Meet.22: HacKnight (12 June)

 

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Continuing our series of “hack nights” for Open Data enthusiasts to get together and work on open data projects. Come out and meet other Open Data enthusiasts! No you don’t need to be techie, but if you are, and you have a project, join us and get working on them with others! And if you’re not techie, come out, check out the projects, meet others to talk open data, maybe plan a project, strategise!

HOW IT WORKS:

  • You can present an idea – new or existing, for others to join you on;
  • You can listen to the other ideas and projects, ask questions and join them; or
  • if you have specialized skills, you can float around and offer your expertise.

That’s it! (more…)

Open Data Hong Kong news roundup (22 April)

Roundup of Open Data Hong Kong news – 22 April, 2014

Next ODHK events:

This evening! Open LegCo & Open Data @ 7pm in Wan Chai!

with LegCo Secretary General Kenneth Chen (Meet.19) - Tuesday, April 22

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Event linkFacebook event link

Our speaker will be Kenneth Chen, Secretary General of the LegCo Secretariat will present “Open Legco”, Hong Kong’s Legislative Council’s foray into the Open Data space, as well as speak about the opportunities of open data for civic engagement, politics and legislation in Hong Kong, and the challenges for government to get with Open Data.

More info here: http://blog.opendatahk.com/events/meet-19

ODHK HacKnight! (Meet.20) - in two weeks (7 May)

The second in a series of monthly hack nights for members to get together and work on their open data projects. If you have an idea, already working on a project, or just want to lend a hand and find out more about open data, come on out. People will pitch and present their projects for others to decide or start their own. No technical skills required – everyone has something they can contribute. Bring your laptop!

More info here: http://blog.opendatahk.com/events/meet-20

Want more events?

Here you go! See calendar of Open Data – relevant events here: http://blog.opendatahk.com/events/

Happy to add your open data-related events.

ODHK News

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  • Congratulations! Open Data projects and groups are winning awards!
    • Data-HK wins the coveted ICT Students Award! Congrats Ron Tam, Ding Lam, Solomon Yan, Alfred Lai for getting gold! Props to Sctt Brady D and Cyrus Wong for mentoring this fantastic team. Discuss on Facebook
    • Kites wins gold in the Entrepreneurial Innovation category – congrats Alan Tsui, Alger Hoi, Edwin Shao and team! Discuss on Facebook

 

Links we’re talking about

 

Other upcoming events:

 

Photos from our first Hack night!

If you haven’t been to one of our 18 meets, come on out and join the community.

What else we’re reading

Curated links from the awesome people Open Data Weekly

The future of open data is local 
Government Computing - The last three months have been the busiest three months of my life. In December we started to create Leeds Data Mill – the open data platform for the city. Traditionally cities use their data platform to release city council data, however we wanted to be more ambitious than that in Leeds and have worked to gain data not just from the city council (an amazing resource in itself), but from private sector and third sector.

How Open Data and Higher Ed Networks Can Decrease Poverty 
Government Computing - This century, we face a much larger challenge than bringing 100 gigabyte connectivity to college campuses. We have to figure out how to feed 9 billion people and decrease poverty.

The Impact of Open Data 
White House | Office of science and technology Policy - Freely available data from the U.S. Government is an important national resource, serving as fuel for entrepreneurship, innovation, scientific discovery, and other public benefits. According to a recent report, open data can generate more than $3 trillion a year in additional value in key sectors of the global economy, including education, health, transportation, and electricity.

Open Data as Culture: science, arts and technologies to co-create possible futures
Art is open source - We will find out in Trento, at the ICT Days event, together with Trento rise, the Bruno Kessler Foundation and the Department of Engineering and Information Science of the University of Trento.

How open data is changing the business of real estate 
Inman news - Whether it’s info on schools and crime, mortgage data, zoning permits, smog, traffic, noise, flood data or weather, “If there’s data out there associated with the home, we want it,” says Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff…

Free the Data: The Debate Over APIs and Open Government 
Tech President
The White House’s digital government strategy explicitly focuses on APIs, directing agencies to stand up application programming interfaces to enable government staff and the public to dynamically access government data. Vendors like Socrata support APIs as the default method for publishing opendata, certainly in part because they can charge for them.

