[Okfn-no] [Okfn-dk] how to plan a nordic open data week

Sigrid Wilbeck SigWil at erst.dk
Wed Feb 25 11:52:25 UTC 2015

Virk Data is planning a smart city hackathon on the 29th-30th of May with the use of open data – still not ready to go totally public – just wanted to tell you that something is coming up☺

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Sendt: 25. februar 2015 11:12
Til: Christian Villum
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Emne: Re: [Okfn-dk] how to plan a nordic open data week

Fantastic Christian.

What would be great to try, is to get people from the different parts of an open data/knowledge ecosystem involved.
Eg. humanists, scientists/researchers, user centered designers, policy makers, etc…
I.e. beyond the usual suspects - even if the usual suspects are great ;)

It'd be cool if one could have good contextualised explanations, and to try be in touch with and involve new people - as mentioned above - to lecture and/or debate.
At least getting relevant people into the same room, will hopefully start a discussion of how people can collaborate.

Hope it sounds more promising than a vague description ;)


On 25 February 2015 at 10:52, Christian Villum <villum at autofunk.dk<mailto:villum at autofunk.dk>> wrote:
Thanks Miska, looks great.

I'm sure that we in the Copenhagen team can at least pull off a meetup or hackathon to mark the event + maybe more stuff :)


On Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 9:47 AM, miska knapek <miska at knapek.org<mailto:miska at knapek.org>> wrote:
Hey good folk,

Ok, so the Nordic Open Data Week is starting to assume at least a press release :)

The 'digitisation agency' organisers of Norway, Sweden and Denmark - plus OKF Finland - have been working on putting together an period, where there'll be - hopefully many - open data/knowledge related events in the Nordic countries. It's everyone's event - with support for running activities here and there.  Please do help make this a good event, and grow the open data/knowledge landscape for everyone.

( Just so it's not missed, I'll put the question at the top )
Could you please help by suggesting the following:
- Who would like to be involved, in each country?
- What kind of online discussion platforms should be used? - Trello, Wordpress, Etherpads, Google docs, Slack?

Here's a quick blurb about the event from Vinnova.se's blog:

The organisers would like to help set the stage and encourage people to get active regarding open data/knowledge during this week.
The more visibility open data/knowledge gets, the more we can get various actors onboard, and the better the eco-system will be.

Hopefully there'll be some inter-Nordic activities, taking open data/knowledge to an international level. Moreover, if we get a bit of Nordic momentum, we can get together and push governments to do things that are either happening in other countries, or that aren't happening at all.
At least in the Swedish perspective, the key focus of the event is to make open data/knowledge tangible for everyday people. The Swedes would very much like to see visualisation, physicalisations, and art made of open data/knowledge, to get it into the realm of more people.

From the VInnova blog:

The Nordic Open Data Week 2015 will bring together interested parties from the Nordic countries to work simultaneously on open data. Each country has earlier had activities such as hackathons and competitions at the national level with great success; raising this to the cross-border level can bring added value in terms of new and better services – both at a cross-border and national level, while also acting as a catalyst to open up even more data from public sector vaults.

Each country will organize at least one hackathon and other open data related activities to coincide with the Nordic Open Data Week. Ideally each country will have more than one event in more than one city. The participants will come from the public and private sectors and civil society.

All the best,


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