As Elmine was working outside the country, I had sole responsibility for Y, and consequently spent more time at home this week.

  • Revised two chapters of a report on open data impact in Serbia
  • Prepared a workshop for a province for next week
  • Prepared for travel and speaking in Serbia next week
  • Worked on an analysis for a Dutch province
  • Did some administration for my company The Green Land
  • Experimented with a Raspberry Pi for Mastodon
  • Looked at the first few of the Indieweb protocols I want to explore (in time for the Indieweb camp in Nuremberg late October)
  • Spent lots of time with Y

A more or less routine week, although I was held back by some bugs and a cold that I probably inherited from Y now she returned to day care after the summer. This ensured I did not get around to building a report for a Dutch regional public sector body, so that is for the coming week. I did work on:

  • Revised a report on potential open data impact in Serbia
  • Mapped out in more detail how and why a Dutch province is publishing just a small fraction of their geo-data. As a follow-up of an earlier comparison of what provinces publish.
  • Started looking at how a Dutch province is or isn’t mindful enough of open data and data governance, data sovereignty in short, in procurement procedures, when entering into contracts or into multi-party collaborations.
  • Joined the board of the Dutch Creative Commons chapter as treasurer.
  • Picked the few remaining apples from our tree.

A week recovering from the event and travel that went before, while picking up my regular routines.

  • Monday was still mostly spent on cleaning house.
  • Met up with Klaas Hernamdt of the FabLab Foundation board, to transfer some hosting and domains to them
  • Joined the jury of the DCHI Best Humanitarian Innovation Award
  • Worked on our current open data project for the Province of South-Holland
  • Had a bbq with my The Green Land colleagues
  • Spent the weekend camping with Elmine’s extended family, a yearly tradition.

I had to miss the Copenhagen Tech Festival, and sadly had to turn down an invitation to be one of the CPH 150 this year. I really must block my calendar for next year’s edition. Especially as Thomas describes it as ‘Reboot at scale’.

A pretty unhurried week, in which a lot happened, but also a lot was left to do.

  • Some interviews for the project with the Province of North-Holland
  • Two day for the Province of South-Holland, working on expediting their open data provision
  • Writing my report for the Serbian open data impact assessment but with less progress than I wanted
  • The design for SSTM18, and more invitations, but also with less progress than I wanted
  • Experimented on this site with microformats amongst others

This week completes the first half of 2018. Which really is a bit of a shock, as it means the next two months will be mostly about enjoying the summer, while summer still felt a long way of. That summer will end with Elmine’s birthday unconference and bbq, SSTM18, on August 31st and September 1st.

Overall I feel I had a pleasant first half of 2018, mostly unhurried in the way I aimed for. That has created lots of headspace, visible from both my reading and writing pace the last 6 months, and judging by the amount of time I have been able to spend with Y and E.

This week I worked on

  • A range of interviews for a project with the Province of North-Holland
  • A session with the Province of South-Holland, planning our work for the next months together with the team and the client
  • Writing my report for the Serbian open data impact assessment
  • Discussed the final steps in the Serbian project with the team and the UNDP
  • The design for SSTM18
  • Adapting the planning for a project in Malaysia, incorporating the final client feedback
  • Planning for a dear friend’s wedding mid-August in Italy
  • Following the IndieWeb Summit 2018 in Portland online

A pleasant week, with some very pleasant travel.

  • Worked on an outline for a presentation next week at Delft University
  • Confcall on the Serbia open data impact research project
  • Some work on a project for a province, planning a series of interviews
  • Attending a session on possibly getting our neighbourhood to sustainable energy, or at least going all electric (no longer using gas for heating)
  • Discussed a speaking gig in Eastern Europe in a confcall
  • Drafted my keynote for State of the Net before I left for Italy
  • Spent the second half of the week in Trieste (by way of Venice) for State of the Net
  • Rewrote my keynote to fit half the speaking time, and add more actual material from project experience, not just abstractions. Rewriting done in between enjoying Trieste, speakers dinner and great conversations
  • Gave a keynote on Networked Agency
  • A big thanks to the State of the Net organisers and crew, who ensure you’re very well taken care of!

Less productive week than I’d have liked, yet still pretty much stress free

All rather unhurried although the week included a late night working.

  • Finalised the hand-over of a project for a province
  • Finalised and submitted a 6 months proposal
  • Attended a session on the GDPR at the Ministry for the Interior and a conference title ‘uncomfortable facts’ where I enjoyed a session on citizen science
  • Did some preparation for a new project kick-off next week
  • Had the garden done, to add some more green
  • Celebrated a dear friend’s 50th birthday
  • Went for a cycle tour and lunch with E and Y.

A pretty unhurried week, with a few unexpected meetings.

  • Worked on a project hand-over for a province
  • Looked at how election results in Malaysia may impact the project proposal currently under discussion with the Malaysian government
  • Published my review of the new PSI Directive Proposal by the European Commission
  • Had a project proposal for a province approved, to start in June
  • Started sending out invitations for Smart Stuff that Matters
  • Did some repair planning for a client now that a colleague is ill
  • Outlined a project proposal for a client for the next 6 months
  • Did the monthly bookkeeping and salary payments for our team at The Green Land
  • Started outlining my talk for State of the Net in two weeks time
  • Celebrated our daughter’s birthday with a beautiful garden party

An unhurried and fun week.

  • Worked on a project hand-over for a province
  • Discussed and adapted a project proposal for a province I recently submitted
  • Had a team conference call finalising the methodology to start interviewing 6 Serbian government bodies.
  • Worked on the outline of an impact assessment for open data in Serbia
  • Wrote a data protection policy for my blog, as a form of ‘action research’
  • Looked into the needed GDPR changes to my company’s website.
  • Took part in an energising ‘kitchen table’ conversation at the invitation of Ewout Wolff, discussing the internet as it now is, and things to improve
  • Had a first face to face conversation with Bert Boerland of Wunderkraut, exploring shared interests.
  • Provided the final summary at the fun closing event of our Flevoland Smarter program, in which we worked with 4 local governments on specific use cases of open data.
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  • Made some notes and did travel arrangements for next month’s speaking engagement at State of the Net in Trieste
  • Agreed to present the opening key-note at the Dutch FOSS4G community annual conference in July.
  • Enjoyed our garden, and its wildlife, as a workplace, and enjoyed hanging out with the family, amongst other things visiting the local zoo.
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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

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

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

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