Category Archives: Iceland

Reykjavík Nordic Open Data Week Hackathon

Reykjavík Coworking Unit (That could be you in the middle)
Date Saturday June 6 12:00pm-7:00pm and Sunday June 7 12:00pm-7:00pm (UTC+00)
Location 79 Fiskislóð, Reykjavik, Iceland
Price Free
Official site Reykjavík Coworking Unit


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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 :-)

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Open Science / Access online meetup

Date June 3 2015 12.00pm – 2:00pm (CEST (UTC+02))
Location Online, sign up here https://pad.okfn.org/p/nodw_open_access_science_online_meetup if you want to participate
Price Free
Official site https://pad.okfn.org/p/nodw_open_access_science_online_meetup

Welcome to the open access/science online meetup on Wednesday 3rd june 12cet/13fin time, as part of the Nordic Open Data Week ( http://nordicopendataweek.se ).

A main point to Nordic cooperation and NODW, also part of this talk, is that we can learn from one another around the Nordics, and bring one another to the highest common denominator in various open data areas. In the Nordics, we’re similar enough to cooperate but different enough to be able to learn from our different paths.

A suggested meetup agenda looks like this
( feel free to add things you think are important! ):

  • What’s the status/challenge for particular components of open science in respective countries? Can we identify bottlenecks in OA, open research data etc.?
  • Developing a vision for open science in the Nordic countries –> declaration of some sort? Endorsement?
  • Something you might want to add – feel free to add it to the etherpad below!

If you’d to take part, you’ll find more details and a sign-up in this etherpad;
https://pad.okfn.org/p/nodw_open_access_science_online_meetup

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MyData ONLINE Hangout

MyData
MyData
Date June 2 2015 11.00am – 1:00pm (CEST (UTC+02))
Location Online, send e-mail to miskak@gmail.com if you want to participate
Price Free
Official site

Consider yourselves very welcome to this Nordic Open Data Week event, if you’re into mydata.

MyData ONLINE Hangout – 2nd June 11 central european time
email miskak@gmail.com to participate, we meet on skype or hangout. details to be announced if you email.

Welcome to a hangout of MyData interested people in the Nordics – and beyond – hosted by Open Knowledge Finland. We look forward to meeting others and hearing what else happens in the Nordic region concerning My Data, and perhaps collaborate.

MyData is a human-centered approach to personal information management and processing. It gives people the right and practical means to access to data collected about them such as purchasing data, traffic data, telecommunications data, medical records, financial information and data derived from various online services. The simple core idea, the individual in control of their own data, is both a movement for digital human rights and an initiative for opening new business opportunities.

MyData is a global phenomenon and the future scenario, around which technology and business is being developed at a growing pace. In Finland the ministry of Transportation and Communication published a white paper on MyData in 2014 (english summary in june 2015) and the national development has been fast since. Currently we are looking for Nordic collaborations.

Welcome!

all the best,

miska

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How to share cultural heritage on Wikimedia Commons and OpenStreetMap

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.

Introduction

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.

Founding of Politiken Commorative Plaque
Founding of Politiken Commorative Plaque

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

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.

GeoLocator - Search for Magasin du Nord
GeoLocator – Search for Magasin du Nord

After I selected it, the map is shown.

GeoLocator - Magasin du Nord
GeoLocator – Magasin du Nord

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.

GeoLocator - Founding of Politiken Commemorative Plaque
GeoLocator – Founding of Politiken Commemorative Plaque

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.

GeoLocator - Founding of Politiken Commemorative Plaque - Street View
GeoLocator – Founding of Politiken Commemorative Plaque – Street View

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.

GeoLocator - Founding of Politiken Commemorative Plaque - heading
GeoLocator – Founding of Politiken Commemorative Plaque – 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:

latitude 55° 40′ 46.91″ N (55.679696°)
longitude 12° 34′ 57.84″E (12.582733°)
heading 106°

Now we’re ready to upload the image to Wikimedia Commons.

Step 2: Upload image to Wikimedia Commons

Go to the Wikimedia Commons UploadWizard (you’ll need a Wikimedia account, but not to worry, you’ll be prompted to create one.

First the instructions are shown, I’ll skip those, it’s just to make sure that you understand the terms of sharing content on Wikimedia Commons, and make sure that you select the correct license.

Select the “Next” button on the bottom of the page, you can also select “Skip this step in the future” to dismiss the instructions page.

Wikimedia Commons - UploadWizard - Next
Wikimedia Commons – UploadWizard – Next

Select the media-files to upload.

