Meeting & Workshop @ Smt. Hansa Mehta Library, Baroda, India

libraryFounded in 1950 and named after the university’s first chancellor, the Smt. Hansa Mehta Library represents a remarkable example of making knowledge accessible to everyone. Professor Dr. Mayank Trivedi, University librarian since 2010, gave us the opportunity to run our workshop in Baroda (Gujarat state) and to discuss with him about Knowledge Sharing in academic institutions.

trivediLeading a group of 125 staff members, Professor Dr. Trivedi has brought new ideas to the library. On his initiative and launched three months ago, the Open Knowledge Gateway is an internet platform where everyone, not only students of the university, can access a vast amount of educational content for free and in several languages. From Thesis to E-Books, through academic online courses, the daily updated database links the user to valuable information without needing to register or moving away from his desk and serves as a perfect start point for any research work.

The passion and commitment of Dr. Trivedi and his team, who have realised a tremendous effort to put all the information together, has achieved important results. Since its start, the platform has attracted more than 23000 visitors.

During our discussion, we agreed that these online resources should be more present, specially in countries where not everyone has access to traditional education. We could also experience about other interesting projects the library is currently realising. Such as IR, a platform (based on the open source software DSpace) for digitalising and archiving thesis which, among other similar repositories, is integrated in Shodnganga.

ws1Our workshop gathered around 40 participants: students, researchers and part of the library staff, what represents the most attended of our events so far. Interestingly, this time software developers and computer scientists were counted in a small number. However, this fact did not affect the general interest of the audience regarding our technical demonstration on how to visualise open data using cartodb.

ws2Teaching about open data and its visualisation in an academic context has been something new but very enriching for us and the next steps of our project. In a very relaxed atmosphere, we could exchange with the participants about the situation of Open Data in India and the benefits of open cultures, specially in the academic area. Many questions arose related to Open Source software in library science and also about where to find data sources for research purposes.

Although India has been participating in the Open Government Initiative since 2012 and the government has being releasing data on their platform since then, it is relevant to say that the majority of the attendees were not aware of this yet. Actually, the concept of Open Data and the existence of organisations as the OKFN was something new for a great number of participants. This motivates us to keep on divulging these principles. We are still visiting other places in the sub continent and look forward for the upcoming encounters.

Slides of the presentation
Slides of the presentation

Meeting & Workshop @ Webnotes Technologies, Mumbai, India

Our first encounter in India took place in the big city of Mumbai, where we were kindly invited by Web Notes Technologies to pass by their office in the Vidyavihar-West area.

Founded in 2008, the small enterprise consists of a team of young open source enthusiasts and represents one of the few Indian companies developing own open source solutions. Their main product is a good example of a complete software piece being released as open source with a business model behind, which is fair and makes sense. No surprise that has been recently listed as one of the top open source applications of 2013 by the magazine InfoWorld.

meetingWhile exchanging about open source and specially about open data, we discovered that they have a couple of great projects coming up soon. First, there is which is a platform that makes browsing the datasets available on the Indian open data website more easily and user-friendly. Interestingly, this clever approach was conceived and implemented in less than 24 hours as part of a Hackathon the government organised.

But this tool is just in a very early stage. According to their plans, it will become a more complete solution to address the main problems that most open data platforms are facing today: format standardisation and dataset categorisation. A new upcoming version should participate in the App challenge organised at till the 30th September. Full support for them!

participantsAfter this enriching meeting, we could run our workshop on the spot and were happy to count around 20 people among the audience. While most of them had an IT-background as the previous sessions in Europe, we also gathered various profiles this time, youngsters and seniors, girls and boys, students, executive directors, architects and political activists. Their interest focused particularly in the visualisation part and its technical tools. Many attendees were indeed already working with a certain amount and kind of data, but still searching how to visualise and use it. Our examples in the political area and our data mappings were very inspiring for their work.

erpnextMumbai and north of India are not so much advanced regarding open data initiatives as southern regions, the audience pointed out. Probably one of the reasons why the debate brought rather new ideas and projects being currently developed instead of finished ones. For example, one of the participants is developing a platform which fights human trafficking by helping families to recognize lost children working illegally in the streets of Mumbai. Also, the project Karnakata Election Watch, a platform to report election irregularities in this southern region, was presented and remembered us the similar initiative of za’lart we covered in Albania.

As we experienced, some big steps have been already made. India participates in the Open Government Initiative since 2012 and counts already lots of datasets on its Open Data Platform, mostly about economics, and organises Hackatons and App Challenges to promote their use. Other topics are being covered independently as by the United Nations – DevInfo, so we can state that something is happening in the sub continent regarding Open Data. However, something we would love to see, is its participation in the Open Government Partnership. We believe this can become true soon since India is on the list of the eligible countries 2013 and could apply to take part in this promising initiative.

