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Open data should be for justice

open data in government

 

These are my reflections on CityCamp Minnesota 2013, which occurred at St. Thomas in Minneapolis on November 9, 2013.

 What was it, and what worked well?

CityCamp MN 2013, hosted by Open Twin Cities and E-Democracy.org, was an event for civic hackers, open data nerds and advocates, and social justice-minded individuals in the region. Saturday was an open space technology-style unconference event. It was brilliantly planned. While I’ve never been to an unconference before, I was impressed by the way it generally fostered a sense of community, conversation, and connection. This stands in opposition to most conferences I attend (and that is a pretty decent number), which primarily serve to foster a few connections in the hallways between tedious and oftentimes irrelevant-to-me presentations. » Read more

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Wrapping up the Summer of Code at the Googleplex

Google Summer of Code annual Mentor Summit

Over 280 attendees representing 177 mentoring organizations gathered for a two-day, code-munity extravaganza celebrating the conclusion of Google Summer of Code with the annual Mentor Summit held at Google in Mountain View, California. » Read more

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The increasing value of community management

open source communities

"Every year, the art and science of community management is becoming more predictable," said Jono Bacon, the Community Leadership Summit lead organizer. It’s becoming a renaissance, and over the last few years the practice is starting to be written down and documented. It’s evolving.

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One-day of innovation for Colorado municipal governments and community organizations

Citizen participation

Open Colorado is announcing the third annual CityCamp Colorado unconference scheduled for Friday, October 26, 2012. The unconference will bring together people to share ideas that aim to enhance government transparency, citizen participation, and accountability. Ultimately, these goals look to enhance the citizen experience and foster a more healthy, livable community. » Read more

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BarCampRDU: Preparing for the unconference experience

BarCampRDU: Preparing for the unconference experience

I'm excited to attend my first BarCamp on Saturday, October 15, 2011. BarCamp is an unconference that brings together people interested in a wide range of topics and technologies. Everyone that attends has the opportunity to teach, talk, and participate.

A group of volunteers is essential to help organize the event. I learned this first-hand while helping to plan CityCamp Raleigh, another local unconference event. » Read more

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Sharing the unconference way: Hosting a BarCamp in Nepal

Humans have a natural tendency to share and socialize. People have ideas they want to discuss with others, get comments on and build upon. People also love to see, meet and interact with like-minded people and form a team so as to pursue their passions, ideas and dreams. People like to reach out to other people, and they have been doing this through small gatherings–at coffee shops, bars, and, recently (thanks to Web 2.0), through blogs and social networking services. The social networking era has begun and witnesses an overflow of information people want to share with others. » Read more

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CityCamp: Organizing an unconference for a transparent city government

Organizing an unconference is easy if you've got passionate people with the right talent, leaders with a strong vision, and the right organizational tools chosen by the team. Typically, it's a group of volunteers who come together and self-organize into a community of passion. This was also the case for the first CityCamp Raleigh, being held June 3-5.

CityCamp is an unconference focused on innovation for municipal governments and community organizations. CityCamp Raleigh is three days of open sourced talks, workshops, and hands-on problem solving, to re-imagine the way the web, applications, technology, and participation will shape the future of our city. » Read more

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