This July, code fellow David Morrison gave a lightning talk at the Edinburgh Open Knowledge Foundation Meetup, kindly hosted by the Scottish Parliament. You can find out about the other speakers at the OKFN Scotland blog.
Anyway, here he is talking about his work so far with East Lothian:
During our visit to Berlin to catch up with other Code for Europe fellows we decided to hang on for a few days and attend the Open Knowledge Festival.
Oh, if you’re not familiar with the organisation behind the event, the Open Knowledge Foundation (OKFN), is a non-profit organisation which advocates openness in all forms e.g. open-access, data, and content.
In attendance were government officials, academics, journalists, developers, activists, and people from non-profits just like OKFN itself. To give you an idea of what went on, I’ve written about a few of the sessions I attended below. Continue reading
As I’ve written about before, one of the main tasks the code fellows will be doing is setting up open data platforms. We’ve seen what can be achieved at the national level with data.gov and data.gov.uk which are both powered by CKAN. In Amsterdam, the code fellows were introduced to another platform, CitySDK.
CKAN and CitySDK offer different approaches and advantages for organisations opening their data. CitySDK mandates data follow a certain format. In contrast, CKAN functions as a portal. Data can be hosted anywhere, in any format, so it’s up to the data owners to look after it appropriately. Continue reading
Hello world, I’m Rory, one of the Code for Europe fellows working with NESTA and Clackmannanshire Council. As part of the ‘Open Data Scotland‘ programme we’re working to help local authorities take advantage of Open Data, and use it as a platform to build new digital services and enhance existing ones.
So what does that mean exactly?
When I refer to data, I mean raw values. Values becomes information when you visualise them or add context. When I refer to ‘open data’, I mean data that has been set free from control. Continue reading