A proposal to promote
Open Data from and for the schools
by
Marco Fioretti
http://mfioretti.com
http://stop.zona-m.net

Ma...
Author introduction: Marco Fioretti
Freelance writer for several Free Software magazines
Author of the Family Guide to Dig...
We have two problems with Open Data...
Getting enough data in the right formats, as soon
as possible
(much more serious) G...
...and more big problems with (public) schools
lack of funds for (innovative) textbooks and other
courseware
lack of motiv...
Open Data and schools: a natural, necessary marriage
Connecting the two worlds can greatly contribute to
solve the problem...
Open Data and schools: a natural, necessary marriage
We promote Open Data by saying things like
If the budget of your City...
Wouldn't it be great (and right) if...

Open Data were systematically used to give all high school students
the same feeli...
Open Data and schools need each other now
Connecting the two worlds can greatly contribute to
solve the problems just pres...
Example: learning local history with HistoryPin
HistoryPin
interactively
displays, sorted by
time, geotagged
photos over m...
How to "sell" Open Data to school teachers?
Today's teachers are often
Disenchanted, bitter
Not really computer-skilled
It...
Two main lines of actions: use Open Data...

Use Open Data to teach
Homework
Other exercises
Explanations
...
Marco Fioret...
… and have students produce them

Produce Open Data
Request students to scrape data using existing tools
Routinely put onl...
Necessary tools
Databases of
scraping tools useful in schools
ready to use Open Data based courseware
“Open Data in School...
What next?
Let's start:
Exchanging experiences
Cataloguing relevant resources
Reaching out to teachers
(maybe with specifi...
Thanks for your time!
Please give feedback and keep in touch!
Marco Fioretti:
marco@digifreedom.net
@mfioretti_it
http://m...
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My proposal at the 2011 OGD Camp in Warsaw: all schools can and should be both users and producers of Open Data

