[open-development] Fwd: Open for Change Newsletter September 2013

Tim Davies tim at practicalparticipation.co.uk
Wed Sep 11 16:07:56 UTC 2013

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             *Open for Change Newsletter September 2013*

*Practical information*
1.     Next Open Tea on the 19th of September @Dutch Ministry of Foreign
2.     Coming soon... Open Development Camp website

*Open Development News*
3.     Syria - Syrian Humanitarian aid: Which countries give what?
4.     Africa - New CCAPS Dashboard to explore climate security
vulnerability in Africa
5.     International - Linked data for IATI
6.     International - Open as standard for higher education and research
7.     International - 'Natural resource revenues should be published as
open data'
8.     International - IATI welcomes the new secretariat

*By Open for Change *

*News from our Inbox *
9.     International - OKCon is coming up!

 *Open for Change Update*

*1.     Next Open Tea on the 19th of September @Dutch Ministry of Foreign
Join us on the 19th of September from 15:30-17:00 at the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs in The Hague. Come and celebrate the fact that 2 years ago
the Dutch Government was one of the first big donor organizations who
published IATI open
During this Open Tea, we'll get a Peek into the Kitchen of the Ministry:
They'll present the dashboards they built on top of their own Open Data to
manage their program portfolio. And of course there's plenty room for
questions and discussion. You can sign up via

*2.     Coming soon... Open Development Camp website*
On the 7th and 8th of November the Open Development Camp 2013 (#ODC13) will
take place @AmLab<http://openforchange.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=c0244a37320d771a7a2eb62f8&id=9f3dd0facd&e=19fc76896d>.
We are launching our website very soon, so keep an eye on your mailbox for
a special ODC update.  * *

*Open Development News*

*3.     Syria - Syrian Humanitarian aid: Which countries give what?*
The UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
has been keeping track of who is donating to Syria's humanitarian crisis
and how much. In this
the Guardian this data is visualised in different ways, for example by
total donations and Donations as % of GDP.

*4.     Africa - New CCAPS Dashboard to explore climate security
vulnerability in Africa*
On the CCAPS Climate
the CCAPS climate security vulnerability model equally weights the
following four sources of vulnerability: 1. Climate-Related Hazard Exposure
2. Population Density 3. Household and Community Resilience 4. Government
and Political Violance. And you can use sliders to explore how changing
these weights impacts our understanding of overall vulnerability.

*5.     International - Linked data for IATI*
Kasper Brandt presented his MSc thesis in artificial intelligence on
"Linked Data for IATI" at VU University Amsterdam, describing his efforts
to define an RDFS model for IATI, and making IATI data available as Linked
some prototype applications to demonstrate its potential. Contact
de Boer<http://openforchange.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=c0244a37320d771a7a2eb62f8&id=d8b4a02985&e=19fc76896d>for
more details or download the thesis

*6.    International - Open as standard for higher education and research*
a policy
open approaches for the research and higher education
communities across the European Research Area (ERA). It has been produced
to provide advice and guidance on this topic to the European Commission. * *

*7.    International - 'Natural resource revenues should be published as
open data'*
Jonathan Gray<http://openforchange.us2.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=c0244a37320d771a7a2eb62f8&id=b19e76336c&e=19fc76896d>wrote
that ' Information about natural resource revenues should be
published as open data, so that citizens can use it to hold politicians and
governments to account for how public assets are disposed of and exploited'.

*8.    International - IATI welcomes the new secretariat*
On the 6th of September IATI
welcomed the new secretariat led by the United Nations Development
and joined by the United
Nations Office for Project
the Governments
and the UK-based NGO Development
You can find the media release

*By Open for Change  *

*News from our inbox*

*9.     International - OKCon is coming up!*
>From the 16th - 18th of September the Open Knowledge
organising the Open
Knowledge Conference<http://openforchange.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=c0244a37320d771a7a2eb62f8&id=0d55b78fce&e=19fc76896d>(OKCon)
in Geneva. The conference will focus on several topics around Open
Data. Here<http://openforchange.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=c0244a37320d771a7a2eb62f8&id=f9d58f7d95&e=19fc76896d>you
can find the program organised around the topic: Open Development and

If you have any questions or comments about this newsletter, have news to
be featured in the next newsletter, or would like to speak at or organize
an Open Tea, feel free to contact Josje at openforchange.info

*The next newsletter will be sent out on the 15th of October. *
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