Our next event will take place in the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, 400km north from Mumbai. After that, we will head south to experience ourselves the differences between indian regions and discover new Open Knowledge related projects there.

Slides of the presentation
Slides of the presentation

After Europe, Open Steps tours India

Almost three months we have been on the road traveling along Europe, now it is time to make a big leap forward and head to India!

We will arrive in Mumbai next week and stay till mid December in the sub continent. In the last weeks, we have been working on establishing contact with individuals and organisations working on Open Knowledge related projects. The interest for topics like Knowledge Sharing and Open Data in this country is overwhelming and we are happy to count the following meetings on our schedule:

20th September, Mumbai, Workshop @ Web Notes Technologies office

erpnext-team-2Web Notes Technologies is an internet engineering company based out of Mumbai founded in 2008. They build web based Open Source applications for everyone to use. Some of them have created the website which facilitates the access and use of the existing indian open data datasets.

30th September, Vadodara, Workshop @
The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda

mainOpen Knowledge Gateway (OKG) provides a platform to the faculty/researchers and students of MSU to access the free academic resources available on Internet without geographical limitations.




Mid November, Bangalore, Meeting @ Tactical Tech

tacticaltech_logoTactical Tech is an organisation dedicated to the use of information in activism. They focus on the use of data, design and technology in campaigning and on helping activists understand and manage their digital security and privacy risks. They also create tools to work with data sharing them to the public domain.

Mid November, Bangalore, Workshop @ Karnataka Learning Partnership

8049854749_e7602536c4Karnataka Learning Partnership is a public space where all citizens can contribute to the cause of ensuring better schools and schooling for our children. Better education will ensure better human development and prosperity for our citizens.


Mid November, Bangalore, Meeting @ Open Governance Initiative for India

ogiOpen Governance Initiative for India – is an effort led by leading public policy professionals, data scientists and researchers to enable participatory governance in India. This effort has been initiated by the Center for Public Policy at Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore in partnership with Knoema

We keep searching for further relevant projects to document, stay tuned!

Matériel de presse Août 2013

Open Steps : un voyage autour du monde pour découvrir et faire connaître des projets de Savoir Libre.

Open Steps est l´initiative de deux jeunes Berlinois, Alex Corbi (espagnol, développeur informatique) et Margo Thierry (française, politiques européennes), qui ont décidé début juillet 2013 de quitter leur train-train quotidien pour partir en voyage autour du monde. Le but de ce voyage d´un an est de rencontrer individus et collectifs engagés dans le domaine du Savoir Libre et de faire connaître les principes de ce concept encore trop peu connu.

À la manière d’un journal de bord, nous publions sur notre site internet les résultats de ces échanges. Vous pouvez ainsi y lire des articles sur la situation de l´Open Data dans les pays parcourus et visionner les interviews de fervents militants du savoir et de la culture libres. Nous y rapportons aussi notre propre expérience en tant que participants à des projets de Savoir Libre, tel que le festival de l´énergie solaire en république tchèque ou le programme de volontariat wwoofing en Turquie.

Open Steps bénéficie du soutien de l´Open Knowledge Foundationqui nous fournit nombreux contacts et a publié un article sur son blog relatant les deux premiers mois de notre projet;et deCartoDB qui nous apporte son aide technologique à la réalisation de notre workshop sur la visualisation de données ouvertes: “Visualising Open Data to bring out global issues”.

A quoi servent le Savoir Libre et l´Open Data?

Par Savoir Libre, nous définissons toute information, contenu ou donnée qui est libre d´accès, de réutilisation et de redistribution. Nous sommes convaincus que cette liberté est une chance pour améliorer notre société en termes d´égalité, de transparence, d´innovation et de démocratie.

L´Open Data est inclus dans ce concept général mais se concentre tout particulièrement sur les données. Et c´est justement ce dont traite le second volet de notre projet. En coopération avec des organisations-hôtes, nous présentons au cours de notre voyage un workshop qui non seulement explique ce qu´est l´Open Data mais donne aussi l´occasion de débattre sur le degré actuel d´ouverture dans chaque pays.

