A logistically challenging week with the little one at home with a fever.

  • Checked the city archives for the building plans of our house
  • Worked on a transparency benchmark for provinces
  • Had an early confcall with my World Bank colleagues and our Malaysian government client for our upcoming work there
  • Worked on an open data project for a province
  • Had a meeting with two directors of the National Archives
  • Did some planning for IndieWebCamp Utrecht in May
  • Agreed a lease for office space for The Green Land in Utrecht

Things I did this week:

  • Attended the Open Belgium conference in Brussels on Monday and gave a presentation about measuring impact. Attended with my colleague Jochem, who presented about our work in Flevoland province.
  • Adapted a proposal for the next phase of my work in Malaysia. Signed a new contract with the World Bank for it.
  • Had a fun dinner with the innovation team of a Dutch bank and a handful of other people to exchange ideas and inspire each other. It took place at InStock a restaurant that only uses food thrown out unsold by super markets, and which has a different menu each day because of it.
  • Taking care of some logistics involved in having a close relative in hospital to visit etc.
  • Worked two days for a province
  • Had a conversation with someone at the Ministry of Economy whom I hand’t spoken to in a very long time. Good to catch up.
  • Had a board meeting with Open Nederland, the Dutch Creative Commons
  • Visited and inspected a potential office space for our company. With my partners (and a spreadsheet) decided to do it.
  • Went to see several primary schools in the area, in prep for deciding on a school for the little one

A week that was both ordinary and not at all. Posting this from a Brussels hotel where I will be presenting at the Open Belgium Conference early Monday morning.

  • The week started very early with a phone conference with colleagues in Malaysia and the USA
  • Did the final edit of a report on data goverance for a client
  • Worked on a transparency benchmark for provinces, looking at the first results to inform the next iteration
  • Worked on tying policy efforts of an economics department to potential open data solutions
  • Worried about and cared for a hospitalised family member, shuttling other family members back and forth to hospital
  • Prepared my slides for my Open Belgium talk
  • Did some geeking/hacking on geolocations in this blog

A regular week.

  • Did a session with Elmine on assisting each other to be more effective
  • Met and had a long conversation with Wilma Haan, the new director of the Open State Foundation who will start in March.
  • Had a conversation with Marco Derksen, hadn’t talked to him in a long time. We have very different networks but strong overlap in our interests and curiosity.
  • Worked two days for a province
  • Booked travel to visit Peter Rukavina‘s unconference on PEI in June
  • Finalised registering the Dutch Creative Commons chapter Open Nederland with the chamber of commerce and set up a bank account for it
  • Started designing three workshop formats, one on determining the data that has a bearing on your policy issue, one on stakeholder mapping around a policy issue, and one on data ethics within the context of your policy issue and its stakeholders
  • Re-acquainted myself with my World Bank work for the Malaysian government, as we are gearing up for a new engagement.
  • Formulated some first ideas on how to present the open data impact measurement framework I created for the UNDP in Serbia, for my presentation at Open Belgium in Brussels in 2 weeks time.

It looked like a pretty regular week, but then I developed a fever, so had to stay at home some of the days.

  • Had conversations with the Open State Foundation deputy director and the one remaining board member I hand’t met before yet, Noor
  • Discussed with Frank Meeuwsen when and how to organise an IndieWebCamp in Utrecht this spring
  • Worked on open data for a province
  • Caught up with André Golliez who has started a new company with two partners in Switzerland, and we discussed their new propositions and services
  • Started planning a stakeholder mapping exercise for a client
  • Had in-depth conversations with my The Green Land partners about our plans and course for the coming year
  • Spent Saturday in Enschede visiting our old neighbours for the birthday of their sons, and then an informal wedding reception at Henk and Melina’s, meeting many people we hadn’t met for a while. Our little one had a great time, so she didn’t mind we stayed a bit longer to catch up with people.

A busy week but not hurried.

  • Several conversations with companies involved in narrative inquiry.
  • Spent a day in Groningen for conversations, visiting the local modern art museum on the way back to the rail station
  • Spent an evening in Enschede meeting an old friend from university
  • Our cat was found after three days being lost out in the cold. Because she has a RFID tag, the people who found her could contact us. Spent some time nursing her back to health.
  • Worked on benchmarking provinces on their open data efforts
  • Worked on procurement conditions for open data
  • Worked with Elmine on mutually helping each other to be more effective in our work
  • Helped plan a session for small municipalities on open data, next month

A week that wasn’t busy as such, but intensive judging by how tired I was heading into the weekend.

  • Had a range of deep conversations across the country over 3 days, on running a business, on the household as economic unit, on privacy and data protection, the difference between providing a consultancy or a service versus turning it into a product, on indieweb and internet services as a utility, as well as on the future of The Green Land, my company. More conversations planned for next week. I’ve approached a range of people in my network for extended conversations to hear about their work, theb big issues they are dealing with and the developments they see.
  • Worked on a transparency benchmark for provinces.
  • Played around with the API of the Dutch national open data portal to benchmark provinces on opening data. Found out that the national portal has made some key changes without communicating it in any way. A unadvisable in my perception.
  • Spent Friday evening and time during the weekend searching the neighbourhood for our 15 year old black cat. She left the house and didn’t return. Maybe something happened to her, or she got locked into a shed by accident. Maybe she sought out a quiet spot to die, as she was clearly ageing. Not knowing what happened is more difficult than dealing with whatever did happen.
  • Visited Elmine’s brother and family on Saturday, and her parents today, as the little one clearly indicated she wanted to see them. So we did.

A busy week, including a few evenings.

