[Summary: Developer and analysts jobs with a workers co-operative committed to using open data for social change] Over the last year I’ve had the immense pleasure of getting to work with a fantastic group of colleagues creating ‘Open Data Services …

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Although this year my primary focus is on PhD write-up, I’m still keeping active with the two companies I’ve co-founded. So, a couple of updates – firstly, the annual Practical Participation newsletter, compiled by Jennie Fleming. Practical Participation 2016 – …

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[Summary: rough notes from a workshop on cooperative sector data.] Principle 6 of the International Co-operative Alliance calls for ‘co-operation amongst co-operatives’. Yet, for many co-ops, finding other worker owned businesses to work with can be challenging. Although there are …

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What is open data? We all make decisions everyday based on different sources of information. Much of that information ultimately starts out as digital data. Open data is about changing the default, so that instead of being locked away for …

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By Ben Schaap, Tim Davies and Ana Brandusescu What is open data? We all make decisions everyday based on different sources of information. Much of that information ultimately starts out as digital data. Open data is about changing the default, …

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By: Tim Davies, Ana Brandusescu and Ben Schaap – Open Government, Agriculture and Nutrition Open Government Partnership governments spend more than $1.2 trillion a year on the agriculture sector. We all rely upon complex global supply chains of agricultural inputs …

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[Summary: reflections on responses to the GODAN discussion paper on agricultural open data, ownership and the commons – posted ahead of Africa Open Data Conference GODAN sessions] Photo Credit – CC-BY – South Africa Tourism Key points We need to …

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The International Open Data Conference in Ottawa in May this year brought together over 200 speakers and close to 1000 in-person attendees to explore the open data landscape. I had the great privilege of working with the conference team to …

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By: Chris Addison, Tim Davies, Ana Brandusescu and Ben Schaap Next week will see the first continent-wide Africa Open Data Conference: bringing together governments, technologists and innovators from across the continent and beyond to explore the promise and reality of …

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[Summary: Brief notes exploring a strategic and service-based approach to improve IATI data quality] Filed under: rough ideas At the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) Technical Advisory Group meeting (#tag2015) in Ottawa last week I took part in two sessions …

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