1. OKFN El Salvador Will Join A Panel about Open Data at The Seventh Regional Preparatory Meeting for The Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

    I am proud to share that I have been invited as a panelist for the Seventh Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) that will take place in San Salvador, July 16-18.  I will join the Panel of Open Data and Open Access with Caroline Burle from W3C (Brazil) and Pilar Saenz from Fundacion Karisma (Colombia).  The moderator will be Pedro Ivo Ferraz da Silva from the Division of the Information Society of the Ministry of Foreing Affairs of Brazil.

    This is the first time I am invited as an OKFN Ambassador to a meeting of this relevance, and I will be sharing about open data in El Salvador, Access to Public Information and the future that we want to built with open knowledge as a key fact. 

    You can follow this event at #LACIGF7 

    More information about the event is available at: http://www.lacigf.org/en/lacigf7/index.html

    My best to all! 

    Iris Palma | @irispalma11


  2. Open Knowledge Senegal Winner of the Open Society

    Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) and Upstart / Incubator CTIC Dakar are launching a Technologies for Good Governance program named “OPEN SOCIETIC”. The purpose of this initiative is the use of ICTs for a better interaction between citizens and decision makers. This dialogue process must insist on the fight against corruption and socially aware civic engagement, as well as good governance in the education, health, and agriculture sectors.

    During the “Technologies for Good Governance Forum”, a regional event organized at the French Institute of Dakar on the 25th of July. SENEGAL OUVERT, a local Open Knowledge Senegal initiative, is one of six projects financed from a grant of $10,000 and monitored during 6 months by CTIC.

    SENEGAL OUVERT is an open data portal to provide more transparency, fight against corruption and promote citizen engagement and good governance.

    Thanks to all the project team and good luck for the future.


  3. Open Data Portal (ODP) Austria Launched on 1st of July

    We are happy that the OKF Austrian Chapter together with Wikimedia Austria and the Cooperation OGD Austria has launched the Austrian Data Portal for NON-Government Data last week, on the 1st of July 2014 - see: http://www.opendataportal.at and for those who understand German here comes a nice video about it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPIyCIFjZro. 

    ODP Austria - all you can data!

    The ODP Austria is the national data portal for data from industry / economy, the GLAM sector, science & research and education as well as society. We started with ~ 35 data sheets (around 55 data sets) last week coming from political parties, big enterprises, small NGOs and academic institutions - and as a launch surprise already presented 2 small web-apps ;)

    ODP is strongly interconnected with the national Austrian Data Catalogue operated by the Austrian Government.

    The ODP is organised along 14 topics in a similar way as data.gov in the U.S. is structured and offers data sets, apps, data tools and news on open data issues along these 14 themes.

    Any feedback directly on the portal or to info [at ] opendataportal.at is very welcome. Best regards - Martin (ODP and AT Chapter)


  4. Upfront FOI Fees To Be Abolished in Ireland

    Dear All,

    I am delighted to share exciting news with you.

    It has been announced today that the Irish Government decided to abolish upfront fees for Freedom of Information (FOI) requests:

    Minister Brendan Howlin said:-

    “My assessment of FOI fees reform was strongly informed by the issues raised in the pre-legislative scrutiny of my proposals on FOI carried out by the Oireachtas Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform Committee the FOI Bill and the debate on the Bill during its passage through the Oireachtas, as well as the views of civil society participating to the preparation of Ireland’s Open Government Partnership (OGP) National Action Plan.”

    Open Knowledge Ireland has played key role in making this happen and we warmly welcome this announcement.

    Congratulations to all who played a role. Special thanks for hard work and persistence to Flora Fleischer, Gavin Sheridan and Fred Logue!
    Best regards,

    Denis Parfenov


  5. I Encuentro por el Conocimiento Abierto en El Salvador

    In line with the OKFestival (in Berlin) and the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (in San Salvador), we will celebrate for the first time ever the I Encuentro por el Conocimiento Abierto en El Salvador (I Open Knowledge Meeting in El Salvador), which will take place on July 15th, 2014 in La Casa Tomada (thanks to the support of the Cultural Center of Spain in El Salvador). 

    This meeting is coordinated by OKFN El Salvador, INSERT, Creative Commons El Salvador and Association of Librarians of El Salvador. 

    We will be discussing Open Knowledge, Open Data, Creative Commons Licenses, Open Education and will sign the Declaration for Open Knowledge in El Salvador. 

    We hope to promote these meetings every year in our country. 

    You can know more about us at:

    INSERT: @insert_sv

    OKFN El Salvador: @OKFNelsalvador

    CC: @cc_slv

    ABES: @abeselsalvador

    The website of the event is: www.conocimientoabierto.org/encuentro (will be available online on July 5th). 

