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‘En boca cerrada….’: open data in Catalunya today

There is a popular expression in Spanish that says, ‘en boca cerrada no entran moscas.’ Its equivalent in English is ‘loose lips sink ships,’ basically meaning that you are better off just keeping quiet. This culture of secrecy, some would say discretion, is particularly true in Spain’s public administration, being traditionally pervasive at all levels. […]

On the way to the new market of information in Russia

On June 5th at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow a round table conference took place, devoted to the opening of state-collected datasets. It was convened by the Higher School of Economics (HSE) together with the Russian Office of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Open data is the new trend in the state […]

Taking “utmost transparency” to the next level – at4am for all!

*What? When?? Where??? How?!?!* were the questions that got me started some 10 years ago now, on my free software journey that’s taken me to the heart of the European Parliament. As a young Swedish musician, politically innocent and ignorant as the next, I got worked up together with a bunch of newborn stallmanites unleashing […]

International Open Legislative Data Conference, July 6-7, Paris!

While the newly elected French National Assembly gets ready to choose its president, the question of its modernisation keeps arising. From the academic research world to the hacktivist perspective, parliamentary monitoring and studies are flourishing in France and all over the world. Methods and techniques may differ, but all share one common need: larger transparency […]

Will technology boost the fight against corruption in the Post-Soviet region?

Having come across the recent UNDP study on the role of social media for enhancing public transparency and accountability in Eastern Europe ([download here](http://issuu.com/undp_in_europe_cis/docs/social_media_report_-_external)), one cannot help feeling optimistic about the potential to raise the level of civic empowerment and to fight corruption in the post-Soviet countries. Looks like the [Transparency Works event](http://www.transparencyworks.lt/) jointly organized […]

Applying Austrian Open Data Experiences in the Czech Republic

Open data in Austria enjoys support from various levels of the public administration, and as a result Austria is one step ahead of the Czech Republic. Last month, we held a seminar to learn from each other’s experiences. Austrian initiatives promoting greater openness of government data, such as the [Open Knowledge Forum Österreich](http://gov.opendata.at/okfo/), have managed […]

Does Switzerland have no need for Open Government Data?

**Switzerland is one of our incubating OKFN:LOCAL chapters in its last stage before full incorporation. Its core group of organisers, a talented collaboration from Geneva and Zürich who also founded [http://OpenData.CH](http://OpenData.CH), are planning an Open Data Conference in Zürich on June 28th. Here’s a hello from [Hannes Gassert](http://gassert.ch/) and [Andreas Amsler](http://twitter.com/#!/andreasamsler) regarding the state of […]

Announcing the Open Data Handbook version 1.0

### The Open Knowledge Foundation are proud to announce the launch of version 1.0 of the [Open Data Handbook](http://opendatahandbook.org/) (formerly the Open Data Manual): Read the Open Data Handbook now! » The Handbook discusses the ‘why, what and how’ of open data – why to go open, what open is, how to make data open […]

COMMUNIA’s response to the proposed amendments to PSI Directive

**The following guest post is by [Timothy Vollmer](http://www.timothyvollmer.com/), policy coordinator at [Creative Commons](http://creativecommons.org/). It has been adapted from his post on the same subject over on the [COMMUNIA International Association blog](http://www.communia-association.org/2012/01/22/communia-policy-paper-on-proposed-amendments-to-psi-directive/). Creative Commons and the Open Knowledge Foundation are institutional members of COMMUNIA. The mission of COMMUNIA is to educate about, advocate for, offer expertise […]