[open-development] open development proposal for OK Festival 2012 (deadline 20 April)

Johns, Sarah Sarah.Johns at plan-international.org
Mon Apr 16 14:07:10 UTC 2012

Hello all,

I volunteered to put together a proposal for an Open Development stream for the OK Festival in Helsinki in Sept 2012.

I've been making notes on what to include, and would like to share them with you for early comments.  The theme is 'Open Knowledge in Action' so we're also looking for projects that are making practical use of open knowledge to benefit communities in developing countries, that we can share at the festival.

First question - are the three proposed topics ok?

Cheers, Sarah

Title: Open Development Stream


In the international aid/development field, there’s lots of initiatives happening around open  data/knowledge/research, in tandem with the Open Government initiative. In these days of declining resources and an increasingly volatile  climate, sharing data/knowledge is absolutely central to supporting developing countries to protect the rights of their citizens, and to reduce the number of people living in poverty. It is also key in monitoring aid donors spend, and ensuring that the money goes to where it’s needed most.

A stream (day/two days) dedicated to exploring the practical application of  open knowledge/data for development.

Three core topics

Topic A: Open development and aid flow: exploration of IATI and tracking aid to developing countries. Who really benefits? Inspirational examples of how communities/civil society organisations could use this information to monitor government budget and spending and increase the effectiveness of aid. Does  open funding such as crowd sourced microfinance really work?

Linked streams: Open Government, Open Funding

Topic B: Open = accessible? What are the practical issues for citizens in developing countries accessing open information?  Community Informatics research: Is Open data accessible data? What additional communication channels are needed to engage more rural communities in open government and open development - eg., what about those who are not able to access data due to language/connectivity? is the data that's being opened useful to communities for local level transparency and accountability work? how can grassroots communities be involved in inputting information, especially local tacit knowledge that is not currently available to confirm/contest data that's on OG portals? what about infomediaries at community level?

Linked streams: Open Democracy, Open Government

Topic C: Technologies for open development What role do ICTs and open technologies such as FLOSS or open hardware play in open development? Mobile technology, app development, mapping and digital data collection, developing great partnerships between development organisations, communities and tech agencies ie Frontline SMS. Include Presentations from attendees who presented at ICT4D 2012.

Linked streams: ?


development, open data, government, ICT for development, ICT4D, democracy. citizens, mobile, technology

Team members tbc

Links tbc

Additional information tbc

Contact person name tbc

Contact person email tbc

Contact person phone tbc

Questions for OK Fest organisers tbc



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