    My best! 

    Iris Palma - Ambassador OKFN El Salvador



  6. What Has Open Data Got to Do with Education?

    The Open Education Working Group will be running an Open Knowledge Community Session entitled What has open data got to do with education?

    The session will take place on June 26, 2014: 08:00 EDT/12:00 UTC/13:00 BST/14:00 CEST in Google Hangouts [link for session]. It will be facilitated by Heather Leson (community builder at Open Knowledge) with talks from:

    • Marieke Guy (Open Education Working GroupLinkedUp Project)
    • Otavio Ritter (Open education data researcher, Getulio Vargas Foundation, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). Otavio will be sharing his findings from research for a paper, involving a comparative analysis of schools’ open data in England and Brazil and the availability (transparency) of government information related to primary/secondary education

    There will also be plenty of time for furthering the excellent recent discussion that has taken place on the Open Education mailing list around the value of open data to open education (details).

    We hope to see you there!!

    Google hangout for the session


  7. Proposals of The Greek Charter of Open Knowledge: The Public Consultation of The Greek Action Plan for The Open Government Partnership Initiative

    Open Knowledge Greece (OKF Greece) participated in the open consultation of the “Greek Action Plan for Open Governance 2014 - 2016”, embedded in the Open Government Partnership Initiative. OKF Greece organized, on Tuesday 27/5/2014, in the hall of the Educational Foundation of the Association of Journalists of Daily Newspapers of Macedonia and Thrace, an open workshop to discuss and propose the positions and proposals of the OKF Greece on the National Action Plan. All comments and suggestions that were stated in the meeting are presented below, and will be published in the official platform Opengov.gr (http://www.opengov.gr/ogp/?p=255 in Greek and http://www.opengov.gr/ogp/?p=306 in English).


    Numerous volunteers, students and distinguished professors from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and University of Macedonia, representing various faculties and departments, attended the meeting, as well with a representative of the Municipality of Thessaloniki. The meeting was greeted via Skype by the CEO of the International Open Knowledge Foundation Dr. Laura James.

    Dr. Charalampos Bratsas, president of the OKF Greece briefly presented the proposed Action Plan and described the way the workshop would evolve, dividing the participants in four (4) working groups that would comment 4 key actions of Greek Action Plan for Open Governance 2014-2016.

    The recommendations and proposals that emerged from the comments, proposals and ideas submitted during the workshop in a GoogleDoc.

    Timelines that visualize the timing of key milestones:


  8. Burkina Faso Is Becoming Open

    After the open data readiness assessment, realised by the world bank in 2013, the government of Burkina Faso has accomplished a big step toward open data.
    An open data team has been created in the government and a large community has come together, composed of civil society, government and the private sector.
    Working together with the help of the World Bank and Open Data Institute, the open data ecosystem has released, during a open data forum (5-6 June) an open data portal (data.gov.bf ) and a first app that reuses data from the field of education (http://vimeo.com/97404977).
    The government is engaged in the process of opening up all the data they have and working with all the communities to facilitate the reuse.

    twitter: @OpendataBurkina
    facebook: https://www.facebook.com/opendataburkinafaso


  9. Join Us: OKFestival Community Session!

    The OKFestival will feature a community-dedicated session on July 15. It will be a great opportunity to get together and address ways to make our community even greater! As the Open Knowledge community grows and diversifies, it is important that we get together and address opportunities and challenges but also take advantage of these rare moments to enjoy each others company!

    few discussion topics have already emerged so feel free to pitch in and suggest more issues to discuss. 

    Few volunteers are also wanted to help put together the agenda, coordinate the session, and other details. Do not hesitate to get in touch at local@okfn.org!

    Oh — and sign in to tell us that you are coming.

    Community session at OKFest 2014


  10. A Data Expedition on Air Pollution in Paris

    You probably saw recently on the news pictures of the Parisian sky clouded with smog as heavy as in Beijing. Paris and its surrounding area form one of the most densely populated urban spaces in Europe. But what are the myths and truths about air pollution in Paris? Who is affected and who is to be blamed? What is done by local authorities to fight air pollution and how effective are they? What can be done to reduce this pollution and its health impact? To respond to all these sensitive issues, OKF France, as part of its newly-launched Ecole des données, will host a data expedition in Paris on June 15th at La Gaité Lyrique during the digital festival Futur en Seine. The expedition is hosted by Infolab, a prototype of a venue for the general public dedicated to data analysis. Participants will find, analyse, visualise and tell stories with existing open data on air pollution. Registration will open soon on okfn.fr.