Thank you for Joining the Frictionless Data Hackathon

Last week people from around the world joined the Frictionless Data team for the world’s first Frictionless Data Hackathon. Find out what happened, and make sure you join the Frictionless Data Community to find out about upcoming events. Watch video here What’s this about? The team at Open Knowledge Foundation have lots of experience running […]

Unveiling the new Frictionless Data documentation portal

Have you used Frictionless Data documentation in the past and been confused or wanted more examples? Are you a brand new Frictionless Data user looking to get started learning?  We invite you all to visit our new and improved documentation portal. Thanks to a fund that the Open Knowledge Foundation was awarded from the Open […]

Open Knowledge Justice Programme challenges the use of algorithmic proctoring apps

Today we’re pleased to share more details of the Justice Programme’s new strategic litigation project: challenging the (mis)use of remote proctoring software.   What is remote proctoring? Proctoring software uses a variety of techniques to ‘watch’ students as they take exams. These exam-invigilating software products claim to detect, and therefore prevent, cheating. Whether this software can […]

How we are improving the quality and interoperability of Frictionless Data

As we announced in January, the Open Knowledge Foundation has been awarded funds from the Open Data Institute to improve the quality and interoperability of Frictionless Data. We are halfway through the process of reviewing our documentation and adding new features to Frictionless Data, and wanted to give a status update showing how this work […]

What is a public impact algorithm?

Meg Foulkes discusses public impact algorithms and why they matter. “When I look at the picture of the guy, I just see a big Black guy. I don’t see a resemblance. I don’t think he looks like me at all.” This is what Robert Williams said to police when he was presented with the evidence […]

Partnering with ODI to improve Frictionless Data

In the framework of the Open Data Institute’s fund to develop open source tools for data institutions, the Open Knowledge Foundation (OKF) has been awarded funds to improve the quality and interoperability of Frictionless Data. In light of our effort to make data open and accessible, we are thrilled to announce we will be partnering […]

Dryad and Frictionless Data collaboration

By Tracy Teal; originally posted in the Dryad blog: https://blog.datadryad.org/2020/11/18/frictionless-data/ Guided by our commitment to make research data publishing more seamless and also re-usable, we are thrilled to partner with Open Knowledge Foundation and the Frictionless Data team to enhance our submission processes. Integrating the Frictionless Data toolkit, Dryad will be able to directly provide feedback to authors on […]

Do we trust the plane or the pilot? The problem with ‘trustworthy’ AI

On April 8th 2019, the High-Level Expert Group on AI, a committee set up by the European Commission, presented the Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence. It defines trustworthy AI through three principles and seven key requirements. Such AI should be: lawful, ethical and robust, and take into account the following principles: Human agency and […]

Announcing the New Frictionless Framework

By Evgeny Karev & Lilly Winfree Frictionless Framework We are excited to announce our new high-level Python framework, frictionless-py: https://github.com/frictionlessdata/frictionless-py. Frictionless-py was created to simplify overall user-experience for working with Frictionless Data in Python. It provides several high-level improvements in addition to many low-level fixes. Read more details below, or watch this intro video by […]

An update from the 2020 Frictionless Tool Fund grantees

We are excited to share project updates from our 2020 Frictionless Data Tool Fund! Our five grantees are about half-way through their projects and have written updates below to share with the community. These grants have been awarded to projects using Frictionless Data to improve reproducible data workflows in various research contexts. Read on to […]

Goodtables: Expediting the data submission and submitter feedback process

by Adam Shepherd, Amber York, Danie Kinkade, and Lilly Winfree This post, originally published on the BCO-DMO blog, describes the second part of our Frictionless Data Pilot collaboration.     Earlier this year, the Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (BCO-DMO) completed a pilot project with the Open Knowledge Foundation (OKF) to streamline the data curation processes for oceanographic […]

Frictionless Data Monthly Virtual Hangout – 27 August

Join the Frictionless Data group for a virtual hangout on 27 August! These monthly hangouts are a casual opportunity to meet other Frictionless Data users and the main contributor team, ask questions, and learn about recent developments. We will spend extra time during this call discussing the newly-released Python code Frictionless-py https://github.com/frictionlessdata/frictionless-py and would love […]

Clarifying the semantics of data matrices and results tables: a Frictionless Data Pilot

As part of the Frictionless Data for Reproducible Research project, funded by the Sloan Foundation, we have started a Pilot collaboration with the  Data Readiness Group  at the Department of Engineering Science of the University of Oxford; the group will be represented by Dr. Philippe Rocca-Serra, an Associate Member of Faculty. This Pilot will focus […]

OpenSpending stewardship moving to Datopian

  OpenSpending is one of the longest running projects both at Open Knowledge Foundation and within the open data ecosystem in its entirety. Starting life in 2009 as Where Does my Money Go?, OpenSpending has played a vital role in the publication of open budget and spending data by governments world over.  Over the past […]

Reflecting on the first cohort of Frictionless Data Reproducible Research fellows

It is truly bittersweet to say that we are at the end of the first cohort of the Frictionless Data Reproducible Research fellows. Over the past nine months, I have had the pleasure of working with Monica Granados, Selene Yang, Daniel Ouso and Lily Zhao during the fellows programme. Combining their diverse backgrounds (from government […]

