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Talk for NextGen October 2013

Talk for NextGen October 2013



a general introduction to the open Knowledge Foundation and opendata

a general introduction to the open Knowledge Foundation and opendata



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  • We should benefit from the power of data and the internet! By sharing. <br /> NB commercial use Is fine! But you can’t charge for the data <br />
  • NB commercial use is fine! But you can’t charge for the data <br />
  • Both technical and legal aspects of openness <br />
  • We work on tools, skills, and communities, let’s look at each of those now <br />
  • And CKAN powers data.gov which is down at the moment. And also many more government open data portals. <br />
  • OpenSpending, the worlds largest open database of public money transactions, helping people understand where their money goes <br />
  • The Daily Bread, showing you how your taxes are spent – here you can see if you earn around £54k per year, you are paying £4 a day for education <br />
  • Labs is a community of developers and data wranglers exploring the frontiers of open data tech and innovation <br />
  • This is a beautiful visualisation. Everyone loves these but in fact we get more excited by the insights created through open data, it’s not always shiny graphics! <br />
  • Here’s a tool showing you that you don’t have to be a PhD-equipped data scientist. Timemapper takes a google spreadsheet – that’s a simple spreadsheet, not even the complexity of Excel – and turns it into an interactive map and timeline. Magic <br />
  • Working groups for all kinds of open knowledge <br />
  • A formal presence in over 40 countries <br />
  • Over 1000 people from 50 countries in Helsinki <br />
  • School of Data, empowering civil society organisations, journalists and citizens with the skills they need to hold power to account <br />
  • And we have it in spanish <br />
  • And portugese, because dataskills are universal <br />
  • Data Expeditions are how we explore problems in partnership with others. After the Bangladesh garment factory disaster earlier this year our school of data community got together to build a crowdsourced database about garment factories to explore the bad safety standards that contributed to the disaster. WE’re planning another this weekend with the international labor rights forum – so this isn’t just about the public sector. We see corporations being held to account too <br />
  • We create openly shared learning materials too like the open data handbook, *the* reference for the legal, social and tech aspects of open data <br />
  • Available in many languages <br />
  • And we have specialist materials too. <br />
  • This will be a slow process including institutional change. We campaign for data release too. <br />
  • Data is going to disrupt economies and business models <br />
  • Data collection in the home or in public spaces in cities is about lots of people. It’s hard to work out who should control it <br />
  • This is a very hard area and we don’t’ know the answers. There are issues way outside open data here which we can’t touch on today <br />
  • The Census is a key traditional example of an important dataset created from personal information but without a privacy risk. <br /> Individuals may choose to open up their medical records to help sufferers with the same conditions. <br /> Elected officials choose to live in the public eye and necssarily some of their information is part of the public record <br />
  • Note that the open definition specifically permits commercial use! We see lots of new businesses coming out of open data – it’s just they aren’t selling the data, they are selling other kinds of value, which makes sense, because in the internet age, information is just sooo easy to trade <br />
  • Open Knowledge is empowerment <br />

Talk for NextGen October 2013 Talk for NextGen October 2013 Presentation Transcript

  • imagine • You’re a parent • You’re ill • You’re curious. Or sceptical. Or concerned.
  • The power of the internet • Sharing information is easy
  • The power of data • Data can be broken down into components • Data can be combined and remixed to create new information • Computers make this easy
  • What is open data? Open Data can be freely used, reused, and redistributed, by anyone, anywhere, for any purpose (we also work with public domain cultural works content - as well as data)
  • What is open knowledge? Open Knowledge is what Open Data becomes when it is made useful accessible, understandable, meaningful, and able to help someone solve a real problem
  • OpenDefinition.org
  • all kinds of knowledge • any kind of knowledge can be open • any format: spreadsheets, databases, pictures, words… • any field: transport, science, products, education, sustainability, maps, legislation, libraries, economics, culture, development, business, design, finance …
  • all kinds of people in all kinds of organisations • open data can be published by anyone: government, public sector bodies, researchers, corporations, universities, NGOs, startups, charities, community groups, individuals…. • open data can be used by anyone: government, public sector bodies, researchers, corporations, universities, NGOs, startups, charities, community groups, individuals…. • all kinds of people can get involved with the open knowledge movement: as a campaigner, coder, writer, donor, trainer, tweeter, meetup organiser, data wrangler, ambassador, analyst, researcher, manager…
  • The Open Knowledge Foundation • We build tools to make working with information easier • We help people learn the data skills they need • We connect and support individuals and organisations and projects to create collaborations and make things happen
  • we are makers Creating the open infrastructure and tooling to power and support the open ecosystem and innovation
  • CKAN.org
  • Data.gov.uk
  • Data.gov
  • OpenSpending.org
  • WhereDoesMyMoneyGo.org
  • Licences used by OpenStreetMap, OpenCorporates, Farm Subsidy and more OpenDataCommons.org
  • OKFNLabs.org
  • Europe’s Energy
  • Timemapper.org
  • we bring people together & advise & campaign & collaborate Meetups and workshops – online and offline Key convening events such as the first international Open Government Data Camp in 2010 Direct technical and legal contributions to a large number of projects and initiatives in dozens of countries around the world, shaping essential policies at the World Bank, US, UK, French, Finnish, Brazilian governments
  • OKFN.org/WG
  • OKFN.org/local
  • OKFestival.org
  • we help people learn Learning through doing at datathons & hackathons - online and offline Open materials Partnerships around the world
  • Schoolofdata.org
  • ES.schoolofdata.org
  • escoladedados.org
  • Data Expeditions
  • OpenDataHandbook.org
  • OpenDataHandbook.org
  • Datajournalismhandbook.org
  • So… Open knowledge empowers people • But it’s not a magic bullet • We need: tools, communities, skills • And we need access to data
  • The data revolution The 21st century as information age • Data is everywhere • Data is powerful (especially when it’s shared openly!) • But it shouldn’t all be open data
  • Data about me • A lot of the data which could help me improve my life is data about me • This data might be gathered directly by me or harvested by corporations from what I do online, or assembled by public sector services I use, or voluntarily contributed to scientific and other research studies, or… • There’s a lot of it. I don’t even know what’s out there
  • My data / our data Whose information is it anyway? • Who collects it? • Who moves it around or stores it? • Who licenses it? • Who uses it? And for what? • Who controls what happens to it? • Who is the data about?
  • Warning: non-trivial! • Data ownership • Data control • Individual awareness • Privacy • This isn’t an open data debate: it’s a data debate!
  • Personal data becoming open data • Important datasets that are (or could be) open are created from personal data via aggregation, anonymisation, etc • By personal choice • Through the public record
  • Summary • If it’s a shared good, commons-style data: open it • If it’s personal information: think hard • (It’s not about opening everything) • Open is not anti-business!
  • Conclusion The 21st century knowledge society should be an open knowledge society Knowledge is power; Open Knowledge is empowerment @OKFN http://OKFN.org