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Week Notes #18 & #19

Last week I forgot to write week notes, likely enjoying the great spring weather too much in the garden and because several national holidays broke the rhythm of the past weeks. So here’s a double helping.

Week 18

  • Worked at handing over my work at a Province
  • Wrote and submitted a project proposal for another Province
  • Enjoyed time with E and the little one on Liberation day
  • Approached a few potential speakers for State of the Net
  • Decided to throw a small birthday party

Week 19

  • Spent a few days in London
  • Walked around London with Paolo, catching up, discussing work and State of the Net
  • Met with the ‘friends of Tim’, conversing about our companies, asking advice on each others projects
  • Close read the new European Commission proposal for the PSI Directive, in order to write a blogpost on it
  • Met with the organising committee of the Koppelting conference
  • Discussed the results of the work of my intern, who focuses on the ethics of open data
  • Discussed progress and planning with the team and the UNDP of our project mapping the potential impact of open data in Serbia
  • Held my birthday party for the first time in 6 years I think (and got an awesome present from E and the family

Week Notes #17

A short working week, due to a national holiday and some travel.

  • Did first quarter book keeping and VAT returns for my 3 and E’s companies
  • Several interesting conversations with contacts and leads
  • Diving into the work of our intern working on the ethics of data and my agency model
  • Hand-over session to a newly appointed open data steward at a client
  • Seeing the European Commission impact assessment on the PSI Directive published, which I worked on late last year and January
  • Read a lot, wrote a lot, and further shaped my rss reading diet. Feels like writing is becoming a habit again.
  • Congratulated a friend with becoming a Knight in the order of Orange-Nassau
  • Spent an evening in Switzerland to celebrate a dear friend’s 50th birthday. We’ve known each other for 29 of those 50.
  • Reworked some of my daily routines


Enjoyed a brief visit to Lake Zug this weekend

Week Notes #16

This week was another unhurried one, although I’m left with some sense of urgency as I didn’t do all I wanted to focus on.

  • Received a request for a new project offer, for a provincial government, and worked on the offer
  • Worked on the Serbian open data impact study
  • Conversations with several leads and network partners to discuss our respective views on what lies ahead
  • Planned some more conversations like that
  • Repopulated my RSS reader to improve my information diet
  • Enjoyed working outside in the beautiful weather, as well hanging out in the garden with the little one
  • Visited the Big Data Festival, organized by a Dutch Ministry, where I
    mostly valued a session on ethics
  • Blogged a lot, read a lot
  • Visited the local FabLab to fix the humidity sensor on my Measure Your City sensor hub, and attended an interesting presentation there by the national government institute for health and environment (RIVM) on particulate matter pollution measurements from fireworks around New Year’s Eve, using a partly citizen generated sensor network

Week Notes #15

A week mostly spent working at home. After being ill for a week it didn’t feel easy to get back into a rhythm.

  • Meeting with the Frisian open data working group, and its steering committee.
  • Reviewing two country chapters on Netherlands and Belgium of a European research project, and discussing my feedback with the author
  • Literature review for a project in Serbia
  • Documenting material for a Dutch province for handing over a project
  • Discussing the state of open data within Dutch ministries with a colleague.
  • Reaching out to various network contacts for leads and following up those leads, making appointments for the coming weeks
  • Rethinking my blogging approach, adding functionality (wiki, microblog) to my blog
  • Built our daughter a sandbox in the garden

Week Notes #14

A week of forced rest, as I was ill throughout. No work, but did manage to read a few books between naps. Cory Doctorow’s Walkaway (science fiction) and Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free (non-fiction), and Perfume River by Robert Olen Butler (novel). I thoroughly enjoyed Walkaway, and Perfume River was beautiful in rendering the complexity of family relations, history, assumptions and unspoken trauma.

Week Notes #13

Another unhurried week, with amongst others work done on

  • Meeting with a provincial council clerk and deputy clerk about open provincial council data
  • Discussing future collaboration ideas with the Frisian library service
  • Open data working group meeting in Fryslan, planning the next data release
  • Session with the Province of Fryslan on using the fall open data release to support their energy transition program
  • Catching up with a British colleague talking about unhurriedness, and planning a next meet-up of our ‘friends of Tim’ group (we met twice last year in memory of Tim’s passing)
  • Catching up with a French colleague discussing open data developments in France and francophone Africa
  • Discussing a shared list of data sets to be published by all 12 Dutch provinces, representing two provinces in a meeting of 10 provinces and the national data portal team.
  • Discussing the master thesis project a student, Rik, is doing as an intern at The Green Land
  • Revising an open data program proposal for the Malaysian government
  • Reviewing two country chapters on Netherlands and Belgium of a European research project
  • Started deleting my Facebook data, and revising the way I use FB
  • Restored my garden sensor hub in its proper place and started using a ThingsNode to measure temperature in our bike shed, writing the data to a spreadsheet with IFTTT in the way Peter Rukavina documented earlier this week.
  • Announced the Smart Stuff That Matters unconference and bbq for August, in honor of Elmine’s birthday

Week Notes #12

Most of the week was spent at home, with Y being ill (so she couldn’t go to day care). Things I worked on this week:

  • Gave a workshop for a policy department at Province Overijssel, looking for cases where open data helps achieve their own policy goals
  • Wrote some final input for an international 2-year project with libraries,
    which is now submitted
  • Discussed national data infrastructures and other topics, catching up with a Swiss colleague
  • Started collecting some more recent open data impact assessments, such as from Denmark, for a piece of research for UNDP Serbia
  • Thought about course and content for my work in the coming years
  • Reviewed a changed proposal for 18 months of work in/with Malaysia, to implement my recommendations in the Malaysian open data readiness assessment
  • Had our yearly walk and dinner with my old fraternity friends and their families

Week Notes #11

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 Frysl├ón 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

Week Notes #10

A week with travel, and mostly spent in Belgrade, yet unhurried.

  • Early Monday morning flight to Belgrade, preparing my panel remarks en route. It was good to be back in Belgrade and meet again with my local UNDP and government colleagues
  • Planning session for a ex-ante open data impact assessment with Serbian colleague Vid
  • Panel contributions at opening conference of Serbian open data week
  • Doing an impromptu unconference session on local stakeholders engagement for open data at Startit coworking space in Belgrade
  • Thinking about whether or not to do a project that doesn’t pay enough, but is interesting in terms of learning and new partners
  • Preparing my talk for OpenBelgium coming Monday
  • Getting the flyers printed for the Open Belgium conference coming Monday, as my company The Green Land is a partner of the event
  • Travel to Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium, and meet-up with all 8 of our current The Green Land colleagues for drinks and food, before the Open Belgium conference.