We Love Open Data http://openwe.net Learning open data by doing Thu, 09 Feb 2012 20:56:57 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.2.1 We Love Open Data at “Invisible Cities”, Korjaamo/Helsinki http://openwe.net/2012/02/09/we-love-open-data-at-invisible-cities-korjaamohelsinki/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=we-love-open-data-at-invisible-cities-korjaamohelsinki http://openwe.net/2012/02/09/we-love-open-data-at-invisible-cities-korjaamohelsinki/#comments Thu, 09 Feb 2012 20:54:14 +0000 miska http://openwe.net/?p=291 Continue reading ]]> Martti, Kim and Miska took part in the “Invisible Cities” event, arranged by the Helsinki World Design Capital (HWDC), at Korjaamo/Helsinki, 4th February 20112, furthering knowledge of Open Data and government transparency.

We Love Open Data was there, working together with the Informaatiomuotoilu (Information Design) team. Together we spent the day, besides talking to visitors, gathering data and producing visualisations around various themes such as age distributions, income levels, political affiliations, and more, for different Helsinki districts.

Personally, I see Open Government Data (OGD) as an important means, to help people to understand the society around them, and to have more informed reflections, conversations and agency in/to politics. The conversations with visitors made clear the importance of OGD and uses of this. People, who might not have known very much about OGD when meeting us, quickly understood the importance of opening and making good use of this, and very much looked forward to getting information tools they could use to get a larger overview of society.

Besides We Love Open Data and Informaatiomuotoilu, Apps4Finland, Helsinki Region Infoshare, PixelAche, the Alternative Party, Forum Virium and IBM were at the “Invisible Cities” event, furthering Open Government Data work.

The “Invisible Cities” event’s aim was bring actors in the Open Government Data and information visualisation field in contact with the people, in a casual, cosy and entertaining way. Events concerning these topics often take place with a niche audience, and while these meetings are needed, contact and outreach to the public that the matters actually affect, is then limited. The “Invisible Cities” thus filled an important gap in Open Government Data work, bringing knowledge of the pro-democracy efforts to the public.
Many thanks to Antti Kirjalainen at HWDC for putting it together!

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Open Data Kitchen in PICNIC Amsterdam http://openwe.net/2011/09/16/open-data-kitchen-in-amsterdam/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=open-data-kitchen-in-amsterdam http://openwe.net/2011/09/16/open-data-kitchen-in-amsterdam/#comments Fri, 16 Sep 2011 08:31:00 +0000 digikim http://openwe.net/?p=283 Martti and Miska from the We Love Open Data team are currently participating in PICNIC Amsterdam 2011, as a part of the Open Data Kitchen gourmet project. Check the Open Data Kitchen website for videos and other stuff.

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done: (not) upcoming: Fablabs and Open Design, Thursday 4th August 1730 http://openwe.net/2011/07/20/upcoming-fablabs-and-open-design-wednesday-3rd-august-1730/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=upcoming-fablabs-and-open-design-wednesday-3rd-august-1730 http://openwe.net/2011/07/20/upcoming-fablabs-and-open-design-wednesday-3rd-august-1730/#comments Wed, 20 Jul 2011 06:40:43 +0000 miska http://openwe.net/?p=225 Continue reading ]]> Meetup announcement – Anu Määtä about Fablabs + open design – Thursday 4th August 2011

Fablabs is an MIT initiative to push physical making culture, whether on a personal or professional basis, in the world.
Thus the MIT funded some, and helped others with, establishing a Fablab, places with digital fabrication tools and staff to help teach people make things. Fablabs, digital fabrication, and the sharing of knowledge has changed the practice of making things towards the more personal and local, helping shift people’s imaginations, creativity, and the politics of who and why things get made.

Anu Määtä is the local Finnish representative at Protospace, a Fablab in Utrecht, NL, with developing solutions for sharing the making knowledge produced in Fablabs. She has volunteered to give a talk about the Fablab ecology, culture, and the nature of Open Design it engenders.

Related Links:
About fablabs generally:
About Protospace (in Dutch):
About Protospace (in Google English ):

Time and place for the meetup:

Let’s meet on Thursday 4th of August, 1730 at the bar of
the Radisson Bus Plaza hotel,
by the Railroadstation Square in Central Helsinki. Mikonkatu 23
This place:

We’ll sit upstairs,
where it’s more secluded and silent.

