[open-development] Working group call - follow up

Tim Davies tim at practicalparticipation.co.uk
Sun Mar 3 19:57:52 UTC 2013

Hello all,

We had a great Working Group call on Tuesday, with 14 people from across
the world joining the call, and a number of others contributing through
e-mail and Etherpad.

Notes from the meeting can be found at http://okfnpad.org/opendevwg and
I've pasted in the introductions to everyone who was on the call below (as
one of the big things we've identified is that members would like to know
more about the 200+ people on this list).

To summarise the call and potential actions (some discussed on the call,
some extra ideas):

   - *Outreach* to bring more people into the conversation was a big theme.
   A number of people volunteered to act as local outreach volunteers or local
   leaders in their regions.

   Action: Anyone attending relevant local or regional events to promote
   the group at these. Land Coalition and others to consider inviting members
   to join the working group. Ask the list for resources you need to help
   promoting the working group.

   - *Increasing knowledge sharing and networking* - there wasn't consensus
   on having a LinkedIn group (though I would point everyone to the sister
   Open Development Google+ group set up by Wayan Vota at
   https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/116341375754355594168) but there
   was a real interest in more knowledge sharing.

   Action: if you've got open-development news - share it by sending to
   open-development at lists.okfn.org. If you've not told everyone the list
   what you are up to recently, then share an update with the list.

   Possible action: set up a spreadsheet listing all the members of the WG
   list, with space to add details on interests and projects

   - *Funded projects* - Matthew Smith introduced the possibility of some
   capacity building funds for the group. We agree to work up concrete
   proposals over March that we could then discuss. We identified key goals
   for these proposals:
      - *(a) Building the open development field; *
   - *(b) Building southern ownership of open development agenda; *
   - *(c) Capacity building; *
   - *(d) Meeting a demonstrated demand; *

   I've set up a template for working up proposals here:
   http://okfnpad.org/opendevwg-proposal and started one on having a
   fellowship scheme here: http://okfnpad.org/opendevwg-proposal-fellowships

   If you have a proposal you would like the group to consider, then take
   the template, set up your own etherpad, and let the list know about it so
   that we can collaborate on plans.

   - *Regular web-conversations* - Tariq K offered to experiment with some
   live web chats on Google+. This sounds like a great idea.

   Action: Anyone who wants to help Tariq, or with suggestions for topics,
   let him know. We should schedule one of these in soon.

I'll also send specific e-mails on different of these actions in the coming
week to help us move forward next steps - but please don't wait for me
before getting started on any actions you can give a few minutes too...

All the best


   - *Tim Davies* - consultant for aidinfo, open data researcher (
   www.opendataresearch.org), web science PhD student

   - *Carlos Iglesias* - open data consultant spain; working with WF to
   create methods for assess readiness of countries for open data initiatives;
   also conducting studies of open data readiness around the world; web
   standards and ICT for social and economic development with SB Consulting

   - *Christophe* - DANS, Den Haag - working on open data and linked data -
   in low bandwidth context

   - *Claudia* - OKF Germany - lobyying for aid transparency with german
   government and NGOs

   - *Kate Chapman*- Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT)- (based in Jakarta)
   HOT works with government and communities to help them collect open
   geographic data for disaster preparedness and response.

   - *Laura* - working on LandPortal.info - looking at how landportal could
   gather and share open data...

   - *Matthew Smith* - International Development Reseach Centre - Canada -
   Ottowa based. Funding research for development projects; research that
   needs to be communicated to other practitioners; 'Information and networks'

   - *Neil Sorensen *- International Land Coalition - NGOs, Civil Society,
   Research Institutes, Many UN Agencies - ILC Council made 'open development'
   an official priority of the organisation. Goal: secure equiable access to
   and control over land... Making land transparent can help us to introduce

   - *Tin* - Web Oberations for ILC - work closely with LandMatrix project.

   - *Raed Sharif* - Tononto based - PhD, teaching and working on ODDC
   project. Worked with open access movement for many years - in the last 5
   years or so focussing on open data and knowledge for social change and
   development in Africa and Middle East. Done extensive research on these
   issue in South Africa.  Interest in continued work in this field.

   - *Victor de Boer*- VU Amsterdam - worked on open development projects -
   voice based access for farmers in Africa (http://mvoices.eu/). Also a
   project on Linked Data for IDS(w/ Christophe)
   two MSc projects in this field - Linked Open Data for IATI; Linked Data for
   Land Portal.

   - *Mark Herringer* - open development practitioner and social
   entrepreneur. developing www.konekta.info Geolocation and access to
   community services. https://github.com/konekta/where-is-when-is/issues

   - *Felipe Estefan* - Open Government at World Bank Institute: Open
   Contracting, Open Budgeting and Open Development Technology Alliance

   - *Mariana* - Uruguay - D.A.T.A - Open Data, Transparency and Access to
   Information.  DATA promotes human development through the creation, use
   and innovation on Open Data based technology

   - *John Weeks* - Project Coordinator for Open Development Cambodia.
   Providing and collating public sector news and legal data, with a
   particular emphasis on mapping. http://OpenDevCam.net<http://opendevcam.net/>


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