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On June 5 and 6, 2015, Opendata.ch invites researchers and experts, designers, developers, journalists and all people who would like to embrace experimentation with data to participate in our hackdays in Zurich and Lausanne. Open research data from diverse scientific domains will be at the centre of this 2-day creative event, as well as the one big question: how can we get the most out of the huge potential of Open Data in scientific research?
With amazing speakers and team leaders, from Bastian Greshake and his open-source genetics network openSNP to biodiversity data with Donat Agosti or black holes and galaxies with Kevin Schawinski, the event’s schedule is pointing towards the great potential of open research data. We’ll listen, but first and foremost we’ll make things happen, putting in two days of intensive work to make data used and useful — all while having a great time together.
Join us for the next steps in the direction of Open Research Data!
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For anyone interested in participating in the Nordic Open Data Week while in Iceland, Reykjavík Coworking Unit opening the doors June 6 and June 7 12pm to 7pm to use as base for a weekend hackathon.
There will be great coffee, good music, some whisky and plenty of space
Free. Please fill in the project form, this account works for FORGE virtual machine management, developer user services and documentation. It is recommendable for everyone to apply. Biodiversity Map project account form
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Welcome to the “Biodiversity map” hackathon. During the afternoon you may contribute to the Open Knowledge Finland biodiversity map project. Hackers, GIS-specialists as well as biodiversity experts and enthusiasts are all welcome!
Please fill in the project form, this account works for FORGE virtual machine management, developer user services and documentation. It is recommendable for everyone to apply. Biodiversity Map project account form
Welcome to a meetup with Trafiklab on Commutathon, a hackathon, with the aim of developing concepts to facilitate the daily commuting for Stockholmers with mobile services. The Hackathon is arranged by Swedish Radio along with OpenLab, Trafik Stockholm, Stockholm and Trafiklab. You can read more about it here! The hack will be held on OpenLab on 10 to 12 June and Trafiklab will run a meetup on 10 June.
We have a terrible good agenda – more on that coming soon at Traffic Labs blog. (Psst! Among other things, Ellen Sundh invite us in the sensor world and tell us how we can combine the data collected with the physical machines and discover the unpredictability of APIs and data around us).
During the evening you will meet other developers and APIs owners who would like to hear about what you’ve done with data from Trafiklab. We offer something light to eat and drink during the evening.
Have you developed something cruel based on Traffic Lab data you want to show off or talk about? Send an email to email@example.com and tell us!
Limited seats. First come first served! sign up here! (in Swedish)
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Wikimedia Suomi, Avoin GLAM and Maptime Helsinki organize together a maker event on public artworks. Let’s photograph some, put them on a map, model them in 3D and make them alive! Bring your own cameras, laptops, drones or balloons!
10.00–11.30 am Getting together in the morning, HUB13
11.30–2 pm Photographing/Droning artworks
2–5 pm Workshopping/hacking at HUB13 (online working)
5pm #GLAMkaljat at Open Knowledge Finland office lawn, Caloniuksenkatu 9 D 64
It can be difficult to contribute to open data projects.
In this, very detailed article, I’ll take you through all the steps involved in adding a commemorative plaque to Wikimedia Commons – an open source of educational materials, like pictures, and OpenStreetMap – an open map that you can edit like Wikipedia.
Notice that you can use different tools, but these are the ones that I often use, and also notice that I’ve been very thorough. You can choose to cut some corners, and wait for others to add the information, that’s the beauty of projects like Wikimedia Commons and OpenStreetMap.
I often pass commemorative plaques that I’ve never noticed before, it makes me very curious about the history behind it, so I quite often take a picture of them and later I share them on Wikimedia Commons and OpenStreetMap.
A lot of the plaques are already documented, but in closed databases, we can do better in the 21st Century.
Here’s one in Central Copenhagen that I’ve never noticed before.
It commemorates the founding of the Danish national newspaper Politiken October 1 1884, a very important day in Danish media history.
Now I want to add it to Wikimedia Commons and OpenStreetMap, and these are the steps involved.
Step 1: GeoLocation: Can be skipped if you took the picture with a modern cell phone that records location and heading automatically
NOTE: This step can be skipped if you have a modern cell phone or camera with GPS that records the GeoLocation automatically (including compass heading).
The first step is to add the picture to Wikimedia Commons, I don’t have GPS in my camera, so I need to determine the location of the plaque, I use the excelent service GeoLocator, especially because it makes it easy to add the camera heading.
Since I knew that the plaque was located new the departmentstore Magasin du Nord in Copenhagen, I did a search for it.
After I selected it, the map is shown.
Find the precise location of the commemorative plaque, which is on the corner of Østergade and Kristen Bernikows Gade.
Alt+Clicked the location of the camera, which is the geo location that is used for Wikimedia Commons.
Notice the marker and that the latitude and longitude of the marker position is displayed.
Switch to Street View to confirm that we’re at the right location.
Yes, that looks right.
Now we need to get the compass heading of the camera, this is done by Shift+Clicking the map to draw a line indicating the camera heading.
Notice the arrow that indicates the direction, and the compass heading, next to the caption “h = ESE 106°”, meaning East-South-East 106 degrees.
That’s it, we have the camera location:
55° 40′ 46.91″ N (55.679696°)
12° 34′ 57.84″E (12.582733°)
Now we’re ready to upload the image to Wikimedia Commons.
