Open Data Day 2019 is closer each day! We’re excited to see the events map slowly coming together in different parts of the world.

For those of you who are not familiar with the event, Open Data Day is the yearly event where we reach out to new people and build new solutions to issues in our communities using open data. To make sure some of those events have everything they need, we provide mini-grants to cover for some of the expenses of organising this kind of event.

This year we started with the support of Hivos, Mapbox, Frictionless Data for Reproducible Research and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom to provide mini-grants for organisers.

As the open data movement evolves, we keep working to find new supporters for the mini-grants. For 2019, we’re happy to announce two new organisations supporting Open Data Day events: the Latin American Initiative for Open Data (ILDA) and the Open Contracting Partnership will provide support for different Open Data Day events on March 2!

ILDA will provide funds to support specifically events that take place in countries in Latin America, without specific track limitation. Fabrizio Scrollini, Executive Director mentioned “At ILDA we’re very happy to join the enthusiasm of the data community focusing on the big issues of our region: equality, transparency and inclusion.”

The Open Contracting Partnership will support events that put the open in public contracting and that explore the role of open contracting for key social issues from education, to health, to infrastructure. In keeping with a collaborative spirit, the OCP would love to see proposals that include different audiences, journalists or media; researchers, businesses, and would love to explore innovative ideas that rely not only on technology.

These collaborations will bring even more life to the exciting Open Data Day events! Remember, the deadline for applications has been extended for February 10th at midnight CST. You can read more details here or apply directly here.


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Oscar Montiel is the international community coordinator at Open Knowledge Foundation