A full week, gearing up to three even fuller weeks, as part of the end-of-year rush at clients to get things finished before the (entirely psychological) clock runs out.
- Delivered the final report for a project
- Delivered final revision for the Serbian open data impact study
- Discussed our ongoing work in Malaysia with the World Bank
- Wrote a project proposal
- Landed two (small) projects, one concerning Networked Agency about which I’m particularly excited
- Spent a day in The Hague on our project with the Province there
- Visited the Shakingtree Award session
- Spent a morning with Elmine discussing various aspects of our work
- Discussed planning and finances of The Green Land with my colleague Frank
Still suffering from a bug Y picked up at day care, made for a less productive week.
- Worked on the final revisions of a report for a province
- Took a first look at the final feedback on my report on open data impact in Serbia
- Created a briefing on open data and procurement for a client
- Met-up with the chairman of an NGO to potentially join their board
- Explored what role open data might have in managing geese and the damage they cause to fields
- Discussed a short project with a new client, which should still take place this year
- Started planning two domain specific open data workshops with a client
- Finalised 2017 tax returns for my companies and personal accounts
A week that felt less productive than hoped, also because of picking up a bug or something the little one brought home from daycare.
- Caught up on the current open data collaboration between the city of Leeuwarden, the province and the regional archive, and discussed some possible next steps.
- Discussed detailing the Networked Agency and Impact through Connection process / method in more detail with the Library Service Fryslan
- Wrote a project proposal
- Did a second iteration on a report for a province
- Wrote out my notes about a talk on open data and government procurement
- Finished 3rd quarter book keeping and did VAT tax returns for my and Elmine’s companies
- Toyed with the idea of writing 1, actually 2 books
- Discussed marketing/self presentation online with Elmine, as well as adding machine readable microformats to to the u-design wordpress theme
- In the spirit of NaNoWriMo, will aim to write 1000 words every weekday in November, and did so this week at least.
A regular week. Unhurried, apart from having to really run for two trains. (It’s fall holiday week for most schools, and that means railroad works are planned as the number of commuters drops, wreaking havoc on the usual train schedules.)
Things I worked on:
- Worked a few days on a report to plan for extension of available open data for a province.
- Discussed that report with the client to decide how to put my findings into the decision making stream
- Some 3rd quarter bookkeeping and monthly salaries processing
- Presented to a province’s procurement team about ensuring data sovereignty in procurement processes, resulting in forming a team to work this out in more detail. Will blog that presentation.
- A conference call with World Bank colleagues on broadening the ODRA method into a more general data economy readiness assessment, for a potential project in Uzbekistan in a month
- Started mapping out my current information processes and tools, and mapping out my web presences and their roles, all kickstarted by the ideas and questions IndieWeb Camp raised in me, and the notions and learnings I picked up there last weekend.
- Trying to get Quill running locally. Quill is a micropublishing client, and I want to test it to post to a local and my regular WordPress installation
This week was a regular one, ending with some travel.
- Finished my editing on a report on the potential impact of open data in Serbia
- Did third quarter bookkeeping
- Wrote a report on improving open data provision for a province
- Worked on our open data project for another province
- Participated in IndieWebCamp Neuremberg with Frank Meeuwsen
A regular week, though less productive than needed.
- Had a first long board meeting of Open Nederland, the Dutch Creative Commons chapter
- Visited the Partos Innovation Festival as a jury member
- Explored micropub’s protocol, and the Tiny Tiny RSS data structure, in prep for next week’s IndieWebCamp Neuremberg
- Worked on our open data project for a province
- Did some revisions for a report on the impact of open data
A week with diverse activities.
- Worked on our open data program for a province
- Visited the Dutch Coalition for Humanitarian Innovation annual event as a jury member for their awards.
- Got my own Mastodon instance up and running
- Went to BredaPhoto festival with Elmine and the little one
- Worked on a project proposal for a Belgian NGO with a few colleagues from my work in Moldova six years ago.
A filled week, with many new meetings.
- Did a workshop for a nature and environment policy department, for 35 policy officers of a Dutch province to find potential cases where open data is a tool to reach policy goals in new ways
- Spent a few days in Novi Sad, Serbia, at the plenary of the Assembly of European Regions, discussing open data as policy instrument
- Met up with my UNDP Serbia colleagues to discuss my open data impact assessment
- Judged eight entries for the innovation award of the Dutch Coalition for Humanitarian Innovation
- Visited the Eindhoven Maker Faire, by joining a bus full of librarians and the awesome Frysklab team for a visit.
- Helped a dear friend move house
- Got approached to maybe join the board of an NGO
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