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Porism’s Mike Thacker presented a ‘soap box’ session on Local Open Standards to delegates at the Open Government Partnership Annual

Let's Gro Open Data!

Groningen “goes Open Data”.

This summer, during a meeting on the goals, challenges and possibilities of open and linked data, an elderman from Groningen City  said he’d like to start introducing

App Lab at Kortrijk, Belgium

There are many names for a co-creation event on Open Data. Some call it a hackathon, an appathon or a codefest. At Howest Kortrijk in Belgium they decided to call it App Lab.

Summer Academy for Social Media Trainers

The Opening Up project organised a 4-day Summer Academy for Social Media Trainers in Local & Regional governments and businesses. The program is a train-the-trainer program for those who are already involved in social media and foresee or aspire a leading role regarding the use of social media in local governments. The program is offered at Master level and requires a bachelor level working experience in a communication related field. Students will be trained by experts in the field and work on cases relating to their own organizations, and will receive an official certificate.

Government Digital Service Design Principles

GOV.UK has published a nice and very useable set of design principles for designing digital services on their site. The page shows 10 principles and examples of how they have been used so far. From starting with needs to making things open.

Danish Government opens all basic maps, addresses and cadastral data in 2013

Say goodbye to expensive parallel registers in public. KL (association of municipalities in Denmark) and the government have agreed to improve and connect the public records of basic data, and at the same time make all information available to private initiatives. This open data initiative provides new opportunities for innovation and growth.

Local Transparency and Open Data - a summary of the Open Data conference

The Open Data Conference in Cambridge showed that the awareness, availability and use of open data have come a long way during the last few years. More and more data are published online in machine readable formats. New tools are developed to enable linkages of data. Data ecosystems are emerging that demonstrate the dependencies between the data provider, intermediary and user to keep data up-to-date. Examples from the conference show that open data is used across Europe in City apps, spending reviews, legal referencing and economic, social and environmental needs assessments.

WinkelWeb starts as pilot in Zwevegem (BE)

Facebook, e-business, twitter, google analytics, ... Internet has no boundaries. Consumers make good use of all these online opportunities, but for entrepreneurs, it is not always obvious to find out which forms of online presence are relevant to their business, what impact they have, and exactly how to start. The project "The Winkelweb West Flanders' (WWW), wants to help traders with these crucial choices.

Project X Haren - Facebook party gets out of control

A "Facebook party" in the municipality of Haren, close to Groningen (NL) got out of hand. A 15-year-old girl had accidentally left the status for het 16th birthday party on facebook on "public". The "invitation" got picked up and quickly became a hype on the internet. Despite government warnings not to come, thousands did attend the event and rioters used 'Project X Haren' as an excuse to transform Haren into a battlefield and leave a trail of destruction.