[Okfn-se] thoughts on the Nordic Cooperation calls?

Broomfield, Heather Heather.Broomfield at difi.no
Mon Jun 2 06:58:39 UTC 2014

Hi all

I am also very positive to continuing our cooperation and thank you so much Miska for facilitiating this and pushing us. I am very sorry that I haven’t been able to join recently, but I seem to have spent the last weeks on a plane.  Things are better now and I’m looking forward to our talk on Wednesday.



Fra: Serdar Temiz [mailto:serdar at okfn.se]
Sendt: 31. mai 2014 10:35
Til: miska knapek; Christian Villum
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Emne: Re: thoughts on the Nordic Cooperation calls?

Dear All,

I would like to thank Miska for his great commitment and and Christian for the reply.

I am in to this cooperation and calls, and I think is is very good way to understand what is happening around and how we can cooperate. Sometimes one might not be available for skype call but next call that person can be and can follow discussion via meeting notes.

I will be available for meetup this month if nothing urgent happens.

We are already cooperating with Nordic Fi and we will be glad to cooperate to give Nordic Open Knowledge Awards all together. It is not launched yet but I have already registered domain http://okaward.org/  as well as got confirmation that Wikimedia Sweden will be part of it to organize it.


Serdar Temiz - Open Knowledge Foundation Ambassador in Sweden

On Tue May 27 13:02 , Christian Villum sent:
Hi Miska, hi all,

I'm a big +1 on keeping this spark in the hay alive. While it may seem hard for all of us to squeeze in more "work" in our already crowded diaries (here too!), I do think there there is a lot to gain for all of our groupings by being in contact with each other. I even think that just having regular monthly or bi-monthly update-calls (without the need to start new projects together as the only purpose) would be really useful and give us all a sense of nordic unity (network-building, experience exchange, etc. - in other words, synergies!). If we can build such a basic network activity, then shared projects might grow from that later on in an organic fashion. First we build the foundation, later we (may) build the house.

Miska has been really great at getting this off the ground, but like all of us he's a volunteer and it should not fall on his shoulders alone to keep the fire burning :) In other words, to keep this basic nordic network afloat, it's up to us all to take a little share upon our shoulders and show some enthusiasm! In the nordics we have so much potential to work together and be connected, and it would be such a pity if we indirectly isolate ourselves by not chatting every now and then. It will not require a lot of work from each of us if we all chip in with a little effort (for instance by attending the update calls every month or every second month). That simple engagement will bring us a long way, I'm sure!

I would love to hear from all countries/people in this thread about what you think and whether you are up for being part in taking this forward - or whether we should stop filling up your inbox :) (asking to be dropped from the thread is quite okay of course, frankness goes a long way).

All the best from sunny Copenhagen,



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On Mon, May 26, 2014 at 11:14 AM, miska knapek <contactmiska at knapek.org<javascript:top.opencompose('contactmiska at knapek.org','','','')>> wrote:

Dear Nordic bunch,

Hope you’re all doing well.

I regret that people were unavailable and that there was only three of us during the last Open Knowledge Nordics online meetup. I guess it’s a busy time of year for all of us.

In any event, I think there is much to gain from keeping contact and collaborating. All projects start slow - but think there’s much good that can come out of this collaboration. I’m not saying this because I’m getting paid for this to succeed or that there’s some ego issue. I’m using my spare time to try help openness projects, and I think this one can have a lot of good in it.

In the Nordic countries we’ve got a lot of similarities that can help us work together, and also different situations, which we can help to develop knowledge and practices for open practice.
There's quite a number of projects coming up that we could collaborate on. Already now OKF Finland and Sweden are collaborating on the FOIa platform Froide (Iceland - teeempted yet?).

What do you guys think?

Does it make sense to continue collaborating?

What would you suggest that we do to improve the collaboration?

The next call should be on Wednesday the 4th June, 10:00 CET.

Hope people will be there.



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