[@OKFNau] BudgetAus becomes Open Local Project

Andrew Perry andrew at openlocal.org.au
Wed Mar 19 23:34:07 UTC 2014

Further to Rosie's email, I just wanted to say how excited we are to 
have Rosie join our team!

Open Local is a non-profit organisation committed to helping create 
local government area clusters of innovative individuals and 
organisations who share ideas, information (data) and software tools to 
co-design and develop community solutions.

Rosie is proof that community members with a passion can learn to 
program and 'get stuff done' with the benefit of Open Data and support 
from the Open Data community.

With Rosie on our team as a Developer and Community Manager, she will 
help build community engagement with Open Data / Open Source projects 
not only in her ongoing role as Project Lead for BudgetAus, but also the 
other projects being developed through the Collaboratory incubation 
program, including FixMyStreet.org.au.

Rosie has already got some amazing plans on foot for BudgetAus, and we 
look forward to being able to provide her with the support she deserves 
to help decipher economic data and make it more immediately meaningful 
to and actionable by the community.

We are also pleased to have Anna Wondracz join our team as an 
Information and Knowledge Manager.  Anna has a background in secondary 
teaching and is joining us from a nearby community college.  Anna will 
be completing her Masters of Information and Knowledge Management in a 
few months and is looking forward to helping communities collect and 
share their knowledge openly.

If you'd like to see what Rosie, Anna and the other members of the team 
are up to at Collaboratory Riverside in Parramatta, please drop us a 
note and come by!


*Andrew Perry*

Open Local

www.openlocal.org.au <http://www.openlocal.org.au>

*P*  1300 832 337
*M*  0413 045 300
ABN 86 141 111 391

Rosie Williams wrote:
> Hi all,
> I have some exciting news! Andrew Perry has offered to auspice 
> BudgetAus as an initiative of the non-profit organisation, Open Local. 
> In addition to this (and to fund it), Andrew has appointed me 
> Community Manager/Developer for Open Local. Open Local aims to support 
> open data principles in general and local community engagement. 
> http://fixmystreet.org.au/ is another example of the kind of 
> initiative run under Open Local.
> Open Local will be managing social startups in the Collaboratory 
> co-work space at the Parramatta office. We hope to raise funds from 
> government and other sources to continue open data projects with the 
> participation of volunteers as well as paid staff.
> The first event of this nature will be on budget night where some keen 
> budget wonks will be volunteering their labour to input the budget 
> data manually to create a full set of data for public use. Please get 
> in touch if you would like to participate. This will be a challenge 
> but it will also be a great opportunity to put the media spotlight on 
> community engagement with open data issues and issues of budget 
> transparency.
> On behalf of BudgetAus I would like to thank Andrew for his support in 
> allowing this project to continue and for his investment in the 
> principles of open source and open data generally.
> To find out more information about Open Local visit 
> http://www.openlocal.org.au/
> Rosie Williams BA (Sociology)
> Founder & Developer InfoAus.net
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