As part of my Shuttleworth Fellowship I’m preparing bi-annual reviews of what I — and projects I’m involved in — have been up to. So, herewith are some some highlights from the last 6 months.
CKAN and the theDataHub
- Finalized separation of software and site: CKAN = data hub software, theDataHub.org = community data hub site
- Worked heavily to develop CKAN as a product e.g. much improved website http://ckan.org/, nascent partner programme and more
- Major milestone with CKAN v1.5 release just 2 weeks ago. Result of 6 months of development with major new features.
- theDataHub has also been much improved with move to new servers, a new theme (default in CKAN v1.5) and deployment of ever more extensions
- Some personal items:
- Two major point releases of OpenSpending software v0.10 and v0.11 (v0.11 just last week!). Huge maturing and development of the system. Backend architecture now finalized after a major refactor and reworking.
- Community has grown significantly with now almost 50 OpenSpending datasets on theDataHub.org and growing group of core “data wranglers”
- Spending Stories was a winner of the Knight News Challenge. Spending Stories will build on and extend OpenSpending.
Open Bibliography and the Public Domain
- The Public Domain Review goes from strength to strength
- BibServer has had a ground-up rewrite and can be seen online at http://bibsoup.net/
- Additional support from JISC for a second phase of JISC Open Bibliography project
Open Knowledge Foundation and the Community
- In September we received a 3 year grant from the Omidyar Network to help the Open Knowledge Foundation sustain and expand its community especially in the formation of new chapters
- Completed a major recruitment process in (Summer-Autumn 2011) to bring on more paid OKFN team members including community coordinators, foundation coordinator and developers
- The Foundation participated in launch of Open Government Partnership and CSO events surrounding the meeting
- Working groups continuing to develop. Too much activity to summarize it all here but some highlights include:
- WG Science Coordinator Jenny Molloy travelling to OSS2011 in SF to present Open Research Reports with Peter Murray-Rust
- Open Economics WG developing and Open Knowledge Index in August
- Open Bibliography working group’s work on an Metadata guide.
- Open Humanities / Open Literature working group winning Inventare Il Futuro competition with their idea to use the Annotator
- Development of new Local Groups and Chapters
- Start of work on OKFN labs
Meetups and Events
Talks and Events
- Attended Open Government Partnership meeting in July in Washington DC and launch event in New York in September
- Attended Chaos Computer Camp with other OKFNers in August near Berlin
- September: Spoke at PICNIC in Amsterdam
- October: Code for America Summit in San Francisco (plus meetings) – see partial writeup
- October: Open Government Data Camp in Warsaw (organized by Open Knowledge Foundation)
- November: South Africa – see this post on Africa@Home and Open Knowledge meetup in Cape Town
- Partcipation in meetings of the UK Public Sector Transparency Board
- Annotator has seen ongoing coding and growing use – including very promising integration of Annotator with textbooks thanks to Ewald Zietsman of Siyavula
- Co-coded PyBossa – an open source platform for crowd-sourcing online (volunteer) assistance to perform tasks that require human cognition, knowledge or intelligence (e.g. image classification, transcription, information location etc)