Debriefing the 2nd round table for a Digital Public Infrastructure for Electoral Processes [North America, Europe, Bangladesh]

The main objective of the panel was to listen to and learn about the local perspectives of each participant, in hopes of identifying common ground and possibilities for collaboration. Access the video and summary.

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New Release: Problematising Strategic Tension Lines in the Digital Commons

As a part of our exploration of the open movement, last May, we hosted a workshop with a small group of the movement’s leaders. It was co-organised by our partners at Open Future and Wikimedia Europe. The convening built up on what was found out in Shifting Tides – quality research about the state of the movement conducted […]

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How a Public Digital Infrastructure for Electoral Processes is Helping Argentina Combat Disinformation

The National Electoral Directorate of Argentina has taken a significant step, and we are pleased to see, once again, how access to open knowledge helps different governments strengthen their democratic processes.

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Debriefing the 1st round table for a Digital Public Infrastructure for Electoral Processes [Latin America]

The main objective of the panel was to listen to and learn about the local perspectives of each participant, in hopes of identifying common ground and possibilities for collaboration. Access the video and summary.

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Urgent Call for Tech Companies to Respect Palestinian Digital Rights in Times of Crisis

We, a collective of human rights and civil society organizations, urge tech companies to immediately take strict measures to protect their users from harm in light of the escalating events in the region. These events have inevitably led to increased discrimination against Palestinian content and a rise in anti-Palestinian racism across various online platforms, and […]

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Open Knowledge Foundation joins the Digital Public Goods Alliance

By uniting resources and expertise, OKFN and DPGA aim to harness the power of digital commons to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Introducing Open Data Editor (beta): Towards a No-Code Data App for Everyone

OKFN is thrilled to introduce the initial version of the Open Data Editor (beta) today. We hope it will become in the future a no-code, easy-to-use application to explore and publish all kinds of data.

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The Tech We Want to Open Governments

On September 4th, Open Knowledge Foundation, together with Open Knowledge Estonia and Open Knowledge Finland, held a parallel event to the Global Open Government Partnership Summit in Tallinn to talk about the tech we want (and need) to open governments.

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OGP remarks: lots of open government, not so much FOIA, congruency missing

Check out the observations of our developer and long-life open activist Patricio Del Boca after attending the OGP for the first time: “We should start practicing what we preach”

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Stefania Maurizi: ‘Secrets are the currency of power’

One of the most important investigative journalists working as a media partner of WikiLeaks joined us for the seventh #OKFN100, a series of conversations about the current challenges and the paths of action of the open movement

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Data-driven Development in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Recap of the CKAN Workshop at Code4Dev

Watch the workshop recording and learn the basics about an open data portal implementation using CKAN. This training was offered by Open Knowledge in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank.

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Calling South Asian communities involved with open knowledge

We at OKFN are preparing another round of consultations on updating the “Open Definition”, now at Wikimania Singapore.

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#OpenGovRetrospective – Get inspired by projects from our global Network

Latest update: August 21, 2023 The Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit 2023 is fast approaching. As we prepare to run an official side event, Open Knowledge Foundation has been reviewing all the open government projects we’ve launched or been involved with in recent years. As the projects list keeps growing, we decided to take […]

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Better together: debriefing the Open Knowledge Network annual meeting in Zurich

At the annual meeting, our Network deepened connections, identified key areas to work together and jointly developed a vision for the future of the movement.

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#OpenGovRetrospective – What we’ve done inspires what comes next

Join us in looking back on open government past projects and in re-igniting the conversations in such a challenging time for democracies.

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Switzerland becomes the epicenter of open knowledge for a few days

Members of the Open Knowledge Network met in Zürich last week at Opendata.ch annual forum.

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Debriefing the Open Definition workshop at RightsCon

Three weeks ago at RightsCon Costa Rica, we continued the process of rethinking and updating the Open Definition for today’s challenges and contexts. Here are the main takeaways.

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CKAN is now a Digital Public Good

The Digital Public Good Alliance approved Open Knowledge’s application and has added it to the Digital Public Good Registry.

