[ok-london-announce] Thoughts re: Last Night's #OpenDataLDN Event

Kaitlyn (Kat) Braybrooke kat.braybrooke at okfn.org
Tue Jul 26 18:56:08 UTC 2011

Hi all,

Thanks for your feedback re: the OKFN London page being confusing at the
moment, and having trouble getting notifications about events - I agree!
We're really just getting started in the city (as many of you who came last
night saw), and as you suspected, Harry, are still in the process of setting
up our London webpages and contacts.

However, I can say that last night's introductory event at the C4CC was a
big success (am writing the thank-you email now, in fact, and we'll have a
blog post up about it tomorrow!). Most importantly, based on the impressive
momentum of the conversations and general enthusiasm throughout the night,
we are *certainly* going to be hosting regular, themed events now in London
around open data and open knowledge. If you have ideas for topics you'd like
to see happen, definitely let me know.

And for those who were unable to attend the event, feel free to browse the
conversations via our #opendataLDN hashtag archive here: http://ow.ly/5NQfO

Thanks, guys. It was really great to meet many of you last night - I am
feeling very inspired by Londoners today!


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On Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 7:33 PM, Harry Wood <mail at harrywood.co.uk> wrote:

> Further to that I'm noticing a few problems with various other channels
> around the OKFN website. Maybe you could forward this onto whoever is doing
> the website
> There is a sort of london homepage of the OKFN site here:
> http://okfn.org/groups/open-knowledge-london/
> As you can see it has a not-very-active wall of postings on which I seem to
> the be the only one who's managed to post. There's various obstacles for
> getting logged in. Once I'd made it past the registration captchas and email
> verification, I found it tended to kick me back to the main okfn.org site.
> This site must be separate system or something. It seems to have a problem
> showing me as logged in. Even though I *am* shown as logged in on the london
> group page.
> The 'forum' section here:
> http://okfn.org/groups/open-knowledge-london/forum/topic/    ...doesn't
> work.  New topic posts are swallowed with an error.
> I guess it's quite a new site so maybe you're aware of all this.  In fact maybe
> I wasn't supposed to find the London group page yet. I originally found it
> googling "OKFN London", but it's not linked from the main site.
> Harry Wood
> ------------------------------
> *From:* Harry Wood <mail at harrywood.co.uk>
> *To:* Caitlin Bentley <Caitlin.Bentley.2010 at live.rhul.ac.uk>
> *Cc:* "kat.braybrooke at okfn.org" <kat.braybrooke at okfn.org>
> *Sent:* Tuesday, 26 July 2011, 12:35
> *Subject:* Re: [ok-london-announce] My open data interests. OpenStreetMap
> and placr.co.uk
> Hmmm. The event was actually announced on this mailing list,  see here:
> http://lists.okfn.org/pipermail/ok-london-announce/2011-July/000057.html  If
> you didn't receive that email it could be because of spam filtering. Perhaps
> you're subscribed to a different mailing list.  I notice there are a LOT of
> mailing lists: http://lists.okfn.org/mailman/listinfo/   including one
> called okfn-announce. The London event probably should've been cross-posted
> to that.   But then ...you're replying to my email on ok-london-announce
> so...  must've been the spam filtering.
> Sorry you missed it  :-(     They'll be another chance. I think we agreed
> that a repeat event could take place quarterly.
> Harry Wood
> ------------------------------
> *From:* Caitlin Bentley <Caitlin.Bentley.2010 at live.rhul.ac.uk>
> *To:* Harry Wood <mail at harrywood.co.uk>
> *Sent:* Tuesday, 26 July 2011, 11:57
> *Subject:* Re: [ok-london-announce] My open data interests. OpenStreetMap
> and placr.co.uk
> Thanks Harry, interesting.
> I've contacted you personally because I am wondering why I didn't hear
> about this meet-up considering I thought that the point of the announce list
> was to announce these sorts of meet-ups! How did you manage to hear about
> it? I'm a bit disappointed I didn't get to attend, sounds like you all had
> some good conversations.
> Caitlin
> On Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 11:47 AM, Harry Wood <mail at harrywood.co.uk> wrote:
> I had a good time at the London OKFN meet-up last night. I can see lots of
> positive buzz on twitter too ( http://twitter.com/#!/search/%23opendataLDN<http://twitter.com/#%21/search/%23opendataLDN>)
> What things do we want to do as a follow up?  My feeling is, I didn't get
> chance to meet many people, so I thought I'd introduce myself here:
>  I'm interested in this stuff for two reasons:
> Firstly I want to build bridges with the OpenStreetMap community. This is
> the largest open data project to come out of the UK, but it doesn't always
> get the recognition it deserves. I think this is because it's entirely
> volunteer-driven, with a small not-for-profit organisation at its core, and
> no full-time employees, and so we haven't always managed to be very
> coordinated and organised with promotion. I've found myself in charge of
> running London OpenStreetMap events (@OSMLondon on twitter)  Perhaps
> OpenStreetMap can work with the Open Knowledge Foundation very directly in
> some way, but I'm sure we can also benefit from wider awareness and adoption
> by the open data community.
> Secondly I work for placr.co.uk  and we're passionate about open data.
> Jonathan Raper does a lot of campaigning, particularly within government,
> and has recently blogged with an overview of the UK's open data landscape,
> and how companies like placr can fit into it:
> http://placr.co.uk/blog/2011/07/the-growth-case-for-open-data/ As well as
> offering consulting services around using and releasing of open data, we're
> working with transport datasets to create a range of product offerings. Someof these are available to have a play with. See here:
> http://placr.co.uk/gallery/
> So my work and my hobby are both very open data oriented. I'm also a bit of
> a wikipedia fan. Basically I'm a bit open-obsessed. Feel free to drop me an
> email if you're interested in those things, but perhaps we can get some
> conversations going on this mailing list too.
> Harry Wood
> http://harrywood.co.uk
> @harry_wood on twitter
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