[open-development] [Fwd] Open for Change News - February 2012

Rolf Kleef rolf at openforchange.info
Fri Feb 3 16:29:15 UTC 2012

Open Tea, Thursday March 8th, AmLab, Amsterdam
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Open for Change Newsletter February 2012

In this newsletter:

  * a wrap-up of the past Open Tea and announcement of the next one.
  * an update on international aid data networking
  * current developments on the IATI NGO working group

Open Tea
On December the 8th the Open for Change network had its first Open Tea
atthe Amlab
Amterdam, to look back at the past year and discuss where we will be
heading in 2012.

Mark Tiele Westra fromAkvo
an initiative that makes open data on Dutch development aid visualized
and searchable.
Marijn  Rijken fromTNO
 and invited us to participate on a research project
the effects of open data for the development sector.

We discussed the organization of theOpen for Change
Evident in the discussion was the important role the Open for Change
network holds in connecting, exchanging and supporting open data
initiatives and knowledge in the development sector. How this role
should be filled in is something we are working on in 2012.

We want to thank the1%CLUB
hosting the open tea in the gorgeous Amlab, and hope to see you there
again at the next Open Tea: March 8th, 15:00- 17:00 and after that Open

International networking
At various meet-ups at conferences in 2011, we discussed ways to
strengthen the international network of open aid data activists.

In November, we submitted a proposal for a European Aid Data Network to
the EuropeAid budget line of the European Commission, led by AidInfo in
the UK, with Partos (NL), FORS (CZ), ACEP (PT), IGO (PL) and the Open
Knowledge Foundation (UK). We hope to hear by early March whether we are
invited to submit a full proposal.

In the meantime, AidInfo has asked Claudia Schwegmann of OpenAid.de to
continue building out this emerging European network. We had a first
conference call last Tuesday, and plan to have the next one on March 2nd.

To create joint channels of communication, we invite you all to:

1) Join the open-development mailing list to discuss international open
aid data:http://lists.okfn.org/mailman/listinfo/open-development
2) Track our guide of open aid data-related events, and submit

The IATI NGO Working Group is a CSO-led forum that was created with the
approval of the IATI Steering Committee to discuss the application of
the IATI Standards to the work of CSOs and to present practical
proposals on CSO-specific approaches to publication of IATI compatible

The CSO Working Group is co-chaired by Beris Gwynne, representing the
International NGO Charter of Accountability Company, and Brian
Tomlinson, representing the CSO Open Forum.

Both Partos and Open for Change are represented in the group, and we’re
aiming to organise an “intervision meeting” for Dutch NGOs in March.

The next peer reference meeting is planned for beginning of March. The
first general consultation will hopefully take place in April 2012. Read
more on our blog!

Recommended reading

  * Francis Maude
    to the World Bank about the Open Government Partnership and the
    experiences and ambitions in the UK Government
  * The Data Journalism Awards are open for submissions
  * Exposing Data: Art Slash Activism
    A post-event report of a public discussion at the CIS office in
    Bangalore, with videos
  * The Dutch data landscape in 32 interviews and a survey
    report is in English)

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