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What is Open Knowledge

Rufus Pollock - February 14, 2015 in Musings

I have been gradually coming to the following definition of what “open knowledge” is in a broad sense (open knowledge lower case, that is the concept not the organization).

Open knowledge is three things:

  • Open information: all, essential, public interest information openly available – that is, free for anyone to use, share and build on.
  • Open infrastructure: all the essential infrastructure of the information age, from search to social networks, is built on software and data that is open to all – so that it can be understood, deployed and modified by anyone.
  • Open minds: people have the skills and the “open-mindedness” to use that open information and infrastructure to create insights to drive positive change. Information and technology on their own are of no value in themselves, their value comes from the insights and change they create and enable.

OpenSpending – Overview in Diagrams

Rufus Pollock - October 25, 2014 in OpenSpending, Technical

 Overview of the structure of the project

Key points:

  • the DataBase is central and the other parts support that
  • Note the Community here is not the community of all folks using OpenSpending (or using public fiscal info) but is the community of those contributing. cf OpenStreetMap – there is community of direct contributors (and direct consumers) and then the much broader community of indirect users (and those interested in open geodata)

 Technical Overview

Introduction to Open Data Index

Rufus Pollock - May 8, 2014 in Events, Talks

Introduction to Open Data Index at Common Assessment Methods Workshop in NYC.

Talk by Rufus Pollock at Open Data Holyrood

Rufus Pollock - December 10, 2013 in Events, Talks

Keynote talk by Rufus Pollock at Open Data Holyrood, December 10 2013.

Week Ahead: Sam Smith

Sam Smith - October 14, 2013 in Design, People, Updates

Availability: Mon –  Fri

This week:

  • Open Data Index
  • Follow the Money
  • Promo materials

Last week:

  • Linkedup video
  • Promo materials

 

Week Ahead: Sam Smith

Sam Smith - September 30, 2013 in Design, People, Updates

Availability: Mon AM, Wed –  Fri

This week:

  • Linkedup video

Last week:

  • Linkedup printed materials
  • Linkedup video

 

Week Ahead: Sam Smith

Sam Smith - September 9, 2013 in Design, People, Updates

Availability: Mon –  Fri

This week:

  • Linkedup printed materials
  • Census website

Last week:

  • OpenTrials website
  • OKF printed materials
  • Census website
  • Linkedup printed materials

 

Week Ahead: Zara Rahman

Zara Rahman - September 2, 2013 in People, Updates

Availability: Monday-Thursday, 9-6pm CEST, from Berlin. Last week: Monday-Friday 9-6pm CEST from Berlin. 

Last Week

  • Following up with Ambassadors who have been submitting their workplans, bios and photos as per our request, including creating a FAQ for Ambassadors
  • Website sprint – worked with Stefan to create a new map on okfn.org/local with a topic filter – now can see which countries are working on which topics. Data behind this still being updated
  • OKCon Comms:
    • Created a community OKCon video trailer with clips of community members who will be attending
    • Had a meeting with Sourcefabric re: using their Liveblog feature to live blog OKCon
    • Chatted with Elaine re: next steps on comms
  • Attended the launch of the Garment Industries Transparency Initiative and spoke to Mohammed Yunus (Nobel Peace Prize Winner) about OKF
  • Chatted to Tom Johnson, new Ambassador in Oregon, US.
  • Finished review of Round 6 Ambassadors – to be inducted.

This Week

  • Induction of Round 6 Ambassadors and members of the Prospects Community
  • Sending round Codes of Conduct for Local Initiatives
  • Beginning Round 7 review with Review Committee
  • Updating the website with information on International Council
  • OKCon comms with Elaine, Neal and Theo
  • Collating information for a community resources section on /local page
  • Streamlining communications documents between Local Groups team
  • Following up on setup of liveblog for OKCon

Week Ahead: Sam Smith

Sam Smith - August 26, 2013 in Design, People, Updates

Availability: Mon –  Fri

This week:

  • Linkedup printed materials
  • Open Trials website

 

Week Ahead: Zara Rahman

Zara Rahman - August 19, 2013 in People, Updates

Availability this week: Monday to Friday 9am-6pm CEST, except for Thursday afternoon. Last week, Monday-Wednesday. 

Last Week

  • Prepared workplan form and examples ready to send out to the community 
  • Final edits on Codes of Conduct for Ambassadors and Local Initiatives, now also ready to send out
  • Catch up with Elaine, Katelyn, Milena, Neal, Naomi, Christian
  • Review of Round 6 Ambassadors

This Week

  • Follow up actions from Review Committee comments on Round 6 Ambassadors – organising Skype calls with applicants 
  • Sending out Workplan forms to local coordinators
  • Brainstorming/action on producing an OKCon trailer with the help of our trusty community!
  • Sending out Codes of Conduct to Local Coordinators
  • Brainstorming on digital communications for OKCon (running with Neal)
  • Carrying on with standardising Welcome Pack for City/State Ambassadors
  • Catch ups with:
    • Kersti Wissenbach re: Open Development Camp
    • Bea, Elaine and Neal re: digital comms for OKCon
    • Round 6 Ambassador applicants
    • Milena and Anders re: data expedition
    • Christian re: Local Groups, general