Opening Genomic data – it’s debateable

On a night threatening rain about 25 people came together to discuss Open Genomics in a lab at the Edge, overlooking the Brisbane river. The debate was led by two experts: Mark Crowe, a BioInformatics Scientist and Naveen Sharma, an Information Risk and Compliance Manager. Mark spoke in favour of opening genomic data and his […]

Melbourne Drinks May 21

Moar drinks! Moar dumplings! Let us know you’re coming, please. As usual, these drinks are for anyone in Melbourne who does anything open: education, government, food, software, hardware – just come along. Photos from last time: If you came to the March meetup, we’ll be playing the ‘Who are you and what are your interests” game […]

OKF (Australia) Board Meeting

“A Season for Open Knowledge Advocacy in Australia” was kicked off last night with the first of five board meetings for the newly minted members of this years Open Knowledge Foundation Board. The next Board Meeting will be on June 25th at 6pm (Melbourne Time), the public broadcast and a public forum chat window will […]

Open data in Queensland – lots of planning and 705 state datasets available

The Queensland Government has recently released two strategic reports that emphasise the future agenda for open data in this state. After public consultation, in December 2013 the government released a working draft of the Queensland 30 year vision (PDF) for comment. The governance section of the plan highlights the need for localised and more flexible […]

Open Community Drinks – Melbourne, March 13!

Did you come to our drinks night at 1000 Pound Bend in January? If you missed it, here’s your chance! The first drinks night was such a success we’re doing it again. Come along to the ThoughtWorks office (23/303 Collins Street) on the 13th of March at 6pm to chat with people about the awesome […]

2013 in review – Melbourne

2013 has been a packed year for the OKFN Melbourne team. Here are a few highlights. The year began with a data journalism day hosted by The Age prior to Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s Melbourne lecture. The day brought together storytellers with data wranglers to coax the news out of a number of large datasets with […]

Doing Open Knowledge in South Australia

It’s been a big year for the Open Knowledge movement in South Australia. Adelaide played host to Dr Rufus Pollock, founder of the Open Knowledge Foundation at the end of August. In an action packed day Rufus spoke to the South Australian Executive Service and engaged in a public discussion on open knowledge hosted by […]

Open government data – what can we do in 2014?

The State of Queensland is ramping up activities in preparation for the G20 summit to be held in Brisbane in November 2014.  According to the official  G20 charter, its purpose is to be a premier forum for international cooperation on the most important issues of the global economic and financial agenda. From an open data […]