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#ODD2023 Stories @ Kenya 🇰🇪

On 4  March 2023, Fablab Winam organised the Open Data Day at Rosemary Hotel, Kamas, Kisumu, where 30 participants joined the event. The objective of the event was to introduce modern technology in local manufacturing optimisation and transformation using open data to AI. The event approach had greater challenges, especially since we were working with […]

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#ODD2023 Stories @ Argentina 🇦🇷

Damegender organised the Open Data Day event on 7 March 2023 at a coworking space in Argentina, where a presentation session on the concept of DameGender and Free Licences was conducted. David Arroyo Menéndez led the presentation. The first presentation was about, “Towards an international and free dataset about name, gender and frequency”, where he […]

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#ODD2023 Stories @ Chile 🇨🇱

Abriendo Datos Foundation and Flacso Chile have worked for three years in the development of “Verano de Datos Abiertos” (Open Data Summer), an initiative that promotes the debate about the open data ecosystem and also contributes to a culture of learning in the context of Chile. To celebrate Open Data Day, Fundación Abriendo Datos hosted […]

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#ODD2023 Stories @ Ethiopia 🇪🇹

On 9 March 2023, Acatech Technology PLC in collaboration with Open Knowledge Ethiopia organised the Open Data Day event in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. “Open data-driven AI in Ethiopia: Hackathon Event” was the thematic focus of the event. The event brought together participants from Addis Ababa University (AAU), Ethiopian Statistics Service, Ethiopian Policy Studies, Information Network […]

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#ODD2023 Stories @ Tanzania 🇹🇿

GeoTE Tanzania celebrated Open Data Day on 10 March 2023, where representatives from different organisations and students participated in the event. The event theme was “Mapping with Artificial Intelligence for Disaster Response”, where we aimed to help create open data to help areas affected by earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. The event was successfully organised […]

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#ODD2023 Stories @ Madagascar 🇲🇬

To give the opportunity to learn Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for biodiversity conservation for young researchers of the University of Mahajanga, Tanjona Association organised the Open Data Day event. This event was held on 9 – 10 March 2023 at the University of Mahajanga, under the name “Hay Tech” as same as the last […]

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#ODD2023 Stories @ Togo 🇹🇬

As part of the commemoration of Open Data Day, OpenStreetMap (OSM) Togo in partnership with Wikimedia Community Togo and Internet Society Togo’s chapter hosted a “Meet-up on Artificial Intelligence and Open Data” on 4th March 2023. The event aims to bring together data stakeholders at the same table to discuss the real potential of open […]

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Civil Society Statement on democratic digital infrastructure

Together with 40 others, we’re calling on the EU to support open-by-design alternatives to commercial digital infrastructures & promote interoperable, transparent spaces that respect privacy, democratic values & net neutrality.

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#ODD2023 Stories @ Namibia 🇳🇦

On 21 April 21, 2023, We Are Capable (WAC) Namibia hosted Open Data Day at the Namibia Business Innovation Centre boardroom of the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). The event was held with the theme “Challenges and opportunities in promoting ethical and cultural AI through open data and data sharing”. The event aimed […]

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Calling Latin American communities involved with open knowledge

We at OKFN are preparing another round of consultations on updating the “Open Definition”, now at RightsCon Costa Rica.

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Peter Murray-Rust: ‘The Global South is seen to be doing things better, it only lacks a unified critical mass’

A historic open science advocate and a member of the Open Definition Council joined us for the sixth #OKFN100, a series of conversations with more than 100 people about the current challenges and the paths of action of the open movement.

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#ODD2023 Stories @ Philippines 🇵🇭

On March 4, 2023, USTP YouthMappers organised Open Data Day 2023 with the theme “Empowering AI and Mapping with Open Data” at the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines, Cagayan de Oro Campus. With 40 participants, the training workshop was a tremendous success, and it was encouraging to see that more than half […]

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#ODD2023 Stories @ Venezuela 🇻🇪

The Latin American Center for Internet Research (CLISI) held a discussion on Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, and Open Data in the city of Valencia, in the spaces of the Librería La Alegría to celebrate Open Data Day 2023. The attendees interested in the subject, as well as a group of journalists from the Carabobo region, […]

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#ODD2023 Stories @ Uganda 🇺🇬

To commemorate Open Data Day 2023, Amara Hub convened a co-creation session to discuss the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in conservation efforts in Northern Uganda. The session was attended by a diverse spectrum of participants from Uganda Wildlife Authority, Africa Wildlife Federation, Uganda Conservation Foundation, Unwanted Witness along with conservation tech enthusiasts and practitioners, […]

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#ODD2023 Stories @ Burkina Faso 🇧🇫

On 10th March 2023, Youth Open Data organised a workshop to mark Open Data Day. The workshop brought together 40 young leaders and representatives of civil society organisations in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The general objective of the workshop was to exchange understanding, commitment, and action at the national level in terms of Artificial intelligence (AI) […]

