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.
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.
Our @OKFN #odd2021 #OpenDataDay2021 webinar on how to get more people into growing their food with the help of open plant data starts in a bit more than an hour. Here is the link to the zoom meeting: https://t.co/hH7JakNRpK Come chat with @ch_sanko , @simgooder and @bknofe— permapeople.org (@permapeople_org) March 6, 2021
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.
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.