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 codeformumbai.org 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: http://archives.open-steps.org
À propos de nous: http://archives.open-steps.org/who-we-are/
Slides et vidéos de nos précédents workshops et interviews: http://archives.open-steps.org/resources/
Télécharger les fichiers destinés à la presse: http://archives.open-steps.org/files/press_material.zip

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

http://blog.okfn.org/2013/08/19/on-the-trail-of-open-steps-visiting-open-knowledge-communities-around-the-world/

http://blog.opengovpartnership.org/2013/09/open-steps-a-journey-around-the-world-discovering-and-showcasing-open-knowledge-projects/

-nous interviewer personnellement: nous sommes disposés à répondre à vos questions en français, anglais, allemand ou espagnol.
Skype: margo009 / alejandro.corbi
E-mail: [email protected]
Téléphone: +34 674 43 00 43

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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):
Web: http://archives.open-steps.org
Acerca de nosotros: http://archives.open-steps.org/who-we-are/
Diapositivas y vídeos de los talleres y entrevistas realizados: http://archives.open-steps.org/resources/
Descargando nuestro material de prensa: http://archives.open-steps.org/files/press_material.zip

-Leyendo los siguiente artículos acerca de nuestro proyecto (Contenidos en Inglés):
http://blog.okfn.org/2013/08/19/on-the-trail-of-open-steps-visiting-open-knowledge-communities-around-the-world/
http://blog.opengovpartnership.org/2013/09/open-steps-a-journey-around-the-world-discovering-and-showcasing-open-knowledge-projects/

-Entrevistándonos: estaremos encantados de responder sus preguntas en Español, Inglés, Alemán o Frances.
Skype: alejandro.corbi / margo009
E-mail: [email protected]
Telefono: +34 674 43 00 43

 

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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):
Webseite: http://archives.open-steps.org
Ãœber uns: http://archives.open-steps.org/who-we-are/
Slides und Videos unserer vergangenenWorkshops und Interviews: http://archives.open-steps.org/resources/
Unser Presse-Material herunterladen: http://archives.open-steps.org/files/press_material.zip

-Erkundigen Sie sich über uns durch die folgenden online Artikeln (auf Englisch):
http://blog.okfn.org/2013/08/19/on-the-trail-of-open-steps-visiting-open-knowledge-communities-around-the-world/
http://blog.opengovpartnership.org/2013/09/open-steps-a-journey-around-the-world-discovering-and-showcasing-open-knowledge-projects/

-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:
Website: http://archives.open-steps.org
About us: http://archives.open-steps.org/who-we-are/
Slides and Videos of our past workshops and interviews: http://archives.open-steps.org/resources/
Download our press material: http://archives.open-steps.org/files/press_material.zip

-Reading online articles about our project:
http://blog.okfn.org/2013/08/19/on-the-trail-of-open-steps-visiting-open-knowledge-communities-around-the-world/
http://blog.opengovpartnership.org/2013/09/open-steps-a-journey-around-the-world-discovering-and-showcasing-open-knowledge-projects/

-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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Experiencing Knowledge Sharing @ Bayrak Farm, Gümüşhacıköy, Turkey

Have you ever heard about wwoofing? This is one of the most representative Knowledge Sharing projects worldwide and we were quite impatient to experience it along our journey. The principle is easy: you as volunteer offer your time and energy by working at an organic farm and in return you have accommodation and food provided by the host. Besides learning rural skills, it is also the matter to get closer to a different culture and meet local people by helping them in their daily work. In Turkey, the wwoofing organisation is called TaTuTa and we got the chance to be hosted during one week at the Bayrak farm, located in the small village of Gümüshaciköy in the Amasya region.

DSCF5159After getting retired, Ibrahim Bayrak and his wife Birsel built their own farm and have been working for the last eight years mainly in the production of organic jams (strawberry, blackberry, rose hip) and growing apple trees. Their way of living is a remarkable example of ecologic sustainability: what they produce not only fulfils their basic needs but also provides friends and family with healthy and delicious food.

DSCF5146DSCF5194Besides getting inspired by their hard-working and generosity, we learned constantly from their farming know-how. Our daily tasks consisted on picking ripe fruits and vegetables (berries, pears, peppers, tomatoes, beans, potatoes, …), helping out in the process of producing marmalade and other farming activities like watering the fields, removing bad weeds or participating in the preparation of their amazing meals.

We would definitely recommend this enriching experience to everyone. It did not only teach us the technics behind farming but also made us think about where our daily food comes from and the benefits of a sustainable and organic production versus what you are used to get in supermarkets. Also, meeting these wonderful persons and their environment was something we won’t forget.

Meeting & Workshop @ Zelazo, Istanbul, Turkey

DSCF4095DSCF4093Zelazo is a creative space situated in the Anatolian side of Istanbul, more exactly in the laid back moda neighbourhood. Started in April 2012 and being run by Nazlı and Mehmet (both DIY and design passionates), Zelazo is both a shop where you can buy handmade clothes and carefully crafted products, and also a local where knowledge is being shared through regularly organised workshops (Bike manufacturing, DIY furniture, notebooks, accessories… ). Basically, your will to do creative stuff will be exponentially increased if you happen to pass by and join their activities.

