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Turning data into action: what we learned from conducting social audits on public housing communities in Malaysia

The Sinar Project in Malaysia is exploring ways of making critical information public and accessible to Malaysian citizens. The project is supported by the Open Data for Development (OD4D) programme and has been run in collaboration with OpenSpending at Open Knowledge International. In our previous blog post, we provided an overview of the Sinar Project’s work opening budget data […]

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Africa Open Data Collaboration Fund: Building civil society capacity for Africa’s emerging data revolution.

Open Knowledge International is a member of Open Data for Development (OD4D), a global network of leaders in the open data community, working together to develop open data solutions around the world. In collaboration with the OD4D program, Open Knowledge International coordinates the Africa Open Data Collaboration Fund which is designed to provide seed support […]

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Spotlight on tax evasion: Connecting with citizens and activists working on tax justice campaigns across Africa

Open Knowledge International is coordinating the Open Data for Tax Justice project in partnership with the Tax Justice Network to create a global network of people and organisations using open data to inform local and global efforts around tax justice. Tax evasion, corruption and illicit financial flows rob countries around the world of billions in […]

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New Open Knowledge Network chapters launched in Japan and Sweden

This month sees the launch of two new Chapters at the Open Knowledge Network, a chapter for Japan and a chapter for Sweden. Chapters are the Open Knowledge Network’s most developed form, which have legal independence from the organisation and are affiliated by a Memorandum of Understanding. For a full list of our current chapters, […]

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How to advance open data research: Renewing our focus on the demand of open data, user needs and data for society.

Ahead of this year’s International Open Data Conference #iodc16, Danny Lämmerhirt and Stefaan Verhulst provide information on the Measuring and Increasing Impact Action Session, which will be held on Friday October 7, 2016 at IODC in Room E. Further information on the session can be found here. Lord Kelvin’s famous quote “If you can not measure […]

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Why civil society organisations are using OpenSpending to share fiscal data with the public

OpenSpending is one of Open Knowledge International’s current projects. It is a free and open platform for citizens looking to track and analyse public fiscal information globally. While the OpenSpending team was busy revamping the platform over the last year we have been fortunate to have a community of users actively involved in testing the […]

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Open Knowledge Ireland Summer 2016 Update

This blog post is part of our summer series featuring chapter updates from across the Open Knowledge Network and was written by the team of Open Knowledge Ireland. What is OK Ireland and what do we do? Open Knowledge Ireland is a team of 9 volunteers who envision an information age where everyone, not just […]

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Open Knowledge Greece Summer 2016 Update

This blog post is part of our summer series featuring updates from chapters across the Open Knowledge Network and was written by the team of Open Knowledge Greece. Open Knowledge Greece consists of a dynamic team of community members who are interested in open data, linked data technologies, and coding and who do their best […]

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Open Knowledge Austria Summer 2016 update

This blog post is part of our summer series featuring updates from chapters across the Open Knowledge Network and was written by the team of Open Knowledge Austria. The last two months have been very vibrant within Open Knowledge Austria. We co-organized the monthly Vienna Open Data Meetup, but no other public appearances, because we […]

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OpenSpending collaborates with Mexico’s Ministry of Finance to standardise and visualise government budget data

  On September 8, 2016, Mexico became the first country to formally adopt the Open Fiscal Data Package, an international open data standard promoted by the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (GIFT), in collaboration with Open Knowledge International and the World Bank, with the support of Omidyar Network. This collaboration is a pioneering step for […]

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What skills do you need to become a data-driven storyteller? Join a week-long data journalism training #ddjcamp

This post is written by Anastasia Valeeva, data journalist and member of Open Knowledge Russia, one of the local groups in the Open Knowledge Network. European Youth Press is organising a week-long intensive training on data journalism funded by Erasmus+. It is aimed at young journalists, developers and human rights activists from 11 countries: Czech Republic, […]

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Freedom to control MyData: Access to personal data as a step towards solving wider social issues.

