Switzerland has been active in the Open Knowledge Network since 2011, and is a registered Local Chapter under the name Opendata.ch. They carry out the Open Knowledge mission in Switzerland, with a particular focus on the specific situation in their country: what’s the interplay of transparency and direct democracy? What are the ways towards more open government data in an extremely decentralised system? And how can a tradition of amazing data quality in areas like maps or schedules be expanded and leveraged for progress and innovation that serves everybody? And what, in the end, is the “Swiss way" of fostering open knowledge?
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After working in foreign policy and political communications, he found his passion in technology-related advocacy and open innovation. At Opendata.ch, he supports the public sector on its journey to become more open and advocates for a digital transformation that benefits the many not the few. Before taking over as Director, Florin managed Opendata.ch's Prototype Fund.
Oleg Lavrovsky is a software engineer specialized in information management, and an activist dedicated to sharing knowledge for a better world through the art and science of data, a healthy dose of common sense, and community. One of the initiators of the Swiss open data movement, he is active in the Open Knowledge network, runs events around the country, blogs sporadically, contributes open source regularly, and remains highly allergic to prejudice while dedicated to the goals of openness on- and off-line. He's a Russian-Canadian expat & a family guy.
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