Parler d´Open Steps dans votre média

Si notre initiative a suscité votre intérêt, vous pouvez nous aider à promouvoir ces principes devant une plus large audience. Nous serions ravis de vous savoir intéressé à publier un article ou parler de notre projet dans votre support médiatique. Vous pouvez obtenir plus d´information sur Open Steps et nous contacter d´une des manières suivantes:

-consulter notre site internet (en anglais exclusivement):
Site internet:
À propos de nous:
Slides et vidéos de nos précédents workshops et interviews:
Télécharger les fichiers destinés à la presse:

-lire les deux articles en ligne suivants présentant notre projet (en anglais):

-nous interviewer personnellement: nous sommes disposés à répondre à vos questions en français, anglais, allemand ou espagnol.
Skype: margo009 / alejandro.corbi
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Material de prensa Agosto 2013

Open Steps : un viaje alrededor del mundo descubriendo y documentando proyectos de conocimiento abierto

Open Steps es una iniciativa de dos jóvenes residentes en la ciudad de Berlin, Alex Corbi (español, desarrollador de software) y Margo Thierry (francesa, políticas europeas), quienes en julio de 2013 decidieron abandonar su vida cotidiana y lanzarse a un viaje alrededor del mundo durante un año. El objetivo de ésta travesía es el de descubrir personas y organizaciones trabajando activamente en proyectos relacionados con el Conocimiento Abierto, divulgando de esta manera los principios detrás de dicho concepto.

En nuestra página web y en forma de un diario de viaje, publicamos la documentación y resultados de dichos encuentros. En ella, se pueden encontrar artículos sobre la situación actual de los Datos Abiertos en los países visitados, así como entrevistas con activistas pertenecientes a la sociedad civil, los cuales promueven enérgicamente las culturas libres. Además, informamos de primera mano acerca de nuestras experiencias con iniciativas en el campo del intercambio de conocimientos, como puede ser un festival en torno a la energia solar en la república checa o nuestra participación en el programa wwoofing en Turquía.

Open Steps es un proyecto respaldado por la Open Knowledge Foundation, la cual nos provee de contactos de gran valor y ha cubierto en su blog los resultados generados en los dos primeros meses y CartoDB, empresa con sedes en Nueva York y Madrid, la cual nos ofrece apoyo tecnológico relativo a las herramientas usadas en nuestro taller de visualización de Datos Abiertos: “Visualising Open Data to bring out global issues”.

La importancia del Conocimiento y los Datos Abiertos

Como Conocimiento Abierto se entiende la información, datos y/o contenidos cuyo uso, re-utilización y redistribución se realiza de forma libre y gratuita. Creemos que esta tendencia es una gran oportunidad para mejorar nuestra sociedad promoviendo valores como igualdad, transparencia, innovación y democracia.

Los Datos Abiertos se pueden considerar como un ejemplo de dicha accesibilidad de contenidos, enfocado a los datos. Éste es el tema que la segunda parte de nuestro proyecto trata en profundidad. Con el apoyo de las organizaciones con las que colaboramos, realizamos nuestro taller a lo largo de nuestro viaje. A través de estos eventos, no solo estamos divulgando dichas ideas sino también generamos un espacio de debate acerca del nivel de “apertura” presente en cada uno de los países que visitamos.

Informe sobre Open Steps en su medio de comunicación

Si ustedes consideran nuestro proyecto relevante, pueden ayudarnos a difundir estos conceptos. Estaríamos muy agradecidos si estuviesen dispuestos a cubrir nuestra historia. Pueden encontrar información mas detallada sobre Open Steps a través de la posibilidades siguientes:

-Visitando los contenidos de nuestra página web (Contenidos en Inglés):
Acerca de nosotros:
Diapositivas y vídeos de los talleres y entrevistas realizados:
Descargando nuestro material de prensa:

-Leyendo los siguiente artículos acerca de nuestro proyecto (Contenidos en Inglés):

-Entrevistándonos: estaremos encantados de responder sus preguntas en Español, Inglés, Alemán o Frances.
Skype: alejandro.corbi / margo009
E-mail: [email protected]
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Pressematerial August 2013

Open Steps: Für Open Knowledge ein Mal um die Welt.

Open Steps, das sind zwei jungen Berliner, der Softwareentwickler Alex Corbi und die Europapolitik-Absolventin Margo Thierry, die seit Juli 2013 ihren Alltag verlassen haben und für ein Jahr durch die Welt reisen. Auf unserer Reise treffen wir Menschen und Organisationen, die im Bereich Open Knowledge (freier Zugang zu Wissen)aktiv sind. Mit unserer Initiative wollen wir dazu beitragen, die Prinzipien hinter diesem Konzept zu verbreiten.

Unsere Begegnungen dokumentieren wir und veröffentlichen die Ergebnisse anschließend auf unserer Webseite in Form eines Reisetagebuches. Sie können dort sowohl Artikeln über den Stand von Open Data (offene Daten) in den bereisten Ländern finden, als auch Interviewsmit engagierten Menschen der Zivilgesellschaft, die sich für die Verbreitung einer freien Wissensgesellschaft einsetzen. Auch über andere Formen des freien Austauschs von Wissen berichten wir aus eigener Erfahrung. Bislang haben wir an einem Solarenergie Festival in Tschechien und an dem Wwoofing Programm in der Türkeiteilgenommen.