This piece is part of a series of posts from MyData 2016 – an international conference that focuses on human centric personal information management. The conference is co-hosted by the Open Knowledge Finland chapter of the Open Knowledge International Network. Song lyrics: Pharrell Williams “Freedom”; Image Pixabay CC0   Indeed, the theme of MyData so far is […]

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What does personal data have to do with open data? Initial thoughts from #MyData2016

This piece is part of a series of posts from MyData 2016 – an international conference that focuses on human centric personal information management. The conference is co-hosted by the Open Knowledge Finland chapter of the Open Knowledge International Network. What does personal data have to do with open data? We usually preach NOT to open […]

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OpenTrials launch date + Hack Day

Exciting news! OpenTrials, a project in which Open Knowledge is developing an open, online database of information about the world’s clinical research trials, will officially launch its beta on Monday 10th October 2016 at the World Health Summit in Berlin. After months of work behind-the-scenes meeting, planning, and developing, we’re all really excited about demoing OpenTrials […]

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Open Knowledge Switzerland Summer 2016 Update

The first half of 2016 was a very busy one for the Open Knowledge Swiss chapter, Opendata.ch. Just between April to June the chapter had 3 Hackathons, 15 talks, 3 meetups and 10 workshops. In this blog post we highlight some of these activities to update the Open Knowledge Community about our chapter’s work.   […]

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Come talk Open Data and Land Governance with Cadasta on the LandPortal! Join the online discussion Sept 6-20th, 2016

Earlier this year, Open Knowledge International announced a joint-initiative with the Cadasta Foundation to explore property rights data with the ultimate goal of defining the land ownership dataset for the Global Open Data Index. Lindsay Ferris from the Cadasta team shares more on how you can get involved on issues related to open data in land […]

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Open Knowledge Brazil summer 2016 update

This blog post is part of our summer chapters updates and was written by the team of OK Brazil.  Brazil is not only about the Olympics. A lot has been going on in the Brazilian chapter of the Open Knowledge Network as well. Here we highlight the significant chapter developments, including some new faces and some […]

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Opinion piece – Why Open Knowledge International should join ICANN

This is an opinion piece by an Open Knowledge network member. You can also publish your opinion on the blog by sending us an email to blog@okfn.org First, let me quickly tell you what kind of an organisation is ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), for I feel that albeit its burgeoning global importance, most people […]

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An interview with Rufus Pollock – Why I am Excited about MyData 2016 in Finland

A few weeks ago I sat down for a virtual interview with Molly Schwartz from Open Knowledge Finland about my thoughts on open data and mydata and why I am so excited about the MyData 2016 conference. The three-day conference is taking place from August 31 to September 2 in Helsinki and is being organized by Open […]

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Update on OpenTrialsFDA: finalist for the Open Science Prize

In May, the OpenTrialsFDA team (a collaboration between Erick Turner, Dr. Ben Goldacre and the  OpenTrials team at Open Knowledge) was selected as a finalist for the Open Science Prize. This global science competition is focused on making both the outputs from science and the research process broadly accessible to the public. Six finalists will present their final prototypes at an Open […]

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Why we chose Slack to update our team page.

After reading Mor’s post on the recent website update, I thought I’d elaborate a little on the team page, and how we ended up using Slack to update it. The following is from a post on my personal blog. I recently undertook the task of redesigning a couple of key pages for the Open Knowledge […]

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Registration to the Open Exchange for Social Change – IODC unconference is now open!

We are excited to announce that registration is open for ‘The Open Exchange for Social Change’. This event has been referred to in the past as ‘The Unconference’ during the flurry of pre-event IOCD Madrid announcements made over the past few weeks.   The response has already been amazing on social media, and we have received […]

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OKI website upgrade – what we have done and the road ahead

An organisation website is its main public image or at least this is what we believe in at Open Knowledge International. For a while now, our website has needed design attention and update of content. We have therefore decided to revamp our website and give it some new look and features. Our primary thinking behind our […]

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Open Knowledge Belgium Spring – Summer Update

With only one full-time employee, the Belgian Open Knowledge ship is only a small one to sail. Nonetheless, Pieter-Jan Pauwels has proven to be a worthy captain. The rest of the crew consists of a bunch of student positions, interns, volunteers and of course, the Open Knowledge Belgium board. Even though Open Knowledge Belgium is […]

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Making data social, now in the Open Data Handbook