Watch:

The Economic Potential of Open Data 
O’reilly strata conference 

Capitol Code – An Open Data Jam 
Minnesota Secretary of State 

Meet.21: HK Government Information & Copyright

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Pindar Wong

At this event we will discuss HK Government Information and data – can we share it, repurpose it, build on it? What are the limitations, risks? Will government information become public domain and Creative Commons Zero (CC0) like in the United States? If not, why not?

Pindar Wong is the co-public lead of Creative Commons Hong Kong. He serves on the Digital 21 Strategy Advisory Committee of the Hong Kong Government, the School of Engineering Advisory Committee HKUST, the Technical Advisory Board of the Packet Clearing House. He is a member of DimSumLabs and the W3C Web Payments Community Group. He enjoys innovating by hacking the Raspberry Pi and Internet Governance Policy and serves as a Commissioner on the Global Commission on Internet Governance. He struggles to learn the electric guitar.

*UPDATE* The HK Gov OGCIO are no longer able to attend this meetup.

Agenda:

  • 7:00 Networking
  • 7:15 Opening up – what is Open Data, about ODHK (Bastien)
  • 7:30: Pindar Wong: HKGov Information & Copyright
  • Open Data News Roundup, Announcements, Demos of anything, Review of Make.03 projects,
  • Topic group discussions – split into tables to discuss specific topics
  • Networking

Date:

Tuesday 20 May, at 7pm

Add to: 

LOCATION

Location: Delaney’s Wan Chai

Address: 2/F, One Capital Place – 18 Luard Road, Wan Chai

Whether you’re already familiar with Open Data or just want to find out what it is, come to our regular meetup. No technical skills required. Come out and meet fellow Hong Kong Open Data enthusiasts.

Open Data Hong Kong news roundup (7 Apr)

Roundup of Open Data Hong Kong news – 7 April, 2014

Next ODHK events:

ODHK HacKnight! (Meet.18) - this Thursday, April 10

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ODHK is starting a series of monthly hack nights for members to get together and work on their open data projects. If you have an idea, already working on a project, or just want to lend a hand and find out more about open data, come on out. People will pitch and present their projects for others to decide or start their own. No technical skills required – everyone has something they can contribute. Bring your laptop!

More info here: http://blog.opendatahk.com/events/meet-18

Open LegCo & Open Data with LegCo Secretary General Kenneth Chen (Meet.19) - Tuesday, April 22

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Event link, Facebook event link

Our speaker will be Kenneth Chen, Secretary General of the LegCo Secretariat will present “Open Legco”, Hong Kong’s Legislative Council’s foray into the Open Data space, as well as speak about the opportunities of open data for civic engagement, politics and legislation in Hong Kong, and the challenges for government to get with Open Data.

With projects like “Open LegCo“, the Legislative Council attaches great importance to the promotion of openness and public access to information about the work of the Legislature. Check it out!

More info here: http://blog.opendatahk.com/events/meet-19

Want more events?

Here you go! See calendar of Open Data – relevant events here:

http://blog.opendatahk.com/events/
Happy to add your open data-related events.

Updates!

Screen Shot 2014-04-07 at 12.01.33 PMOpen Data + ODHK featured in TimeOut Magazine

A growing movement of data enthusiasts are hoping to use government information in apps and products in a way that could change our daily lives. Anna Cummins meets the volunteers behind ODHK

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ODHK is now on Meetup.com

ODHK is now on Meetup.com. Check us out: http://www.meetup.com/OpenDataHK


NEWS!

Screen Shot 2014-04-07 at 1.35.16 PM“Wired Hong Kong doesn’t understand the true value of information”

(SCMP) ODHK member Waltraut Ritter says lack of access to public data hurts competitiveness public data hurts competitiveness. (Link)

“Access to information in HK falls behind other countries, says Ombudsman”

(SCMP) “[Government staffers] misunderstood how the [access to information] code was to be followed, especially when turning down public requests for data. One complainant said the Environmental Protection Department had refused to provide information on the exhaust systems of two problematic restaurants because it was “third-party information” and therefore protected by privacy rules. (link)

More news!

