[okfn-discuss] OKFN-meetup / travellers list/service/dashboard idea

Lucy Chambers lucy.chambers at okfn.org
Tue Aug 2 14:13:49 UTC 2011

Thanks all for your ideas.

@ Peter, I love the idea of a specific OKF Doppler, but am not sure
how it would work for the OKF and how difficult it would be to
implement. Hence why I thought being able to put events etc. on the
map that is planned for the dashboard would be very nice, so at least
people would be able to meet at pre-organised events if not

@ Jonathan, I think your suggestion is possibly the most plausible in
the short term, and I think we should really be doing it anyway to
pull together all of the activities across the OKF. However, who would
do it is an interesting one) Possible joint task for a Chapter Coord /
Volunteer coord if we bring them online?


On Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 12:54 PM, Kaitlyn (Kat) Braybrooke
<kat.braybrooke at okfn.org> wrote:
> Agreed with Lucy - definitely a great idea.
> Seems like the only question is how to implement it - and while the regional
> groups could be an equally useful place to start, given that they're still a
> bit fledgling and that many of us are (as noted) traveling often and
> therefore not sure how to access the other regional groups or know if
> they're active, I wonder if there is a tool (like a calendar, but more
> collaborative) that everyone could use if they want to engage with other
> open data folk in a city they're visiting.
> I'm going to give it more thought now!
> | Kat Braybrooke
> | Community Coordinator
> | Open Knowledge Foundation, London UK
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> On Sat, Jul 16, 2011 at 7:19 PM, Peter Murray-Rust <pm286 at cam.ac.uk> wrote:
>> On Sat, Jul 16, 2011 at 11:28 AM, Jonathan Gray <jonathan.gray at okfn.org>
>> wrote:
>>> Great idea Lucy.
>> Agreed. Excellent if we can make it work.
>>> Perhaps one thing we could do is have a regular
>>> round-up of groups, lists, meetups and initiatives? Like a digest of
>>> 'open knowledge community bulletin'? E.g. a monthly post on
>>> blog.okfn.org + okfn-discuss with:
>>>  * an overview of local chapters / groups / lists + planned activities
>>>  * a list of upcoming open knowledge / open content / open data related
>>> events
>>>  * an overview of OKF working groups and planned (online) meetups and
>>> events
>> This is along the lines of what I suggested when people asked for ideas
>> for newcomers to OKFN. A regional resource is something most people can
>> relate to very quickly and also something fairly easy to start working on.
>> That way people will get to know each other by discovering each other
>> locally.
>>> At first this would probably require a fair degree of effort, but if
>>> it was useful to people then it might get easier. Having the OKF
>>> community actively scouting these things out would help.
>>> For now I guess okfn-discuss is the main channel for 'hey who's in
>>> country X?' type shout outs, and everyone at the OKF can help out in
>>> introducing people to people. We should also have a better overview of
>>> OKF regional lists, which I think Kat is working on? I don't know if
>>> country/city groups might also help, e.g.:
>>> http://okfn.org/groups/open-knowledge-london/
>>> J.
>> I know that some scientists use Dopplr, but AFAIK this is untargetted -
>> you advertise to the whole world. The point is that you don't know who is
>> "out there". I know people who have met others through Dopplr. And there are
>> times when I have been marooned in a hotel bar when I am sure there are
>> people out there.
>> I live most of my life in the open, but for some reason I have been
>> reluctant to give spacetime coordinates. Maybe I should change? For example
>> I am travelling later this year to Madrid, Thailand, Beijing and Singapore.
>> Probably fairly busy in most (but not Thailand).
>> I don't think Google Calendar works. several thousand people will clog it
>> up. It needs geo-coordinates. Does OKF-Dopplr mak sense?
>> P.
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