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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.

Get smart – open up

Naomi Lillie - August 15, 2013 in Events, Musings, Talks

On Tuesday night I went to a debate as part of the Edinburgh International Festival, entitled “Is the internet making us smarter?”, by the kind invitation of Suzanne Doyle-Morris.

Tim de Lisle, editor of Intelligent Life and our gracious Chair, introduced the speakers: Tom Standage, digital editor of The Economist; Emily Bell, director of the Tow Centre for Digital Journalism at Columbia University; and Dr Aric Sigman, Health Education lecturer.

You can read the full write-up from Tim’s colleagues, but I want to pick out a few comments that set me thinking about an Open Knowledge perspective (so please bear in mind these quotations are taken out of context!):

  • Access to information is invaluable“, said Tom. Our Open Access Working Group has been promoting access to research data and literature for a long time, and Peter Murray-Rust has been reporting on the struggles around this on his blog recently;
  • Tom also said the internet makes us smarter because, “People with ideas are coming together” to share their ideas and collaborate – this is the basis upon which our network is built and is growing, in Working Groups and Local Groups
  • …And Emily made the point that, “Connectivity on the internet means progress“, which reasserts this;
  • As well as Emily’s brilliant term ‘anecdata’, ‘innovation is ideas having sex’ was a phrase that stuck with me mainly because it tickled my sense of humour! (Tom did attribute that to Matt Ridley – apparently it’s actually quite a serious notion. Really);
  • Aric noted that we need to discern information offered to us, saying that it is usual to be sceptical about research into sweets funded by a sugar production company but most data about the internet is provided by computing coorporations. This put me in mind of the efforts of our Open Science Working Group, seeking to make public the funding organisations behind research papers;
  • Aric stated that, “Information is not knowledge“. The Open Knowledge Foundation is a “global movement to open up knowledge around the world and see it used and useful” – there is so much information on the internet we don’t know where to start, but information becomes knowledge when it becomes useful to people.

So, these three speakers had three different approaches to the ifs, hows and whys the internet is making us smarter, but were united on the importance of collaborating around ideas and sharing knowledge.

Other points that interested me from a knowledge-sharing perspective are:

One final point: Aric commented that (in the context of being wary of some people hoarding information and others not being able to access) we may end up with, “Information serfs tilling their data”, which put me in mind of Rufus Pollock’s throw-away comment at last month’s Summit that [paraphrasing] we shouldn’t aim to ‘all be in our own little data gardens’… Here’s to open – and fertile – knowledge!

data tilling

Talk at Innovate UK on Big Open Data

Rufus Pollock - March 12, 2013 in Events, Talks

Today I was at Innovate UK to speak in the panel on “Big Open Data”. This was a chance to expand on the ideas I presented at the OECD Foresight Forum on Big Data in November and also to connect with our recent post on Open Data and My Data.

Talk at OECD Foresight Forum on Big Data

Rufus Pollock - October 22, 2012 in Events, Talks

Today I was in Paris at the OECD to contribute as a panellist to their foresight forum on Big Data. These were my slides.

Slides from Talk at the Future is Open Conference

Rufus Pollock - October 17, 2012 in Events, Talks

Today I had the opportunity to talk at REFORM’s event Future is Open: Open Government and Data Transparency in a session on Data-driven services: Open data and public service reform. Here are the slides.

Week ahead: Naomi Lillie

Naomi Lillie - October 1, 2012 in Events, Open Bibliography, People, Updates

Availability: Mon, Thu Foundation Administration; Tue, Wed Community Coordination. Note – not working next week.

Last weeks

  • Community Coordination
    • OKFest
    • JISC Open Biblio 2 final budgeting, including invoicing DevCSI
    • Scotland blogs – #OpenDataEDB Meet-up write-up and guest post by Bob Kerr of OpenStreetMap
    • Open Academia call
  • Foundation Administration
    • Wolfpack call
    • Finance – invoices, reconciliation, pay-run
    • Jobs – supporting Meg Foulkes in general maintenance as well as the School of Data Project Coordinator live role

This week

  • CC
    • OKFest help – follow-up from event
    • #OpenDataEDB further follow up
    • Open Academia call
  • FA
    • Wolfpack meeting
    • Supporting Meg Foulkes, looking after admin, jobs and finance
    • Finance – invoice processing, reconciliation
    • Jobs – supporting Laura Newman for School of Data role and Meg Foulkes for speculative roles

Opening Up Local and National Government Open Data Conference – Talk by Rufus Pollock

Rufus Pollock - September 26, 2012 in Events, Talks

Slides from my talk today at the Opening Up project Local and National Government Open Data mini-Conference with the title Open Data and the Open Knowledge Foundation.

