A slow, considered start to 2017

There have been a few changes happening over the past two years with the Open Knowledge Melbourne meetup. Some of the founding members have stepped back and stepped away from their roles as organisers; some of our members have stepped into organising roles. And, we have been slack in keeping up with this blog (sorry!). […]

Childcare at GovHack – how it was done

The Why When we started the Open Knowledge group that meets weekly in Melbourne our goal was to make it as accessible as possible. WIFI would be necessary or preferred. Week nights were probably the best option, sometime between 5pm and 9pm. Some people would like or need dinner, vegan and gluten free options would […]

Open Knowledge Australia Board Meeting 28 July

Attendees: Dr. Fiona Tweedie (Co-Chair) Dr. Maia Sauren (Chairing) Ana Mihov-Nicotodis (Co-Secretary) Steven De Costa (Co-Secretary & Treasurer) Michael Phillips (Board Member) Markus Buchhorn (Board Member)  Agenda Welcome from the Chair Apologies Finances Update on Finances Updates Actions from last meeting Network and Community Planning Actions Other business Rejected other business Minutes Welcome from the […]

Melbourne Shut Up and Hack Night

This weeks OK Melbourne Meetup saw a dozen or so attendees working on various Open Knowledge related projects, products and ideas. Matt and Ling made an enthusiastic start on collecting attributes of current datasets to gauge machine-readability and bulk accessibility as a resource for the community.  The plan is to extend this to get […]

Coder Grrrlz talk to us about GovHack Municipal Data

  This week’s OK Melbourne saw Ruth, Alisha and Rosie spoke to us about the data sets that are coming out of the Cities of Melbourne, Greater Geelong and Ballarat for the upcoming GovHack. There looks to be some very rich data coming out of each of the sites, with both interesting cultural and geographical […]

Open Data and Digital Services: Foundations for a New Information Economy

If you are in Canberra on the 13th of May then please come along to hear from leading speakers covering subjects related to open data and digital Government service delivery. Learn about the foundation elements of a new information economy that is already connecting public and private sectors throughout Australia and the world. Tickets are available […]

Open Economy – Scott Ludlam

Tonight at Open Knowledge Melbourne Greens Senator Scott Ludlam came to present Open Economy (more info), a visualisation tool for budget data. The site allows you to drill down into data from the Australian budget to see where money was spent, as well as load data from other sources (e.g. BHP, or Rio Tinto) and […]

Meet the data owners: VicRoads

VicRoads is one of the most open-data-engaged Victorian government departments and agencies. On Wednesday night, Adrian Porteous, Evan Quick and Phil Reid came to fill us all in on open data activities happening inside VicRoads – and to listen to what the community is looking for next. Need some data? They’re all ears – try one of […]

Exploring Trove

This week the Melbourne meetup was fortunate to be joined (virtually) by Dr Tim Sherratt (@wragge), who shared with us some of his vast knowledge of Trove. Hanging out, waiting to join the @OKFNau meet up in Melbourne. If the technology behaves… — Tim Sherratt (@wragge) April 8, 2015 Dr Sherratt is a self-described digital […]