[okfn-discuss] The Open Handbook - a One Week Book project

John Baxter john.slade.baxter at gmail.com
Sat Dec 15 05:33:13 UTC 2012

Status update on the One Week Book...
It's coming along, I have most of my ideas out there, in rough form, and
working away at it to get it done by tomorrow night (Australian time!).

There are a few references in this
scattered elsewhere about the value of open data.  Oh, and I mentioned OKFN
(re Open Book) here<https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BUdg-ts0Y87olECI6bMBTjj4JuCS3emKHEfgv_GY_No/edit#heading=h.h9dodrifqd9w>

I haven't really ended up spending much time on open knowledge.  Given all
the facets of openness it was always going to be a challenge to say much on
any pocket, especially given the limitations of my knowledge!  If people
find value in the book I'd love to put more work into a second version,
perhaps fill it out with more specific information that others can
contribute to.

If anyone has the chance to have a look at either of those parts, I'd be
interested to hear:

   - is it wrong, nonsensical, or just really bad?
   - what would you add (or take away) to make it worth reading?

It's an open GDoc so feel free to comment in-document.



On Tue, Dec 11, 2012 at 6:58 PM, John Baxter <john.slade.baxter at gmail.com>wrote:

> Thanks for your help!
> I hadn't come across the handbooks yet.  The Open Data Handbook in
> particular will be really useful - and it's great that I can point to a
> quality source on Open Data and not need to write too much myself. I really
> want to focus on the concept of 'openness' and not need to write about what
> others know much better than I do.  Thanks Rufus!
> Michael, feel free to spam me with more content any time you like. : )
>  The 'free culture' stream is one I hadn't really picked up on yet.  I fear
> I won't get the chance to cover it properly (I do only have a week, and
> it's a fascinating jungle), but I will definitely touch on it.   It's a
> great illustration of how openness isn't just about noisy social media, or
> specific collaborations, but can have macro effects when taken up on a
> cultural level - very much what I'm trying to advocate.
> If you're interested in keeping up, this
> <https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SNhvBkSPZ1oVuEUpNsPudk4F4oKnP9XnECiOGY9zpys/edit#>is
> my content overview document, and this<http://www.facebook.com/pages/One-Week-Book/309661742478401>is the Facebook page.  It's coming along a bit slower than I'd have liked,
> but it is coming along, it's been a great experience and I think some of
> the content actually isn't that bad.  So, back to it!
> *John Baxter*
> www.jsbaxter.com.au
> @JohnSBaxter
> NB. I process my inbox once daily. Tweet, or include 'urgent' somewhere in
> your subject line to get my attention more quickly.
> On Tue, Dec 11, 2012 at 6:02 AM, Rufus Pollock <rufus.pollock at okfn.org>wrote:
>> On 8 December 2012 13:59, John Baxter <john.slade.baxter at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>> > Hello OKFN!
>> >
>> > I found out about OKFN doing background research for a One Week Book I'm
>> > writing next week.  I'm working on an Open Handbook (guidebook for
>> > openness).  Interpret that how you will.  : )  It's early days yet and
>> the
>> > topic is yet to emerge fully.  (I have notes on the topic here.)
>> Just wanted to check you have seen some of the handbooks that have
>> already written by OKF folks:
>> http://okfn.org/handbooks/
>> Including:
>> Open Data Handbook - http://opendatahandbook.org/
>> Data Journalism Handbook - http://datajournalismhandbook.org/
>> Data Science and Data Wrangling - http://schoolofdata.org/handbook
>> Open Spending Handbook (in progress) -
>> <http://openspending.org/resources/handbook/ch001_introduction.html>
>> > Would appreciate some advice...  The big question - do you think
>> there's a
>> > book worth writing in that topic statement, that hasn't already been
>> > written?  I'd also like to know if you can point me in the direction of
>> > references that have covered the topic.
>> Above could be useful :-)
>> Rufus
>> > Thanks!
>> >
>> > Also, if you want to keep up with it, I'm using a Facebook Page (all my
>> docs
>> > are also open - e.g. project overivew).
>> >
>> > John Baxter
>> > www.jsbaxter.com.au
>> > @JohnSBaxter
>> >
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