Forecast of 2017 singles day online shopping

2017 China Singles’ Day coming soon, and The Singles’ Day is the annual online shopping festival, let’s review the online shopping data 2016 and forecast for trends of 2017 singles day online shopping. After all the fireworks and confetti, Alibaba’s annual online shopping festival Singles’ Day was over. Chinese shoppers got what they want at steep discounts and were all happy. The majority of Singles’ Day shoppers last year were still Chinese consumers, as they’d already developed the habit of doing intense shopping around Singles’ Day to benefit from the steep discounts. And, under the lead of Alibaba and enthusiastic […]

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No Mr.Wang Qishang? Listing members of 19th Central Commission for Discipline Inspection

A 133-member Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) was also elected today. Listing members of 19th Central Commission for Discipline Inspection:   ding xing nong   ma ben   wang dong hai   wang li shan   wang cheng wei   wang xing ning   wang xi ming   wang yong jun   wang rong jun   wang bin yi   wang chang song   wang hong jin   wang yan fei   fang bei qun   fang rong tang   deng wei ping   deng zhong hua   deng xiu ming   ai jun tao   lu xi ( […]

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Pavel Richter stands down as Chief Executive Officer

It is with a mixture of sadness and gratitude that the Board of Directors announces that Pavel Richter will be leaving his position as Chief Executive Officer of Open Knowledge International as of today. He will be available to support the Board and Leadership Team until the end of 2017, to ensure a smooth transition.

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AbreLatam / Condatos: after the first 5 years

This is a somewhat belated entry about the Abrelatam and Condatos, the regional open data conference of Latin America. It comes more than a month after the conference took place in San José, Costa Rica, but the questions raised there are still relevant and super important for advancing open data in Latin America and working towards truly open states.

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Remix public domain artworks: join the GIF IT UP 2017 competition

This blogpost has been adapted from the press release by Europeana.Open Knowledge International has for many years advocated for the importance of open cultural data, which enables citizens from across the world to enjoy this material, understand their cultural heritage and re-use this material to produce new works of art. Some examples of this work include the OpenGLAM initiative that promotes free and open access to digital cultural heritage held by Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums, and The Public Domain Review, an online journal and not-for-profit project dedicated to promoting and celebrating the public domain in all its abundance and variety. Another great initiative encouraging the reuse of openly licensed cultural data is the GIF IT UP competition, which is open for contributions this month.

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Bridging the gap between journalism and data analysis

This blogpost was written by Chikezie Omeje,  Kunle Adelowo and Vershima Tingir as part of the Open Data for Development (OD4D) embedded fellowship programme. This recently initiated programme is designed to build the organisational capacity of civil society organisations to use data effectively by raising the level of data literacy of the staff of the partner organisation(s), supporting the organisation(s) to deliver a specific data project, and developing an initial data strategy for the organisation’s future engagement. Chikezie Omeje is a journalist at the International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR), Kunle Adelowo and Vershima Tingir are developers at the Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC). They are all based in Abuja.

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OKFestival 2018  – It’s time for a competition!

Over the last couple of months we have been examining the concept of OKFestival 2018 to create a backdrop for what will be an innovative, collaborative and inspiring event.  With collaborative input from networks, chapters and other interested parties, a concept has been developed.  This concept will shape all aspects of the event and will grow with the creation of the programme and the participation of communities.

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Public money? Public code!

If taxpayers pay for something, they should have access to the results of the work they paid for. This seems a very logical basic premise that no-one would disagree with, but there are many cases of where this is not common practice. For example, in various countries Freedom of Information laws do not fully apply to cases where governments outsource services. This would prevent you from finding out how your tax money has been spent. Or think about the cost of access to academic outputs resulting from public money: while much of the university research is paid for by the public, the academic outputs are locked away in academic journals, university libraries pay a lot of money to have access to these outputs, and the general public has no access at all unless they pay up.

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