Open Tools for Open Data

Rufus Pollock (Open Knowledge Foundation)
Location: Online Level:

Over the past few years, there has an explosive growth in open data
with significant uptake in government, research and elsewhere. Open
data has the potential to transform society, government and the
economy, from how we travel to work to how we decide to vote. However,
to be useful data (open or otherwise) needs to be used: it needs
individuals and institutions to analyze it and to act on that
analysis, it needs companies and communities to build apps and
services with it, and it needs tools and processes developed to
facilitate doing those activities.

The Open Knowledge Foundation has now been involved for nearly a
decade in building tools and community to create, use and share open
knowledge and data. In this presentation, Open Knowledge Foundation
co-Founder Rufus Pollock will give an overview of some the open tools
and projects the Foundation has been working on to enable better use
of data.

In particular, we’ll be looking at [CKAN, the leading open-source data
portal platform and data management system]( which
makes it easy for governments, organizations and individuals to
publish, share and find data. CKAN now powers dozens of official and
community data portals around the world including government data
portals in the UK (, the Netherlands, Norway, Brazil and
Argentina and the US and the community data hub at

We’ll also take a look at the OpenSpending project which is working to
track every public government and corporate financial transaction
across the world and is now well on its way to doing so now having
data from more than 20 countries. Finally, we’ll provide a sneak
preview into our plans for the [School of
which will be launching later this year to provide free training in
all the skills need to become a first class data wrangler and data

Rufus Pollock

Open Knowledge Foundation

Dr. Rufus Pollock is co-Founder and Director of the Open Knowledge Foundation, a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow, and an Associate of the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law at the University of Cambridge. He has worked extensively as a scholar and developer on the social, legal and technological issues related to the creation and sharing of knowledge.