This one-day hands-on workshop will explore the different roles of open data in campaigning: from local actions to international development. We will explore lessons learned and emerging best practices in connecting campaigners and open data application developers.
When and where is it?
Thursday 24th March 2011. 9.30am - 5.30pm. St Annes College, Oxford, UK.
Who is it for?
The workshop will immediately follow the annual E-Campaigning Forum (#ECF11), so will be targeted particularly at campaigners interested in increasing their understanding of how to engage with open data. We also invite developers and data experts interested in exploring the connections between data and campaigning.
How will it work?
The day will start with an introduction to open data, the history of open data campaigning, and short presentations on finding and using data, and on publishing data, for advocacy and campaigning. We will then quickly moving into action-learning - with participants choosing projects to work on throughout the day - exploring open data for campaigning around a key themes including:
- International Development
- Environment and Climate
- Public Spending Cuts
- Your suggestions... (if you have a theme you want to explore, bring along ideas and invite others to join you to work on it)
Places are free, although at the moment participants will need to contribute towards the costs of lunch (sponsorship welcome)*. Participants coming from ECF will already be on site from Wednesday, so we are expecting to have a meal on the 23rd and all coming on the 24th are welcome to join us. Accommodation can be arranged at St Annes college if required.
Fairsay and Open Rights Group are sponsoring the costs of venue. If you could offer sponsorship to help cover the costs of the event (lunch, maybe extra space or drinks afterwards) we would love to hear from you too.
9.30 - 10.00 - Welcome and introductions
10.00 - 11.00 - Quick Presentations
- History of open data: Campaigning for and with open data
- The presentation from 2012 - showing a range of campaign strategies for working with data;
- Visualisation, info-graphics and influence (?) - the power of the graph...
- Transparency - local and global
- A quick tour of the emerging open data landscape
11.00 - 11.30 - Thematic track introductions - split into groups with track leaders who provide an introduction to that track and talk through some of the issues to explore during the data.
- International Development
- Environment & Climate
- Spending Cuts
- Other ideas...
11.30 - 12.00 - Projects brainstorm - feedback on any existing projects. Brainstorming ideas for hands-on projects to complete for the rest of the day. (Some pre-prepared briefs will be available for groups to work on if no ideas come from the group/capture participants imagination)
12.00 - 13.00 - Project sprint - working hands-on on different projects. The focus will be on learning how to work with data for campaigning: non-data-specialists learning about the data; and non-campaigners learning about campaigning needs.
13.00 - Lunch
13.30 - 16.30 - Continued work on projects - with track leads optionally running extra training on specific elements of working with data.
16.30 - 17.30 - Feedback - showing what’s been created and capturing learning.
17.30 - Pub