[okfn-discuss] Bulletin update, 16th Jan 2012

Laura Newman laura.newman at okfn.org
Mon Jan 16 18:09:28 UTC 2012


I hope you've all had a great start to 2012!

After a quiet first week, there was a lot of great news and many upcoming
events shared during today's projects call. Here is a bulletin of the key

** *Open Economics Data Party* this Wednesday 18th January, 17:00 GMT.
Online meeting, all welcome!
* An *OpenBiblio Sprint* for core members will be taking place in Cambridge
17th-19th January. More details here:
* *Public Domain Day*, 26th January in Paris.
* Open Economics *Apps4Italy hackathon* to take place on 27th and 28th
January. Online, all welcome. Find out more and help to assemble data at
* *Open Data Meetup* in London will be taking place on 30th January. See
http://www.meetup.com/OpenKnowledgeFoundation/London-GB/472892/ for more

* The OKFN is currently seeking front-end *Javascript developers*. Get in
touch if you know of anyone who might be interested!
* Velichka is considering entering a submission for the *Apps4Climate* *
challenge*. Get in touch if you are interested in collaborating or entering
a separate submission.
* Feedback requested on http://offenesparlament.de/
* Know of someone interested in *Open Hardware* or *Open Design*? Contact
Kat Braybrooke
* A new working group on *Open Spending data* has been launched! If you
know of anyone who might be interested, email info [at] openspending.org.
More details at http://wiki.openspending.org/Working_Group
* The main *OKFN website* has been re-designed (visit www.okfn.org if you
haven't already noticed!) If you spot any bugs or issues, let Tom Rees know
at http://github.com/okfn/wp-okfn-v2/issues
* Applications for the *Panton Fellowships* will soon be open! Fellowships
will be available for scientists working to support open data. Details soon
at www.pantonprinciples.org

*Further Project Updates:

* released CKAN v1.5.1 with separate pages for each resource - live on
thedatahub.org meaning you can link directly to a specific data resource
* publicdata.eu being upgraded
* Multilingual features, activity streams & more coming soon
* Online meetings to be kick-started again soon: the first one is likely to
be on Linked Open Data.

*German chapter*
* The Open Data Day in Berlin was a huge success! Around 20 people
attended, with lots of exciting ideas. Photos and blog post to follow. The
wiki page can be viewed at

*Open Science*
* Hackathon was held in Cambridge last week. Discussions of HR3699+RWA -
videos of Peter Murray-Rust and Cameron Neylon to follow.
* Two Panton Discussions were also held with Cameron Neylon and Brian
McMahon. Videos will be online soon.

*Public Domain Calculators & Open Metadata*
* 10 calculators implemented into code (will be uploaded on github on wed
at the latest)
* The Open Metadata Handbook currently being prepared for community

* OSI project started to map the technical needs of Civil Society
Organisations around Spending data. More here:
* Work continues on the Dimensions editor - the part of OpenSpending.org
which allows people to easily load in a dataset, without the requirement to
write a piece of JSON. Good news for non-techies.

If you have updates that you would like to include in next week's bulletin,
do let me know!

Kind regards,

Laura Newman
Community Coordinator
Open Knowledge Foundation
Skype: lauranewmanonskype
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