Introducing open knowledge in Tanzania

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Published on February 20, 2014

Author: YulliJeremia




Introduction to Open Knowledge Yulli Jeremia Community Leader-OKFN Tanzania OKFN TANZANIA Meet-up #1 19th February 2014

AGENDA • General introduction about the field of open knowledge/data • Current (open...) opportunities that can be exploited by the DOKCO community • Community membership and values • Brain storming on the direction of the community (potential innovative projects etc.)

Who are the Open Knowledge Foundation? • We are the global movement to open knowledge around the world and see it used and useful. • We bring together a diverse community, building a network of individuals and organizations founded on key principles.

Who are the Open Knowledge Foundation? • We create change educating, empowering, evangelizing and making. • We promote open access, open content and open data and the public domain.

How do we define knowledge? • The term knowledge is taken to include: • Content such as music, films, books • Data be it scientific, historical, geographic or otherwise • Government and other administrative information See more at: OZ.dpuf

How do we define “Open”? • A piece of data or content is open if anyone is free to use, reuse, and redistribute it — subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and/or share-alike.” - See more at: puf

Why Open? OPEN KNOWLEDGE Open source Open data CLOSED KNOWLEDGE Open content open access

Open source • Software development using open source resources • Internet as the catalyst for OS. • Source code available for the public for use and modification. For more see

Open Data • Data as a resource • Data is closed (by legal, technological etc. barriers) • Government open data (geo-data, culture, financial, statistics, weather, environment, transport) • Scientific open data

Open content • A creative work that others can copy and modify. • Eg. Films, videos, pictures, open educational resources etc.

Open access • Free access to academic/scholarly work via internet. • Open access journals etc.

Current open (…) opportunities • OGP • Tanzania Open Government Initiative • We need to create apps, visualize data for civic engagement, conduct data analytics, campaign for FOI, liberate more data, participate in public policy-making, create and deploy open source software, initiate open science projects, open education resources, campaign for open licenses etc.

Why Dar es Salaam Open Knowledge Community? • Sense of togetherness • Division of work • Cooperation/collaboration

Who can join? • Anyone; librarians, journalists, students, developers, academics, etc. with interest in open data, open knowledge, open government, open educational resources, open software, open source licensing, open access, etc.

Community Values • • • • • • • Volunteerism Open knowledge Respect and tolerance Collaborative Pragmatic not fanatic Making and talking Change making

Join us • @okfntz • Face book group: OKFN TANZANIA • Community Blog coming soon

Brainstorming on the Community’s Future • Potential projects • Working groups • Participation in Open Data Day (22nd February 2014) • Next meet up


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