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Open Government Data Camp 2011

BY Antonella Napolitano | Tuesday, August 30 2011

An event happening in October in Poland could turn out to be the biggest conference around open government data to ever take place.
Open Government Data Camp 2011 is the second edition of  an event that last year brought hundreds of people in London from more than 30 countries.
The camp, set to happen in Warsaw next October 20-21, is coordinated by the Open Knowledge Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that promotes open data and knowledge in many forms, in partnership with Centrum Cyfrowe, a Polish think-tank that works on issues related to digital society.

The title of "biggest OpenGov data event" is linked to the variety of people and to the presence of a vast coalition of more than 20 partners: among them there are open data champions and key stakeholders in the OpenGov community, like Data.gov, the Guardian's Datablog, the Sunlight Foundation and many others organizations and local institutions.

As last year, the 2011 event will bring together civil servants, developers, NGOs and many others for two days of talks and workshops, and aims at building global momentum for open data.
The organizers say that the event has 4 key objectives:

  • Build consensus – around core open data principles and values
  • Build community – expand and strengthen international open data community
  • Share ideas – on the future of open data and how we can do things better
  • Make things – from starting projects, to making plans, to writing code

Throughout both days there will be dedicated spaces for developers to work on projects using open government data, and for spontaneous breakout sessions or parallel workshops.
The whole week will be filled with satellite events (still to be announced).

The European Commission offered to provide 30 travel bursaries to cover travel and accomodation for 30 people who would not have the chance to go otherwise.
Here's who should apply, as explained on the website:

The bursary is open to all citizens and residents of EU27 member states travelling to the camp from within the EU. The bursary aims to support people who could not otherwise afford to participate in the camp – and this will be taken into account when applications are processed. We are particularly interested in supporting the participation of:
Developers, NGOs, journalists and SMEs interested in working with open data to provide value to society through new projects or digital services
Students or researchers studying legal or policy aspects of Public Sector Information (PSI) or open data
Civil servants interested in helping to start or run open data initiatives – particularly in countries that currently do not currently have them
The successful applicants will be nominated by an panel of leading open data experts from across Europe.

If you would like to apply, fill out the application form by 7th September 2011.