Week ahead: Naomi Lillie

Naomi Lillie - September 10, 2012 in BibServer, Events, Open Bibliography, People, Projects, Updates

Availability: Mon, Thu Foundation Administration; Tue, Wed Community Coordination. Note – next week at OKFest, responses to e-mail / Skype will be intermittent.

For information: OKFestival NEXT WEEK! :-D

Last week

  • Community Coordination
    • OKFest help:
      • Volunteers grouped and informed of area they’ll be assisting, managers for groups sought, free tickets authorised
      • Responded to general queries regarding bursaries, travel, accommodation, itinerary, etc
    • Open Academia call
  • Foundation Administration
    • Inducted of Meg Foulkes (going much better now evil tech gremlins sent packing)
    • Wolfpack call
    • Finance – invoices, reconciliation
    • Jobs – general maintenance (no live jobs)

This week

  • CC
    • OKFest help – final arrangement for management of volunteers, dealing with ad hoc OKFN and general enquiries
    • #OpenDataEDB follow up (postponed from last week due to OKFest priorities)
    • Confirm final budget for JISC Open Biblio 2 project
    • Open Academia call
  • FA
    • Working with Meg Foulkes, preparing for managing OKFN Core while most of us are in Helsinki (thanks Meg!)
    • Wolfpack meeting
    • Finance – pay run, invoice processing, donations, reconciliation
    • Jobs – general maintenance (no live jobs)

Week ahead: Naomi Lillie

Naomi Lillie - September 3, 2012 in BibServer, Events, Open Bibliography, People, Projects, Updates

Availability: Mon, Thu Foundation Administration; Tue, Wed Community Coordination; half-day on Friday for OKFest, but not generally available.

Last week

  • Community Coordination
    • OKFest help:
      • Schedule completed and live!
      • Accommodation for OKFN staff confirmed (no spaces left)
      • Volunteers grouped and informed of area they’ll be assisting, free tickets authorised
      • Responding to general queries regarding bursaries, travel, accommodation, itinerary, etc
      • (2 weeks to go!)
    • Continued development of Scotland community
      • #OpenDataEDB Meet-up last Thursday
    • Open Academia call (kindly hosted by Laura Newman, due to me having a nasty cold which wiped out Wednesday and some of Thursday – unimpressed!!)
  • Foundation Administration
    • Induction of Meg Foulkes mostly on-hold due to tech issues (although hopefully can re-start this week)
    • Wolfpack call
    • Finance – pay-run (2 days’ worth – OKFN is growing!), invoices, donations, reconciliation
    • Jobs – general maintenance (no live jobs)

This week

  • CC
    • #OpenDataEDB follow up – blog, invite attendees to sign up to Scotland List, explore other recommended community-building tools, contact suggested interested parties, etc (other Scotland community follow-up on hold until after OKFest)
    • OKFest help – managing volunteers, dealing with ad hoc OKFN and general enquiries
    • Finalise budget for JISC Open Biblio 2 project – still waiting on DevCSI
    • Open Academia call
  • FA
    • Induct Meg Foulkes
    • Wolfpack, Management meetings
    • Finance – invoice processing, donations, reconciliation
    • Jobs – general maintenance (no live jobs)

Week ahead: Naomi Lillie

Naomi Lillie - July 16, 2012 in BibServer, Events, Open Bibliography, People, Projects, Updates

Availability: Mon, Thu Foundation Administration; Tue, Wed Community Coordination for Open Biblio.

Last week

  • Open Biblio CC
    • BiblioHack follow-up and budgeting
    • Round up of recent List discussions
    • Arranged meeting of Scotland-based people interested in Open Data
    • Open Academia call
    • OKFest input
  • FA
    • Wolfpack and Management meetings
    • Finance – pay-run, reconciliation, processed invoices, updated donations spreadsheet
    • Jobs – hosted call, acknowledged applications, updated spreadsheet and applicants

This week

  • Open Biblio CC
    • BiblioHack follow-up and budgeting
    • Organise next #OpenDataEDB (postponed from last week)
    • OKFest input
  • FA
    • Wolfpack and Management meetings
    • Jobs – acknowledge applications, update spreadsheet and applicants, review status of roles via call
    • Finance – invoice processing, donations, VAT re-coding
    • Monitor speakers@ and info@ as well as admin@