Saturday 22nd February is Open Data Day!
Open Data Day is a gathering of citizens in cities around the world to write applications, liberate data, create visualizations and publish analyses using open public data to show support for and encourage the adoption of open data policies by the world’s local, regional and national governments.
The events are open to anyone: from curious citizens to journalists, tech-geeks to scientists, designers to data wranglers. Swing by on the day to hack, have a hangout and wrangle with us!
Want to see what’s going on all around the world on Open Data Day and let us know what you’re working on? Follow and tweet the hashtag #OpenDataDay!
Watch the planning Hangouts
So far two planning and sharing Hangouts have been had in the community, with many organizers and other volunteers from all over the world. You can watch the videos here and learn what others are doing:
Hangout #2 (February 12, 2014):
Read the great and inspiring comments and reports from participants and audience members and check out the notepad as well.
Hangout #1 (January 21, 2014):
Events around the world
There are Open Data Day events taking place all around the world.
We’re especially excited to see members of the Open Knowledge Foundation network organizing events – including ones in Japan, the UK, Germany and more! Here’s the current list:
- United Kingdom
- United States
- Burkina Faso
As part of Open Data Day we’ve got a series of projects that you can take part in.
Local Open Data Census
Survey the State of Open Data in Your City or Region
As a part of Open Data Day 2014 we bring you the Local Open Data Census Challenge: become an Open Data Detective and help **locate open (and closed) datasets in your city or region. It’s easy, it’s fun – and anyone can play along!
See the growing list of active Local Open Data Census instances, where you can dive in now and get started! If your country is not on the list, click the green button below to request a Census in your area.
Open Spending – Get Your Local Budget Visualized
Help open up your local city finances by publishing them on OpenSpending and producing simple visualizations that show where money goes.
OpenSpending makes it super-easy to turn an Excel (or even PDF) budget into something understandable and searchable and allows you make clear and beautiful visualizations of your local city’s finances in seconds.
School of Data – Run a Data Expedition
School of Data teaches data skills through explorations called Data Expeditions. Data Expeditions are short gatherings where a group of people with different backgrounds tackle a data related problem, and for Open Data Day we’re looking for people with a deep interest in a particular topic or who have particular skills in coding, analysis, scouting out data, design or data-storytelling who are up for organizing a data-based investigation.