Another week with some travel, yet all in all unhurried.
- Monday, all 8 of us were at Open Belgium 2018, where I presented on the value of data inventories to evolve mature data governance in local government
- Created and published a long read version of my Open Belgium presentation
- On the way back from Belgium on Tuesday did some thinking on the future course and content I want to seek for my work
- Worked on a European proposal for some agency/digital transformation related work, with Library Service Fryslân BSF, along the lines of the Impact through Connection project last year with a primary school
- Attended a workshop on Internet of Things and Ethics at University of Twente
- Worked on transferring the open data project work for Overijssel to line tasks
- Prepared the start of open data impact research for Serbia
- Had a meeting with my The Green Land partners to discuss our future plans
- Reached out to some international peers to catch up with developments
A week that was challenging in the sense that it provided lots of material to think about, in terms of how I see mid- and longterm challenges and opportunities. Much seems to be in flux. Things that I worked on this past week:
- Preparing for next week’s work in Serbia for the UNDP
- Sketching and writing a methdology for a 2 year international project concerning libraries and life long learning
- A few meetings with the Province of Overijssel, preparing a workshop for mid-march with one of the policy departments
- Writing some flyer texts for the Open Belgium conference after next week
- A shareholder meeting of The Green Land
- A session with our intern that is doing his master thesis on one of our projects, to discuss his research model, and theoretical open data models
A week in which a lot got done, but still unhurried.
Some of the things that I worked on this week.
- Met up with the open data working group at Province Overijssel, to discuss the results of the program board meeting, and how to move things into regular operations
- I spent two days at the Dutch Royal Library in The Hague working with colleagues of the Frisian regional library service, Gráinne Hamilton of Open Badges, Hannah Gent of Public Libraries 2020 and others. I presented my Agency model, and we collaborated on outlining a two-year international project. In this project the agency model is used to position libraries as catalysts in local communities for community-initiated projects. At the same time it uses open badges as a way of making the digital literacies acquired in those projects demonstrable and ‘transportable’ to other contexts and environments.
- Met up with the open data working group in Fryslan, where the province, the city of Leeuwarden and the regional archive Tresoar are working towards an end-of-March deadline to extend the open data they provide in the Frisian open data platform.
- Did an open data workshop with the department for nature and environment of the Province of Overijssel, to look at open data opportunities in their work. We ended up with about 6 potential cases to use open data to either allow other stakeholders to behave differently, or to save time yourself. In the coming weeks we’ll try to turn a few of them into real cases for the department to act on.
- Was interviewed on camera for a video report on the ‘Impact through Connection’ project of early last year.
- Worked on a project proposal to estimate and quantify potential open data impact for the Serbian national government, on behalf of the UNDP, and started preparations for a visit to Belgrade for the Serbian open data week in early March. Looking forward to return to Serbia after two years.
- Had a meet-up at our favourite micro-brewery Maximus with all of our new The Green Land additions, and arranged our participation in the Open Belgium conference in mid-March. All 8 of us will be there.
The past week I’ve been ill a few days (our daughter brings a steady stream of fresh exposures home from daycare, which every now and then trip me up), so spent the week at home. Nevertheless been doing a few things:
- Doing in depth interviews with various Dutch data holders and users as part of evaluating the European PSI Re-Use Directive for the European Commission. Always learn something new when speaking to these professionals, and a good way to reconnect to them.
- Some administrative stuff that comes with closing a book year and opening up a new one
- Looking ahead for the next 12 weeks, as well as the next 12 months,
and shaping plans
- Worked on my activities for the Dutch Province Overijssel
- Submitted several session proposals for the Open Belgium 2018 conference, for which my company is a sponsoring partner.
- Various diy jobs around the house, that have a way of cascading out of control…(such as wanting to put up a picture hanging system, needing a ladder for it, that is in the back of the shed, and ending up clearing out the shed and bring stuff to the skip, in order to be able to reach the ladder at all.) This is all still the fall-out of moving house.
- Read The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers) and A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers), both by Becky Chambers
- Succeeded in starting to blog more frequently
This first week of the year I took it slow. We had lots of guests in the past days, so resting and cleaning house were in order. Other than that I went to the Province of Overijssel for some meetings, and did two in-depth interviews for an evaluation I’m doing for the European Commission on Thursday.
Fireworks competing with the moonlight on New Years Eve