[open-government] Fwd: Starting work on a European energy data mini-app!

Jonathan Gray jonathan.gray at okfn.org
Wed Jan 19 19:45:38 GMT 2011

Hi all,

Just in case any of you fancy a challenge, we're starting work on a
small, striking mini-app which will allow users to explore and
visualise EU energy data.

If anyone's interested in following progress, or joining in, you can
sign up here:


If you want to lend support, but not get involved, you can retweet this:


Or pass the following links on to colleagues (text for first link also
pasted below):


All the best,


---------- Forwarded message ----------

Hi all,

This is an email to get the ball rolling on a small web application on
European energy data which we will be developing in the next couple of

 * What is it? A small, striking mini-app on the EU energy efficiency
targets based on data from Eurostat (and possibly other sources)
 * When is it for? We will be aiming to have this finished in *two
weeks*: for the 2nd February 2011.

We will be using the following pad for notes/planning:

 * http://energy.okfnpad.org/planning

Here are a few of the kinds of questions we could look into:

 * How do the renewable energy targets compare between different
member states? (Different countries have different targets: see
 * How far are countries from meeting their targets? Are they on
course? (I.e. what is energy mix like now, and how has it changed in
recent years.)
 * How does the energy mix compare between different countries
(percentage renewables, etc)?
 * How does energy demand vary from country to country? (E.g. top
level breakdown into transport, etc.)

As they can be quite tricky to find, here are the renewable energy
targets for all EU27 member states:


If you know anyone else who is up for the challenge (journalists,
developers, designers, policy folks, researchers, etc), I would be
grateful if you could direct them to this list!

In particular we'd appreciate input on:

 * finding / interpreting sources of data - Eurostat and beyond
 * European energy policy in general, and on the energy efficiency
targets in particular
 * how we can do interesting data visualisations on the basis of this data
 * interesting stories / narratives we could tell using this data

All the best,


Jonathan Gray

Community Coordinator
The Open Knowledge Foundation


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