[Okfn-no] introduction - Heather Broomfield

Broomfield, Heather Heather.Broomfield at difi.no
Fri Dec 6 08:35:18 UTC 2013

Hi there everyone

Thanks so much Miska for getting us started:-) 

I'm Heather Broomfield, am Irish and have been living in Norway for 11 years - currently in Leikanger in Sogn og Fjordane.  

For just over 2 years now I have been responsible for the open data initiative in Difi.  Together with my great colleagues in the open data team, we have been encouraging the release of open data from the public sector vaults here in Norway.  We give support, advice and run Norways open data portal data.norge.no.  The opening up of Public Sector Information has been very important to me for many years, so it is very exciting to be part of the open data movement here in Norway.  It is also encouraging that we are getting places, we have some really exciting datasets open and a vibrant reuser community. It is also great to see that we are moving up the world rankings!  But there is still a LOT more to do, so I am delighted to see that OKFN is getting active here in Norway - a real boost to the open data ecosystem!
Get writing everyone and let's see what we can make happen:-) 


P.S. Like Miska I read Norwegian so no problem to write 'på norsk folkens'.

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Hello everyone,

I'm Miska Knapek, I'm sort of lacking titles these days, as what I once studied ( graphic information design and interaction design ) has generously been superseded by all the opening and sharing of knowledge/data, changing the fields entirely. ( Sorry, this leads to a long explanation? but at least there's some thoughts about the open scenes of Norway and the Nordic countries towards the end. )

About me
But I've basically been involved with making interfaces to information - I really enjoy the new understandings we can have of society through new information visualisation/interfaces and open knowledge/data - which builds on my interests for societal transparency, information access, and open/networked societies. Given the latter I've also been involved in building the open knowledge scene in Finland - where I happen to live - and internationally, mostly through various OKFN activities, including the 2012 Open Knowledge Festival.
The topic of decentralising relations and organisations to government and society has also led me to help out starting one or two Fablabs in Finland, and I'm hopefully now helping out with a environmental crowd sourced internet-of-things project run by fablab Barcelona - SmartCitizen.me .
Besides that I've recently been helping out the World Wide Web Foundation with information visualisation.

Before there was all that much open data, I experimented a little with the forms that data can take, on a more aesthetic level, and so my website is perhaps filled with a lot of traces of my experimental doings. I really believe in the importance of getting inspiration from different fields, even though it can look a little funny sometimes :) Being from the North ( I was brought up in Denmark/Sweden by Czech parents
) naturally my experimental infovis work has focused on the Nordic weather and light :) ( Which reminds me that I quite enjoy the design of the interface and openness of the Norwegian Meteorological Institute :)

About Norway and the Nordic region
I got to know the Norwegian scene a bit more than I did already following various open knowledge related .no tweeters,  thanks to me helping out the Open Data Barometer ( http://opendatabarometer.org ) project of the World Wide Web Foundation this summer, surveying Norway.
Norway definitely has a lot going for it. Remembering my Norwegian friends'
ways, I'm quite certain a rather fun community can and will be built.

On a related note, I'm happy to see the Nordic region open data/knowledge scenes and communities expanding (as well as the same globally of course :). . The first Freedom of Information Acts were crafted in the Nordic countries (yeah, I'm afraid those Swedes got there first? by way of a Finnish-Swedish priest ( Anders Chydenius ). But we can still beat them for open data :) . . It would be rather great if this legacy could be extended contemporarily into the open data/knowledge sphere.

Though we're supposed to be rather modest in the Nordics, I'm happy to note that the local OKFN Finland has done a lot of good work developing the local open data scene. I look forward to helping share this knowledge and arrange contact with the relevant folks responsible for all this.

Sorry about the long introduction.
Looking forward to hearing at least as much from the rest of you, as well as collaborating :)

ps. Jo, jeg kan godt forst? Norsk ;)

All the best,


miska michael knapek - your local illusionist (designer) mob. +358-50-320-2616
web: http://knapek.org
animations: http://vimeo.com/miska
images: http://flickr.com/miska_too/sets
code/github: https://github.com/miskaknapek
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