Join our free virtual Frictionless Data workshop on 20th May

Join us on 20th May at 4pm BST/10am CDT for a Frictionless Data workshop led by the Reproducible Research fellows. This 90-minute long workshop will cover an introduction to the open source Frictionless Data tools. Participants will learn about data wrangling, including how to document metadata, package data into a datapackage, write a schema to […]

Apply now to become a Frictionless Data Reproducible Research fellow

The Frictionless Data Reproducible Research Fellows programme, supported by the Sloan Foundation, aims to train graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and early career researchers how to become champions for open, reproducible research using Frictionless Data tools and approaches in their field. Apply today to join the Second Cohort of Frictionless Data fellows! Fellows will learn about […]

Announcing Frictionless Data Community Virtual Hangout – 20 April

We are thrilled to announce we’ll be co-hosting a virtual community hangout with Datopian to share recent developments in the Frictionless Data community. This will be a 1-hour meeting where community members come together to discuss key topics in the data community. Here are some key discussions we hope to cover: Introductions & share the […]

Launching the Open Knowledge Justice Programme

Supporting legal professionals in the fight for algorithmic accountability, by Meg Foulkes and Cedric Lombion Last month, Open Knowledge Foundation made a commitment to apply our unique skills and network to the emerging issues of AI and algorithms. We can now provide you with more details about the work we are planning to support legal […]

Tracking the Trade of Octopus (and Packaging the Data)

This blog is the fourth in a series done by the Frictionless Data Fellows, discussing how they created Frictionless Data Packages with their research data. Learn more about the Fellows Programme at fellows.frictionlessdata.io. By Lily Zhao Introduction When I started graduate school, I was shocked to learn that seafood is actually the most internationally traded […]

Announcing the 2020 Frictionless Data Tool Fund

Apply for a mini-grant to build an open source tool for reproducible research using Frictionless Data tooling, specs, and code base. Today, Open Knowledge Foundation is launching the second round of the Frictionless Data Tool Fund, a mini-grant scheme offering grants of $5,000 to support individuals or organisations in developing an open tool for reproducible […]

Data package is valid!

This blog is the second in a series done by the Frictionless Data Fellows, discussing how they created Frictionless Data Packages with their research data. Learn more about the Fellows Programme here http://fellows.frictionlessdata.io/. By Ouso Daniel The last few months have been exciting, to say the least. I dug deep into seeking to understand how […]

Combating other people’s data

This blog is the first in a series done by the Frictionless Data Fellows, discussing how they created Frictionless Data Packages with their research data. Learn more about the Fellows Programme here http://fellows.frictionlessdata.io/. By Monica Granados Follow the #otherpeoplesdata on Twitter and in it you will find a trove of data users trying to make […]

Frictionless Data Pipelines for Ocean Science

This blog post describes a Frictionless Data Pilot with the Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (BCO-DMO). Pilot projects are part of the Frictionless Data for Reproducible Research project. Written by the BCO-DMO team members Adam Shepherd, Amber York, Danie Kinkade, and development by Conrad Schloer. Scientific research is implicitly reliant upon the creation, […]

Frictionless Data Tool Fund update: Shelby Switzer and Greg Bloom, Open Referral

This blogpost is part of a series showcasing projects developed during the 2019 Frictionless Data Tool Fund. The 2019 Frictionless Data Tool Fund provided four mini-grants of $5,000 to support individuals or organisations in developing an open tool for reproducible research built using the Frictionless Data specifications and software. This fund is part of the […]

Neuroscience Experiments System Frictionless Tool

This blog is part of a series showcasing projects developed during the 2019 Frictionless Data Tool Fund.  The 2019 Frictionless Data Tool Fund provided four mini-grants of $5,000 to support individuals or organisations in developing an open tool for reproducible research built using the Frictionless Data specifications and software. This fund is part of the […]

Announcing Frictionless Data Joint Stewardship

We are pleased to announce joint stewardship of Frictionless Data between the Open Knowledge Foundation and Datopian. While this collaboration already exists informally, we are solidifying how we are leading together on future Frictionless Data projects and goals.   What does this mean for users of Frictionless Data software and specifications?   First, you will […]

Frictionless DarwinCore Tool by André Heughebaert

This blog is part of a series showcasing projects developed during the 2019 Frictionless Data Tool Fund.  The 2019 Frictionless Data Tool Fund provided four mini-grants of $5,000 to support individuals or organisations in developing an open tool for reproducible research built using the Frictionless Data specifications and software. This fund is part of the […]

Meet Lily Zhao, one of our Frictionless Data for Reproducible Research Fellows

The Frictionless Data for Reproducible Research Fellows Programme is training early career researchers to become champions of the Frictionless Data tools and approaches in their field. Fellows will learn about Frictionless Data, including how to use Frictionless Data tools in their domains to improve reproducible research workflows, and how to advocate for open science. Working […]

