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Open Data for Campaigning

on April 7th, 2011 at 10:40:45 AM

Two weeks ago was the Ecampaigning Forum (ECF) in Oxford, and the Open Data for Campaigning Camp (ODCC) put together by Tim Davies, Javier Ruiz Diaz and myself. One direct result of our efforts to promote the use of open data in campaigning organisations is Greenpeace's experiments to make their measurements of radiation levels near Fukushima available as raw data: http://www.greenpeace.org/fukushima-data (way to go, Andrew! That's two-star open data). Good to remember that the teams have to deal with lots of logistics and radioactive decontamination, so publishing spreadsheets isn't at the top of their priorities.

By the way, next week, I'll be at re:publica and re:campaign in Berlin, again talking with NGOs and campaigners about open data.

OpenAid.se, Swedish development aid transparency

on April 4th, 2011 at 8:57:54 PM

Today I attended the launch of the new aid transparency effort, openaid.se, which is a joint effort between the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), to show where Swedish government development aid money is going. The Swedish minister for Development Cooperation, Gunilla Carlsson, presented the effort and went into some depth to describe the work.

I together with Akvo was asked by the Swedish Foreign Ministry to review and give feedback on the openaid.se site before the launch. I was also part of a review panel which discussed the work after the presentation together with a very engaged audience.

I think openaid.se is a very good effort to start showing the Swedish aid budget. The team working on this clearly were very passionate about this work and has put in a lot of effort bringing both budgets and thousands of documents visible online. We would like to commend everyone involved on a great start.

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