For this first time since the beginning of our project, most of the attendees had a designer background and were really interested in the tools we taught. As well as CartoDB, we also pointed out Ushahidi as an easy way of generating georeferenced data visualisation which don´t require programming skills. For example, it was particularly relevant for the project Kapi Komsum, a platform for sharing used products between neighbours.

DSCF4080Although we presented our workshop to a small group, we had a very intense discussion and the topic of open data generated a great interest. As the majority of the participants expressed, Turkey cannot be counted under the most active countries promoting transparency at political level. Even though it participates on the Open Government Partnership initiative since 2011, none of the commitments presented on the action plan has been realised yet. Promised were three websites to promote transparency (www.transparency.gov.tr and www.spending.gov.tr) and active participation of the citizens (www.regulation.gov.tr) but no one has been implemented yet. As many other countries, the National Statistics Institute (TÜIK) publishes data on its platform, which you can directly browse and download. Unfortunately, the formats and structure of the data don´t comply to the open definition which makes it difficult to access and be used.

With this last event at the gate of Europe, we completed the first section of our journey. Now it’s time to sum up the information gathered in the last weeks and to go ahead with the next steps in India and Asia. Stay tuned!

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Meeting @ KIKA, Skopje, Macedonia

DSCF3425Both the members of Openlabs and FLOSSK recently visited pointed out that we had to go to Skopje and visit KIKA, the only hackerspace in the macedonian capital. And that´s what we did!

Created 5 years ago, KIKA provides their around 30 members with an electronic lab, a programming room, a 3D printer, lots of tools and a lounge with sofas and kitchen to host movie screenings. Besides its regular meetings, its members are used to participate in events in the Balkans region. Relevant for us was to experience about the NSND Initiative, a regular unconference organised in cooperation with other hackerspaces on the topic of Open Source Software & open cultures and which gathers enthusiasts in all the balkan countries.

DSCF3427Also, we discussed about the situation of Open Data in Macedonia and could discover that the public administration has already created a so called platform which consists actually only in linking official websites of relevant ministries where data can be directly found. Also, the National Institute of Statistics presents a platform where data on different topics is being published. Sadly, it uses proprietary formats although it contains useful and interesting data. We were happy to know that these few steps have been already done and we wish the state of Open Data in Macedonia will be improved in the future.

Meeting & Workshop @ FLOSSK, Pristina, Kosovo

DSCF3405Independent since 2008, Kosovo is a very young country and we were looking forward to discovering it and meeting locals there. This time, the organisation we are documenting is a non-profit called FLOSSK created 5 years ago by a very young group of Hacktivists. We were impressed to know that, although most of them haven’t been to college yet, they have already realised so many projects supporting Open Knowledge and specially promoting open source technologies. They organise each year in Pristina the biggest balkan conference about Free Software, gathering experts from the area and other countries (including well know figures from the open source world as Richard Stallmann) and about 300 participants, mostly Kosovan students. The fifth edition takes place in September 2013 and FLOSSK is currently working hard on it.

Besides this annual event, the non-proft organises also regularly workshops and other events to divulge open source technologies and teach their benefits for a developing country like Kosovo. FLOSSK has already developed projects related to open data as well and we were really interested in their experience while setting up Prishtina Buses, an info platform about public and private bus lines and stations in Pristina, gathering and releasing data from their own. And also ku me votu?, a civil tool to know the location of your polling station, created for the elections 2010 in cooperation with the municipalities. You can learn more about FLOSSK watching the interview with them below.

[vimeo]https://vimeo.com/71373179[/vimeo]

DSCF3417Our workshop took place at ICK (Innovation Center Kosovo), an incubator for technological initiatives and event space in Pristina, under the patronage of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Around 20 participants were there and for the first time till now we could count with a representative of the public administration among them, Mr. Elshani, Head of e-Governance in Kosovo, who participated in the open debate making it very constructive and informative by sharing concrete details.

Although Kosovo does not have an open data platform yet, the public administration has made the first steps towards the open government data initiative. As a young country, Kosovo has to face the lack of historical data and the high costs of building the infrastructure for releasing it in an open manner. On the other hand, it has the advantage of being able to start from scratch without having the problem of adapting old systems. A big concern of Mr Elshani was that data has to be accurate before being released, quoting him “better to have no data, than inaccurate data” but he was overall positive about the role of open data in Kosovo.

The same way it happens in Albania, there are different and even more independent groups of people working with open data in Kosovo. Some of the participants have been active at Unicef Innovation Labs creating projects like a survey of university students about their opinion and wishes about the current and future state of the world. Also, they pointed out a data visualisation of the government and municipalities expenditures created by the GAP Institute.

We hope that synergies in the near future between public administration and civil society makes able to strengthen the first steps already been done in this country and are looking forward to seeing what the talented hackers from FLOSSK will achieve.

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