Open Steps wird von der Open Knowledge Foundationunterstützt. Über unsere Erfahrungen in den ersten beiden Monaten ist auf der Webseite der Stiftung ein Beitrag erschienen. Technologische Unterstützung erhalten wir von CartoDB, ein Unternehmen mit Sitz in New York und Madrid.

Warum sind Open Knowledge und Open Data relevant?

Unter Open Knowledge werden Informationen, Daten und/oder Inhalten verstanden, die man frei benutzen, wieder verwenden und verbreiten kann. Wir sind von dem Potenzial dieses Prinzips überzeugt. Zugang zu freiem Wissen stärkt die Demokratie und fördert die Gleichberechtigung.

Open Datakann als wichtiger Teil dieses Prinzips verstanden werden, das sich auf Daten bezieht. Hierbei geht es im zweiten Teil unseres Projekts. MitUnterstützung unterschiedlicher lokaler Organisationen führen wir auf unserer Reise den Workshop “Visualising Open Data to bring out global issues” durch. Wir verbreiten so nicht nur das Konzept und die Vorteile von Open Data, sondern bringen die Teilnehmer auch dazu, sich über die aktuelle Lagein ihrem und anderen Ländern auszutauschen. Damit wollen wie auf das Potenzial hinweisen, das der freie Zugang zu Daten für Transparenz und Innovationen in unterschiedlichsten Gesellschaften birgt.

Berichten Sie über Open Steps

Wenn unser Projekt Ihr Interesse geweckt hat, freuen wir uns über Ihre Berichterstattung. Sie können uns gern dabei helfen, die Relevanz und Vorteile dieser Prinzipien einem breiteren Publikum bekannt zu machen. Hier können Sie mehr über Open Steps erfahren:

-Besuchen Sie unsere Webseite (auf Englisch):
Ãœber uns:
Slides und Videos unserer vergangenenWorkshops und Interviews:
Unser Presse-Material herunterladen:

-Erkundigen Sie sich über uns durch die folgenden online Artikeln (auf Englisch):

-Für Fragen oder ein Interview kontaktieren Sie uns auf Deutsch, Englisch, Spanisch oder Französisch.

Skype: alejandro.corbi oder margo009
Email: [email protected]
Mobil: +34 674 43 00 43



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Skype: alejandro.corbi oder margo009
Email: [email protected]
Mobil: +34 674 43 00 43

Press material August 2013

Open Steps : A journey around the world discovering and showcasing Open Knowledge projects

Open Steps is an initiative from two young berliners Alex Corbi (spanish, software developer) and Margo Thierry (french, european politics) who decided to leave their daily lives in July 2013 and travel around the world for one year. The purpose of this journey is to meet people and organisations working actively in Open Knowledge related projects, divulging the principles behind this topic.

On our website and in form of a travel diary, we are publishing the documentation and results of these encounters. There, articles about the status of Open Data in the visited countries can be found as well as interviews with activists from the civil society who work hard to promote open cultures. Also, we report on first-hand experiences with Knowledge Sharing initiatives like a solar energy festival in Czech republic or our participation in the wwoofing programme in Turkey.

Open Steps is supported by the Open Knowledge Foundationwhich provides us with valuable contacts and covered the first two months of our project on its blog and CartoDB, giving us technological support for our workshop on Open Data visualisation: “Visualising Open Data to bring out global issues”.

Why do Open Knowledge and Open Data matter?

Under Open Knowledge we understand information, data and/or contents which are free to be used, reused and redistributed. We believe this freedom is a great chance to improve our society in terms of equality, transparency, innovation and democracy.

Open Data can be considered as a part of this great concept, but related to data. That is what the second part of our project is focused on. With the support of the organisations we have collaborated with, we run our workshop along the way. Through it, we are not only spreading the word but also creating an opportunity to discuss about the level of openness in each country.

Cover Open Steps on your media

If you find our project interesting, you can help us to divulge these principles to a bigger audience by covering our story. You can experience more about Open Steps in the following ways:

-Visiting the contents of our website:
About us:
Slides and Videos of our past workshops and interviews:
Download our press material:

-Reading online articles about our project:

-Interviewing us: we would be pleased to answer your questions (we speak english, german, spanish and french).
Skype: alejandro.corbi / margo009
E-mail: [email protected]
Telephone: +34 674 43 00 43




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