Open Data in a Day for Business

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On November 5th 2015, I had the opportunity -not to mention the pleasure- to follow my very first open data related seminar entitled “Open Data in a Day for Business”, organized by the ODI Athens node, at the premises of Epinoo.  ODI Athens logo

Working for over a year now at Agroknow, I have had an overall idea of what Open Data is all about, but this seminar seemed like the perfect opportunity to go deeper in this emerging topic. Although the audience consisted of totally different disciplines (including banking sector, public sector, freelancers and many more), there was a common ground: our need to know the “whats”, the “whys” and the “hows” of Open Data.… Click to read the full post

Presentation of ODI Athens and Greek Open Data Trainers

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ODI Athens logoThe Greek Free/Open Source Software Society (GFOSS/EELLAK in Greek) in the context of its collaboration with the Open Data Institute for the deployment of the ODI Athens node is co-organizing with Epinoo, a structure of the National Technical University of Athens the first open meeting for the official training program of ODI Athens. The meeting will take place today, Monday 27th of July 2015 at 17.00, at the premises of Epinoo (map).

The event will provide the opportunity to the first Greek ODI Athens open data trainers certified by ODI (those who have recently attended the Train the Trainer week-long course at the ODI premises in London) will present the training services that will be available in Greece. … Click to read the full post

My week at the ODI Train the Trainer course

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So this is a visualization of my week at the Train The Trainer course of the Open Data Institute (ODI). Let me explain this visualization to you by describing all the days of this very interesting week.

On Monday we arrived at the offices of the ODI, with an excellent mood (smiley face on the diagram)  and very eager to start the course. By the way ODI premises is a really cool place with a lot of special things like dashboards with live data on the walls and the vending machine that releases packs of chips every time that a news item related to recession is recognised in the BBC news feed.… Click to read the full post

Agro-Know joins the ODI Train the Trainer course on Open Data

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It has only been a while since I had the pleasure to collaborate with the ODI team (among others) for the development of the GODAN Discussion Paper; now, another opportunity for collaboration between Agro-Know and ODI is in the works!

Stoitsis_GiannisMore specifically, our COO Giannis Stoitsis is traveling to the ODI premises in London next week, in order to attend the week-long Train the Trainer course which will allow him to become one of the ODI registered trainers. Giannis is going to be the one out of only two people selected by ODI Athens, one of the ODI nodes, for this specific training. … Click to read the full post

The GODAN Discussion Paper is (almost) ready to go public!

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It has been more than one month since I started working as an external consultant/researcher for the GODAN White Paper, after my tender for the corresponding GODAN/Open Data Institute call was accepted – this work is now (almost?) over. Since then, there has been a lot of work (and I mean a lot!) in the context of this report:

  • identified more than 30 use cases making use of open agri-food and nutrition data (less than half of them made it in the final version of the paper – I admit that some of them were weaker than the others),
  • drafted additional parts of the paper,
  • collected more than 40 related references (including publications, articles, blog posts, reports, presentations etc.),
  • interviewed several people looking for substantial feedback in terms of insights and quotes for the potential and current issues of open agricultural data,
  • compiled lists of open agri-food datasets, data sources and other types of resources (like repository software, data management software and other tools),
  • collected quotes and other bits from the preliminary GODAN survey results

This was a time-consuming analysis that was reported in about 35 pages, including text, lists and tables (also some images and screenshots at some point).… Click to read the full post

Impressions from the Open Data Institute (ODI) 2014 Annual Summit

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In Agro-Know, we are right in the middle of several interesting things that are happening in relation to open data and its impact for research institutions and businesses. We are trying to help research institutions understand better and implement open research policies, by deploying an online service that will have customised offerings to help initiatives and institutions comply. We are involved in national activities that try to open up public sector data for research and innovation. We are active in the global movements that try to open up data for agriculture and nutrition. And we are advocates of the change and impact that openness will bring.… Click to read the full post