[OKFN-IN] Invitation to Open Data Visualization Workshop in Bangalore, 18th November 2-4pm

Alex Corbi contact at open-steps.org
Sun Nov 3 10:35:17 UTC 2013

Dear fellows,

Open Steps <http://www.open-steps.org/> keeps touring India and is pleased
to invite you to its workshop in *Bangalore on the 18th November (2-4pm).*

Open Steps is an initiative from two young berliners Alex (spanish,
software developer) and Margo (french, european politics) who decided to
leave their daily lives and travel around the world for one year. On this
journey, they are meeting people and organisations working actively in open
knowledge related projects, documenting them on their website. Also, open
data is the area where their both backgrounds converge and that's why they
run a workshop entitled

“Visualising Open Data to bring out global

on the way and research about the current situation of open data in the
countries they are visiting.

This event is organised with the support of Karnakata Learning
Partnership<http://www.klp.org.in/>and takes place at The *Centre
for Internet and Society, No. 194, 2nd 'C' Cross, Domlur 2nd Stage
Bangalore 560 071*. Map and more Infos about the venue under:

For more information, visit www.open-steps.org/workshop.

We hope to see you among the audience on the*18th November* and are looking
forward to discussing with you about open cultures & open data in India!

Best regards,

Margo Thierry & Alex Corbi



"Visualizing open data to bring out global issues"

Thanks to the large amounts of open data being released for free on the
Internet, we can take a quick glimpse at current issues characterizing our
world. Although, this complex data is sometimes difficult to be understood
in its initial form.

By going from theory to practice, we will show where data can be quickly
gathered from, and by using open source technologies, put it in a visual
context to make relevant issues easy to understand. In addition, attendees
will be encouraged to discuss topics involving each of us.

The goal of this workshop is also to increase awareness of the importance
and benefits of making information available for everybody and how sharing
knowledge is one of the steps towards making our planet better.

Table of contents:

1. Introduction to Open Knowledge and Open Data

1.1 What are open knowledge and open data? Why do they matter?
1.2 Examples of administrations and organisations releasing information to
the public domain.
1.3 Transparency in politics as a way to achieve real democracy.

2. There is so much data out there, and its free!

2.1 Online sources where you can get open data.
2.2 World Bank as major data hub.

3. Why visualization matters

3.1 Understanding complex problems by looking at simple graphs.
3.2 Examples of data visualizations we have developed describing worldwide
issues in the fields of Politics, Environment, Education and Social

4. Practical session

4.1 How to build a data visualization in 5 minutes using free online tools.
4.2. Technical questions related to the tools used.

5. Open debate

5.1 Which data would I like to visualize? Attendees have the opportunity to
propose topics and relevant data they would consider interesting to
explore. Everyone will be also encouraged to publish their own data
visualizations on our platform.

Target groups:

- individuals or collectives.
- interested in open source technologies and the philosophy behind open
- searching for data sources for research.
- working with visualizations.
- developing a conscious approach to global topics.
- having general interest in the topic.

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