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  • Perfect timing Marco! Are you offering to help? Assume, we use The MetaNetwork which has an open source learning offer and most of the five capability model 'a sustainable and generic economic model for governance by design scaled to the minimum criteria for managing well without too much disruption and a nice design for new business to accelerate themselves to the clouds. We just need to educate the future leaders to practice using open data and standards by developing centers of excellence. Perhaps a few challenges. :)
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  1. 1. A proposal to promote Open Data from and for the schools by Marco Fioretti http://mfioretti.com http://stop.zona-m.net Marco Fioretti (marco@digifreedom.net) http://mfioretti.com http://stop.zona-m.net October 20th, 2011, Warsaw OGDCAMP Some rights reserved
  2. 2. Author introduction: Marco Fioretti Freelance writer for several Free Software magazines Author of the Family Guide to Digital Freedom (2007) Co-author of the O'Reilly Open Government book (2010) Author of The Open Data, Open Society report (2010/2011) Digital Citizens Basics Course http://mfioretti.com/node/129 Parent Marco Fioretti (marco@digifreedom.net) http://mfioretti.com http://stop.zona-m.net October 20th, 2011, Warsaw OGDCAMP Some rights reserved 2
  3. 3. We have two problems with Open Data... Getting enough data in the right formats, as soon as possible (much more serious) Getting enough citizens really interested in Open Data, and using them on a regular basis Understanding data requires Math and other skills Do enough citizens have them today? Marco Fioretti (marco@digifreedom.net) http://mfioretti.com http://stop.zona-m.net October 20th, 2011, Warsaw OGDCAMP Some rights reserved 3
  4. 4. ...and more big problems with (public) schools lack of funds for (innovative) textbooks and other courseware lack of motivation in students deep disconnect between school curricula and real life Marco Fioretti (marco@digifreedom.net) http://mfioretti.com http://stop.zona-m.net October 20th, 2011, Warsaw OGDCAMP Some rights reserved 4
  5. 5. Open Data and schools: a natural, necessary marriage Connecting the two worlds can greatly contribute to solve the problems just presented It must became the rule, not the exception It's natural and necessary Data journalism of today = Active citizenship skills of tomorrow isn't this something that education should provide? Marco Fioretti (marco@digifreedom.net) http://mfioretti.com http://stop.zona-m.net October 20th, 2011, Warsaw OGDCAMP Some rights reserved 5
  6. 6. Open Data and schools: a natural, necessary marriage We promote Open Data by saying things like If the budget of your City Council were Raw Open Data, you could check it yourself But wouldn't that be wonderful/ interesting/ useful/ relevant homework exercise for any school that teaches accounting? (Repeat for almost any topic taught in high schools...) Marco Fioretti (marco@digifreedom.net) http://mfioretti.com http://stop.zona-m.net October 20th, 2011, Warsaw OGDCAMP Some rights reserved 6
  7. 7. Wouldn't it be great (and right) if... Open Data were systematically used to give all high school students the same feelings of empowerment felt by those who took part to #eurohack yesterday? Marco Fioretti (marco@digifreedom.net) http://mfioretti.com http://stop.zona-m.net October 20th, 2011, Warsaw OGDCAMP Some rights reserved 7
  8. 8. Open Data and schools need each other now Connecting the two worlds can greatly contribute to solve the problems just presented Open Data needs students to get data and stay relevant Students need Open Data to learn better (Please not that this is not the same issue as Open Access) Marco Fioretti (marco@digifreedom.net) http://mfioretti.com http://stop.zona-m.net October 20th, 2011, Warsaw OGDCAMP Some rights reserved 8
  9. 9. Example: learning local history with HistoryPin HistoryPin interactively displays, sorted by time, geotagged photos over maps The same thing could be done with tons of other Open Data to prepare interactive, real-world based lessons on any topic Marco Fioretti (marco@digifreedom.net) http://mfioretti.com http://stop.zona-m.net October 20th, 2011, Warsaw OGDCAMP Some rights reserved 9
  10. 10. How to "sell" Open Data to school teachers? Today's teachers are often Disenchanted, bitter Not really computer-skilled It is necessary to present: Practical activities Directly related to, and integrated with, the official curriculum Possibly Web based, that is doable even without a computer lab or the skills to set it up Marco Fioretti (marco@digifreedom.net) http://mfioretti.com http://stop.zona-m.net October 20th, 2011, Warsaw OGDCAMP Some rights reserved 10
  11. 11. Two main lines of actions: use Open Data... Use Open Data to teach Homework Other exercises Explanations ... Marco Fioretti (marco@digifreedom.net) http://mfioretti.com http://stop.zona-m.net October 20th, 2011, Warsaw OGDCAMP Some rights reserved 11
  12. 12. … and have students produce them Produce Open Data Request students to scrape data using existing tools Routinely put online as Open Data everything produced during normal school activity wandering around, observing and reporting about something is already part of many school projects Make an official school policy of it Starting with OpenStreetMap? Marco Fioretti (marco@digifreedom.net) http://mfioretti.com http://stop.zona-m.net October 20th, 2011, Warsaw OGDCAMP Some rights reserved 12
  13. 13. Necessary tools Databases of scraping tools useful in schools ready to use Open Data based courseware “Open Data in Schools” success stories “Open Data friendly” teachers, available to support colleagues and exchange experiences with them App contexts reserved to students Open Data for Schools Manual? Marco Fioretti (marco@digifreedom.net) http://mfioretti.com http://stop.zona-m.net October 20th, 2011, Warsaw OGDCAMP Some rights reserved 13
  14. 14. What next? Let's start: Exchanging experiences Cataloguing relevant resources Reaching out to teachers (maybe with specific events?) Marco Fioretti (marco@digifreedom.net) http://mfioretti.com http://stop.zona-m.net October 20th, 2011, Warsaw OGDCAMP Some rights reserved 14
  15. 15. Thanks for your time! Please give feedback and keep in touch! Marco Fioretti: marco@digifreedom.net @mfioretti_it http://mfioretti.com Marco Fioretti (marco@digifreedom.net) http://mfioretti.com http://stop.zona-m.net October 20th, 2011, Warsaw OGDCAMP Some rights reserved 15
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