Wikimedia Commons - UploadWizard - Select Media FIles
Wikimedia Commons – UploadWizard – Select Media FIles

Browse for the media files.

Wikimedia Commons - UploadWizard - Browse for Media FIles
Wikimedia Commons – UploadWizard – Browse for Media FIles

Select the file you want to upload.

Wikimedia Commons - UploadWizard - FIles Uploaded
Wikimedia Commons – UploadWizard – FIles Uploaded

Press continue and select the release rights, usually “Own Work” if it’s pictures you’ve taken your self.

Wikimedia Commons - UploadWizard - Release Rights
Wikimedia Commons – UploadWizard – Release Rights

Now add some details, we’ve added a description in English, Danish, categories:

location and other in other information we add a link to the Copenhagen Library page on the plaque bibliotek.kk.dk: Mindeplade for dagbladet Politikens grundlæggelse].

Wikimedia Commons - UploadWizard - Description
Wikimedia Commons – UploadWizard – Description

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.

Wikimedia Commons - UploadWizard - Use
Wikimedia Commons – UploadWizard – Use


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.

latitude 55° 40′ 46.91″ N (55.679696°)
longitude 12° 34′ 57.84″E (12.582733°)

We’ve found the location, so select the link to the location

OpenStreetMap Search Results
OpenStreetMap Search Results

We now have a location marker and we can add the node by selecting the Edit button.

OpenStreetMap - Location selected

There are several different editors, but we’ll use the default editor, called ID, in this example.

OpenStreetMap - ID Editor
OpenStreetMap – ID Editor

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.

OpenStreetMap - ID Editor - Add point
OpenStreetMap – ID Editor – Add point

Now we need to add type of OSM node we want to add, it’s a memorial, so we’ll search for that.

OpenStreetMap - ID Editor - Search for Memorial
OpenStreetMap – ID Editor – Search for Memorial

OpenStreetMap - Edit feature
OpenStreetMap – Edit feature

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.

For the node type historic=memorial you should consult the OSM Wiki page for the historical=memorial tag.

We’ll add these tags:

OpenStreetMap - Edit feature - All tags
OpenStreetMap – Edit feature – All tags

Press “Save”, summarise the changes and press “Save” again.

OpenStreetMap - ID Editor - Save changes
OpenStreetMap – ID Editor – Save changes

Congratulations: You just edited OpenStreetMap!

OpenStreetMap - ID Editor - You just edited OpenStreetMap!
OpenStreetMap – ID Editor – You just edited OpenStreetMap!

If you select “View on OSM”, you’re taken to the changeset

OpenStreetMap - Changeset
OpenStreetMap – Changeset

Select the node to view the node you added.

OpenStreetMap - Node - Mindeplade for dagbladet Politikens grundlæggelse (3521036042)
OpenStreetMap – Node – Mindeplade for dagbladet Politikens grundlæggelse (3521036042)

And, finally, share it on Twitter using the Tweet button on OSM.

OpenStreetMap - Tweet - Node - Mindeplade for dagbladet Politikens grundlæggelse (3521036042)
OpenStreetMap – Tweet – Node – Mindeplade for dagbladet Politikens grundlæggelse (3521036042)

Notice that I’ve added the tags #culher for culTURALherITAGE and #nodw15 for Nordic Open Data Week 2015, since there’s a Open Data Cultural Heritage Challenge on during Nordic Open Data Week 2015

This is how the Tweet looks.

You now have the skills to share cultural heritage on the Wikimedia Commons and OpenStreetMap. Notice that I’ve been very thorough, you can choose to cut a few corners.

Finally press the share button, add a “marker” and select HTML format and copy/paste the code it to website.

OpenStreetMap - Share
OpenStreetMap – Share

For this result.


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Open Data Cultural Heritage Mapping Challenge

Runestones theghnnames
Date May 14 2015 11.00am – June 6th 11:59pm (CEST (UTC+02))
Location Global
Price Free
Official site The page you’re currently reading

Join the “Open Data Cultural Heritage Mapping Challenge”

Submit your cultural heritage OpenStreetMap nodes to participate in the challenge, it can be a new node or an existing node you have improved.

You’ll get points for documenting cultural heritage on OpenStreetMap, Mapillary, Wikimedia Commons, Wikipedia, Wikidata, Tweeting a GeoTagged picture, a blog or any other open data platform, including your own.

If you use OpenStreetMap you can submit your OSM nodes using this form:
Google Form: Open Data Cultural Heritage Mapping Challenge

(after having read the guidelines).