This week I

  • Discussed organising an open data event for local governments in March, with a client
  • Worked a day on documenting the Impact through Connection projects I help do for the Frisian libraries
  • Finalised my report on data governance for a client
  • Worked on open data use cases for a client
  • Did the Q4 book keeping for my companies
  • Had an in depth discussion about my company’s strategy with my partners
  • Had a discussion with a former business partner on potentially renewing the cooperation
  • Presented at the Citizen Science Koppelting conference in Amersfoort, about how open data can be useful context or backdrop for DIY measurements

This week was in terms of activities quite similar to last week.

  • Worked on finalising a data governance project, and discussed it with the client for feedback
  • Worked on a transparency benchmark framework for a client
  • Discussed with a client how open data may be of help in creating more demand for wild geese. (Wild geese are shot by hunters to reduce damage to agriculture, but because of a lack in demand what’s being hunted doesn’t get consumed.)
  • Worked on procurement conditions regarding data sovereignty for a client
  • Sat down with Elmine to see how we can augment each other’s work
  • Arranged a variety of meetings and conversations across my network for the coming weeks
  • Did some further automation of my bookkeeping system

This week was the first full working week in the new year and I had to get used to getting back into a rhythm.
This week I

  • Worked on finalising a data governance project
  • Worked on a transparency benchmark framework for a client
  • Worked on procurement conditions regarding data sovereignty for a client
  • Sat down with Elmine to see how we can augment each other’s work
  • Arranged a variety of meetings and conversations across my network for the coming weeks
  • Had a lovely dinner at Klaas’s and Amarens’s with the other witnesses and their partners of their marriage last summer in Tuscany

Having spent the weekend after Christmas in Freiburg, in southern Germany, we drove to Lake Zug in Switzerland on Monday. There we celebrated New Year’s Eve with dear friends. We stayed with P and B. P, like H and R who were also there for NYE as they also live in Switzerland, is an old room mate. This new year we’ll have known each other for 30 years. We stayed for a few days, with our little one enjoying jamming on P’s digital drums, and Elmine going to Milano in Italy for a day together with B and M. We drove back on Thursday, and spent the weekend at home.

The coming week is the first working week again. This week I did a few small things:

  • Made the Q1 planning
  • Did some preparatory work for doing the 2018 accounts
  • Made a mind map for January as a braindump of everything that needs attention and to specify what might hold me back
  • Worked on my first ‘weekly hack‘. I plan to do something small every week this quarter
  • Bought several books, after asking my twitter network for tips, on digital distribution. I have a personal perspective on digital transformation, but not much insight into how others see it. What does stand out to me is that many organisations claiming to be at its forefront to me seem rather lackluster in embracing the consequences of digitisation, and the results seem rather dull. To my mind mostly because the focus is on digital only, not first or even only also on networked structures and processes and how that mirrors human behaviour.
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After days of clouds, we only got to enjoy the full view and some snow the morning we left Switzerland

The final work week of this year. Next week will be focused on family and Christmas, before celebrating the new year with dear friends. Regular blogging will recommence in week 2 of 2019.

This week I

  • Discussed the first results of a data governance improvement project with the client
  • Worked on data governance process design, based on those first results
  • Presented the results of a recently delivered provincial open data project to a wider group of their internal stakeholders
  • Worked on a transparency measurement framework
  • Did the income tax submissions for both my and Elmine’s business for 2017, a full 63 minutes before the deadline 😉
  • Worked on a project proposal for a client in 2019
  • Took up some first tasks in my new role as chairman of the Open State Foundation
  • Did most of the planning for the first 3 months of 2019, and reflected on how things went the last year
  • Had a board meeting of the association Open Nederland, the Dutch Creative Commons chapter
  • Lined up some conversations with potential clients for January
  • Had the end-of-year dinner with our company, and the people we collaborated with this year
  • Picked up our ‘adopted’ Christmas tree (it’s the same tree as last year, which is then returned to the grower, who puts it back into the ground and takes care of it, until we pick it up again next year).

A final 2018 posting, the traditional ‘Tadaa’ posting of the year in review I’ll publish end of next week.
See you in the new year!

Next week is the final working week of the year, and it feels like a final dash on the last length.

The past days I

  • Worked on a data governance improvement project
  • Prepared two presentations for next week
  • Worked on a transparency measurement framework
  • Had a meeting on e-participation
  • Formally joined the board of an NGO, more in the coming days
  • Thought about finding useful automation opportunities in my work routines

Heading into the last two busy weeks before all goes quiet until the end of the year. This week was full and busy.

  • Spent two days with the great Frysklab team working on the Impact through Connection projects / Networked Agency method.
  • Stayed over in Leeuwarden for a night
  • Worked on procurement conditions concerning open data for a client
  • Worked on research design concerning transparency rankings
  • Discussed a World Bank project in Malaysia
  • Joined an online board meeting of a NGO I will be joining (more end of next week)
  • Did some bookkeeping
  • Worked on a data governance improvement project for a province

A random public domain photo from the National Archives to close off the week.

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Torenstraat, Leeuwarden, 1969. The right hand side has since been torn down and replaced by city hall.

A busy week, as expected.

  • Spent a lot of time working with the Library Service Fryslan to better detail and shape our networked agency based Impact Through Connection projects
  • Worked on a data governance improvement project for a province
  • Had a board meeting with Open Nederland, the Dutch Creative Commons Chapter
  • Attended the public defence of a PhD thesis in which a ten year old project of mine was one of the cases studies
  • Worked on a data provision project for a province
  • Discussed current lower government data governance practices at the Ministry for the Interior