Your local OKFN Ambassadors and working group are very pleased to invite you to attend, one of five public lectures that Dr. Rufus Pollock** will be giving during a short lecture tour throughout Australia about open knowledge and open data.
We’ve named this tour “The Open Knowledge Down Under” tour and encourage you to talk about this tour openly via the #OKFNau tag.
Free tickets for the events are available via eventbrite – see below. This tour is sponsored by the Mark Shuttleworth Foundation, OKFN Australia local chapter & GovHack via NiCTA. Many thanks to Cloud Earth for sponsoring the Sydney event and many thanks to QUT & Creative Commons Australia for sponsoring the Brisbane events!
The objectives of this open knowledge tour include:
Launch the official OKFN Australian chapter. GovHack+OKFN = #Community!
Appoint local OKFN volunteer ambassadors in cities across Australia, including an OKFN-au workplan and volunteer drive. #Leadership
Establish a senior advisory committee for an ‘OKCon Asia Pacific’ (NB – OKCon in the Northern Hemisphere is in its 3rd year and will have over 1500+ people in attendance at the Geneva conference this year). #OKCon #AsiaPacific
Aim of this tour: Open Knowledge Empowers – it empowers people to participate in their society; it empowers citizens to understand research; it empowers people to explore their culture; it empowers communities to be inspired by one another and it empowers people to connect. Empower your open knowledge community today!
Public events in Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne!
Mon 26th August (Sydney)
- 6:00 – 7:30pm – Evening lecture at Sydney University: Dr Pollock public lecture on Open Data at Eastern Avenue Auditorium, will include a short showcase of Sydney GovHack 2013 winners – RSVP at http://okfnau.eventbrite.com.au/
Tue 27th August (Sydney)
5:30 – 8:00pm – Evening: OKFN Discussion at the Open Research monthly meeting, including announcement of OKFN Ambassadors for Sydney. – RSVP at http://okfnau.eventbrite.com.au/
Wed 28th August (Canberra)
- Morning: Various meetings with Federal Government folk
- 12:00 – 2:00pm – A Gov 2.0 lunchtime lecture about open data for government, and announcement of OKFN Ambassadors for Canberra! – RSVP at http://okfnau.eventbrite.com.au/
Thur 29th August (Adelaide)
- Daytime: Meetings with South Australian Government folk
- 4:30pm: Public Lecture at the University of Adelaide – RSVP at http://okfnau.eventbrite.com.au/
Fri 30th – Sat 31st August (Brisbane)
- Fri evening: A public lecture about open data for government and economic growth – RSVP at http://okfnau.eventbrite.com.au/
Meetings with South Australian Government and Announcement of OKFN Ambassadors!
Sat 9:30 – 2:30pm: “Open Data Mixer” public event with Queensland Government – RSVP at http://opendatamixer.eventbrite.com.au/
Mon 2nd September (Melbourne)
‘GovHack Showcase Victoria’ – winners and exemplars of the GovHack event from Melbourne (including announcement of OKFN Ambassadors for Victoria!)
Public Lecture at the University of Melbourne: “Open Data: the Key to Melbourne’s reign as the Most Livable City in the World.” – RSVP at http://okfnau.eventbrite.com.au/
Drinks reception and official relaunch of OKFN Australia (http://au.okfn.org) with Dr. Rufus Pollock, Pia Waugh and NICTA
** Dr. Rufus Pollock graduated from Cambridge University as a Mead fellow in Economics (after graduating with a distinction in mathematics). Rufus is a well regarded economist because of his scholarly and advisory work on open data and open knowledge economies. Rufus co-founded the Open Knowledge Foundation in 2004 and personally wrote the first lines of code for the CKAN data system (Rufus is also an accomplished programmer). Rufus has sat on several government advisory panels including the British Prime Minister’s appointed Public Sector Transparency Board. This involved working with Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who credited Rufus with starting the ‘Raw Data Now’ meme. Currently, Rufus is a Shuttleworth fellow and is helping to expand the Open Knowledge Foundation expand worldwide, of which over 50+ chapters have formed including our Asia-Pacific neighbors: India, Nepal, Taiwan, China, let alone the many other OKFN local groups worldwide and still growing!
Mon 26th August (Sydney)
= See Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s talk at TED where he cites Rufus’ blog post on ‘Raw Data Now’