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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An update from Open Burkina

Energy is fundamental to any development. The National Electricity Company of Burkina Faso (SONABEL) whose task is the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity in the Burkinabè population, works hard to enable citizens to benefit from this as an important resource. However, it is clear that SONABEL hardly fulfills this mission: hardly a day goes by without a power failure in Ouagadougou. After multiple complaints, which can be found on social networks, citizens have ended up resigning and passively endure the cuts.

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This is what Europe can do to stimulate Text and Data Mining

This press release has been reposted from the FutureTDM websiteText and data mining – using algorithms to analyse content in ways that would be impossible for humans – is shaping up to be a vital research tool of the 21st century. But Europe lags behind other parts of the world in adopting these new technologies. The FutureTDM project has just concluded its’ two-year EC-funded research investigating what’s holding Europe back. The project consortium, consisting of 10 European partners led by SYNYO, met with stakeholders and experts from all over Europe, gathering input and carrying out research to understand how Europe can take steps to support the uptake of TDM. Open Knowledge International together with ContentMine led the work on communication, mobilisation and networking and undertook research into best practices and methodologies.

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Research call: Mapping the impacts of the Global Open Data Index

Note: The deadline for proposal submission has been extended until Sunday, 17 September, 21:00 UTC.The Global Open Data Index (GODI) is a worldwide assessment of open data publication in more than 90 countries. It provides evidence how well governments perform in open data publication. This call invites interested  researchers and organisations to systematically study the effects of the Global Open Data Index on open data publication and the open data ecosystem. The study will identify different actors engaged around GODI, and how the information provided by GODI helped advance open data policy and publication. It will do so by investigating a sample of three countries with different degrees of open data adoption. The work will be conducted in close collaboration with Open Knowledge International’s (OKI) research department who will provide guidance, review and assistance throughout the project.  

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Totally destroy xx? Why Trump demonized?

From the beginning of the US election, Trump was characterized as an American democracy, a racist, a protectionist, and so on. Whether it is in the country or the international, he seems to be infamous. He is simply a demon. Why Trump demonized? Trump’s demon image, the main reason is that he often mouth without cover, as well as his words contradictory and act of uncertainty. We can cite a few examples: Treat North Korea’s remarks and policies After North Korea’s continuous test of missiles and nuclear tests, Trump has repeatedly said “totally destroy” North Korea, enough to fall off a demon’s […]

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Nobel Prize winners world record

The 2017 Nobel Prize winners has been announced, they are Rainer Weiss; Barry Barish; Kip Thorne; Jacques Dubochet; Joachim Frank; Richard Henderson; Jeffrey C. Hall; Michael Rosbash; Michael W. Young. But did you known some of Nobel Prize winners world record? Who are they? What’s so special? Let me tell you about their story. Youngest Nobel Prize winner world record for literature The youngest recipient of the Nobel Prize for literature is Rudyard Kipling who won the prize in 1907. At the age of 42, making him the first English-language writer to receive the prize. Joseph Rudyard Kipling was an English journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist. Kipling’s works of fiction include The Jungle Book, Kim, […]

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