Letters Project](https://republicofletters.stanford.edu/) – one of the finest examples of what can be done with cultural heritage data and open source tools. Mapping the Republic of Letters is a collaborative, interdisciplinary humanities research project looking at 17th and 18th […]

Energy and Climate Post-Hack News

**Earlier this month, our [Energy and Climate Hackday](http://blog.okfn.org/2012/02/24/energy-and-climate-hackday-march-3rd/) brought together about 50 people in London and online, joining from Berlin, Washington D.C., Amsterdam, Graz and Bogota.** With participants working in the private sector, for NGOs, universities and the public sector, we had a good mix of people with different expertise and skills. Some people had […]

Finnish data journalism app contest

**[Helsingin Sanomat](http://www.hs.fi/english/), Finland’s leading national paper, is organizing an article app contest to find data visualizations.** For many journalists today, it’s not a lack of open data that’s the problem, but a lack of the skills and off-the-shelf visualizations needed to make that open data useful to them. A year ago, the Finnish government decided […]

Visualising Italian Spending Data

**The following guest post is by Daniele Galiffa, CEO at [Visup](http://www.visup.it/).** Some weeks ago we had the opportunity to develop [a 24-hour quick prototype regarding the way the Italian Public Administration spends our money](http://www.visup.it/misc/workshop/index.htm). Our goal was to highlight the value of using simple and effective information visualization solutions to gain greater insight into data, […]

Notes from Visualizing Europe event, 14th June 2011

**The following post is from [Jonathan Gray](http://jonathangray.org/), Community Coordinator at the [Open Knowledge Foundation](http://okfn.org/).** Last week I participated in an event called [Visualizing Europe](http://www.visualizing.org/visualizingeurope) organised by the folks at [visualizing.org](http://www.visualizing.org/) in association with the [Open Knowledge Foundation](http://www.okfn.org) and [Infosthetics](http://infosthetics.com/). There were lots of really interesting talks and demos on data visualisation projects from across Europe […]

Visualizing Europe, Brussels, 14th June 2011

**The following post is from [Jonathan Gray](http://jonathangray.org/), Community Coordinator at the [Open Knowledge Foundation](http://okfn.org/).** Next week some of Europe’s leading information designers and data visualisation experts will descend on Brussels for a one-day event showcasing projects and applications which visually represent Europe’s data. The event is organised by [Visualizing.org](http://www.visualizing.org/) in association with the [Open Knowledge […]

36 hours left to enter OpenDataChallenge.org!

**The following post is from [Jonathan Gray](http://jonathangray.org/), Community Coordinator at the [Open Knowledge Foundation](http://okfn.org/).** There are now around **36 hours left to enter the [OpenDataChallenge.org](http://opendatachallenge.org/)**, Europe’s biggest open data competition! * There are **€20,000** worth of awards and prizes for **ideas, applications, visualisations, and datasets**. If you have: * an idea for a useful service […]