[open-development] Where next for the Open Development working group?

Tim Davies tim at practicalparticipation.co.uk
Sun Feb 3 11:30:49 UTC 2013


Hey Claudia, Tony

Great ideas both. I've added a heading to the Etherpad (
http://okfnpad.org/opendevwg) to particular log ideas for what a funded
project could be - and will try and keep track of suggestions discussed on
the list.

All the best

Tim

On Sun, Feb 3, 2013 at 11:26 AM, Tony Roberts <tonyroberts at hotmail.com>wrote:

>
> Claudia's suggestion is interesting. I have been involved in running a
> series of on-line
> conferences across the network of 75 African tech hubs that she mentions
> http://www.africahubs.webgathering.net/
>
> It would be possible to run a similar series of online conferences
> around the specific open development issues prioritised by that community
> in the run up to the OKFN event in Europe to enable these voices to shape
> the wider discussion.
>
> It would also be possible to run a live-link of the Africa network with
> the OKFN Europe event
> as we did in Finland.
>
> Tony
>
>
> ------------------------------
> Date: Sun, 3 Feb 2013 11:55:08 +0100
> From: claudia.schwegmann at openaid.de
> To: msmith at idrc.ca; open-development at lists.okfn.org;
> tim at practicalparticipation.co.uk
> Subject: Re: [open-development] Where next for the Open Development
> working group?
>
>
> Hi Matt and all.
> That is really good news! I am not sure who is on this list, but I think
> that people and organisations from Africa, LatAm and Asia should be
> involved in this discussion.
>
> Off the top of my head I would think it would be really worthwhile if
> funding would be used for "open communities" in the "South" to be better
> connected among themselves and exchange ideas (the ihubs in different
> African countries, IT communities in WestAfrica, etc. So funding may be
> used for networking events e.g. in Africa - e.g. in parallel to the next
> OKFN event in Europe to shape discussions there.
>
> Does that sound reasonable at all?
> Cheers
> Claudia
>
>
>
> 2013/2/2 Matthew Smith <msmith at idrc.ca>
>
>  Hi all,****
>
> ** **
>
> I’m excited to see what this emerging Open Development group gets up to
> this upcoming year. Given our interest in Open Development at the IDRC
> (Canada’s International Development Research Centre), I’m trying to see if
> I might be able to drum up some funds to potentially support a group
> activity that would advance the field and grow the community. So, I wanted
> to throw this out to the group for brainstorming – how could some funds be
> put to productive use over the next year or so to advance open development?
> ** **
>
> ** **
>
> There are a few constraints, of course. First, the funds would have to
> flow through an institution, so there would have to be someone willing to
> host and manage it. Second, the activity would have to have a focus
> on/include – and preferably be based out of – the ‘global south’. Third, is
> the amount of funds -- we aren’t talking a large amount here, but it also
> isn’t fixed – it would of course depend upon the nature of the activity.
> I’m imagining that it could go as high as 25k, with which I’m sure we could
> accomplish a lot. Of course, if the group came up with an amazing idea, I
> could try to argue for more. ;-)****
>
> ** **
>
> Perhaps when Tim comes back from the OKFN meeting of working groups – he
> can give us an update and then we could do a little brainstorming. There is
> certainly no obligation, of course, I just thought it might be a good
> opportunity given the group is currently pondering what to do for the
> upcoming year. If a good idea emerges, great. If not, perhaps next year!**
> **
>
> ** **
>
> I’d love any feedback.****
>
> ** **
>
> Warm regards,
> Matthew****
>
> ** **
>
> *Matthew L. Smith*, Ph.D.****
>
> +1 613 696 2303****
>
> @openict4d****
>
> ** **
>
> *From:* open-development-bounces at lists.okfn.org [mailto:
> open-development-bounces at lists.okfn.org] *On Behalf Of *Tim Davies
> *Sent:* January 25, 2013 1:49 AM
> *To:* open-development at lists.okfn.org
> *Subject:* [open-development] Where next for the Open Development working
> group?****
>
> ** **
>
> Hello all,****
>
> ** **
>
> I'll be heading along to a meeting of the Open Knowledge Foundation
> Working Groups next weekend (2nd/3rd Feb) to catch up with how OKF is
> evolving, to learn from other working groups, and to think about how the
> Open Development group might develop over the coming year...****
>
> ** **
>
> So - what should we be doing as a group? * [Jump straight to the etherpad
> for discussion at http://okfnpad.org/opendevwg ]*****
>
> ** **
>
> Right now we are described as "Central point of reference and support for
> people who are interested in open knowledge in development" and over the
> last year we have been involved in organising OKFest streams, sharing ideas
> and knowledge, supporting hack events on development data, and I'm sure
> lots of other things I've forgotten. ****
>
> ** **
>
> We run through this mailing list, and ad-hoc smaller groups. I'm nominally
> mailing list moderator, but we have no formal leaderships or committee. **
> **
>
> ** **
>
> So - if you can spare 3 minutes, then there's an etherpad here:
> http://okfnpad.org/opendevwg that you can edit to add your thoughts on:***
> *
>
>    - How the group should work****
>    - What we should focus on in 2013****
>    - Partnerships to develop****
>    - And how to spend the small budget OKF make available to working
>    groups****
>
>  Suggestions to the list also welcome...****
>
> ** **
>
> All the best****
>
> ** **
>
> Tim****
>
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