Permapeople: Open source planting data for the regenerative movement - Event Report

Saturday 6 March 2021
20:00 (CET)
Online, Germany (Europe, Middle East & Africa)
Christina Sanko, Benjamin Knofe and Simon Gooder, Permapeople

On Saturday 6th March 2021, the eleventh Open Data Day took place with people around the world organising hundreds of events to celebrate, promote and spread the use of open data. Thanks to generous support from key funders, the Open Knowledge Foundation was able to support the running of more than 60 of these events via our mini-grants scheme.

This event received an Open Knowledge Foundation mini-grant thanks to support from Microsoft.

How did your event celebrate open data?

We talked about how open data enables us to build a platform for people to grow more food. The important part is that our platform would not be possible without open data and we hope we can give back the data we created on top of it to the projects we used it from. Only then it is in the true sense of sharing: everyone shares and makes it better for everyone. Another interesting point for us is, that we plan to synthesise data out of our users activity (with their consent of couse!) into more data we are happily contributing back.

Lessons learned from your event

I think especially in a field like permaculture, where many information is anectodal created by individual herbalists but never really peer-reviewed by a wider audience, open data plays an important role of moving the field to the next level. Out of individual observations, people need to blindly trust to crowd-verified and open data. This was also reflected in the discussion we had after. People are mostly interested in permaculture but lack open data they can use to understand and learn by themselves.

Why do you love Open Data Day?

We think it is great to promote, connect and learn about the very different ways people put open data to good use worldwide. Especially this year, we were impressed by the diversity of projects which participated in the event. For us, we loved the connections, conversations and exposure we got out of the event.

Did you or your team produce any resources (datasets/tools/maps/code/etc) during your Open Data Day celebrations?

The Open Data Day 2023 mini-grants scheme was kindly supported by:
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