Select Next and you’re done, you picture has now been shared on Wikimedia Commons, and you can use it in other Wikimedia projects and on the web by copy/pasting the links show on the “Use” screen of the UploadWizard.
Step 3: Add OpenStreetMap (OSM) node
Finally we want to add a node to OpenStreetMap (OSM), you’ll need an OSM account, so can create one if you don’t have it <a href=”https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/new”>Create new OpenStreetMap account</a>.
Since we’ve already established the location of the camera when we added the picture of the plaque to Wikimedia Commons, we do a search for that location on OSM.
55° 40′ 46.91″ N (55.679696°)
12° 34′ 57.84″E (12.582733°)
We’ve found the location, so select the link to the location
We now have a location marker and we can add the node by selecting the Edit button.
There are several different editors, but we’ll use the default editor, called ID, in this example.
Now we’ll the node by selecting the “Point” button, we’ll get a marker that we can move to the correct location, but notice that the location Wikimedia Commons wants is the location of the camera, but OpenStreetMap wants the physical location.
Now we need to add type of OSM node we want to add, it’s a memorial, so we’ll search for that.
Now we’ll add some information. We’ll use the common name used by the website of the Copenhagen Library “Mindeplade for dagbladet Politikens grundlæggelse”
First use the “Add field” function to add commonly used fields in a nice UI, we’ve added “Name”, “Address”, “Website” and a link to the Danish “Wikipedia” page for Politiken.
This translates to “tags” in OSM terminology, and each node type has a number of different tags you can choose from, you can even invent your own, but you might consider suggesting them to the community.
The contest is simple in structure, based on a KISS point system: You get points while adding information, with the goal for each participant to gain as many points as possible. All you have to do is to submit your work using this form: Google Form: Open Data Cultural Heritage Mapping Challenge
The challenge will run forever, but the contest during Nordic Open Data Week will end at 11:59pm on 6 June 2015 (CEST (UTC+02:00)).
Everybody can help in any language with translating or by adding images, descriptions etymology and personal stories. Anyone can participate. If you need help adding updating the sites, state so in the description of the work you submit.
We want to try out the power of Open Data to document memorials and monuments as we believe that it could be a fantastic tool to make important historic information easily accessible as possible! Currently a lot of this information is locked in closed databases.
Add a new node to OpenStreetMap cultural heritage node. Nodes that qualify are of type historic=memorial, tourism=artwork, historic=archaeological_site, historic=rune_stone 5p
Add a new image of the object in Mapillary (image tag) and/or Wikimedia Commons (wikimedia_commons tag) and add it to an OpenStreetMap node: 5p
Add inscription tag to OSM node: 3p
Add inscription:url of commemorative plaque to OSM node: 1p
Add name:etymology:wikidata of commemorative plaque to OSM node: 1p
Add wikidata tag to OSM node: 1p
Add xx:wikipedia tag to OSM node: 1p
Add/update Wikipedia article on the subject: 1-10p
Write blogpost on the subject: 10p
Creativity will be honoured accordingly
Track your points by submitting from this form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1GTDbXPEMukSuh6-0hH9NDDZn4WDE0aLUBycv91ompRY/viewform, fill out your name, date, a description of what you did and enter the total number of points for the task.
In the above example with Operation Carthage we would get.
Name: Mr. Open Description: Add new node to OSM: 5p,
Add new picture to Wikimedia Commons: 5p
Add inscription tag to OSM node: 3p
Add inscription:url to OSM node: 1p
Add name:etymology:wikidata to OSM node: 1p
OpenStreetMap goodie bags.
In addition you’ll have a shot at the “Nordic Innovation Prize”, especially if you combine it with public data sets from Nordic Countries Nordic Innovation Prize
The Six cities organize a spare time hackathon in Finland.
What moves you? And how could you turn it into business?
A hackathon is not a mystery – it is a free collective event, where anyone can:
Learn about open data and the business opportunities it enables
Envision what spare time means in the future
Enjoy good food and relaxed atmosphere
The aim of the event is to develop new open data based spare time business concepts and prototypes, which will be pitched to all participants at the end of the day. Brainstorming ideas will take place in four cities simultaneously.
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Do you want to be involved in developing new smart services? Do you want to take part in inspiring seminars on digitization and open data? Then you should sign up for the Gothenburg event during the Nordic Open Data Week 2015. It is free and you can compete for great prizes.
On May 30, 2015 organizes the City of Gothenburg, together with SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden and the Social Media Club Gothenburg a full day around open data. During the day there will be workshops on innovation, open data and digital services. In addition, organized a hackathon, where you as an innovator will be able to develop ideas with those data sets available, along with other participants. The event is supported by VINNOVA.
The competition focuses on solving the challenges emanating from the three sustainability pillars, socially, economically and an ecologically sustainable society. Compete individually or in teams. You can start developing your contribution as soon as you have registered. On May 30, all participants gathers for the on-site development of ideas through visualization of prototypes and suggestions. The ideas will be demonstrated for the audience and the winner is decided by the end of the day.
– My hope is that we can get to see all sorts of exciting creations, why not a horn saluting us Gothenburgers when we fall below our levels of air pollution, says Ronald Caous, leading Gothenburg digital development.