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Talk for NextGen October 2013

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a general introduction to the open Knowledge Foundation and opendata

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Talk for NextGen October 2013

  1. 1. EMPOWERING THROUGH OPEN KNOWLEDGE PRESENTED BY Dr Laura James, CEO
  2. 2. imagine • You’re a parent • You’re ill • You’re curious. Or sceptical. Or concerned.
  3. 3. The power of the internet • Sharing information is easy
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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)
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. OpenDefinition.org
  8. 8. 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 …
  9. 9. 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…
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. we are makers Creating the open infrastructure and tooling to power and support the open ecosystem and innovation
  12. 12. CKAN.org
  13. 13. Data.gov.uk
  14. 14. Data.gov
  15. 15. OpenSpending.org
  16. 16. WhereDoesMyMoneyGo.org
  17. 17. Licences used by OpenStreetMap, OpenCorporates, Farm Subsidy and more OpenDataCommons.org
  18. 18. OKFNLabs.org
  19. 19. Europe’s Energy
  20. 20. Timemapper.org
  21. 21. 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
  22. 22. OKFN.org/WG
  23. 23. OKFN.org/local
  24. 24. OKFestival.org
  25. 25. we help people learn Learning through doing at datathons & hackathons - online and offline Open materials Partnerships around the world
  26. 26. Schoolofdata.org
  27. 27. ES.schoolofdata.org
  28. 28. escoladedados.org
  29. 29. Data Expeditions
  30. 30. OpenDataHandbook.org
  31. 31. OpenDataHandbook.org
  32. 32. Datajournalismhandbook.org
  33. 33. So… Open knowledge empowers people • But it’s not a magic bullet • We need: tools, communities, skills • And we need access to data
  34. 34. 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
  35. 35. 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
  36. 36. 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?
  37. 37. Warning: non-trivial! • Data ownership • Data control • Individual awareness • Privacy • This isn’t an open data debate: it’s a data debate!
  38. 38. 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
  39. 39. 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!
  40. 40. Conclusion The 21st century knowledge society should be an open knowledge society Knowledge is power; Open Knowledge is empowerment @OKFN http://OKFN.org

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