We aim to help civil society organisations harness the full potential of web and mobile technologies. To do this, we are working to weave a network of practice that connects civil society groups and technologists through a combination of live events, training, 1-to-1 project support and online collaborations, delivered in ways that support peer learning and sharing. Click through the calendar below to see events, webinars and meet-ups that we and others are hosting.
TABridge Webinar: Mentorships Q&ATime: 2pm UK (9am ET)
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The Transparency & Accountability Initiative is piloting a mentorships program for transparency & accountability groups looking to incubate tech projects and build strategic tech capacity.
There are up to nine mentorship places open for this five month program; deadline for applying is 18 February 2013
Join the Q&A webinar on 23 January to learn more about the project and ask your questions
- Presenters: Gunner and the Transparency & Accountability Initiative
- Contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org
International Open Data HackathonTime: All day
Join a gathering of citizens in cities around the world to write applications, liberate data, create visualizations and publish analyses using open public data to show support for and encourage the adoption open data policies by the world’s local, regional and national governments.
Open Research Data Handbook SprintTime: All day
On February 15-16, the Open Research Data Handbook Sprint will happen at the Open Data Institute, 65 Clifton Street, London EC2A 4JE.
The Open Research Data Handbook aims to provide an introduction to the processes, tools and other areas that researchers need to consider to make their research data openly available.
Join us for a book sprint to develop the current draft, and explore ways to remix it for different disciplines and contexts.
Who it is for:
- Researchers interested in carrying out their work in more open ways
- Experts on sharing research and research data
- Writers and copy editors
- Web developers and designers to help present the handbook online
- Anyone else interested in taking part in an intense and collaborative weekend of action
- Contact info: Register at: http://openresearchdata.eventbrite.com/
Merging the Power of Practitioner Networking and ICT for African Development: Kabissa’s model of capacity building for African CSOsTime: 12:30 - 2:00 PM ET
ICT holds huge potential for civil society organizations (CSOs) to accelerate the scale, scope and impact of their work. Since 1999, Kabissa’s mission has been to help African CSOs put ICT to work for the benefit of their communities. Kabissa has its roots in web hosting and training in Nigeria and West Africa, and is now a pan-African “niche network” enabling organizations to showcase their work and connect with each other and international partners for information sharing and peer learning around development challenges and innovations. A key goal is to build a comprehensive, self-sustaining open datadirectory of “who is doing what where” in African civil society that the development community can access.
Our guest speaker Tobias Eigen, founder and Executive Director of Kabissa, will focus on Kabissa’s model of engaging CSOs and help us to understand how ICT has been used to enhance their missions.
- Contact info: External participants, please contact Meg McDermott (email@example.com)
Right to Information and Transparency in the Digital Age: Policy, Tools and PracticesTime: TBC
Stanford University, Palo Alto, California The free workshop, organized by the interdisciplinary Program on Liberation Technology at Stanford University, will convene practitioners and academics active in law, social movements, administration, technology, design, and the use of technology for accessing information. The call for papers asks for submissions by January 18; these should focus on the intersection of technology, the right to information, and participatory practices.
- Contact info: For more information, please contact Tanja Aitamurto at firstname.lastname@example.org or Vivek Srinivasan at email@example.com.
23rd Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference (CFP)Time: TBC
Longstanding conference run under the aegis of the ACM, the 23rd Computers, Freedom, and Privacy will bring together technologists, policy experts and activists in forums designed to engage the public and policymakers in discussions about the information society and the future of technology, innovation, and freedom.
- Contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Circumvention Tech Summit IIITime: All day
OpenITP will be hosting the third Circumvention Tech Summit on April 26-28 in Hong Kong.
As with previous summits, the CTS III will focus on increasing dialogue between circumvention tech developers and providing them with the knowledge and resources they need to create and develop better tools. The event will also:
- Help developers understand how to best serve the needs of individuals in Asia who face censorship and surveillance as well as increase their access to end-users, testers and other needed resources.
- Promote collaboration among existing technical projects, eliminate duplicate efforts, and increase inter-project infrastructure.
- Disseminate open standards and best practices, and
encourage the principles of a free and open Internet.
- Contact info: To RSVP, please email "CTS III RSVP" in subject field to wesley [at] openitp [dot] org
ABRE LATAMTime: All day
We are setting up an unconference type of event for the end of June in Montevideo. It’s our pleasure to officially invite you to ABRE LATAM, the first Latin American un-conference on Open Data. The event is organized by DATA (Uruguay) and Ciudadano Inteligente (Chile).
What’s ABRE LATAM about?
We want to bring together representatives from different areas of civil society in Latin America working with Open Data on civic issues such as transparency, participation and expanding civic freedoms.
We believe the best way to achieve this is to organize an unconference and meet in a space where regional civil society gathers to share experiences, strategies, challenges, and to identify opportunities of collaboration at a regional and global level.
Tactical Tech InfoActivism CampTime: All day
Tactical Tech bring practitioners together to discuss and debate, share, critique and improve ideas, solve-problems, inspire each other and develop new practices for evidence-based advocacy.
- Contact info: Questions etc can be sent to email@example.com or on Twitter, @info_activism.
Personal Democracy Forum 2013Time: TBC
2013 will see Personal Democracy Forum in its 10th year. It’s been an incredible decade at the intersection of technology and politics, and yet it still feels like we’ve only begun. We hope you’ll join us and hundreds more in a return to NYU, where, as always, you’ll get the opportunity to interact face-to-face with the global leaders of how we interact online.
OKFestival 2013Time: All day
The Open Knowledge Festival 2013 will be held in Geneva on 16-18 September 2013
- Contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Open Access Week 2013Time: All day
Participating in Open Access Week can be as simple or involved as you like. Open Access Week is an invaluable chance to connect the global momentum toward open sharing with the advancement of policy changes on the local level. Universities, colleges, research institutes, funding agencies, libraries, and think tanks have used Open Access Week as a platform to host faculty votes on campus open-access policies, to discuss societal and economic benefits of open access, to promote open access publishing initiatives, and more.
Need some ideas? Check the links below to see what others are planning:
- Open Access Week Events 2012
- EIFL-OA events and
- Open Access Directory, Events Celebrating Open Access Week
Please also remember to take and share your pictures from these events. We always look for interesting and inspiring photographs to include them with your credits to the outreach materials (websites, handouts, annual report).
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