I’ll wait downstairs by the bar, before the meetup,
and guide people upstairs.
If you don’t see me, and still feel a little lost, feel free to call :

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done: upcoming: Meetup with Random Hacks of Kindness/Berlin, 19th June 2011 http://openwe.net/2011/06/15/upcoming-meetup-with-random-hacks-of-kindnessberlin-19th-june-2011/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=upcoming-meetup-with-random-hacks-of-kindnessberlin-19th-june-2011 http://openwe.net/2011/06/15/upcoming-meetup-with-random-hacks-of-kindnessberlin-19th-june-2011/#comments Wed, 15 Jun 2011 17:31:42 +0000 miska http://openwe.net/?p=185 Continue reading ]]> Let’s meet for an introduction and talk about Random Hacks of Kindness,  19th June 2011, 1830, at the Radisson Bus Plaza bar, right next to the National Theatre, Helsinki (more info below).

random hacks of kindness logo

One of the Random Hacks of Kindness/Berlin organisers, Anke Domscheit-Berg, is in Helsinki, and happy to share her experiences of Random Hacks of Kindness, and organisation furthering software development for humanitarian and developmental issues, as well as other open design and government transparency issues.

Anke Domscheit-Berg is the initiator of the German Government 2.0 Barcamp, and very active in german Open Data initiatives. She is also the founder and director of opengov.me and supporter of OpenLeaks (…should someone want to leak something :) ) .

(more about RHoK below )

Time and place:
19th of June, 1830, at Radisson Bus Plaza hotel, Mikonkatu 23, Helsinki – bar, next to the National Theatre.

the place: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=helsinki,+finland&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=59.727033,79.101563&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Helsinki,+Finland&ll=60.171997,24.944876&spn=0.001163,0.002414&t=h&z=19&layer=c&cbll=60.171924,24.945167&panoid=_YkYoFNzAJk7n1EFPK3I0Q&cbp=12,23.54,,0,-15.02

We’ll sit upstairs,
where it’s more secluded and silent.
I’ll wait downstairs by the bar, before the meetup,
and guide people upstairs.
If you don’t see me, and still feel a little lost, feel free to call :


Random Hacks of Kindness
(the text is from their website)

Random Hacks of Kindness is a community of innovation focused on developing practical open source solutions to disaster risk management and climate change adaptation challenges. Random Hacks of Kindness was founded in 2009 in partnership between Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, NASA and the World Bank. Since then thousands of volunteers have worked on applications that are already making an impact. I’m OK, an SMS service that lets people inform their families of their status, was used on the ground during the devastating earthquakes in Haiti and Chile in 2010. The World Bank is piloting CHASM, software for visualizing landslide risk, in the Caribbean. Other apps have received support and interest from governments, NGOs and international organizations around the world.

How it Works

RHoK works by bringing together experts in development and volunteers with a broad set of skills in software development and design. The goal is to produce practical open source solutions to development problems. Events give the community an opportunity to sprint on projects, but the community continues to collaborate around the year.

more here: http://www.rhok.org/about



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Building year does not affect warming costs http://openwe.net/2011/06/04/building-year-does-not-affect-warming-costs/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=building-year-does-not-affect-warming-costs http://openwe.net/2011/06/04/building-year-does-not-affect-warming-costs/#comments Sat, 04 Jun 2011 15:39:16 +0000 emakinen http://openwe.net/?p=176 Continue reading ]]> We have our third workshop on DMY Berlin. Kate McCurdy made this visualization about warming costs and building years of apartments. The result is clear: the building year does not affect the warming costs. The buildings made 100 years ago are as good as ones built last year.



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Day #3: Berlin districts as an Interactive map http://openwe.net/2011/06/04/day-3-berlin-districts-as-an-interactive-map/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=day-3-berlin-districts-as-an-interactive-map http://openwe.net/2011/06/04/day-3-berlin-districts-as-an-interactive-map/#comments Sat, 04 Jun 2011 14:31:45 +0000 Martti Leppänen http://openwe.net/?p=151 Continue reading ]]> We wanted to create a template for an interactive map of city districts in Berlin. The aim of this post is to help people to accomplish the same task individually at home. If you still cannot do it, ask us..

