[open-economics] Minutes from the Open Economics monthly call: October 3
velichka.dimitrova at okfn.org
Wed Oct 3 18:12:43 UTC 2012
I would like to share some minutes from the Open Economics monthly call.
The Etherpad link for this online meeting was:
- *When did it happen? *Oct. 3, 2012 at 5pm London / 6pm Berlin / 12pm
Washington D.C. / 9am San Francisco
- *Where did it happen?* online: on skype
- *Who participated:* Velichka, David, John, Guo, Dirk, Anders
- We started with a short introduction round
- We shared some experiences from the Open Knowledge Festival
(documentation blog post in
- We discussed the suggestion for having an online resource for
openly-licensed data. We can start putting more datasets on the
yet we should be aiming to get institutions and researchers to release
their datasets: put them on the DataHub, etc., because just find more
already existing online resources. We noticed some spam on the Datahub that
we should email the support team about.
- It was decided to hold a data party on failed European banks on *October,
Wednesday 25th* at *5:30pm London / 6:30pm* Berlin. Anders shared his
dataset on failed European
showed us an example from the
A blog post and announcement about this will follow.
- We would organise other data parties themed around economic history
and other relevant topics in the future.
- Ideas were shared on how to enhance the OpenEconomics blog: get some
higher quality content. There is a general blog post about the Working
Group and the issues it addresses in preparation. We could also invite
contributions e.g. Arturo Muente-Kunigami, but we need to make clear what
the added value is.
- It was noted that the Open Economics website does not provide a lot of
information on how to get involved in an inviting way. It might not be
clear what is the purpose, e.g. mission statement, it doesn't invite people
to join, it is not clear how to join and how to participate.. A way to
improve this could be to also write an extended and welcoming e-mail and
tell about ways how to participate.
- There is a need to address mainstream economics and not to be trapped
in certain themes: e.g. we have been focusing on the environmental agenda
too much, but we need to address
- It was noted that some of the subindicators of Yourtopia and we should
address this before we decide to implement other versions of Yourtopia. It
would be realistic to compile data from Eurostat and do Yourtopia Europe.
Follow issues on the Github <https://github.com/okfn/yourtopia/>
and the Yourtopia
mailing list <http://lists.okfn.org/mailman/listinfo/yourtopia> for more
details. We have to follow up with several people who expressed interest.
- We could do an Open Knowledge Index with data for 2012 and see whether
the ranking has changed. We could organise an online session, possibly in
- It was suggested to organise an academic hackday motivated by the fact
that researchers and economists often feel they are not involved then they
are not doing any coding during a hackathon or hackday. Having the
opportunity for PhD researchers to attend and share experience, datasets
could be useful in finding co-authors and doing a project together. The
group decided on the name "Academic Hackday" and the first one would take
place in London in the end of November / beginning of December, possibly on
a Friday. The theme should not be too specific, but also not too broad
either. It could be labour economics for a start.
If you have any questions or additions, let us know!
Coordinator of the Open Economics Working Group
Open Knowledge Foundation
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