[open-development] Updates from OKFestival

Tobias Eigen tobias at saidia.org
Mon Sep 24 17:32:26 UTC 2012

Hi Lucy - I'm so glad you posted this update from Helsinki. I regretted not
being able to make it to the festival and then was unable to pay as close
attention to it remotely as I was hoping. Would you mind if I repost your
blog post on Kabissa to share it with our niche network serving African
civil society?

As things settle down for you I'd be interested in talking more with you
about Kabissa, which the board of directors just decided last week to
transition from a volunteer-run networking platform to a larger
organization with staff and more programs. We are still working things out,
but know already that we'd like one of the new programs to be to maintain
an open data directory of African civil society organizations, as discussed
in the Kabissa community at http://kabissa.org/open. We will soon start
looking for partners to help fund and implement the open data directory.

I also would like to crosspost your post on slashopen.net, a site I created
last year to help spread open data by encouraging people to create a /open
URL on their websites. A number of people started doing it this week and
tweeting about it, presumably somehow in connection with the festival.
Looks like wikipedia might get a /open
just created theirs <http://lasa.org.uk/open/> this week.

If anyone wants to contribute to either the Kabissa or /open blogs to
report back from Helsinki or to share about your work relevant to the
sites, let me know or go ahead and join the sites and request blogger
access. They are community sites open to all that want to help out.

Warm regards,


*Tobias Eigen*
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On Mon, Sep 24, 2012 at 10:11 AM, Lucy Chambers <lucy.chambers at okfn.org>wrote:

> (Apologies for cross-post. )
> In case any of you missed it last week, I thought I would quickly
> offer a quick update from what happened at OKFestival.
> * There were scoops - the Netherlands announced that they would
> publish their budget for the first time in machine-readable format.
> * There were collaborations - we teamed up with the International Aid
> Transparency Initiative folks to sketch out some key questions in
> developing a standard for spending data, bearing in mind
> interoperability between these related spheres from the off.
> * There were fantastic talks from some of the working group members,
> talking about how to connect these complex datasets to issues people
> really care about and on why participation is key in actually
> improving budgeting practices (and creating a more demanding public!)
> I've tried to capture as many discussions in as much detail as
> possible in this blog post, and raised a few questions on where we
> might go next - particularly in improving data quality. Would love
> your feedback!
> http://openspending.org/blog/2012/09/24/OKFest-Followup.html
> Lucy
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> Open Knowledge Foundation
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