Given the recent People’s Climate Movement and steps from the administration to roll back action on climate change there is clearly deep concern for the future of our planet.
But programs to prevent climate change are not all that’s at risk. Open access to basic environmental and climate data is now in jeopardy. Previously published, government-generated data on the environment and other public issues may be vulnerable to a politicized backlash against evidence-based policies.
Before considering the implications of disappearing public information, what exactly is open data and why does it matter?
April was jam packed with some amazing, interactive workshops, sprints, and panel discussions. Check out below for what you may have missed!
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With spring comes changes, and Hubber Stacy Whittle knows what that's like. She is starting her new role as Business Development Director at Hub Member Forum One, after working at Free Range, a previous Hub Member organization.
Stacy is all about bringing people together, which is why she makes such an excellent collaboration activity leader here at the Hub. Stacy has been an amazing resource working with a group of Hubbers in our Communications and Branding Guild.
For many open government advocates, the last 100 days have been a challenge.
Here at the OpenGov Hub, many of us have been approached by people asking how the new political environment might affect our work, and in many cases this new climate has reaffirmed our commitment to promoting open governance at home and abroad, and has lent a new sense of urgency to our work.
At OpenGov Hub we have so many different organizations tackling the various pieces of the opengov puzzle that learning about everyone's projects can sometimes be daunting. So once a quarter we host an Ignite Night, where a handful of willing participants can share their latest work.
Last week's Spring Ignite Night and Happy Hour was a rousing success as both our Hub community and others working in this area came together over drinks, snacks, and a love for learning...or rather perhaps a love for watching peers and friends deliver the intense Ignite talks.
Spring is in full swing here in Washington, D.C. This month, we wanted to introduce you to Blair Glencorse, Executive Director of Hub Member's Accountability Lab.
Accountability Lab recently celebrated their 5 Year Anniversary with a big party at the Hub, which also saw the launch of their new strategy for 2017-2020.
In between his flights between Liberia, Nepal, and Washington, D.C. Blair answered a few quick questions about his organization's work, as well as what inspires him to do it.
With 40 organizations collaboratively hosting events, OpenGov Hub is always a hive of activity. In this month's ICYMI post, we'll be sharing some of the key takeaways from all of the March events. Don't want to miss out on one of our next events? Be sure to check out our events calendar or sign up for our newsletter.
Happy March! With the launch of Hub Members Open Data Watch's 2016 Open Data Inventory Report, we thought we'd introduce you to one of the people who made that report happen.
OpenGov Hub is home to over 40 organizations, so there is always a lot of activity happening within our doors. This upcoming week alone we have an event on the Open Data Charter as a Vehicle for Change, a Map Data Visualization presentation, and a weekend of celebrations and panels around Open Data Day.
We want to help you keep track of everything that is going on, so we'll be posting this monthly ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) blog to give you a roundup of some of the happenings at the Hub. Check out January's ICYMI.
Here's what happened in February at the Hub:
We can hardly believe that February is almost over! But before the month closes, we wanted to introduce you to another amazing Hubber who is a part of our community: Abhinav Bahl.
OpenGov Hub is home to over 40 organizations, so there is always a lot of activity happening within our doors. Whether that's a member organized event on open government in the Philippines or an outside group wanting to host a demo on blockchain technology.
We want to help you keep track of everything that is going on, so we'll be posting this monthly ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) blog to give you a roundup of some of the happenings at the Hub.
After spending much of January reflecting, strategizing, and planning for the year ahead, we just had to share with all of you what we’ve been up to. We are that excited about it.
Here are four exciting priorities you can look forward to seeing and participating in from the OpenGov Hub in 2017
On December 16th, 2016, with threats to democratic checks and balances on the rise worldwide, Root Change, Chemonics, Global Integrity, and the International Budget Partnership hosted an event at the OpenGov Hub: Understanding and Operationalizing an Accountability Ecosystems Approach.
We aimed to do three things:
Provide an introduction to the conceptual framework underpinning accountability ecosystems;
Introduce the audience to a few examples of how practitioners in different contexts are already engaging with those concepts;
Engage session participants in reflecting on and further exploring the features and implications of an ecosystems approach.
As part of a new monthly series, we will be chatting with various members of OpenGov Hub (or as we like to call them, Hubbers) so that you can get to know some of the amazing people that make up our community.
This month, we'll be chatting with Sarah Orton of Development Gateway.
As 2016 draws to a close, we reflect on what we accomplished at the OpenGov Hub this year.
More than 50 people gathered in DC on November 16 to celebrate geography and contribute to OpenStreetMap, a free and openly editable map of the world. This year’s OpenStreetMap GeoWeek main event launched the first open mapping projects designed by U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), specifically focused on program areas surrounding Lake Victoria in Kenya and Tanzania.
The Community Solutions Program (CSP) fellows based in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area, with support from OpenGov Hub and IREX organized an event on November 2nd, 2016, aiming to create another bridge for communication between international organizations working in development and their end beneficiaries. CSP fellows are exceptional young civil society leaders working on a variety of social issues in Africa, the Middle East, Central Eastern Europe, South Central Asia, Asia Pacific, and South America. Most of the fellows have partnered with or been end receivers of international development programs.
The event had the participation of over 60 people who engaged in some 'hot topics' like:
- Education and development within emergency/conflict zones
- Open data and media in closed societies
- Empowering women through entrepreneurship
- Challenges and opportunities in local funding
- How to work locally to help the environment
With the promise of DC's best ice cream (obviously Ice Cream Jubilee) and fun games to build collaboration, the first ever Member Open House was a rousing success. When you have nearly 40 organizations share a physical workspace, it's still easy for all of us to fall into day-to-day routines where we only focus on our immediate organizations and work. Therefore, one of the purposes of this special event was to help our members quickly and easily get to know more about each other's work.
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