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Event Guide, 2015 Open Data Index

Getting together at a public event can be a fun way to contribute to the 2015 Global Open Data Index. It can also be a great way to engage and organize people locally around open data. Here are some guidelines and tips for hosting an event in support of the 2015 Index and getting the […]

Dispatch: Crisismappers Community needs Data Makers

What does open data / open knowledge have to do with Crisismapping? Everything. In times of crisis, we live in open data / open government ecosystem. We seek, build and make it happen in real time – talk converts to action quickly. On Tuesday, November 19th, the School of Data hosted a full day pre-conference […]

How can open data lead to better data quality?

Open data can be freely used by anyone – which means that data users can help to fix, enrich or flag problems with the data, leading to improvements in its quality. The Open Knowledge Foundation is currently looking to collect the best examples and stories we can find about how open data can lead to […]

Open tax data, or just VAT ‘open wash’

This post is by Chris Taggart, the co-founder and CEO of OpenCorporates, the largest open database of companies in the world, and a member of the Open Government working group. [Disclosure: I am on the UK Tax Transparency Board, which has not yet discussed these proposals, but will be doing so at the next meeting […]

From PSI to open data – LAPSI is ready for a new round of legal questions

In February, 23 partners kicked off the LAPSI 2.0 thematic network on the legal aspects of public sector information in Leuven, Belgium. The network, consisting of academic institutions and stakeholders from 15 countries, will continue where the previous LAPSI network left off, and look at the remaining legal barriers hindering the full and open availability […]

European Union launches CKAN data portal

On Friday, to coincide with Saturday’s International Open Data Day, the European Commission (EC) [unveiled](https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/blog/eu-open-data-portal-here) a new [data portal](http://open-data.europa.eu/open-data/), which will be used to publish data from the EC and other bodies of the European Union. This major project was [announced](http://ckan.org/2012/01/30/ckan-to-power-new-ec-portal/) last year, and it went live in December for testing before today’s announcement. The […]

European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes praises work of Open Knowledge Foundation Greece

Great News! Neelie Kroes, the Vice President of the European Commission, has sent her personal best wishes to the OKF team in Greece who [launched their brand new open data portal](http://blog.okfn.org/2013/02/14/new-open-data-hub-from-okfn-greece/) last week! She said: “Open data is a very powerful lever for both a better economy and society. Open data is fuel for innovation, […]

The Open Data Census – Tracking the State of Open Data Around the World

Recent years have seen a huge expansion in open data activity around the world. This is very welcome, but at the same time it is now increasingly difficult to assess if, and where, progress is being made. To address this, we started the [Open Data Census][census] in order to track the state of open data […]

Andrew Stott joins OKFN Advisory Board

We’re very pleased to announce that [Andrew Stott](http://okfn.org/about/team/board/#andrew-stott), the UK’s former Director for Transparency and Digital Engagement who pioneered [data.gov.uk](http://data.gov.uk/), has joined the Open Knowledge Foundation’s [Advisory Board](http://okfn.org/about/team/board). For those of you who aren’t familiar with him already from our events or from our [open-government mailing list](http://lists.okfn.org/mailman/listinfo/open-government), [here’s a brief bio](http://okfn.org/about/team/board/#andrew-stott): > Andrew Stott was […]

ePSI Open Data Days, Warsaw, February 21-23

The ePSI platform team [have announced](http://epsiplatform.eu/content/join-us-three-days-open-data-fun-warsaw) “three days of open data fun” in Warsaw next month. The big day is [the 2013 ePSI platform conference](http://epsiplatform.eu/conference2013) on 22nd February, but you’re also all invited to a workshop on the 21st, and a hackday on the 23rd! ###At a glance * **What?**: ePSI conference, workshop and hackday […]