Meet Daniel Ouso, one of our Frictionless Data for Reproducible Research Fellows

The Frictionless Data for Reproducible Research Fellows Programme is training early career researchers to become champions of the Frictionless Data tools and approaches in their field. Fellows will learn about Frictionless Data, including how to use Frictionless Data tools in their domains to improve reproducible research workflows, and how to advocate for open science. Working […]

Meet Sele Yang, one of our Frictionless Data for Reproducible Research Fellows

The Frictionless Data for Reproducible Research Fellows Programme is training early career researchers to become champions of the Frictionless Data tools and approaches in their field. Fellows will learn about Frictionless Data, including how to use Frictionless Data tools in their domains to improve reproducible research workflows, and how to advocate for open science. Working […]

csv,conf returns for version 5 in May

Save the date for csv,conf,v5! The fifth version of csv,conf will be held at the University of California, Washington Center in Washington DC, USA, on May 13 and 14, 2020.    If you are passionate about data and its application to society, this is the conference for you. Submissions for session proposals for 25-minute talk […]

Join #Hacktoberfest 2019 with Frictionless Data

The Frictionless Data team is excited to participate in #Hacktoberfest 2019! Hacktoberfest is a month-long event where people from around the world contribute to open source software (and – you can win a t-shirt!). How does it work? All October, the Frictionless Data repositories will have issues ready for contributions from the open source community. […]

A recap of the 2019 eLife Innovation Sprint

Over 36 hours, Jo Barratt and Lilly Winfree from Open Knowledge Foundation’s Frictionless Data team joined 60 people from around the world to develop innovative solutions to open science obstacles at the 2019 eLife Innovation Sprint. This quick, collaborative event in Cambridge, UK, on September 4th and 5th brought together designers, scientists, coders, project managers, […]

A halfway point update from the 2019 Frictionless Data Tool Fund

In June 2019, we launched the Frictionless Data Tool Fund to facilitate reproducible data workflows in research contexts. Our four Tool Fund grantees are now at the halfway point of their projects, and have made great progress. Read on to learn more about these projects, their next steps, and how you can also contribute. Stephan […]

Introducing Datashades.info, a CKAN Community Service

Do you use CKAN to power an open data portal? In this guest post Link Digital explains how you can take advantage of their latest open data initiative Datashades.info. Datashades.info is a tool designed to deliver insights for researchers, portal managers, and the wider tech community to inform and support open data efforts relating to […]

Frictionless Data at the EPFL Open Science in Practice Summer School

In early September our Frictionless Data for Reproducible Research product manager, Lilly Winfree, presented a workshop at the Open Science in Practice Summer School at EPFL University in Lausanne, Switzerland.  Lilly’s workshop focused on teaching early career researchers about using Frictionless software and specs to make their research data more interoperable, shareable, and open. The […]

A warm welcome to our Frictionless Data for Reproducible Research Fellows

As part of our commitment to opening up scientific knowledge, we recently launched the Frictionless Data for Reproducible Research Fellows Programme, which will run from mid-September until June 2020.  We received over 200 impressive applications for the Programme, and are very excited to introduce the four selected Fellows: Monica Granados, a Mitacs Canadian Science Policy […]

Meet our 2019 Frictionless Data Tool Fund grantees

In order to facilitate reproducible data workflows in research contexts, we recently launched the Frictionless Data Tool Fund. This one-time $5,000 grant attracted over 90 applications from researchers, developers, and data managers from all over the world. We are very excited to announce the four grantees for this round of funding, and have included a […]

Two years on, little action from the EU on public country-by-country reporting

Two years ago, members of the European Parliament voted to force large multinational corporations registered in Europe to reveal how much tax they pay, how many people they employ and what profits they make in every country where they work. The transparency measure – known as public country-by-country reporting (or public CBCR) – was first […]

Open call: become a Frictionless Data Reproducible Research Fellow

The Frictionless Data Reproducible Research Fellows Programme, supported by the Sloan Foundation, aims to train graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and early career researchers how to become champions for open, reproducible research using Frictionless Data tools and approaches in their field. Fellows will learn about Frictionless Data, including how to use Frictionless tools in their domains […]

Publishing Budget and Spending Open Data

This blog was written by Lorena Rivero del Paso (GIFT) and Oscar Montiel (Open Knowledge Foundation) and was originally posted on the GIFT blog. Increasingly, we see examples where lack of transparency and accountability from governments affects trust. Being able to follow public money flows is an important step to recover trust and aim towards […]

New report: Data journalism in Tanzania

Open Knowledge International and the School of Data are excited to announce the publication of a new research report into the state of data journalism in Tanzania. Data-driven journalism is an important and disruptive change in contemporary journalism practice. It is not a panacea solution to the fake news era, but it is a piece […]

Data Curator – share usable open data

Data Curator is a simple desktop editor to help describe, validate, and share usable open data. Open data producers are increasingly focusing on improving open data so it can be easily used to create insight and drive positive change. Open data is more likely to be used if data consumers can: understand the structure and […]

Announcing the Fiscal Data Helpdesk

Having data for budgets and spending can allow us to track public money flows in our communities. It can give us insights into how governments plan and focus on programmes, public works, and services. So the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (GIFT), along with Open Knowledge International (OKI), have been working on new tools to […]