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Week Ahead: Sam Smith

Sam Smith - August 19, 2013 in Design, People, Updates

Availability: Mon -  Fri

This week:

  • Linkedup printed materials
  • DM2E website
  • Open Trials website

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

Week Ahead: Zara Rahman

Zara Rahman - August 12, 2013 in People, Updates

Availability this week: Monday – Wednesday from Berlin, 9-6 CEST. Thurs- Friday = holiday. 

Last Week

  • Finished writing MoUs and Code of Conduct for Local Groups network and got feedback from the community
  • Chaired August’s International Council call - see link for agenda/minutes
  • Follow up on International Council – lots of great suggestions from the community, now to turn it into action!
  • Sent Round 6 of Ambassador applicants to the Review Committee to begin review
  • Working with OKF Australia to launch City/State Ambassador scheme- began preparing Welcome Pack for them
  • Catch ups with Christian, Neal – organised an approximate geographical split between us for community

This Week

  • Sending out Code of Conduct to current and new Ambassadors  
  • Preparation for Local Group profiles to be hosted on okfn.org – allowing for clearer picture from okfn.org/local of what the groups are doing and who is behind the groups
  • Continuing with review of Ambassador applicants Round 6
  • Organising Google Drive folders for Community/International Council
  • Preparing a workplan template and examples for Ambassadors / new Local Initiatives
  • Gathering Community Resources – general – in preparation to put them online in one place
  • Actions from International Council call – setting up email aliases for each Local Groups info@ to provide clear communication channel to Local Groups
  • Preparing Welcome Pack for City/State Ambassadors – adapted from Country Ambassadors Welcome Pack
  • Catch ups with Neal, Christian, Naomi, Elaine

Week Ahead: Christian Villum

Christian Villum - August 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

Last week

Availability: Monday-Wednesday (from Denmark), Thursday-Friday OFF.

  • Global Community Stories #5 blog post
  • Catch up after holidays
  • Open Data Census project planning

LTP-work: Follow up on LOD2 plan action items, populating datacatalogs.org, installing analytics tools on GODI site.

This week

Availability: Monday-Friday (from Denmark).

  • Update okfn.org/local w/ new pages International Council and Prospect Community
  • Heavy Open Data Census project planning
  • Global Community Stories #5 blog post

LTP-work: Follow up on LOD2 plan action items, populating datacatalogs.org, installing analytics tools on GODI site.

Week Ahead: Sam Smith

Sam Smith - August 12, 2013 in Design, People, Updates

Availability: Mon -  Fri

This week:

  • OKCon poster
  • Linkedup printed materials
  • Linkedup website
  • Open Trials website

 

Week ahead: Zara Rahman

Zara Rahman - August 6, 2013 in People, Updates

Last Week

  • Lots of Local Groups strategising with Neal, especially with regards to ‘big countries’ 
  • Prepared first drafts of new Codes of Conduct for incoming Ambassadors and Local Initiatives
  • Preparing documents for this week’s International Council call
  • Coordinated the addition of a new section to our monthly newsletter – Upcoming events in our Community
  • Continued brainstorming over Ambassador scheme restructuring
  • Admin to add Local Chapter representatives to the OKF Central Advisory Board 

This Week

  • Continuing to prepare a new set of MoU’s for the community (will be opened to comments from the International council before being finalised) 
  • International Council call this Wednesday
  • Catching up with Christian and Neal following Christian’s holiday
  • Working on review of new Ambassadors (this has been held up while restructuring of the scheme was happening)
  • Planning OKF marketing leaflet with Elaine
  • Planning with community: (examples only, not exhaustive list!)
    • OKF Ecuador to partner with DAL Ecuador 2013 – how best to support
    • OKF Morocco launching later this month
    • OKF Argentina organising hack day in September

Week Ahead: Beatrice Martini

Beatrice Martini - August 5, 2013 in Uncategorized

Last Week

Network Unit & Events Coordination

  • New upcoming events in 2013 – 2014: research and review
  • Social Media support
  • Daily stand-ups with the CommunityTeam
  • Calls: Network Team, CommunityTeam

OKCon 2013

  • Website update: updated Partners page and launched Main Speakers page
  • Refined programme
  • OKCon Bloglaunched series of guest posts from OKCon speakers
  • OKCon TwitterFacebook Event Page: announcing new speakers and event updates
  • Calls:
    • Bi-weekly Programme (with Hannes Gassert, Opendata.ch)
    • Editorial – with programme advisors, Rufus Pollock
    • Weekly Organization, with LIFT
    • Weekly Marketing & Communications, with LIFT, Jan Zuppinger and Elaine Shaughnessy
    • OKCon weekly stand-up with Naomi Lillie and Elaine Shaughnessy

This Week

Network Unit & Events Coordination

  • New upcoming events in 2013 – 2014: research and review
  • Social Media support
  • Daily stand-ups with the CommunityTeam
  • Calls: Network Team, CommunityTeam

OKCon 2013

  • Calls:
    • Bi-weekly Programme (with Hannes Gassert, Opendata.ch)
    • Editorial – with programme advisors, Rufus Pollock
    • Weekly Organization, with LIFT
    • Weekly Marketing & Communications, with LIFT, Jan Zuppinger and Elaine Shaughnessy
    • OKCon weekly stand-up with Naomi Lillie and Elaine Shaughnessy

Week Ahead: Christian Villum

Christian Villum - August 5, 2013 in Uncategorized

Last week

Availability: Off on holiday.

This week

Availability: Monday-Wednesday (from Denmark), Thursday-Friday OFF.

  • Global Community Stories #5 blog post
  • Catch up after holidays
  • Open Data Census project planning

LTP-work: Follow up on LOD2 plan action items, populating datacatalogs.org, installing analytics tools on GODI site.

Week Ahead: Sam Smith

Sam Smith - August 5, 2013 in Design, People, Updates

Availability: Mon -  Fri

This week:

  • OKCon website
  • OKF footer
  • data.okfn.org website

 

Week Ahead: Zara Rahman

Zara Rahman - July 29, 2013 in People, Updates

Last Week

  • Dived into Tenderapp and all its tutorials etc – thinking about if it’s useful for the Local Groups team or not 
  • Lots of Ambassador scheme documentation preparation for feedback from the community – a new Code of Conduct, notes on restructuring the Ambassador scheme following the summit.
  • Brainstorming on how best to mobilise our lovely International Council
  • Began to tap into our OKF network as a first review for new Ambassador applicants
  • Talks with Neal, and thinking about Local Group activity in the US

This Week

  • Preparing for next week’s International Council call 
  • Strategising about expansion into bigger countries
  • Next steps on Ambassador restructuring
  • Getting in touch with Ambassadors who have been quiet of late
  • Working on OKF leaflet/marketing material with Elaine, which can be adapted for local contexts around the world
  • Starting to gather translated material from all parts of OKF into language-specific groups