The most important thing for the Network team at Open Knowledge International is the community we build around data. The tools we build to achieve this are crucial as well since they allow people to make even more and better plans and projects. To continue doing this, we are restructuring a bunch of technological tools […]

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Open Data as a Human Right: the Case of Case-Law

This blog post was written by Simon Matet and Antoine Dusséaux. French version follows the English one Open data is sometimes considered first as a way to foster economic growth through the development of innovative services built on public data. However, beyond this economic perspective, important though it may be, access to public sector information should […]

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Sinar Project in Malaysia works to open budget data at all levels of government

“Open Spending Data in Constrained Environments” is a project being lead by Sinar Project in Malaysia aimed exploring ways to of making critical information public and accessible to Malaysian citizens. The project is supported by the Open Data for Development programme and has been run in collaboration with Open Knowledge International & OpenSpending In Malaysia, […]

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Towards the conformation of the Third Greek OGP Action Plan: Open Knowledge Greece makes three commitments

This blog post was written by Olga Kalatzi from OK Greece On the 5th of July in Athens, the open dialogue on Greece’s Third National Action Plan to the Open Government Partnership commenced where Open Knowledge Greece presented its 3 commitments for the third action plan. The commitments of OK Greece included School of Data for […]

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Announcing IODC Unconference

We all know the feeling of the end of a conference, where after long days full of content, you leave with more unanswered questions. Conferences are a great place for networking, learning different topics and sharing achievements (and sometimes even failures), but in their nature, they are organised in a way that is less participatory […]

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Progress report: OpenTrials – linking clinical trial data

Since last year Open Knowledge has been developing OpenTrials, an open, online database linking the publicly available data and documents on all clinical trials conducted – something that has been talked about for many years but never created. The project is funded by The Laura and John Arnold Foundation and directed by Dr. Ben Goldacre, an internationally known […]

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Open Access: Why do scholarly communication platforms matter and what is the true cost of gold OA?

During the past 2,5 years Open Knowledge has been a partner in PASTEUR4OA, a project focused on aligning open access policies for European Union research. As part of the work, a series of advocacy resources was produced that can be used by stakeholders to promote the development and reinforcement of such open access policies. The final two briefing papers, written […]

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Why Open Source Software Matters for Government and Civic Tech – and How to Support It

Today we’re publishing a new white paper looking at whether free/open source software matters for government and civic tech. Matters in the sense that it should have a deep and strategic role in government IT and policy rather than just being a “nice to have” or something “we use when we can”. As the paper shows the […]

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Announcing the Legislative Openness Data Explorer

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is premised on the notion that sharing success stories can encourage further experimentation and reform. This is certainly true with parliaments, where the Legislative Openness Working Group (LOWG) has repeatedly witnessed the value of sharing information and experience.   To ensure that good practice is effectively captured and shared, the […]

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Introducing The New Proposed Global Open Data Index Survey

The Global Open Data Index (GODI) is one of the core projects of Open Knowledge International. Originally launched in 2013, it has quickly grown and now measures open data publication in 122 countries. GODI is a community tool, and throughout the years the open data community have taken an active role in shaping it by reporting […]

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OpenSpending Next – Now available as Alpha version

We’re happy to announce that a new, improved version of OpenSpending is now being launched as an Alpha Version. OpenSpending Next provides a set of tools enabling users to visualise, analyse and publish budget and spending data – all based on the open Fiscal Data Package standard. OpenSpending Next is designed, developed and maintained by […]

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Open Government: Participate, Propose and Be Heard! – The Process in Greece

The involvement and collaboration of governmental bodies, citizens and other stakeholders in order to promote open data and open government initiatives were one of the main achievements of the event “Open Government: Participate, Propose and Be Heard! Conformation of the Third National Action Plan 2016-2018.” The event was co-organized by the Ministry of Interior and Administrative […]

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Addressing Challenges in Opening Land Data – Resources Are Now Live

Earlier this year, Open Knowledge International announced a joint-initiative with Cadasta Foundation to explore open data in property rights with the ultimate goal of defining the land ownership dataset for the Global Open Data Index. Now, we are excited to share some initial, ground-breaking resources that showcase the complexity of working at the intersection of […]

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Introducing: MyData

this post was written by the OK Finland team What is MyData? MyData is both an alternative vision and guiding technical principles for how we, as individuals, can have more control over the data trails we leave behind us in our everyday actions. The core idea is that we, you and I, should have an […]

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Open Knowledge International – our new name!

