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

Jonathan Gray jonathan.gray at okfn.org
Tue Aug 2 14:24:52 UTC 2011

On Tue, Aug 2, 2011 at 4:13 PM, Lucy Chambers <lucy.chambers at okfn.org> wrote:
> @ 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?

Makes a lot of sense! :-)


> 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
>> | Engage: http://okfn.org | Tweet: @OKFN, @kat_braybrooke
>> 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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