Category Archive Open data

Contributing to the new Open Data Handbook

    The Open Data Handbook, published by Open Knowledge (Foundation) a couple of years ago, has been a popular primer for everyone wanting to be introduced to the term in general as well as a resource for more experienced professionals in the field. However, as the development and application of open data keeps making quantum leaps […] Read More…

Keynote at GO Open Data 2015 conference in Niagara region, Canada

    These last couple of days I've had the pleasure of spending time with the Ontario open data community, as I gave a keynote talk at the GO Open Data 2015 conference in the Niagara region (more specifically the city of St. Catherines, an hour's drive south of Toronto, right next to the Niagara Falls) on May 1, […] Read More…

Successful Open Data Day event in Copenhagen

    This past Saturday was global Open Data Day, and in more than 300 cities worldwide volunteer open data advocates organized events to promote not only open data, but "open-everything" culture. So we did in Copenhagen; in a collaboration between Open Knowledge Denmark, Wikimedia Denmark and the Danish Open Street Map community we held […] Read More…

Launching the 2014 Global Open Data Index

. . Today from Open Knowledge we're launching the 2014 Global Open Data Index; a citizen-driven online tool to assess the state of open government data around the world.  Each year, governments are making more data available in an open format. The Global Open Data Index tracks whether this data is actually released in a way […] Read More…

Open Knowledge Denmark turns 1 year old

. Today marks the one year anniversary of Open Knowledge Denmark, the Danish Local Group of the international Open Knowledge network. The group was booted a year ago and in the past year we've organized a series of events including an electoral data sprint, a workshop about the European patent system, a screening of Tactical Tech's Exposing […] Read More…

The power of a tweet: How proprietary software vendor Socrata succumbed to community pressure

. His past week Socrata, an American proprietary software vendor making solutions for (open) data handling, launched a new application for handling spending data. In general this company is everything that the non-profit open-source software producer and advocacy org Open Knowledge that I work for, is not. Basically, they make closed-source subscription-based tools to handle open data (ironic, […] Read More…

“Open-washing” – making your data available is not enough; you have to open it

. I've written an article on the Danish Open Knowledge blog, titled "Open washing", highlighting the difference between open data and data that are simply made available (there is a huge difference). It seems to resonate with a lot of people and has since been translated into French, Japanese, Italian - as well as cross-posted on […] Read More…

Co-organizing Open Data Day 2015 in Copenhagen

. . On February 22 2015 the whole world will celebrate Open Data Day; a gathering of citizens in cities around the world to celebrate and learn about open data. Join the event in Copenhagen! The whole idea is to show support for and encourage the adoption and promotion of open data by citizens and […] Read More…

Interview about open government in The Guardian // #OGP13

  During the recent Open Government Partnership Summit in London in late October, I was interviewed by a tv-news crew from The Guardian about the strengths of open governance. The short clip can be seen below. Caption: Christian Villum of the Open Knowledge Foundation says the Open Government Partnership Summit is a good way to […] Read More…

Launching the Open Data Index

. . These last few months I've been part of the spearheading of a very interesting project called the Open Data Index, based on another project titled the Open Data Census. Developed by the Open Knowledge Foundation, where I act as ao. International Community Manager for Open Government Data activities, the Open Data Census is […] Read More…