Notice something a little different? We have had a change of name! As of today, we officially move from being called “Open Knowledge” to “Open Knowledge International (OKI)”. “Open Knowledge International” is the name by which the community groups have referred to us for a couple of years, conveying our role in supporting the groups […]

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And what are your plans for Transparency Camp Europe?

This post was written by our friends at Open State Foundation in the Netherlands.  Let’s face it. When it comes to relevant open data and transparency in European decision-making, we have a lot to do. Despite growing open data portals, and aggregating European data portal, if you want to make sense of European decision-making and […]

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Open Data Day Uganda – Promoting girls in Science and Technology

This post was written by Alwenyi Catherine Cassidy from Fund Africa Inc. Fund Africa Inc. is powered by Open Knowledge International, in partnership with NetSquared and Communication Without Boarders. We’re excited to be part of the 2016 International Open Data Day celebration in Kampala, Uganda. This event topic focused on open science and methods to encourage girls […]

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Global Open Data Index Insights – Open Data in the Arab world

This blog post was written by Riyadh Al Balushi from the Sultanate of Oman. I recently co-authored with Sadeek Hasna a report that looks at the status of open data in the Arab World and the extent to which governments succeed or fail in making their data available to the public in a useful manner. We […]

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International open data day report from Yaounde Cameroon

The Open Data Day 2016  was successfully hosted and celebrated in Cameroon by the netsquared Yaoundé community.  The theme of the day was ‘Empowering Cameroonians to accelerate open data’, bringing together 90 participants. The event was hosted in Paraclete Institute in Yaoundé, which brought together multiple stakeholders and students, to empower them in advancing open […]

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Open Data Day Spain – Towards IODC 16

This post was written by Adolfo Anton Bravo from OK Spain. Open Data Day in Spain is not something exceptional anymore. Five years after the first Open Data Day was born in Canada, nine Spanish cities have adopted in 2016 this celebration by organizing various local events It is not a coincidence that Spain will host […]

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Code for Ghana Open Data Day 2016

This blog post was written by Florence Abena Toffa from Code for Ghana.  The International Open Data Day is a gathering of citizens in various cities around the world to write applications, liberate data, create visualizations and publish analysis of  open public data. This year, we partnered with National Information Technology Agency (NITA) to provide us […]

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Diplohack in Brussels – The first hack in the Council of the European Union

For the first time in history, we can hack from inside the Council of the European Union building! Join us at #Diplohack in Brussels in the Council of the European Union on the 29-30 of April. We invite everyone to take part, whether you’re a diplomat, developer, designer, citizen, student, journalist or activist. We will connect different […]

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On the “Open Data Day 2016” wave – Burkina Faso

This blog post was written by Justin Yarga.  A modest day, but a rich day: Open Data Day in Burkina Faso has helped advance the uptake open data by the open data ecosystem and also helped explore new areas for opening up data. And this time, it is the health sector that was the subject of […]

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What happened during Open Data Day 2016 in Aix en Provence?

This blog post was written by Samuel Goeta and the team in Open Knowledge France This year, Open Data Day in France left Paris after hosting us in several tech hubs in the capital: Telecom ParisTech in 2013, Simplon in 2014 and La Paillasse en 2015. However, Paris still celebrated Open Data Day online. Etalab, the […]

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Open Data Day Buenos Aires – planning the open data agenda for 2016

This blog was written by Yamila Garcia, Open Knowledge ambassador in Argentina  For the third time, we celebrated Open Data Day in Argentina, and we invited different groups to celebrate it with us: members of the official open government office; transparency, open data and freedom of information activists, civic innovators, journalists and anyone who is interested in […]

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Open Data Day 2016 Malaysia Data Expedition – Measuring Provision of Public Services for Education

This blog post was written by the members of the Sinar project in Malaysia  In Malaysia, Sinar Project with the support of Open Knowledge International organised a one-day data expedition based on the guide from School of Data to search for data related to government provision of health and education services. This brought together a […]

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