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#ODD2023 Stories @ Nepal 🇳🇵

To celebrate Open Data Day 2023, the Nepal Institute of Research and Communications (NIRC) implemented the ‘Enhancing Nepali Youth’s Awareness on Climate Change through AI Technology (ENACT)’ project to train Nepalese Youth’s on climate change. The project was implemented to: Sensitise the local youth/early career researchers about emerging climate change issues and the potential effects […]

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#ODD2023 Stories @ Colombia 🇨🇴

For the Open Data Day 2023 celebration Grafoscopio Community organised “Data Week: De los datos comunitarios a los chatbots” which was attended by the librarians, musicians, activists, academics, data analysts, and other participants of the Grafoscopio Community in the HackBo hackerspace in Bogotá, Colombia. The event started with the introduction of participants, event, and hackerspace; […]

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#ODD2023 Stories @ Nigeria 🇳🇬

On 8th March 2023, Women Environmental Programme (WEP) celebrated Open Data Day 2023 with the theme “Open AI for Environmental Conservation”. The event was attended by staff and volunteers of WEP and open data enthusiasts that were both present in-person and online. The objective of the event was to teach participants how Open AI solutions […]

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Legislative transparency: How the Parliament of Córdoba became the most transparent in Latin America

The Open Knowledge Foundation team closely followed this process and shares the experience in this short text.

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#ODD2023 Stories @ Zimbabwe 🇿🇼

GSU YouthMappers hosted the Open Data Day event on 10th March 2023 at Gwanda State University, Zimbabwe. The event theme was “Open Data and AI in Transforming Agriculture,” and was inspired by how research organisations are using open data obtained from satellite imagery and other sources to come up with tools that are being used […]

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#ODD2023 Stories @ Ghana 🇬🇭

Open Data Day event was held in Tamale, Ghana on 10th March 2023, with the theme “Open Data Revolution, Fueling the Future of AI” organised by Dagbani Wikimedians Usergroup. The event featured three speakers who shared their insights on open data initiatives, AI-powered solutions for various industries, and exploring AI for daily problems. It was […]

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#ODD2023 Stories @ Democratic Republic of the Congo 🇨🇩

On 9th – 10th March 2023, Act4Change RDC; a youth-led organization based in the Democratic Republic of Congo and whose mission is to fight against poverty through the use of ICT, peace, and democracy organised an Open Data Day event. With the mission of assessing the impact of data in improving the AI’s result automation […]

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Beatriz Busaniche: ‘Hate speech is sustained by stereotypes, which are often driven by AI’

The director of Fundación Vía Libre joined us for the fifth #OKFN100, a series of conversations with more than 100 people about the current challenges and the paths of action of the open movement.

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#ODD2023 Stories @ Mexico 🇲🇽

Check out how an alliance in Mexico is expanding the use of open data for socio-environmental conflict transformation

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Debriefing the Open Definition workshop at MozFest

One week ago at MozFest, we began the process of rethinking and updating the Open Definition for today’s challenges and contexts. Here are the main takeaways.

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#ODD2023 Stories @ Somalia 🇸🇴

Check out the university partnership of Open Knowledge Somalia in Mogadishu to promote the use and accessibility of open data.

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Updating the Open Definition to meet the challenges of today

OKFN is kicking off the process of rethinking what “open” and “openness” mean beyond licences, for our complex digital infrastructures of today and tomorrow. Join us with your vision to shape a common digital future

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How far are we from an Election Data standard?

Last Friday we had a nice and spontaneous talk about election data that we saw as a great collaboration opportunity.

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David Eaves: ‘The open data battle now is to demonstrate value, and that’s hard to do’

The initiator of Open Data Day joined us for the fourth #OKFN100, a series of conversations with 100+ people about about the current challenges and paths of action of the open movement.

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Thais Ruiz de Alda: ‘Social media platforms promote gender violence. Full stop.’

The executive director of DigitalFems joined us for the third #OKFN100, a series of conversations with 100+ people about about the current challenges and paths of action of the open movement.

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And the winners of the Open Data Day(s) 2023 small grants programme are. . .

In total, we received 71 small grant applications this year from 30 countries and were greatly impressed by the quality of the event proposals.

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Zoë Kooyman: ‘Today, the free software message is maybe more important than ever’

The executive director of the Free Software Foundation (FSF) joined us for the second #OKFN100, a series of conversations with 100+ people about about the current challenges and paths of action of the open movement.

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