Talk for NextGen October 2013


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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.
    NB commercial use Is fine! But you can’t charge for the data
  • NB commercial use is fine! But you can’t charge for the data
  • Both technical and legal aspects of openness
  • We work on tools, skills, and communities, let’s look at each of those now
  • And CKAN powers which is down at the moment. And also many more government open data portals.
  • OpenSpending, the worlds largest open database of public money transactions, helping people understand where their money goes
  • 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
  • Labs is a community of developers and data wranglers exploring the frontiers of open data tech and innovation
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Working groups for all kinds of open knowledge
  • A formal presence in over 40 countries
  • Over 1000 people from 50 countries in Helsinki
  • School of Data, empowering civil society organisations, journalists and citizens with the skills they need to hold power to account
  • And we have it in spanish
  • And portugese, because dataskills are universal
  • 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
  • We create openly shared learning materials too like the open data handbook, *the* reference for the legal, social and tech aspects of open data
  • Available in many languages
  • And we have specialist materials too.
  • This will be a slow process including institutional change. We campaign for data release too.
  • Data is going to disrupt economies and business models
  • 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
  • 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
  • The Census is a key traditional example of an important dataset created from personal information but without a privacy risk.
    Individuals may choose to open up their medical records to help sufferers with the same conditions.
    Elected officials choose to live in the public eye and necssarily some of their information is part of the public record
  • 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
  • Open Knowledge is empowerment
  • Talk for NextGen October 2013

    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
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    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
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    17. 17. Licences used by OpenStreetMap, OpenCorporates, Farm Subsidy and more
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    19. 19. Europe’s Energy
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    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
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    25. 25. we help people learn Learning through doing at datathons & hackathons - online and offline Open materials Partnerships around the world
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    29. 29. Data Expeditions
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    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