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Open Gov

“In all parts of the world, we see the promise of innovation to make government more open and accountable. And now, we must build on that progress”, once said US President Obama. Yet this movement must focus on social justice, not only on wealth creation.

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Open Data

There is a significant focus on the potential of Open Data for economic growth, public sector efficiency and social justice. Here is why open data matters for social justice and democratic accountability -- and how anyone can contribute to bring it to MENA.

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Open Knowledge

If you think that science, education, research and culture should be open and freely accessible for anyone, you are on the right place. We value traditional knowledge and defend the human right to access any type of commons. Do you, too?

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Opening up governance: Open MENA joins public consultation process in Tunisia

Read in/Lire en/بلغات أخرى: Arabic Our friends at OpenGovTN have asked us at OpenMENA to join a forthcoming national public consultation. The latter aims to build an action plan which will bring greater openness and more collaborative governance to Tunisia. The process, referred to as OGP.Dialogue, will run starting 28…

Making it matter: Open Education in the Global South

The 'Making it matter' workshop, gathering Open Education supporters and promoters, was held in London on Friday, May 16. The event strived to "be a ‘first-step’ in bringing together communities interested in the technical issues related to open data and education" in the Global South. We discussed a number of…

TimeMapper: Archaeology of wine

OKFN Labs has a very neat tool that allows you to create timelines: check out TimeMapper! The below archaeology of wine gives you a good overview of what one can do.

Afghan journalists put data journalism skills into practice

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="220"] Thirteen Afghan journalists participated in the first-ever data journalism workshop held in Afghanistan. (credit: Internews)[/caption] During a training workshop held by Internews, Afghan journalists immediately saw the potential of data journalism to combat corruption, and wanted to jump right into ambitious investigative topics such as tracking…

Wandida: Ceci n’est pas un MOOC

Our friends from OKFN Morocco published a very interesting interview with El Mahdi, on of the people behind Wandida. Wandida is an online platform which collects and provides a wide range of open educational resources (CC-by-NC-SA 4.0). The platform is entirely built and maintained by two Moroccans working at the…

Draft Open Data Policy for Qatar

The Qatari Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies (generally referred to as ictQATAR) had launched a public consultation on its draft Open Data Policy. I thus decided to briefly present a (long overdue) outline of Qatar's Open Data status prior to providing a few insights of the current Policy document.…

Morph.io, A New Scraping Platform

Scraping is where you run a program to extract structured data from web pages, and web scrapers could be called the unsung heroes of data liberation. The OpenAustralia Foundation is announcing a new Scraping Platform called Morph.io [caption id="attachment_121" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Morph.io, a new scraping platform[/caption] You can write scripts…

Help us translate the Open Data Handbook

Read in/Lire en/بلغات أخرى : Arabic, French The Open Data Handbook  aims to introduce the readers to the legal, technical and social issues related to Open Data. It starts by introducing Open Data and sheds the light on its importance. Then, it explains how people can liberate data, and the…

“Open-washing” – The difference between opening your data and simply making them available

(This is the English version of the Danish blog post originally posted on the Open Knowledge Foundation Danish site and translated from Danish by Christian Villum, “Openwashing” – Forskellen mellem åbne data og tilgængelige data. Originally published on the OKFN main blog.) Last week, the Danish it-magazine Computerworld, in an article…

Visiting the Open Knowledge Communities around the World

Two young Berliners, Alex (a software developer from Spain) and Margo (a graduate in European politics from France) decided to leave their daily lives and travel around the world for one year to meet people and organizations working actively in open knowledge related projects, documenting them on their website, OpenSteps.org.…

After Open Data Day #ODD14

On 22 February, the open knowledge enthusiasts celebrated the International Open Data Day (#ODD14) across the world. More than 190 events took place around the globe and many of these were organized by Local Groups of the Open Knowledge Foundation. Christian Villum from OKFN Central has published a summary highlighting…

Launching Open MENA!

[Scroll for English] أصدقائنا الأعزاء يسعدنا أن نعلن عن تدشين مبادرة جديدة وطموحة وهي مبادرة عالم عربي مفتوح مبادرة عالم عربي مفتوح هي فريق عمل ضمن مؤسسة المعرفة المفتوحة تهدف إلى تعزيز مجتمع عربي يتعاون في مجالات المعرفة المفتوحة، ونحن نتمنى أن يضم المهتمين بالمعرفة المفتوحة من محيطكم الأوسع، لذا…

Open Data Day 2014 | اليوم العالمي للبيانات المفتوحة 2014

Bloggers, hackers, designers, statisticians and other citizens who are interested in Open Data and Transparency will gather online and offline for the International Open Data Day on February 22, 2014. The event takes place to encourage governmental data openness. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Open Data Day | اليوم العالمي للبيانات…

Open Data Index reopens for submissions

Bloggers, hackers, designers, statisticians and other citizens interested in Open Data and technology for transparency will gather online and offline for the International Open Data Day on February 22, 2014. The Open Data day is a yearly event meant to encourage openness and government transparency. The Open Definition sets out…

The Journal of Open Archaeology Data invites submissions

The Journal of Open Archaeology Data (JOAD) features peer-reviewed data papers describing archaeology datasets with high reuse potential. The JOAD cooperates with a number of specialist and institutional data repositories to ensure that the associated data are professionally archived, preserved, and openly available. Equally importantly, the data and the papers…

Morocco: Open Data Portal relaunched on CKAN

The “Digital Economy” department at the Ministry of Industry, Trade, Investment and Digital Economy in Morocco mentioned via Twitter (French) that the new version of the official Open Data portal of the Kingdom of Morocco will be based on CKAN. During the last months, OKFN Morocco Ambassador, Abderahman Zohry, had conducted…

Egypt: Freedom of Information Project | مصر: مشروع حرية المعلومات

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=81ec4SC4gNM The Egyptian-American Rule of Law Association (EARLA) published an insightful report entitled Freedom of Information: A Cornerstone of Egypt's Democratic Transition, authored by Angela Migally (Director of EARLA's Freedom of Information Project). The report can be downloaded here [PDF, English]. * * * مشروع حرية المعلومات إقرأ تقرير أنجيلا…

Nota, a pastebin for Arabic content

“Arabic is the seventh most spoken language by Internet users but only three per cent of digital content on the web comprises of Arabic material,” estimate experts. Among the most frequent web usages is sharing text, through Pastebin and similar services. Yet these do not properly support Arabic text. Developed…

OKFN Community Stories Tumblr now live!

The Open Knowledge Foundation Community Stories Tumblr was launched back in September 2013 and is currently curated by Kathleen Luschek of the Public Library of Science, assisted occasionally by the Open Knowledge Foundation's Zara Rahman. The Tumblr is licensed under the Creative Commons CC-by-SA 4.0 international license and gathers stories from Bangladesh…

Hello World!

The Open MENA initiative is in its infancy yet ambitious: it aims at opening knowledge in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Open MENA is a project bootstrapped by members of the OKFN community interested to bring the values and ethics of openness in the Arab World, from North…