Screen Shot 2014-04-07 at 1.54.53 PMCanada sets up “Open Data Insititute”

(NextGov) How Canada plans to fuel its Economy with Data! The Canadian govt funded $3M to set up an Open Data Institute “charged with finding, compiling and standardizing government and private sector data that companies, entrepreneurs and academics can use as the raw material for new products and services.”. If Hong Kong wants to become a “smart city”, an institute set up here would help the engine to run it. (link)

Screen Shot 2014-04-07 at 1.55.57 PMHow to decide which data sets to release?

(Sunlight Foundation) Data.One doesn’t properly weigh which datasets to release first. They look for ‘low-hanging fruit’, which means big datasets and publicly ‘easy to understand’ data. HKG needs to instil a culture of open. This means that all departments take data that is already broken down into formats like Excel and CSV and simply post it. And they need to do this whether they understand its usefulness or not. It’s public sector information. As long as it does not contain personal information, it should be shared (D Christ) (Link)

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Add your HK Open Data project to the ODHK project list!

Please enter in your Open Data project here! We want to try and get a listing of all Open Data projects relevant to Hong Kong. You can enter any project. It doesn’t have to be your project. We will make these projects accessible on the ODHK website. Thank you! (link)

Open Data-related Upcoming Events

Our 1-year anniversary (Meet.17)

ODHK passed its 1-year mark a little while ago. We had cake!
A summary of the past year is available here.

A few photos from ODHK.meet.17

Never been to an ODHK.meet event? Come on out!

Meet.19: Open LegCo and Open Data

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Our speaker will be Kenneth Chen, Secretary General of the LegCo Secretariat will present “Open Legco”, Hong Kong’s Legislative Council’s foray into the Open Data space, as well as speak about the opportunities of open data for civic engagement, politics and legislation in Hong Kong, and the challenges for government to get with Open Data. (more…)

Open Data Hong Kong news roundup (18 Mar)

Roundup of Open Data Hong Kong news – week of 18 March 2014

Next event: Meet.17 (upcoming Tuesday!)

Tuesday 25 March, 2014

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Join us for our one year anniversary! That’s right! ODHK was started almost a year ago! Come celebrate. There will be drinks, cake, music, fun, and lots of open data!

Topics:

  • Looking back – a review of the past year, ODHK Executive Committee voting, ODHK Excom Purpose, Roles, Who’s running, looking forward, upcoming series of HacKnight events, Next ODHK hackathon, Preview of the Hong Kong Open Source Conference and more! There will be cake and music! BYOB: Bring your own beer / alcohol!
  • Happening at the Good Lab in Prince Edward!

More info herehttp://blog.opendatahk.com/events/meet-17

ODHK Excom vote at Meet.17

We have received applications for the Executive Committee (Excom). Thank you for your interest. It’s time now to proceed with voting! Voting will happen next week at Meet.17. To find out more about Excom and the slate of names, please read here (link).

NEWS!

RTHK looks at Open Data (in Cantonese)

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ODHK’s famous Team IVE featured in the RTHK documentary! The first Cantonese TV show about open data, aired on TVB and RTHK. (link)

 

 

 

LegCo releases Legislative History of Bills

We have just released the beta version of an API to access our Database on the Legislative History of Bills. This database contains key dates and the amendment history of some 6 000 Bills considered by the Council since 1906. The Database keeps track of the passage of a Bill such as its gazette date, dates of the three readings, formation and report of the corresponding Bills Committee, if any, and its discussions in Council meetings. Comments are welcome! (link)

CSV data with Data.Two Download

Screen Shot 2014-03-18 at 11.03.06 pmWithin moments of notifying us on the Facebook group, already CSV data was made available by the community. Check it out! (link)

Add your HK Open Data project to the list!

Please enter in your Open Data project here! We want to try and get a listing of all Open Data projects relevant to Hong Kong. You can enter any project. It doesn’t have to be your project. We will make these projects accessible on the ODHK website. Thank you! (link)

Prototype of HK Open Data projects showcase

Screen Shot 2014-03-18 at 10.56.11 pmAlready Francis has made a prototype to showcase Hong Kong open data projects. It will update based on the data from the spreadsheet above. Check it out! (link)


App: MTRdelay

Screen Shot 2014-03-18 at 10.37.14 pmOne of the interesting apps/sites demoed at the ODHK.Meet.16 was “MTRdelay”. Check it out! (link).
The source code is available here: https://github.com/siuying/mtrupdate_analyze

