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OptimalBI is big on Open Data. Over the years we have written a lot of blogs on Open DataSarah from our team has been working with the Data Futures Partnership on the Data Commons Catalyst project which will provide a data sharing ecosystem for New Zealand. 

If you want to find out what Open Data is there are lots of places to go like The Open Data HandbookWikipediaOpen Data Institute or Open Knowledge International Blog. Of course, you can just Google Search ‘What Is Open Data’ like I did.

However, what happens when you want to do something. Well, we are here to help with resources to get you off the sidelines and engaged with Open Data.

The Open Government Ninjas

What is it?
The Open Government Ninjas describes itself as an ‘Online Group for the black-clad deadly warriors of the web who are working on Open Government projects.’

How does it relate to Open Data?
It hosts discussion forum focused on how Open Data can enable Open Government.

How do you get involved?
Register, pick a topic and tell the group what you think.

What kinds of things will I find here?
You will find discussions on:

Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand

What is it?
Creative Commons describe itself as ‘Creative Commons is a non-profit organisation that helps people share their copyright works for reuse by others.’

How does it relate to Open Data?
This is what Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand have to say about Open Data: Open data allows us to save time and money that would otherwise be spent accessing or reproducing data.

Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand provides free legal tools to enable data owners to open their data. There are six Creative Commons licences and two Public Domain tools.

How do you get involved?
You can:

What kinds of things will I find here?
The newsletter for February linked to:

GovHack

GovHack 2015, there were tigers.

What is it?
GovHack is an ‘open government and open data hackathon’ that started in Australia and came to New Zealand in 2015, you can watch the video here or read our GovHack blogs from our 2015 involvement here.

How does it relate to Open Data?
GovHack runs on Open government data. As they put it ‘It is about encouraging and celebrating our technical and creative capacity, connecting citizens with government for great outcomes, and building upon the social and economic value of open data published by government.’

How do you get involved?
You can:

  • Look out for the opening of registrations for the 2017 event on the GovHack home page, they haven’t opened at the time of writing.
  • Volunteer to help with an event.
  • There are also information packs for sponsors, event hosts and participants.

What kinds of things will I find here?

  • These are the problems that people were solving that the 2016 GovHack.
  • This was the data available to the 2016 participants.
  • These were the tools being used at GovHack 2016.

data.govt.nz

What is it?
data.govt.nz describes itself as ‘a directory of publicly-available New Zealand government datasets.’

How does it relate to Open Data?
If you want to find Open Data from the New Zealand government, this is the place to go.

How do you get involved?
You can:

  • Download a data set from the catalogue
  • Either request that a data set be opened or vote for someone else’s request
  • Join the community in various ways.

What kinds of things will I find here?
The site has:

Open Data NZ Meetup

What is it?
This is the Meetup space for everybody who is interested in Open Data.

How does it relate to Open Data?
If you want to meet other Open Data enthusiasts in person, this is the place to start.

How do you get involved?
Pick a Meetup in your area and go register.

There have been Meetups in Wellington, Auckland and online.

What kinds of things will I find here?
Recent Meetups have included:

So, those are some ways to get out and get engaged in the Open Data community.

What are you waiting for?

Success is preparation meets opportunity – Jack

Jack blogs about community, social media and how all this data stuff impacts the rest of us.

Want to read more? Try… What’s the difference between Qlik Sense and Qlik View? or more from Jack.

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