Joining the dots in Open Knowledge Australia

At the last Open Knowledge Australia board meeting Markus mentioned a point about providing more information on how people can support each other. What activities are people interested in? What knowledge or skills do people hold? How can we support each other? There are a few easy ways for people to publish a simple profile that […]

Shut up and Hack: crowdsourcing a blogpost

In the spirit of community involvement, this report on activities at Melbourne’ Shut up and Hack on April 22 has been contributed by attendees Sarah Godwin and Ros Lau. Relative newcomer Sarah worked on Temporal Earth, mapping ANZAC troop movements So this was my 2nd OK Melbourne Meetup. First there was a short talk about […]

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 […]

OKAU Board nominations

As discussed in the recent Board meeting there was an action for me to post on the process for rotating new people in through the OKAU Board. My suggestion was that two people each 3 month period would be obliged to vacate their their position. At this time any other nominations would be received for the […]

How much Gov would a GovHack hack if a GovHack could hack Gov

I think the correct answer is that a GovHack would hack so much Gov they wouldn’t know how much Gov they hacked. Although the 2014 GovHack the annual report attempts to cover the answer in a little more detail. The answer for 2015 will come to light on the weekend of 3 July and the National GovHack […]

Seven Principles of a 21st Century Government

As part of International Open Data Day (IODD) the folks at Code for Australia organised a Sydney based workshop designed to discuss ‘Principles of a 21st Century Government’. This was one of three activities highlighted by Open Knowledge Australia ahead of IODD, so we followed up to see how it went. There is now a detailed post up […]

Australia’s Open Data Census goes Beta

Australia’s Regional Open Data Census was launched as a beta web-site on International Open Data Day (21 Feb 2015). The census is a crowd-sourced measure of the openness of key data published by Australia’s states and territories. Openness is based on the answers provided to nine questions. Anyone can submit an assessment and an editorial […]

Australian Activities on International Open Data Day, 21 February

International Open Data day falls on 21 February and there will be a range of practical ways people can help out within an Australian context. 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 […]