First, we searched for an SVG-map, which would have clear borders and colors. We opened the map in Adobe Illustrator for further editing and saved it in Illustrator file format. We moved all top level districts to their own layers (cut => paste in place), removed all shadows from the borders (select => Same – Stroke width) and combined the paths in a layer (select all => compound path). We compared the city districts in our initial data and districts in the map. They were not 100% identical, so we added couple of layers and divided some districts to two or three smaller districts. We named the original layer as text, moved it to the top and removed high level city district names. After that we saved the file in SVG format.

Second, we wanted to modify the SVG file with JavaScript. There is a JavaScript library called Raphael which simplifies work with vector graphics on the web. We downloaded and included raphael.js to the index.html page. There is also a nice converter which converts SVG to OPF to Raphael. We copied the code to home.js file.

Finally, there was a JavaScript file for editing. The converter skipped all special characters and the code which was generated was not as clean as possible. We cleaned the file in order to make it easier to handle and tried out different border widths, colors etc. It is easy to change for example the color of an element with JavaScript just by searching correct ID-elements from the file.

And here it is:

The next step is to combine the template with the data and visualize information in it.

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Day #3: Apartments for rent in Kreuzberg – visualization using Google Maps http://openwe.net/2011/06/04/day-3-apartments-for-rent-in-kreuzberg-visualization-using-google-maps/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=day-3-apartments-for-rent-in-kreuzberg-visualization-using-google-maps http://openwe.net/2011/06/04/day-3-apartments-for-rent-in-kreuzberg-visualization-using-google-maps/#comments Sat, 04 Jun 2011 12:51:14 +0000 emakinen http://openwe.net/?p=143 Interested in renting an apartment in Kreuzberg? Well, look our map of available flats in this stadtteil. This is the theme of our workshop today.

For full link, look here.

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Day #3: Online Visualization Tools http://openwe.net/2011/06/04/day-3-online-visualization-tools/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=day-3-online-visualization-tools http://openwe.net/2011/06/04/day-3-online-visualization-tools/#comments Sat, 04 Jun 2011 09:51:10 +0000 pojanen http://openwe.net/?p=129 Continue reading ]]> There are several handy visualization tools available on the Internet. Some of these sites also provide data sets, which are freely available for use. We listed a few of them, which might be used today:

Processing – open source programming language and environment for creating images, animations, and interactions

Many Eyes (IBM)

Google Fusion Tables – Gather, visualize and share data online

Cytoscape – An Open Source Platform for Complex Network Analysis and Visualization

Open Heat Map – Turn your spreadsheet into a map

Protovis – A Graphical Approach to Visualization

R – for Statistical Computing

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Day #3: Where is Open Data loved? http://openwe.net/2011/06/04/day-2-where-is-open-data-loved/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=day-2-where-is-open-data-loved http://openwe.net/2011/06/04/day-2-where-is-open-data-loved/#comments Sat, 04 Jun 2011 09:15:18 +0000 digikim http://openwe.net/?p=122

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Day #2: Content analysis with the locals http://openwe.net/2011/06/04/day-2-content-analysis-with-the-locals/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=day-2-content-analysis-with-the-locals http://openwe.net/2011/06/04/day-2-content-analysis-with-the-locals/#comments Sat, 04 Jun 2011 08:40:30 +0000 pojanen http://openwe.net/?p=117 Continue reading ]]> With the help of two Berliners we aimed to understand what would be interesting in our housing data. We learned that prizes have been rising a lot and in some areas long-term residents have to move out, because they don’t have money to pay the rent anymore. According to Berliners participating the workshop, one of the hottest districts at the moment is Neukölln. Protests have been organized against this development. Citizens are also becoming more critical against tourists, claiming that the city is turning into a zoo. It has not been very common practice to buy houses, but now when foreigners have started to buy some locals have followed the example.

We also learned that local magazines have been writing a lot about this issue and visualizations about the rents have been published. So, the question is: why to do this work in the first place, if they already did it? By combining data from multiple sources you can get more meanings out of it. We wanted to take hands on approach, so we will probably not get THAT far, but the goal is to show people that it can be done.

We found data about average rents for each city districts and the interesting thing would be to compare the average prize of the district to actual data. It could be compared in district level, or street level. Now we cannot include the time dimension, but it would add value to examine the explosion of rent prices in some areas over time. It would be interesting to compare how prices correlate with other statistics such as crime, new cafes, amount of available flats, social welfare, unemployment etc.


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