1. Open Education India now boasts a long list of books and educational materials. All contents are licensed under CC-BY, enabling smooth sharing of the works. India has around 30 major languages and we have a long way to go before we have a comprehensive collection of educational materials in all these vernacular languages. However, things are already looking up as we have started to get content in the regional languages too. We are about to take the project to the next level by starting a system of publishing original content from authors. - See more at: http://in.okfn.org/open-education/#sthash.OjlNCrph.dpuf


  2. We are pleased to inform you that Open Education India now boasts a large collection of educational materials in a number of vernacular languages apart from English (Hindi, Bengaali, Sanskrit, etc.). The list is growing every day. Our major aim has been to build up a platform that can be used by students, educators and readers at the minimum possible rates (PDFs without pictures). We try to consciously keep the number of pictures to a minimum, as that decreases the cost of making photocopies considerably). This is important particularly in the context of schools in rural areas.

    As the list is growing, so is also the need to find more and more involved contributors, who can take this project to the next level. We would be happy to welcome anyone who is passionate for Open Education. If anybody wants to contribute content, even in a foreign language, that too is welcome, as we have in India quite a large number of people, who study such languages.

    To know more, please visit: in.okfn.org/open-education


  3. OK Philippines Participates in Maker Festival Manila 2014

    OK Philippines represent!!!!!!! Joseph De Guia, local group ambassador, TJ Dimacali, journalist and media manager, and Happy Feraren, School of Data Fellow, represent the OK Philippines local group and lead the event activities in the festival. The group participated in the exhibition showcasing Open Knowledge working groups: Open Government Data, Lobbying Transparency, Open Education, Open Spending, and School of Data. The event also gave us the opportunity to recruit members of the community with more than a hundred participants signed up for membership and looking forward to OK Philippines launching event. Happy was also there for the lightning presentation on Introduction to Open Data and School of Data, as well as the movement of OKFN in Europe. The open data movement and activism is new in the Philippines. The local group is being led by OK Philippines.The Open Data Task Force of the national government is the national prime mover of open government data leading transparency and accountability as well as efficiency in government services.

    The event was organized by the tech group community of Mozilla Philippines and its partners. Maker Festival Manila 2014 recently concluded on 14 September 2014 at Glorietta 5 Mall Makati City. The gathering of makers using the web to make collaboration better for all users, knowing more, do more, and do better. Maker Festival Manila 2014 followed the format of the Mozilla Festival in London. This event of the Mozilla Philippines Community is the finale campaign for 2014. 

    Maker Festival Manila 2014

    Exhibitor ID - Open Knowledge Philippines


  4. Opening up data is one thing, but making it usable by the general public is quite another. A visualized data set can go a long way in achieving usefulness of data to the full potential. To this effect, Open Knowledge India has been running its Visualized Data platform for some time.
    To know more, please visit:


  5. Virtual Event on 9/18-9/19: A Virtual Chat between China and US on Open Data

    Note: the following content is an excerpt from the original article written by one of the organizers, Bruce Haupt.

    On September 18-19, a group of Chinese open data and urban innovation experts, along with a group of U.S. open data and civic innovation leaders, will meet online to have a chat about open data and open innovation in each country. 

    This virtual event is designed to bring together people from different cultures with similar interests. We’ve already signed on experts from companies, governments, nonprofits, and start-ups, plus a bunch of interested citizens who want to learn and collaborate with their counterparts across the Pacific Ocean. Our team of volunteer organizers represents cities across China and the U.S.

    The inspiration for the event came from both conversations and collaboration among a small network of Chinese and U.S. citizens interested in open data innovation, along with a general “Why not?” following the recent National Day of Civic Hacking in the U.S.

    In China, Michelle Li 李雯 of China’s Urban Data Party and Feng Gao 高丰 of Open Data China have been crucial leaders in the effort. Mart Van De Ven and Wai-Chung Bastien of Open Data Hong Kong have also been instrumental in developing the concept.

    In the U.S., we wouldn’t be anywhere without the leadership of those in Houston such as Matthew Shailer of the City of Houston Mayor’s Office of International Trade & Development (along with people including Kelly DoweAndy Icken, and Jesse Bounds). We’ve also received great support early on from organizations like Socrata and Local Data. And naturally, a huge thanks to Jeff Reichman, Open Houston, and January Advisors too!

    In addition to the organizing team, we’re also incredibly lucky to have a very diverse group of interesting people and exciting organizations participating and supporting the program. For those in the U.S. especially, I think there’s a lot to learn from the Chinese organizations participating – both in terms of what open data means in China, as well as gaining a better understanding of Chinese culture and innovations more broadly.


  6. First Edition of Desarrollando América Latina in El Salvador

    Desarrollando America Latina will launch for the first time in El Salvador.  We created the open data portal, which promotes the use of open data for apps, transparency, and smart cities, among others. 

    This year, we want developers, designers, journalist, etc., to use or generate open data in order to create civic apps. 

    More information please see: http://2014.desarrollandoamerica.org/ 


  7. As an Open Knowledge Local Group in Kenya, We noticed that we will need to dedicate a page to curate the Open Data eco-system in Kenya. This page will be frequently updated, however, it will aim to work as a central reference for the various Open Data systems and initiatives within the scope of Kenya, and East Africa, where possible.

    I would love to hear back on any suggestions folks may have on something that I may not have covered within this article. Especially folks in Kenya :)


  8. 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


  9. 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.


  10. 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)