[euopendata] New Open Data Manual!
Antti "Jogi" Poikola
antti.poikola at gmail.com
Sun Jun 13 21:42:47 BST 2010
Hello Sara and the EU Open Data workingroup:
Last tuesday we had a further discussion about the "Open Data Manual" and a
possibility to get EU level funding for that.
I collected the discussion into the one place:
So far interested contributors are:
* Antti Poikola
* Sara Wingate Gray
* Daniel Dietrich
* Jonathan Gray
* Arthur van der Molen (From our university we would be interested to work
on a localised version of the Open Data Manual)
* Heiko Stoermer
* Jordan Hatcher
* Becky Hogge
* Simon Parrish
* Rufus Pollock
I will head off for holidays for two weeks but after that I could organize a
conf call for those who are interested about the open data manual. The idea
would be to discuss the content and focus of the manual and develope a
proposal for EU level partners (ISTAG and OISPG) to get funding for a
European "Open Data Manual".
Proposal could include for example:
** Translation work of the Finnish manual
** Funding for project coordination (editor sallary)
** Monetary support for the core authors
** Web platform (wiki, technical and graphical design)
** Publishing and spreading the printed version of the book
Before the conf call free free to suggest anything and everything related to
that on this email-list. Of course the funding is never for sure... if we
don't get funding then the work can be scaled down and done in voluntary
Develope a live (regularly updated) "Open Data Manual" for Governments,
especially in Europe in order to boost the Digital agenda and revitalize the
democracy in the member states.
The manual would be openly and collaboratively developed by the network of
experts around Europe (EU Open Data Working Group). The manual would be
build on existing work, in particular -* Unlocking the Potential of Aid
Information *(December 2009)*, *produced by Aidinfo and the Open Knowledge
Foundation, *Finnish Open Data Guidebook* (March 2010) and a discussion
paper produced by the Technical Advisory Group for the International Aid
Transparency Initiative (IATI), *Technical Proposals for how IATI will be
implemented *(March 2010).
A core group of authors (3-6) would be selected to carry the main
responsability of the manual, but the whole process would be done openly in
Internet by using the collaborative authoring tools like MixedInk, EtherPad
and GoogleDocs. The guide would be published both as printed version (pdf)
and wikiversion that would be updated.
A dream schedule would be to have the book published by ICT 2010 networking
session 27th September ( http://pad.okfn.org/ict2010 )
On 21 April 2010 18:11, Sara Wingate Gray <sara.gray at okfn.org> wrote:
> Dear All,
> We are about to start work on a new "Open Data Manual" which will be in the
> first instance loosely based on existing work on open data in international
> In particular the first draft will be based on 'Unlocking the Potential of
> Aid Information', produced by Aidinfo and the Open Knowledge Foundation, and
> a discussion paper produced by the Technical Advisory Group for the
> International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI):
> I'm writing to ask whether any of you are interested in being co-authors of
> this new Open Data Manual.
> The initial draft is at:
> This will involve merging, cleaning up, and generalising exisiting material
> as well as adding in new examples and so on, more information is available
> Many thanks to Simon Parrish (in cc) for letting us use the material from
> Aidinfo and IATI.
> Anti, Daniel, Ian, Chris: Rufus mentioned that you might be interested in
> chipping in to this?
> Comments welcome!
> Best wishes,
> Sara Wingate Gray
> sara.gray at okfn.org
> The Open Knowledge Foundation
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