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The OKConference

OKCon will be buzzing with open knowledge and open data enthusiasts and is an excellent opportunity to comes together, discuss the future of open knowledge and to things. We have put together Information you might need in our FAQs.

Programme published

From Open Data Technology to Data Driven Journalism, from Open Science to Open Education, from Open Research to the free culture Movement. We are delighted to announce the release of the OKCon 2011 programme: See the full programme line up here.

Scraping Day with ScraperWiki

On June 27th and June 28th, as part of the Pre-OKCon 2011 events we are inviting You (yes: you!) to a Screen Scraping Day with ScraperWiki! We are delighted to have Julian Todd in Berlin who will chair the Workshop.

Is your data spread over the web? In different formats? Messy? Then come to the ScraperWiki workshop to find out how to make your data work for you. Bring data you want to dig.

Please Register Here for free

We will focus on Berlin Local Public Sector Information and other available Data. Participants will be led to take available public sector data, convert it to an open, structured format, and publish the result on the Web so that others can build on their work (Just as our friends did with the Big Clean).

It`s a one-day workshop dedicated to improving the quality of the data produced by the public sector bodies. Its aim is to transform unstructured data (e.g., HTML pages) that can be found on the websites of public institutions into richer, structured data. Such data can processed automatically with a greater efficiency, can be fed directly into data analysis and information visualisation tools to discover new insights, provide a source for a newspaper article or a report, or power a new application.

Shouldn’t all the publicly accessible data be also legally and technically re-usable?

The German government is starting to move towards open government data, but the change will take time.

* What kind of data my city or local government has?
* How screen scrapers are programmed, is it difficult?
* Is it legal to make a screen scraper and republish the data, how to avoid juridical problems?

The Twitter hash-tag for the workshop is #okcon2011

Pre-OKCon 2011 Workshops

OKCon2011 is glad to announce that registration has now opened for the pre-OKCon workshops. More details can be found below.

Pre-OKCon2011 CKAN Workshop

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 from 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM (GMT+0100)

A chance to get hands-on with the technical side of working with CKAN. In each session, a core CKAN developer will talk through the aspect, giving a live demo. Subjects will cover installing CKAN, through customising its theme and forms and go on to extending it in several ways. We welcome participants bringing a laptop and having a go with the examples provided, or work on your own stuff, whilst drawing on the support of CKAN developers.

Workshop leaders: James Gardner, David Read

Sessions will cover:

  • using the API
  • installing a CKAN instance
  • theming CKAN
  • introduction to the architecture
  • form customisation
  • writing extensions
  • CKAN core code sprint (participants pairing up with core devs)

To register for the workshop, please use the event’s eventbrite page

Getting Involved with OpenSpending

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 from 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM (GMT+0100)

The workshop will deliver in-depth working sessions on the features of OpenSpending. We will work with EU spending data, modelling, visualizing and exploring interesting features of the data. The workshop is aimed at journalists, researchers, developers and anyone else who’s interested in public spending!

Workshop leader: Friedrich Lindenberg

Working sessions will include:

  • Financial data types, sources & acquisition, refinement
  • Visualization, analysis and exploration of data
  • Contextualising the data: story telling and analysis

To register for the workshop, please use the event’s eventbrite page.

For any queries regarding the workshops please contact: daniel [dot] dietrich [at] okfn [dot] org


OKCon 2011 Presentation and Speaker Preview

Although the list of keynote speakers and presentations is not set in granite yet, it is crystallizing and the names are already carved on a wooden tablet. We are so exited that we just had to give a sneak preview of this amazing list (alphabetically):

* Adrian Pohl (HBZ)
* Alison Powell (Media and Communication London School of Economics)
* Andreas Blumauer (Semantic Web Company)
* Andreas Meiszner (United Nations University)
* Anna K. Croft (School of Chemistry, University of Wales)
* Benjamin Yolken (Google Data Exporer)
* Chris Bizer (Free University Berlin)
* Chris Taggart (Openly Local)
* Christoph Dowe (Zeit Online)
* Federica Cocco (OWNI)
* Georgia Angelaki (Europeana)
* Glyn Moody (Technology Writer)
* James Boyle (Center for the Study of the Public Domain at Duke Law School)
* Jaron Rowan (FCForum)
* Jeanette Hofmann (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung)
* Jeremie Zimmermann (La Quadrature du Net )
* John Sheridan (National Archives)
* Julian Todd (ScraperWiki)
* Jürgen Neumann (Open Hardware OHANDA )
* Michel Bauwens (P2P Foundation)
* Michelle Thorne (Creative Commons)
* Nagarjuna G. (Gnowledge lab/ Scientist)
* Nigel Shadbolt (Professor of Artificial Intelligence)
* Nina Paley (Artist & Filmmaker)
* Paul Bradshaw (Help Me Investigate )
* Philipp Mueller (Salzburg School of Management)
* Pippa Buchanan (School of Webcraft with Mozilla and P2PU)
* Richard Stallman (Free Software Foundation)
* Rufus Pollock (Open Knowledge Foundation)
* Simon Rogers (Guardian)
* Stefan Candea (2011 Nieman Fellow at Harvard and Romanian Centre for Investigative Journalism)
* Stefan Meretz (Oekonux)
* Till Kreuzer (iRights)
* Tom Lee (Sunlight Foundation)
* Wouter Tebbens (Free Knowledge Institute)

Please note that submission is still open until May 1st. You can either submit a presentation or workshop proposal or submit a (5-10 page) paper to the Academic Track. Details can be found on the Call for Participation page.
Hope to see you all on 30th June & 1st July, 2011 in Berlin