Open Data Portal 0 Have you ever wondered… which of Europe’s countries has the greenest energy supply? Or which of its economies are growing fastest? Or which organisations are lobbying the EU? Or how EU public funds are being spent? The EU gathers and generates data about these and about many other things. This data is like a digital echo of the world around us which we can use to improve our understanding of important issues and to make better decisions. European legislation on reuse of public sector information - Digital Agenda for Europe The Directive on the re-use of public sector information (Directive 2003/98/EC, known as the 'PSI Directive') entered into force on 31 December 2003. It focuses on the economic aspects of re-use of information rather than on the access of citizens to information. It encourages the Member States to make as much information available for re-use as possible. It addresses material held by public sector bodies in the Member States, at national, regional and local levels, such as ministries, state agencies, municipalities, as well as organisations funded for the most part by or under the control of public authorities (e.g. meteorological institutes). The Directive covers written texts, databases, audio files and film fragments; it does not apply to the educational, scientific, broadcasting and cultural sectors. Full text of the Directive here.
„Open Lesson”: Do-It-Yourself workshop on Open Education In Poland, training and education is an important part of our work on promoting open, and a necessary support for our policy work. But trainings are time and resource intensive. We realised at some point, that we cannot scale our activities if we continue to train about open on our own. We therefore decided to look for solutions to crowdsource such trainings and workshops. The “Open Lesson” project is a result of this new approach. Open Data for Development - Home Region of focus: Global Duration: 24 monthsFunding: CA$8 millionLaunched: January 2015 The Open Data for Development (OD4D) program brings together a network of leading implementing partners who have a wealth of experience in developing countries. Together, they are harnessing open data initiatives to enhance transparency and accountability, and to facilitate public service delivery and citizen participation. The goal of the OD4D program is to scale innovations that are working, and to strengthen coordination among other open data initiatives to ensure they benefit people in developing countries. Partnership objectives The OD4D program’s global network will facilitate and scale innovative approaches to open data to ensure benefits reach citizens in developing countries.
Open data An introductory overview of Linked Open Data in the context of cultural institutions. Clear labeling of the licensing terms is a key component of Open data, and icons like the one pictured here are being used for that purpose. Overview The concept of open data is not new; but a formalized definition is relatively new—the primary such formalization being that in the Open Definition which can be summarized in the statement that "A piece of data is open if anyone is free to use, reuse, and redistribute it — subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and/or share-alike."
Oer15: Window Boxes, Battles, and Bandwagons So OER15, with its theme of ‘Mainstreaming Open Education’, introduced a bit of a quandary. On the one hand recent times have seen a fair amount of Open Washing (Audrey Watters definition: “having an appearance of open-source and open-licensing for marketing purposes, while continuing proprietary practices“), and on the other mainstreaming often means compromises. Changing the world is never easy… The OER conference is now in its 6th year and continues to be organised as a community event by stakeholders interested in the progression of OER. This year the host city was Cardiff, a seemingly perfect fit due to the recent Open Education Wales policy. There is no doubt that there a buzzing community interested in OER in the UK and beyond exists, but is this still the same players who saw the potential of OER many moons ago, or have things moved on?
Open Data's Impact - The Govlab Benefits to Charities Outside of government, probably the heaviest users of the T3010 data set have been charities themselves. One of the earliest nonprofit users of the data set, Imagine Canada, has been working with the data since the early 1990s. In the beginning, the data was used as a population count of charitable organizations, and an indicator of the key areas covered by the T3010, such as the charitable activities, revenues, expenditure, size, location and distribution – enabling a macro-level view of the philanthropic sector that still provides value today. Over time, Imagine Canada’s use of the data has become both heavier and more complex. “I use [the T3010 data] for everything from a sampling frame for survey work, to … a data source for answering policy-relevant questions, to being able to tell people what’s going on in the charitable sector in a given province.
Urban Data Challenge: Zürich Overview What’s the heartbeat of your city? Does data make your pulse race? Buses, trams, bicycles, pedestrians, and cars zoom about modern cities like blood pulsing through the body. But with urban growth comes challenges—one of them is how to improve transportation.