[OKFN-AU] blog posts for humanity [SEC=UNOFFICIAL]

Tim De Sousa Tim.DeSousa at oaic.gov.au
Mon Dec 10 22:13:55 UTC 2012

I would suggest a blog post on the push for open research - both the National Health and Medical Research Council and the Australian Research Council have announced that future funding grants will be contingent on researchers making research datasets open and available for reuse.



From: okfn-au-bounces at lists.okfn.org [mailto:okfn-au-bounces at lists.okfn.org] On Behalf Of Pia Waugh
Sent: Tuesday, 11 December 2012 9:11 AM
To: David F. Flanders
Cc: Kat Braybrooke; Unname
Subject: Re: [OKFN-AU] blog posts for humanity

Oh, I don't think these are the top 10 necessarily, just something to start with :) I'm sure others have great examples too :)
On Dec 11, 2012 9:06 AM, "David F. Flanders" <david.flanders at ands.org.au<mailto:david.flanders at ands.org.au>> wrote:
A great start Pia - 9 in total, one more and we'll have a top ten... though would love it if we could all think of even more :)  /dff

On 11 December 2012 05:29, Pia Waugh <pia.waugh at gmail.com<mailto:pia.waugh at gmail.com>> wrote:
This sounds like a great idea Dave!

I'll have a think, but off the top of my head here are a few:

- Launch of righttoknow.org.au<http://righttoknow.org.au>
- 30th anniversary of FOI in Australia http://www.oaic.gov.au/news/events/2012_anniversary_main.html
- launch of dataACT (first actual open data platform in Australia, though more may be launched before years end...)
- launch of various HacksHackers communities around Australia
- GovHack 2012 http://govhack.org/ and all the datasets that were published for that
- "Experimental Environmental Linked-data published by the Bureau of Meteorology' http://lab.environment.data.gov.au/
- NSW Government did real time bus competition - developers still have access and they are opening up the API properly soon http://www.spatialsource.com.au/2012/10/09/article/Real-time-bus-data-competition-NSW/ZCVREGNYVY.html
- launch of the crunch blog http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/blogs/the-crunch/welcome-to-the-crunch-data-journalism-blog-20120628-21525.html - and a good article on the topic generally is here http://www.smh.com.au/data-point/from-stolid-to-sexy-vive-la-data-revolution-20120915-25zir.html
- launch of OKFNau ;)

On Mon, Dec 10, 2012 at 5:33 PM, David F. Flanders <david.flanders at ands.org.au<mailto:david.flanders at ands.org.au>> wrote:
Wondering if anyone on list would like to co-author a post with me on what (if any) Open Knowledge efforts they have seen this past year - a kind of New Year's reflection piece aka a 'Top Ten Open Knowledge' moments of 2012 for Australia?

In my mind this post is not really about the OK Foundation, but more about helping chart any 'Open Knowledge' that is occurring in Australia and (perhaps even more importantly) re-iterating those occurrences that have actually resulted in doing things in a better way.

The type of thing I am thinking of:

For me the Open Knowledge moment worldwide in 2012 was the UK Government finally agreeing that research (as paid by the UK taxpayer) should by default be open (there are some caveats, but it was a big acknowledgement of the Open Access movement none the less).

The question is: are there any moment in your mind for Australia that we could point to... moments like launching an FOI request website... moment such as opening up dataset not previously opened... moments of declaration or manifesto... or even more personal moments when two or more decided to get together and be activists for a more open Australia?

If not looking to write the post with me, any shared OK moments are also greatly appreciated.


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