[School-of-data] Announcing the Kick-Off sprint!

Laura Newman laura.newman at okfn.org
Thu May 17 14:21:16 UTC 2012

Hi Joao,

Thank you for getting in touch - and thanks for getting the ball rolling on
the School of Data mailing list :)

It sounds like you have a very interesting background, and we would love to
have your involvement in the School of Data in future. Your point about
time is well taken, and we will certainly consider including e.g. a
Saturday in any workshops and sprints we plan for the future.

I wonder if you would also be interested in our working group on open
economics (http://openeconomics.net/)? Shout off-list if so and I will make
some introductions!

Thanks again for your positive words and we hope to hear from you again in


On Thu, May 17, 2012 at 2:22 PM, João Pedro Cruz
<cruz.joaopedro at gmail.com>wrote:

> Dear Laura,
> I am very interested and excited about the School of Data and I would like
> to take part from it. My background is Intellectual Property and
> Competition law and economics. I have some theoretical background on
> collaborative economics and community development.
> I would love to participate in your events but due to my work I won't be
> able do to so... I hope that in the future you could schedule some of the
> meetings to the weekend so that I could take part on it.
> Anyways, it is great to hear that the School of Data is about to kick-off.
> I am very excited about this project.
> Greetings,
> João Pedro Cruz
> 2012/5/17 Laura Newman <laura.newman at okfn.org>
>> Hi all,
>> Many thanks for waiting so patiently for news about the School of Data.
>> Things were quiet initially whilst we waited for funding confirmation, but
>> I am now delighted to announce that the School of Data will be co-supported
>> by both Open Society Foundations and the Shuttleworth Foundation. Many
>> thanks to OSF and Shuttleworth for making this possible!
>> Particular thanks also to those of you have volunteered to build learning
>> challenges, to mentor courses, to offer interesting datasets and resources,
>> or who have shown an interest in joining the collaboration. *This is
>> your chance to get involved!*
>> Please do drop an email to this list to share your interests and ideas.
>> We would be particularly delighted to welcome you to our virtual sprint
>> next week!
>> *## School of Data kick-off sprint *
>> Next week, we will be holding a School of Data kick-off sprint. This will
>> be a hands on workshop to share ideas, source materials, and start building
>> content for the school.
>> On the afternoon of *Thursday 24th May*, we will be holding a designated
>> online sprint. This will take place on *IRC *(#schoolofdata on freenode)from
>> *12-4pm UTC. *All are welcome!
>> Sign-up on the etherpad:* *
>> http://schoolofdata.okfnpad.org/kick-off-sign-up*
>> *
>> On the day, we particularly welcome:
>> * Suggestions for content and courses
>> * Recommendations (or donations!) of high quality, openly licensed
>> materials and resources, including interesting datasets to work with
>> * Offers to build a specific learning challenge or track
>> * 'Testers' willing to try out and improve the content available so far
>> If you can't join us at the designated time, please do feel to drop into
>> the IRC room at other times - we will try to ensure someone is in there
>> whenever possible. Additionally, please do feel free to use this list (
>> school-of-data at lists.okfn.org) to begin sharing ideas and resources.
>> *## Social Evening*
>> If you happen to be near Berlin, come along for our social evening!
>> Following the virtual sprint, we will be meeting in Oberholz<http://www.sanktoberholz.de>at
>> *7pm *on *Thursday 24th May *for a relaxed and informal gathering.
>> Sign-up here: http://lanyrd.com/2012/opendata/
>> We are really excited to see plans for the School of Data moving forward.
>> With your help, we're sure that this will be a great success. It's been
>> really encouraging to read all the messages of support that were submitted
>> via our original form, and we hope that we can now begin putting some of
>> those excellent ideas into practice!
>> If you have any questions, do feel free to contact me directly or via
>> schoolofdata at okfn.org at any time.
>> Many thanks,
>> Laura
>> --
>> Laura Newman
>> Community Coordinator
>> Open Knowledge Foundation
>> http://okfn.org/
>> Skype: lauranewmanonskype
>> Twitter: @Newmanlk
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> --
> João Pedro Cruz

Laura Newman
Community Coordinator
Open Knowledge Foundation
Skype: lauranewmanonskype
Twitter: @Newmanlk
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