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

HK Open Source Conference 

Screen Shot 2014-03-18 at 10.47.43 pmMore than 10 overseas speakers will join us at the Hong Kong Open Source Conference, to share on various open source and open technology topics. From the Data.One project of OGCIO to the releases of voting record of the Legislative Council in machine-readable format, a number of open data initiatives have been kickstarted by various groups in Hong Kong. g0v.tw is a open source and open data community in Taiwan aimed to improve the society, it is one of the most outstanding open data community in Asia. We invited the co-founder of g0v.tw the famous open source developer in Taiwan – Chia-liang Kao, to describe how g0v.tw make use of open source model and technology to develop a number of open data applications.

World Internet Developer Summit 2014 @ 27-28 Mar 2014

Get ready for Hong Kong’s signature World Internet Developer Summit!
Hosted by Internet Society Hong KongCyberport and Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, the action-packed two-day summit is the annual and signature cross-platform developer summit in the region.

More!

Article: Wealthy countries share data

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The Oxford Internet Institute this week posted a nice visualization of the state of open data in 70 countries around the world, reflecting the willingness of national governments to release everything from transportation timetables to election results to machine-readable national maps. The tool is based on the Open Knowledge Foundation’s Open Data Index, an admittedly incomplete but telling assessment of who willingly publishes updated, accurate national information on, say, pollutants and who does not.

Read it: (link)
Note: HK is among the last 10.

Open Gov’t: Call for submissions by Gov’t of Indonesia

Call for submissions by the Government of Indonesia on innovative approaches to open government that will be showcased at the OGP Asia Pacific Regional Conference in Bali, Indonesia on May 6 – 7.

Seven ideas will be selected for Lightning Talks at the upcoming regional meeting. You may submit your own innovative idea or nominate someone else’s. The deadline for submitting your entry is March 23, 2014. To take part, simply fill in the nomination form at http://goo.gl/6ieEfJ and describe your inspiring innovation.

 

Photos from Meet.16 (R & Open Energy Data)

Never been to an ODHK.meet event? Come on out! A few photos from ODHK.meet.16

More news!

Curated from Open Data Weekly

Introducing Streamtools: A graphical tool for working with streams of data 

(OpenNews) We see a moment coming when the collection of endless streams of data is commonplace. As this transition accelerates it is becoming increasingly apparent that our existing toolset for dealing with streams of data is lacking.

How Open Data Policies Unlock Innovation 

(Socrata) The World Wide Web just celebrated its twenty-fifth birthday. In the years since its inception, an entire generation has grown up with the web, and helped to shape it. For these people, Facebook, Amazon, and Google are the norm for connecting with friends and family, browsing a universe of goods, and searching the world’s information.

Sixteen ways councils can better use data 

(The Guardian) We asked experts to give their tips on making the most of data in local government. Here’s what they had to say.

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

(OKFN) Last week, the Danish it-magazine Computerworld, in an article entitled “Check-list for digital innovation: These are the things you must know“, emphasised how more and more companies are discovering that giving your users access to your data is a good business strategy.

Watch: The Power of open data by Sir Nigel Shadbolt (CeBit)

Voting on ODHK Executive Committee

We have received applications for the Executive Committee. Thank you for your interest. It’s time now to proceed with voting! The slate of names proposed for the Executive Committee are:

About ExCom

The Executive Committee (ExCom) is responsible for the leadership of ODHK. ExCom is made up of five individuals responsible for:
  • Strategic and tactical decision-making for ODHK
  • Coordination with Communications with WG to make plans and decisions public
  • Interfacing with Working Group leads
  • Incorporation of ODHK within 6 months.

ExCom will define the terms of incorporation and take the necessary steps to fulfil this goal. Once ODHK is incorporated, the positions on ExCom will be up for re-election. We are limiting the initial terms of ExCom membership so the leadership structure can be independently decided upon from those who will take up leadership of the incorporated entity.

Next step

Come to Meet.17 for the vote on March 25!

Voting rules

To vote, please respect these two rules:

  • One vote per person. If you vote online, please opt not to vote at meet.17.
  • To be eligible, please have already attended one or more ODHK events.

Thank you for your participation!

Questions? Please send to info@opendatahk.com

Update: Online voting was removed. 

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