Participate by Tweeting

This is a good example:

Participate by e-mail

Happy mapping!

Contents


How

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


When

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)).

Who

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.

Why

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.

Help us make this a success!”

Inspiration

Scoring

The idea is to “tell a story” for inspiration look at this OpenStreetMap node (2788425472):


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It’s a commemorative plaque dedicated to Operation Carthage aka. Shellhusbombardamentet in Copenhagen during World War II.

It’s linked to Wikimedia Commons https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Commemorative_plaque_-_S%C3%B8nder_Boulevard_106_-_Operation_Carthage.jpg and Wikidata https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q1810832

Examples of updates we’ll honour

  • 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


Example:

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
15p total

Prizes

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

If you make a visualisation based on datasets from sepcific agencies, you can also have a shot at the Awards for best visualization of an agency’s open data Awards for best visualization of an agency’s open data

External links

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Awards for best visualization of an agency’s open data

Nordic Open Data Week Logo Wide

Date Tuesday May 4 2015 9.00am – Sunday June 7 3:00pm (CEST)
Location Online
Official site Nordic Open Data Week: Awards#Agency

Use cogwheels, LEGO, waterworks, cookies, LED lights, music and sound, graphics, animations, online devices, wearables or something else suitable to visualize open data. We offer cash rewards for the best physical or digital visualization that is based on the agency’s open data. The best solutions will be bought by us and be displayed at a public space at our agency.

Each award is 20,000 SEK

If the jury is able to select a suitable winner, the winning team will be awarded 20 000 SEK (the agency will buy the final visualization). The award is intended to be used for the team’s costs for finalizing the visualization so it is ready to be displayed in a public space.

Available awards

The following agencies (more to come…) are offering this award, for best visualization based on their open data:

inspiration

Rules

Date – contributions must be submitted according to instructions available at https://www.nordicopendataweek.nu/ no later than Sunday 7th of June, at 15:00. A jury will evaluate all contributions and select one (1) winner, if the proposed solution meets all criteria and is suitable to be displayed at the agency’s premises. The final decision is made 10th of June, at 12:00.

Video – all contributions must be submitted in the form of a URL to a video (1 minute long) describing the proposed solution.

Criteria – we are looking for solutions that are exciting, prototypes that visualize something important based on the agency’s open data. The purpose is to display the visualization in a public space and this is one important aspect that the jury will look at. It is a requirement that the visualization is based on or somehow use the agency’s open data.

The Prize is available for all – all events that are registered at www.nordicopendataweek.nu are allowed to use this award, in order to motivate participation and increase visibility. A link to these rules is required.

Contact

Erik Borälv: +46 (0)8-473 3222, Erik.Boralv@VINNOVA.se

Alexander Alvsilver: +46 (0)8-473 3055, Alexander.Alvsilver@VINNOVA.se

External links

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Nordic Innovation Prize: Visualization Challenge

Nordic Innovation
Nordic Innovation
Date Tuesday May 4 2015 9.00am – Monday June 1 11:59pm (CEST)
Location Online
Official site Nordic Open Data Week: Awards

The end of the Nordic Open Data Week also sees the end of a open data visualisation competition organised by Nordic Innovation.

Rules

Organizers of hackathons, ideathons, data cook-offs, art hacks, maker sessions can nominate winners on a national level. 2 winning teams per Nordic country will be awarded the highest prize – a grant of 25.000 NOK for Travel and attendance at Slush 2015 in Helsinki.

The winning teams will again compete in a pitch session at Slush, and 3 winners will be selected by a jury. These 3 final winners will each get 50,000 NOK.

All organizers of events at Nordic Open Data Week need to do is to pre-register (no charge, all welcome) their event and be listed at this site, nordicopendataweek.se.

To take part in the completion, each team have to send in a 1 minute video pitch to the local organizer, who will pick the winning teams.
 

Minimum criteria

  • Solutions must utilize and demonstrate Open Data sets from at least one Nordic country

 

Top criteria

  • Solutions that use more than one Nordic country data set
  • Cross-border potential, either commercial, use or other

 

Terms

  • If a winning team is a company, a guarantee document of “de minimis aid” has to signed by the company, meaning that the company will or have not received governmental funding exceeding 200.000 Euro under a 3 year period.
  • If the winning team consists of private persons, all taxes or other fees must be covered by the persons.

 
If there are questions, contact Mikael von Dorrien – M.Dorrien@nordicinnovation.org

See also

External links

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