Next week an interesting event takes pace in Helsinki, Finland: The Open Knowledge Festival. OKFestival will have strong focus on sustainability and the connection between Open Data and clean energy development.

The several streams that will be on-going from September 17th to 21st include:

  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Open Cities
  • Open Development
  • Open Geodata
  • Open Journalism, Data Journalism
  • Open Knowledge and Sustainability

REEEP/reegle will be part of a panel discussion within the Open Knowledge and Sustainability Stream. I will also present our portal reegle.info and explain how the integration of Open Data philosophy has really been a turning point for us.  Our examples of Open Data mash-ups such as our country energy profiles  are really state-of-the-art in terms of semantic web technology, and our Linked Open Data thesaurus is a prime example of how controlled vocabularies are elementary to enjoy the full benefits of LOD.recycle.gif

The Open Knowledge and Sustainability Stream panel will consist of

Karthikeya Acharya studies material consumption in domestic environments within the context of vertical housing. William Heath is an entrepreneur, currently co-founder of Mydex Community Interest Company which seeks to restore control over personal data to individuals and let individuals realise the value of their personal data.

It will be interesting to see how this focus on more personal, anonymous data will connect with our work that relates more to Open Government Data and the likes.

Velichka Dimitrova is a project and community coordinator at the Open Knowledge Foundation, and will moderate our discussion.

The  Green Hackathon is another highlight of this exiting event. It is part of a series of events taking place across Europe and it will comprise two days of working hands-on to improve and disseminate sustainability data. It will begin with a short presentation on Wednesday morning (Sept. 19) and end with a Show-and-Tell of the results (Sept. 20). Again we are closely involved in this and my college Thomas from Semantic Web Company and I will present a couple of challenges we think are a great example of open energy data applications.  

On this post I  share with you my experience of the event and the key meesages of the conference!